Checkpoint-VM

Creates a checkpoint of a virtual machine.

Syntax

Checkpoint-VM
          [-ComputerName <String[]>]
          [[-SnapshotName] <String>]
          [-Name] <String[]>
          [-AsJob]
          [-Passthru]
          [-WhatIf]
          [-Confirm]
          [<CommonParameters>]
Checkpoint-VM
          [[-SnapshotName] <String>]
          [-AsJob]
          [-Passthru]
          [-VM] <VirtualMachine[]>
          [-WhatIf]
          [-Confirm]
          [<CommonParameters>]

Description

The Checkpoint-VM cmdlet creates a checkpoint of a virtual machine.

Note: In Windows Server 2012 R2, virtual machine snapshots were renamed to virtual machine checkpoints. For clarity, this document will refer to virtual machine snapshots as checkpoints.

Examples

Example 1

PS C:\> Checkpoint-VM -Name Test -SnapshotName BeforeInstallingUpdates

Checkpoints virtual machine Test, creating a checkpoint of it named BeforeInstallingUpdates.

Example 2

PS C:\> Get-VM Test -ComputerName Server1 | Checkpoint-VM

Checkpoints virtual machine Test on Hyper-V host Server1.

Required Parameters

-Name

Specifies the name of the virtual machine of which a checkpoint is to be taken.

Type:String[]
Aliases:VMName
Position:0
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True (ByValue)
Accept wildcard characters:False
-VM

Specifies the virtual machine of which a checkpoint is to be taken.

Type:VirtualMachine[]
Position:0
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True (ByValue)
Accept wildcard characters:False

Optional Parameters

-AsJob

Specifies that the cmdlet is to be run as a background job.

Type:SwitchParameter
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-ComputerName

Specifies one or more virtual machine hosts on which the virtual machine checkpoint is to be created. NetBIOS names, IP addresses, and fully-qualified domain names are allowable. The default is the local computer - use "localhost" or a dot (".") to specify the local computer explicitly.

Type:String[]
Position:Named
Default value:.
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-Confirm

Prompts you for confirmation before running the cmdlet.

Type:SwitchParameter
Aliases:cf
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-Passthru

Specifies that an object is to be passed through to the pipeline representing the virtual machine of which a checkpoint is to be taken.

Type:SwitchParameter
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-SnapshotName

Specifies the name of the checkpoint to be taken. If not provided, a combination of the virtual machine's name and a current timestamp is used.

Type:String
Position:1
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-WhatIf

Shows what would happen if the cmdlet runs. The cmdlet is not run.

Type:SwitchParameter
Aliases:wi
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False

Outputs

Nothing by default; Microsoft.HyperV.PowerShell.Snapshot if -Passthru is specified.