Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/150258/how-to-save-time-by-using-snapshots-in-virtualbox/
Snapshots are a massive time saver when you are testing settings and configuration for your Geek School testing. Read on to see how you can take advantage of them while following along with our articles.
Snapshots are an amazing feature for testing purposes.
Lets say you want to test out a new freeware app that you found, and you're being a careful, smart geek, so you decide to use a virtual machine to test out that freeware app that might be sketchy. Great.. but what happens if it is actually crapware?
Nobody wants to have to reload a virtual machine all the time.
That's where Snapshots come in - you just take a snapshot of the virtual machine, test out the software, and if you don't want to keep it installed, roll back the snapshot. Easy. Simple.. and safe.
If you aren't using snapshots today, you should start right away.
I am an admin of a vmware vsphere. Snapshots have changed my life for the better!
as most people buy brand name computers (in windows land) MOST people have LESS than essential quantity of RAM.
Microsoft's technical minimum ram + virtualmachine = MASOCHISM
minimum sane RAM for win7+ >= 24gigs tri ddr3
surely you employ also ZFS?
so you can easily upload ZFS snapshots
No one really runs the vSuite on ZFS. By day I work at a IT Shop that has the biggest VMware infrastructure in the southern hemisphere. We run on both VMFS and NFS but on not ZFS.
He's just a troll, no reason to engage
I use this Oracle VM all the time and great tip here is a video tutorial of it:
which is preferred, virtualbox or vmplayer?
It's really up to you and which you prefer. They are both excellent choices. If you are doing a lot of Linux, I'd probably recommend VirtualBox, which in my experience, was better at it.