I'm currently using a VM running on ESXi 5.0 to dry-run installation procedures for a software product. We're trying a whole different bunch of things, so I'm making extensive use of snapshots to save my place at various points.
Now, I know a thing or two about snapshots, and I know that they're essentially deltas against the base VMDK, and over time that situation can get problematic. I'm okay with the snapshots in this specific case, since the snapshots (and the VM itself) aren't for long-term use. The VM itself is going to get blown away once we're done with the procedures.
So here's where my question actually comes in. It's more of a thought experiment, so bear with me. If I were to export an OVF backup of the VM, would I expect problems because it's got snapshot data? I'm in the habit of making sure the disk is fully consolidated with no snapshots, but I'd like to know if there's a purpose to that practice.