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Is there any shortcut way where I can bring my virtual machine back to the new original state. I don’t want to create a new virtual machine, instead I want to revert my machine back to factory defaults. Basically I want to do this for my Ubuntu VM.

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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about managing virtual machines not software QA and testing – Kate Paulk Dec 10 '14 at 12:23
  • Is this so that you can guarantee that your testing environment is always pristine? – corsiKa Dec 10 '14 at 16:23
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I'd recommend you take a look at Vagrant - https://docs.vagrantup.com/v2/. Tearing down a VM is as simple as running 'vagrant destroy' from the command line. When you're ready to bring it back up, you can re-provision with 'vagrant up'

  • +1 How could I forget about Vagrant, much better idea then snapshots for having a update/clean dev and test environments. – Niels van Reijmersdal Dec 11 '14 at 10:22
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Most virtualization software supports snapshots.

A snapshot is the state of a system at a particular point in time.

The free/open-source Virtualbox supports snapshot creation and restoring from the command line. Also VMWare Workstation supports snapshots from the commandline with the revertToSnapshot option.

This allows you to create a batch/shell script which you could trigger/run to restore the VM to a certain point in time.

Keep in mind that a snapshotted machine will be somewhat slower since it has to keep track of all changes made to the disk.

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