Use the New VM Protection Policy wizard to create a VM Protection policy that identifies the VMs in the pool that you want to snapshot, the type of snapshot to be created (disk-only or disk and memory), and the snapshot and archive schedules. You can also configure email notification for snapshot and archive event alerts in the wizard.
To open the New VM Protection Policy wizard: on the Pool menu, click VM Protection Policies to open the VM Protection Policies dialog box, and then click New to start the wizard.
All the VMs in the pool are listed on this page of the wizard. If a VM is already included in a VM Protection policy, the name of the policy is shown. A VM can be assigned to only one policy at a time, so if you assign it to the new policy, it will be removed from its current policy (you will be asked to confirm this).
Scheduled VM snapshots can be either disk-only snapshots or disk and memory snapshots.
Snapshot schedule options:
Snapshot retention policy
Under Number of snapshots to keep, specify how many scheduled snapshots you want to retain. When the number of scheduled snapshots taken exceeds this value, the oldest one will be deleted automatically.
Scheduled snapshots can be automatically archived to a remote CIFS or NFS share, if required. You can define a daily or weekly archive schedule that is independent of the snapshot schedule, or simply have every scheduled snapshot archived as soon as it is taken (the Archive after every scheduled snapshot option). You cannot define an archive schedule that is more frequent than the snapshot schedule.
Archive naming conventions
The archive folder name combines the VM name and the first 16 characters of the VM UUID. For example:
|VM Name||VM UUID||Archive folder name|
Archived scheduled snapshots placed in the archive folder are named YYYYMMDD-HHMM.xva. For example:
Email notifications can be sent when system alerts are generated for any scheduled snapshot or archive operations. By default, VMPR event email notification is turned off.