mpack wrote:Corey Murtagh wrote:I recently flattened a VM to clone it, and this went well thanks to posts in this forum.
What I wanted to do however was retain the snapshots of the pre-clone VM
I don't necessarily want you to answer, just consider the question carefully. Is it just the comfort you get from knowing that you can restore the VM to any (saved) point in time? If so, then you can get the same result by simply backing up the VDIs from those same points in time. Yes, this takes a minute or two longer to do, but the result is far more secure and useful - and can take less disk space too (depending on where you put the backup copy).
The original VM is a test environment in development with snapshots for various parts of its progress. We're still refining the upgrade process for a major piece of software, and having those snapshots available for testing individual steps will make my life MUCH simpler in the long run. Space is not an issue (I have a 1TB drive devoted to this project), so having snapshots taking up space is no problem.
The boss decided that I needed to clone at a specific point of the process so that the end users could test functionality to that point, which might end up changing my process. If not for that I wouldn't have been too worried about it.
There are many reasons not to worry about restoring snapshots, but occasionaly it's simpler to have them than not. Main reason I spent the time on it is because I goofed and needed a way to undo the goof. Now that this thread has shown me a better way I can avoid such problems in future... but to err is human, and no doubt I'll have plenty of opportunities to err again before this project is completed. And if anyone else goofs the same way and is stuck for a solution, this might be of some minor assistance.