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Hipchat server has large .vmdk file of 39 GB in Snapshots directory

Any time I restart the Hipchat vm I do a rsync of the vm directory to a backup location.  I noticed that there is a .vmdk file that has grown to 39 GB.  This makes the rsync take awhile.  I looked at older copies of this vm directory and it this .vmdk file of 39 GB showed up from one rsync to the next.  

We have a low volume HipChat server instance running on VirtualBox on a Fedora 27 Linux box.  We do a save state to shut down the vm prior to doing said rsync.  Does anyone know how to reduce this size down or what might have caused it to grow so large?  

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After testing out SnapShots and SaveState of VirtualBox I found the .vmdk file was a SnapShot.  I removed it and all others and this left me right where I needed to be. 

I also was using savestate for shutdown which was messing with my date-time which I would have to update after each startup so I just do a PowerOff instead.  With the rsync, I'm backed up anyway.

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