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hello,
I have created a virtualbox machine ( running win7 ) and I want to make it so that when I close the machine ( I click on the start button and choose shutdown ) no changes I made during the time I am running the virtual machine are saved. So anything I've saved to the virtual hard drive - any software that is installed - NOTHING is saved.
Is this possible?
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Make a snapshot and then instead of Shutting Down you revert to snapshot
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by:JeffBeall
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ok, so when I right click on the virtual machine, I don't see snapshot, but there is a clone option. So is the clone machine thing like a snapshot?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 1000 total points
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I don't think Virtualbox has the same features as VMware Workstation or VMware Player, which have this function called

Independent Non-persistent Mode for virtual disks.

see here

https://communities.vmware.com/message/1784358

http://cormachogan.com/2013/04/16/what-are-dependent-independent-disks-persistent-and-non-persisent-modes/

The only way to do it with VMware Player is as suggested, Create Snapshot, Shutdown Machine, Revert Snapshot, a little more manual steps, than if you were using VMware Player.

With Workstation or Player, it will do exactly what you require, after setting up the VM, shutdown VM, and all your changes are discarded automatically.
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by:JeffBeall
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also, would there be an automated way to revert to the snapshot? My goal is to have the user start the virtual machine, do what they need to do. Then shutdown the machine, and next time they need to run the machine, it is reverted back to the clone, so no changes are kept. But for the user, I want, preferably, just one thing for them to click on to start the machine. The user is not very computer literate, so I'm trying to make things as seamless as possible.
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ok, I'll try vmplayer
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Virtualbox - Not without scripting, follow the article, and use VMware Player, it's automated.

Turn of VM, it's reset automatically.
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by:JeffBeall
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thank you - with vmware I added scsi0:0.mode = "independent-nonpersistent" and it is working exactly how I want it to.
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