Every so often you need to schedule a snapshot on a virtual machine, whether that be a VMware virtual machine or a Hyper-V virtual machine, or even multiple virtual machines because someone or something is going to be changed and you need a quick way to roll them back to a running state, just in case things go belly up. It’s a very common task that administrators need to do. Other times you need to create a snapshot on a schedule, whether it’s a one-off snapshot at a specific date and time, or a recurring one that happens every week or month. Doing this using the standard vCenter console is fairly simple and easy to do. But how do you schedule it for multiple VMs? And to then also automatically remove the snapshot? Or what if you have a combination of VMware and Hyper-V? Doing that usually involves a combination of scheduled tasks via the console and PowerShell with PowerCLI.
But the easiest and simplest way by far is to use Snapshot Master. Hopefully you have installed and are running Snapshot Master in your environment, if not, you can download and request a 30 Day trial key and try it out for yourself.
Creating a schedule to snapshot one or multiple virtual machines and then automatically deleting the snapshot after a period you define is a walk in the park.
OK, so now that I’ve talked up Snapshot Master and how easy it is to create a scheduled snapshot on one or multiple VMs either VMware or Hyper-V with auto-deleting the snapshot, how do you actually do it?