Alternative to SnapShot in Vsphere 6.0

I understand taking Snapshots and keeping it on a Virtual Machine  for more than 72 hours is not recommended due to various reasons.   Is there an alternative  to keep a VM or  Snapshot  separately.    The reason is   after multiple Snapshots are created, we do not want to delete the SnapShots; At the same time work on the Original configuration of the VM. How can it be maintained
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I understand taking Snapshots and keeping it on a Virtual Machine  for more than 72 hours is not recommended due to various reasons.   Is there an alternative  to keep a VM or  Snapshot  separately.  

You cannot easily keep snapshots.... but....

 CLONE the VM at the point in time you need to keep a copy, and use Thin disks!

VMs can be CLONED Powered ON or OFF.
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