Creating snapshots in a different location than default virtual machine directory for VMware ESXi

This is an excellent write-up on how to move the location of snapshot’s in VMware ESXi 5.1.

The free ESXi 5.1 has extremely limited backup options. No third party backup software is allowed to work with ESXi 5.1 in hopes of pushing you toward version 5.5 (v5.5 and up does not offer the same ease of use for the home lab environment).

ESXi 5.1 does support snapshots, so you can backup VMs that way, but by default it stores the snapshots on the same datastore as the virtual machine. I wanted to store the snapshots on a different hard drive and found this KB article very useful.

Source: Creating snapshots in a different location than default virtual machine directory for VMware ESXi and VMware ESX (1002929) | VMware KB

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