Exporting a Virtual Machine Checkpoint

Something neat that you can do in Windows Server 2012 / Windows 8 or later is to export a virtual machine checkpoint.  You can do this by either:

  1. Selecting the checkpoint in the UI and selecting Export from the action pane
  2. Using the Export-VMSnapshot cmdlet

When you do this, we will actually create an exported virtual machine that represents just the checkpoint you selected.  This means that we will merge all the changes from the checkpoint into a single set of virtual hard disks – so that you can create a new virtual machine from that point in time without having to include other checkpoints.