Hyper V 2012 : cannot create the template because source vm has checkpoints

Scenario
Cloning a virtual machine in Hyper-V 2012 environment may throw the following error:
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Cannot create the template because source virtual machine has checkpoints. This feature is not supported for virtual machines that are deployed on hosts running windows Hyper-V. Delete all checkpoints for the source virtual machine and then try the operation again.
ID: 10651
Cause:
Because the virtual machine or template contain snapshot(s). To clone a VM/template, it should not have any snapshot.
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Solution:
The resolution is mentioned in the error message. Delete all checkpoints for the source virtual machine. Below are the steps to delete checkpoints:
NOTE: Checkpoints is the Microsoft terminology for snapshots (VMware/Citrix)
Make sure you are under VMs and Services view (sub-tree)
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Expand All Hosts folder and Highlight the VM or Template
Either right-click the VM and select Manage Checkpoints OR click on Manage Check points from the SCVMM toolbar.
Highlight the checkpoint(s) and click on Delete
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This operation may take anywhere between 30 seconds to a minute depending on the size of the disk.
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Once checkpoint deletion process is complete. Click OK.
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Retry Clone operation of the VM/template. It should work!
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Predominantly based around Virtualization, but will include other technology related information and anything else I find interesting and feel the need to share with you. I also use this Blog as both a place to store useful information that I think that will come in handy to me at some point in the future, and also a place to help aid my learning. I find a great way to learn about something is to research about it and then write it up in my own words. I'm Pushpal Ray, from India. As a certified VCP3/4/5 professional, I am currently working as an Independent Consultant. Over 10 years of IT-industry experience, currently focused around the Desktop Virtualization(End-User Computing). I also have extensive experience in Windows Administration, Datacenter Migration, Workload profiling & benchmarking. At my leisure, I enjoy hiking, running, photography, spend hours in my fav coffee shop & spend quality time with my wife. Occasionally, catch up with few friends for a drink!
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