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Once you've made the snapshot you can resume any stopped services and then back up the file system (using the snapshot) without having to worry about changed files.
When finished, the snapshot can be removed :
mdconfig -d -u 1
rm /var/.snap/snap_var_`date "+%Y-%m-%d"`
To monitor .vmdk files during snapshot deletion (commit) on ESX only (ESXi doesn't have the watch command):
1. Navigate to the VM directory containing .vmdk files.
# watch "ls -tough --full-time *.vmdk"
-t sorts by modification time
-o do not list group information (to narrow the output)
-u sorts by access time
-g only here for the purpose to easily remember the created mnemonic word 'tough'
-h prints sizes in human readable format (e.g., 1K 234M 2G)
--full-time sets the time style to full-iso and does not list user information (to narrow the output)
optionally useful parameters to the watch command:
-d highlight changes between updates
-n seconds to wait between updates (default is 2)
-t turn off printing the header