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Changing default snapshot location.

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I've been unable to find the setting to change the default location of the Snapshot storage location of a VMware, so far I've searched Google and VMware Help books.

I'm using ESX server 3 with VIC 2. Please let me know, thanks

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hicksj
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workingDir = "/vmfs/volumes/..."

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geob
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Have you tried to edit the vmx file? There is a line that call out the location of snapshots.

Precies
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Could you specify the exact line, thanks!

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hicksj
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workingDir = "/vmfs/volumes/..."

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Thomas4600
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hi there

I have the latest 3.5 version with all the available updates on it and I also want to change the default location of my snapshot so I would like to apply this solution

however, there is no such option in the .VMX file of my VM.

VM is on the local HD / datastore but I want the snapshoot to save by default on a ISCSI iomega ix2-200 for backup purpose.

here's a copy of what is inside. maybe it can help

config.version = "8"

virtualHW.version = "4"

floppy0.present = "true"

nvram = "W2K3SVR-RN.nvram"

deploymentPlatform = "windows"

virtualHW.productCompatibility = "hosted"

tools.upgrade.policy = "useGlobal"

powerType.powerOff = "default"

powerType.powerOn = "default"

powerType.suspend = "default"

powerType.reset = "default"

displayName = "W2K3SVR-RN"

extendedConfigFile = "W2K3SVR-RN.vmxf"

scsi0.present = "true"

scsi0.sharedBus = "none"

scsi0.virtualDev = "lsilogic"

memsize = "1024"

scsi0:0.present = "true"

scsi0:0.fileName = "W2K3SVR-RN-000001.vmdk"

scsi0:0.deviceType = "scsi-hardDisk"

ide0:0.present = "true"

ide0:0.fileName = "/vmfs/devices/genide/vmhba0:0:0"

ide0:0.deviceType = "atapi-cdrom"

floppy0.startConnected = "false"

floppy0.clientDevice = "true"

ethernet0.present = "true"

ethernet0.networkName = "VM Network"

ethernet0.addressType = "generated"

chipset.onlineStandby = "false"

guestOSAltName = "Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit)"

guestOS = "winnetstandard"

uuid.location = "56 4d ec 2b 2b 75 ce a5-dd 50 4b 7d 06 8b 9b 03"

uuid.bios = "56 4d ec 2b 2b 75 ce a5-dd 50 4b 7d 06 8b 9b 03"

snapshot.action = "keep"

sched.cpu.min = "0"

sched.cpu.units = "mhz"

sched.cpu.shares = "normal"

sched.mem.minsize = "0"

sched.mem.shares = "normal"

toolScripts.afterPowerOn = "true"

toolScripts.afterResume = "true"

toolScripts.beforeSuspend = "true"

toolScripts.beforePowerOff = "true"

scsi0:0.redo = ""

ide0:0.startConnected = "true"

ide0:0.clientDevice = "false"

ethernet0.generatedAddress = "00:0c:29:8b:9b:03"

tools.syncTime = "false"

sched.swap.derivedName = "/vmfs/volumes/4b800515-b86cf2d4-626f-001185b7ac4b/W2K3SVR-RN/W2K3SVR-RN-4ed53c30.vswp"

ethernet0.generatedAddressOffset = "0"

hostCPUID.0 = "00000002756e65476c65746e49656e69"

guestCPUID.0 = "00000002756e65476c65746e49656e69"

userCPUID.0 = "00000002756e65476c65746e49656e69"

hostCPUID.1 = "00000f290002080b00004400bfebf9ff"

guestCPUID.1 = "00000f280001080b000000000febbbff"

userCPUID.1 = "00000f290002080b00004400bfebf9ff"

hostCPUID.80000001 = "00000000000000000000000000000000"

guestCPUID.80000001 = "00000000000000000000000000000000"

userCPUID.80000001 = "00000000000000000000000000000000"

evcCompatibilityMode = "FALSE"

floppy0.fileName = "/dev/fd0"

tools.remindInstall = "FALSE"

ide0:1.present = "false"

ide0:1.fileName = "/vmfs/devices/genide/vmhba0:0:0"

ide0:1.deviceType = "atapi-cdrom"

scsi0:1.present = "false"

scsi0:1.deviceType = "scsi-hardDisk"

scsi0:1.filename = "/vmfs/volumes/4b800515-b86cf2d4-626f-001185b7ac4b/W2K3SVR-RN/W2K3SVR-RN_1.vmdk"

scsi0:1.mode = "persistent"

scsi0:1.redo = ""

vc.uuid = "50086eff-d7b8-fe39-0b5c-b2e9a4a5592d"

vmotion.checkpointFBSize = "4194304"

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Ollfried
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This will not work. When you change the snapshot's location, only the deltas go there, not the whole vmdk in this state.

What you want to do is: snapshot a VM an copy the snapshotted vmdks over to your iomega.

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