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Is there a way to be able to save snapshots or edit the location where the snapshots can be saved either by using the GUI or by a script?
This is for ESXi 4.1
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No, snapshots are always stored in the same location as the vmx file.

Sorry for the bad news
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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There is a line that you can add into the VM(s) configuration file (.vmx) that specifies where the snapshots can be redirected other than in the current VM directory: workingDir = "/some/path/"

here's a PowerShell scripts that does it for you

http://www.peetersonline.nl/index.php/vmware/set-vmware-snapshot-location-with-powershell/

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@hancocka interesting - does that move any other files? I always thought it was kind of weird you could spread the base vmdk files around but ths snapshots all went with the vmx...
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@bgoering: just the snapshot files, I think VMware invented it, when VMware users, run out of datastore, and need to put the snapshot files somewhere else, in emergency, we've tested running on SSDs to reduce read/write commit times.

Some of our clients have specfic Snapshot LUNs, so they don't have to calculate the 15-20% for the snapshot in the LUN, when they have thin LUNs. The size of the LUN is the size of the VMDK.
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Great news thanks
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