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Backing up virtual machines with Time Machine

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac

Overview

One of the ways to back up your virtual machines is to use the Time Machine Utility; it's one of the easiest ways to keep your computer safe.

Parallels Desktop for Mac includes improved integration with the Time Machine.

When virtual machine is backed up, only the most recent changes are saved (the latest snapshot), not the whole virtual hard drive. Thus, the backup process takes less time and uses less space on your Time Machine storage device.

To enable improved integration with the Time Machine:

  • Open virtual machine Configuration

  • in Parallels Desktop 9 and 10:

    • Switch to Security tab

    • Check the SmartGuard: Enabled checkbox

  • in Parallels Desktop 8 and earlier:

    • Switch to Options tab and hit Backup

    • Select Optimize for Time Machine in SmartGuard menu

If you do not want your virtual machine to be backed up by Time Machine:

  • Open virtual machine Configuration

  • in Parallels Desktop 9 and 10:

    • Switch to Security tab

    • Check the Time Machine: Do not backup with Time machine checkbox

  • in Parallels Desktop 8 and earlier:

    • Open Options tab and hit Backup

    • Check the Do not back up with Time Machine checkbox

To learn more about the SmartGuard feature, please refer to KB 115052.


NOTE: In order to restore your virtual machine from Time Machine backup, please follow the instructions in this Apple KB article: HT1427.

If you cannot find virtual machine's .pvm file in Finder, please check this article: KB 117333.


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