PowerCLI Reference



This cmdlet creates a new snapshot of a virtual machine.


New-Snapshot [-VM] <VirtualMachine> [-Name] <String> [-Description <String>] [-Memory] [-Quiesce] [-RunAsync] [-Server <VIServer[]>] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [<CommonParameters>]

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Detailed Description

This cmdlet creates a new snapshot of a virtual machine with the provided inputs.


NameTypeDescriptionRequired?Pipeline InputDefault Value
VMVirtualMachineSpecifies the virtual machine you want to snapshot. Passing multiple values to this parameter is obsolete.trueTrue (ByValue)
NameStringSpecifies a name for the new snapshot.trueFalse
ConfirmSwitchParameterIf the value is $true, indicates that the cmdlet asks for confirmation before running. If the value is $false, the cmdlet runs without asking for user confirmation.falseFalse
DescriptionStringProvide a description of the new snapshot.falseFalse
MemorySwitchParameterIf the value is $true and if the virtual machine is powered on, the virtual machine's memory state is preserved with the snapshot.falseFalse
QuiesceSwitchParameterIf the value is $true and the virtual machine is powered on, VMware Tools are used to quiesce the file system of the virtual machine. This assures that a disk snapshot represents a consistent state of the guest file systems. If the virutal machine is powered off or VMware Tools are not available, the Quiesce parameter is ignored.falseFalse
RunAsyncSwitchParameterIndicates that the command returns immediately without waiting for the task to complete. In this mode, the output of the cmdlet is a Task object. For more information about the RunAsync parameter run "help About_RunAsync" in the VMware PowerCLI console.falseFalse
ServerVIServer[]Specifies the vCenter Server systems on which you want to run the cmdlet. If no value is passed to this parameter, the command runs on the default servers. For more information about default servers, see the description of Connect-VIServer.falseFalse
WhatIfSwitchParameterIndicates that the cmdlet is run only to display the changes that would be made and actually no objects are modified.falseFalse

Return Type

The one or more newly created Snapshot objects



-------------------------- Example 1 --------------------------

New-Snapshot -VM VM -Name BeforePatch

Creates a new snapshot of the VM virtual machine named BeforePatch.

-------------------------- Example 2 --------------------------

New-Snapshot -VM VM2 -Name PoweredOnVM -Memory $true

Creates a new snapshot of the VM2 powered-on virtual machine and preserves its memory state.

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