Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Is there any way to take an image of a "cloud" server (the server in question is on the Rackspace Cloud/Mosso) and store it so that the server instance can be shut down/destroyed, and if I decide I want the server back, I can just restore this backed up image of the filesystem onto a new server instance?

share|improve this question

rsync (as root) the whole filesystem somewhere.

share|improve this answer

Yes, you can create custom images based on your cloud server that can be used to create new servers. Check the Rackspace Cloud Servers API documentation for more information about how to do that.

share|improve this answer

When a server instance is destroyed the backup goes with it (that's a different action from turning it off or rebooting it, BTW - this is "canceling/destroying" the image.

Shutting off the instance still incurs billing (for the basic instance) but avoids usage charges such as bandwidth. Tip: Resizing an image to a small size and shutting it off can mean paying less than $20/mo to maintain the image for on-demand restoration/cloning.

share|improve this answer
up vote 0 down vote accepted

I've been advised by Rackspace that they plan to add this functionality at some point in the near future (end of 2009 or early 2010).

That functionality when implemented would allow you to do something along these lines:

(using the management GUI or the API)

  1. Backup a server image to Cloud Files
  2. Destroy the running server instance
  3. Create a completely new instance, using the saved backup image as the data
share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.