Time Machine backups only of the snapshots

Discussion in 'Installation and Configuration' started by JedrzejO, Sep 29, 2018.

  1. JedrzejO

    JedrzejO Bit Poster

    Hello everyone,

    When I am working on Windows guest with time machine running the backup disk will fill up pretty quickly. I have the Smart Guard option with Time Machine optimisation activated, so it helps a bit, but I wanted to know if it is possible to force Time Machine to backup only the snapshots? My idea is, I could exclude the main VM drive file from the time machine, and only the backups of the snapshots in different directory would be running.

    Is it doable? I didn't see any convenient option to define where the snapshot is created. Maybe there would be a different way for even better optimisation?
  2. Hemnath@Parallels

    Hemnath@Parallels Parallels Support

    Hello JedrzejO.
    Technically, keeping 'Optimize for Time Machine' enabled does mean that only the latest snapshot is being backed up.
    Again, 'Optimize for Time Machine' helps you in this regard.
    The snapshots' location is within the virtual machine file bundle (the file with the extension '.pvm') itself.
  3. JedrzejO

    JedrzejO Bit Poster

    Thank you for your reply! I have this option already on, I was wondering if I can optimise it any further in the described way. My external disk for Time Machine gets filled up pretty fast anyway.

    So I guess there is nothing to do here.
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2018
  4. Unfortunately, there is no option to backup the snapshots flie separately from the pvm bundle.

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