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How do I change the snapshots directory in VirtualBox on Windows?

I have a SSD Hard drive representing C:\, which is only 30GB. Therefore, I install all my (non-critical) apps on my large G:\ drive. My VirtualBox installation is on G:\, as well as the hard disks....
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Quickest way to merge snapshots in VirtualBox?

I have vdi with quite a number of snapshots taken from it - say, 50 or 70 snapshots. I want to have one plain vdi with a current state. These snapshots take way too much disk space and are not needed ...
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How do I go back to a snapshot in VirtualBox?

I've made three snapshots on VirtualBox virtual machine (winxp). I want to go back to Snapshot 2. If I click on "Snapshot 2" and click Start, it goes back to the current state. I can click on "...
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Sharing VirtualBox snapshots

Is it possible to "share" a VirtualBox snapshot? I have a "baseline" VirtualBox machine, and I would like to be able to take a snapshot, and send it to another user which has the same baseline machine....
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When does a VirtualBox snapshot actually happen

I spend a lot of my job writing documentation for the installation of software on my employer's servers. Sometimes this is quite complicated, so I do the initial work inside a virtual machine running ...
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virtualbox snapshot size

I've started using Windows 7 under VirtualBox on an Ubuntu 10.10 host. I took about 6 snapshots over the course of setting up the VM from the Windows restore image that came with the computer. My ...
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How to make a redundant desktop system with daily snapshots? (Is btrfs ready for use?)

I want to configure a desktop system in which the home filesystem would be redundant (e.g. RAID-1), and would have weekly snapshots taken. I've already done this with ZFS, the snapshot system is ...
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Is there a way to snapshot a running process to disk to restore it later?

I usually work with a lot of instances of visual studio open to different projects, I was wondering if there is a way to snapshot/hibernate a running process to disk instead of closing it so that I ...
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Virtualbox, merging snapshots and base disk

I have a virtual machine with about 30 snapshots in branches. The current development path is 22 snapshots plus the base disk. The amount of files is seemingly having an impact now on IO and the dev ...
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Can I “branch” VirtualBox snapshots (base multiple VM on the same disk image + separate diffs)?

I keep multiple VirtualBoxes for different projects. They are all running the same Debian base system. Keeping complete copies of all the disk images is getting expensive. Is there a way that I can ...
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VirtualBox: How to restore a deleted configuration file?

Somehow a lot of things went wrong with VirtualBox. The configuration-file (which is an xml-file) was cleared, because there was most probably no space left on the disk. The harddisk file was lost in ...
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NTFS “Restore previous versions”

My harrowing experience over the past 24 hours: Windows 7 installation hosed after bluetooth driver install. Attempting to recover using restore points via "Repair" on the bootable Windows 7 ...
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Should I be using snapshots or clones for my purposes?

I have a VirtualBox machine representing a "clean" install of my OS. I would like to use this VM for several types of machines - one for simple games, one for programming, one for my audio editing. ...
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How best to compare huge directory trees

How can I compare directory trees of huge size? I am thinking a free tool to make a snapshot of the filesystem structure (listing of files and directories, their size & timestamps) would be ideal ...
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How to rollback a specific directory in ZFS snapshot?

Is it possible to rollback to a certain directory within a snapshot? For example, given the snapshot tank/home@snapshot_week_01 can I rollback to something like tank/home/louis@snapshot_week_01 ...
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Taking snapshot of entire OS

I was wondering if anyone knew of free software to take an OS snapshot. Something that would also compare and list the differences between the two different snapshots.
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How can I create consistent snapshots of tmpfs?

How can I create consistent snapshots of tmpfs or any RAM disks?
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corrupted data in a write-through disk using a live snapshot in virtualbox

I have a linux guest with two disks for / and /home. /home is a write-through disk to keep data safe of snapshot restoring. The problem is that the live snapshot corrupts /home data when restoring it....
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Is there a Snipping tool for WIndows XP

Is there a tool available for Windows XP which is similar to the Snipping Tool for Windows 7?
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VirtualBox machine with two disks - How to create/restore snapshots for only one?

I have a Linux virtual machine with two disks, one is mounted as / and the other one as /home. I'd like to take a snapshot of / but not of /home so that I can later come back to a clean system and ...
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Is it possible to open someone's Xcode snapshot in my Xcode?

My boss sent me a Xcode Snapshot of the project that he is working on, but I don't know how to open it and I am not sure if it's possible to open it. Can someone teach me?
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How to prevent VirtualBox VM crashing into “Aborted” when resuming it from a snapshot with running OpenGL application inside?

When I try snapshot/restore-state in VirtualBox 4.0.4, it works. Hovewer, if I try restoring snapshot when some OpenGL-enabled application is running inside VM, VM crashes immediately after starting. ...
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How hard is it to set up a versioning file system, like NetApp's “snaptshots”?

In the university, I really liked it that each directory had a sub-directory named .snapshot that I could use to restore previous versions of my files. The .snapshot directory had subdirectories named ...
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Creating a Snapshot of a Windows 7 System [duplicate]

Is there a way to create a snapshot of a Windows 7 system? My goal is to be able to save the current state of my Windows 7 OS, on external storage, and be able to restore it on the same hardware in ...
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where does xenserver keep vm snapshots?

I'm ssh'd into the xenserver and trying to locate the snapshots using "find /scripts | grep -i string" where string is what I called the snapshot when I took it in xencenter. This method doesn't work, ...
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Can I create a new virtual machine and use a snapshot instead of installing it in VirtualBox?

Last time when I created a virtual machine in VirtualBox I took a snapshot after the installation of the operating system had finished. Now I want to create a new virtual machine with the same ...
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Keyboard layout *image* creator

Is there a program for creating images of keyboard layouts? The program would be able to put a background image on each key but also provide its text. One could do it in Inkscape or such, but it would ...
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Do virtualisation snapshots confuse Windows Activation

I have a Vista guest running inside VirtualBox on an Ubuntu host. Suppose I take a snapshot, apply a patch, and then run the snapshot again (effectively the same as reverting the patch) am I likely ...
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expose Btrfs snapshots with samba4 and vfs_shadow2

I'm trying to implement the vfs_shadow2 module with samba 4.2 running on Fedora 22 to get windows explorer feature "previous versions" on clients to work. The shared "folder" is an Btrfs subvolume in ...
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Btrfs snapshot space and time overhead

Using btrfs-snapshot-rotation, I've setup a system to rotate snapshots so that it always has snapshots of: Each of the the last 24 hours Each of the last 30 days Each of the last 12 months. This ...
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Ubuntu btrfs snapshot cannot mv into /home

I want to be able to take a snapshot and restore it in real time. This works in Fedora and does a live "rollback" : btrfs subvolume snapshot /home /home/snapshot mv /home/snapshot /home But in ...
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Automatically create snapshot before launching VirtualBox VM?

Does anyone have a script or know how to write one to automatically take a snapshot of a VM before launching it for use?
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How to copy only VM changes in VMware to another physical machine

How can I use VMware Workstation to copy only changes to a VM to another physical machine, rather than recopying the entire VM every time? Can I just copy the snapshot files, if the second physical ...
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VirtualBox - can I clone a snapshot?

I have a VirtualBox VM machine and I took a few snapshots. VirtualBox works on a Window7 x64 and plays a Window7 x64 system as well. Now I would like to clone the very first snapshot but I would ...
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Deleting Snapshots from LinkedClone Corrupts other LinkedClones

I am currently having a problem in which I have 3 LinkedClones created from the same parent snapshot. The tasks I do consists of creating a lot of snapshots per virtual machine, therefore having the ...
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Creating disk snapshots in Windows 7

Does anyone know of a command or tool to create disk snapshots on Windows 7 (client SKU)? I see vssadmin.exe has a "create shadow" option, but that's available only on server SKUs: http://technet....
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Drive images backup in Linux

I have a linux server, and i want to make an image of the whole drive in real-time, like acronis does.
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How to delete a file in all snapshots on a btrfs system?

I've set up a sophisticated backup scheme with hourly, daily, weekly, monthly backups that take up (thanks to the glory of the btrfs cow-filesystem) almost no extra space on the device. But ...
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How to incrementally backup a partition (not as a bunch of files) and be able to mount the snapshots?

Is there any tools that allows this use case: I have a LVM2 partition vg-vol; I periodically create snapshots of it, save them (create_new_snapshot --directory=/media/external_storage/snapshots/ --...
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How to delete all snaphosts in Virtualbox?

I have till now everytime saved and loaded machine from snapshot, but my SSD disk now is full and I can't do anything. Snapshots folder are using 70 GB and what I want to do now is delete all ...
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Fedora 19: system snapshot

Today I've made an update for my Fedora 18 and get 19th version. On previous versions I had troubles with nvidia drivers (I have a laptop). Neither nvidia drivers from package nor from nvidia site ...
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How to rsync the / folder properly?

I have a btrfs snapshot of / and I want to rsync it with my current / folder. As form of "rollback" if you want. My question is what folder should I avoid for instance I should use -x option to ...
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How come system snapshots are so small in size?

So let’s say a have a file called bob with the size of 10GB in /home. I make a snapshot of /home and delete the original bob file. However I can still access the bob file because I have a snapshot it. ...
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What's the diffrence between snapshot-create and snapshot-create-as in virsh kvm?

On my virtualization system there are some VMs. One of them was aimed for testing some services on it. So in this case I need to have the first state of that VM. I searched for a solution found the ...
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How add USB device to a VirtualBox snapshot?

I need to repair 1TB HDD I was restoring it sector by sector with the Disk Genius from thr Hirens iso file ( ofcourse in VM ) for about 24 hours. Than I need to turn off the notebook so, I paused the ...
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How to create snapshots of your server for backup in Cent OS 5

I'm making the move from VPS to Dedicate server. Unfortunately, most dedicated servers do not provide server backups like managed VPS's do and I really like the piece of mind of having a backup of all ...
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Taking snapshots of filesystem/volume in Windows 7?

I'm developing an Windows 7 image for deploying onto a bunch of computers. As I install the software, I like to take a snapshot from time to time in case one piece of software makes a mess of things. ...
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How to create a snapshot of current ubuntu installed programs, so that I can copy it to another fresh installation of ubuntu?

I have some installed programs on Ubuntu on my remote server (which I have root access to it). Now I need to install a fresh Ubuntu on some other machine/server, and I don't want to go through ...
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How to make (and restore) an application snapshot in runtime?

I'm trying to make a snapshot of a running application, in runtime, and restore it afterwards. By 'snapshot' I mean complete state of my application - I suppose that's just memory pages and CPU ...
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Delete VirtualBox snapshot's running state

I have several VirtualBox snapshots depending in an tree-like hierarchy. Some of them however are saved running. How can I drop the running state and just keep the harddisk state of snapshots inside ...