A snapshot is a copy of data taken at a specific point in time.

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Remove a file from a btrfs snapshot and still use btrfs send/receive?

I'm planing to use btrfs send/receive to synchronize two filesystems and keep a few older snapshots (like a time machine) on the backup. Now what happens if a user ask me to remove a file or ...
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“Failed to Snapshot” error when converting a physical server to a VHD in XenConvert version 2.5

Problem While using XenConvert 2.5.0.2918 to convert a physical Windows 2008 R2 server to a Virtual Hard Disk (VHD), I receive the error "Failed to Snapshot" in the logs and the conversion does not ...
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Regenerate Snapshots from .avhdx files

I'm getting used to Hyper-V and I come into this situation: I manually did a backup and a restore of a virtual machine with 1 disk and 2 snapshots. My restored machine has a .vhdx file and 2 .avhdx ...
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bad inodes in KVM guests

I ran a script to snapshot all logical volumes from KVM guests and backup. But /var/log/messages reported these errors: Jun 02 09:57:08 server lvm[24245]: Monitoring snapshot ...
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Too many VMDK files on my windows VM [migrated]

I have a windows vm with 60 GB disk running on VMWare Workstation. I see the total size of the folder containing is close to 115 GB. I had some 7 snapshots and though snapshots are the reason. Delete ...
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handle multiple calls of rsync, dd and snapshot

The server runs the following operations often. It takes a snapshot of a logical volume, then backup up the content to the remote backup server. It is possible that multiple backups and transfer ...
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Problems with pid files when restoring OpenVZ snapshot

I am trying different ways to take snapshots of running openvz containers. Following this guide : http://openvz.org/Checkpointing_and_live_migration, I always encounter an issue with pid files ...
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Restoring a VM from a backed up snapshot in Windows Server 2008R2

I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 cluster with a number of guest VMs that are undergoing weekly maintenance for backups, performed in a save -> export -> start process. This process was taking up ...
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xenserver backup producing snapshot too long

I am having the same problem as outlined in this question: xenserver snapshot chain too long I don't have enough rep to comment on the post so I am creating my own question. I have attempted to use ...
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xenserver snapshot chain too long

I've been running a XenServer 6.2 server for a month or so and recently one of my VMs will not perform snapshots. I receive the error "The snapshot chain is too long" although I have removed all of ...
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ZFS snapshots and atomic updates

So I'm tinkering around with ZFS on linux and zrep. I've got 2 VMs on my laptop and I'm running zrep and synchronizing the contents of one filesystem to another. One unexpected situation is this: ...
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Debian 7 auto mounting .zfs snapshot directory

Today I come with another weird thing on Debian 7 that I cannot explain myself.. Context : Os: Debian7 Kernel: Linux http-apache-01a 3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.54-2 x86_64 GNU/Linux This system ...
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Can NetApp Snapshots be used as Backups?

Our shop relies very heavily on NetApp Volume Snapshots for backups. We use traditional agent-based tape backups for some of our data but by and large we rely on the Snapshots for the majority of our ...
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ESXi alerts to consolidate but there were no snapshots taken

I recently came a cross a disk failure on our server and got the disk replaced. Due to this disk failure there were certain issues which raised and now its going up and down. What my problem is that, ...
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reclaim space from xen server

i found xencenter stotage => general tah display 1096.6 GB used of 1107.7 GB total (708.5 GB allocated) seen some space have been eaten and not release. the SMLog show that [13816] 2014-03-28 ...
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Windows Server 2003 activity monitoring and reporting

I have BackupExec 2012 attempting to backup a Windows Server 2003 VMWare instance. I often get unable to quiesce error: "The virtual machine may be too busy to quiesce to take the snapshot." I've ...
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How to exclude VHDX disk from snapshots on Hyper-v

(I'm using the built-in Hyper-V that comes with Windows Server 2012 R2) I want to play with my snapshots while I have a separate disk that would not be affected by those snapshots, thus I can store ...
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Hyper-V How to define “auto revert” to a snapshot after each reboot

I'm using the built-in Hyper-V that comes with Windows Server 2012 R2 and I'm looking for the option that lets me to set "auto revert" (or "auto apply") to a specific snapshot after the machine is ...
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How do I determine the actual size of a NetApp filer snapshot?

We have a volume serving up CIFS data, which seems to have a lot more snapshot data than the rest. I suspect that this is due to a higher rate of change, and that I could determine this using the snap ...
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LVM snapshot of btrfs volume changes mounted device

I have a btrf volume on top of LVM. Now I want to do a snapshot on the lvm level (NOT on the btrfs level). But every time I create the LVM snapshot, btrfs changes the mounted block device to the ...
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bad page map bug during snapshot

I ran the following command to create a snapshot volume. But the kernel received a bug and the kvm hypervisor stopped responding. Why is the error and how to fix it? lvcreate -L20G -s -n ...
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Do snapshots + RAID count as a good on-site backup solution?

The two main reasons I can think of for taking backups seems to be taken care of when I use both snapshots and RAID together with btrfs. (By RAID here, I mean RAID1 or 10) Accidental deletion of ...
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Scale-out distributed storage with snapshots

I'm aware there are many similar questions around, several with great answers. I still haven't quite found what I'm looking for though: a distributed, scale-out FS that supports snapshots. Gluster ...
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Change the logical volume

I am quite new this snapshot process. Let, I have three logical volumes as A, B, C. I worked on logical volume C. But accidentally when I restart the system, it goes to the snapshot A. How can I ...
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Detailed explanation of how virtual machine snapshots work

I would like to fully understand how virtual machine snapshots work. Although I have researched this subject I cannot seem to find a "high-level" overview of how snapshots work practically. My ...
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Snapshots - where are they running from?

I have an odd 'issue'. And I feel a little dumb asking. Just after Christmas, 2013, I added a cronjob on one of my EC2 instances to snapshot all of my EBS volumes that had a tag where backup=true, ...
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How to replace QEMU binary with newer version for libvirt live snapshots

This is my first post, so please be gentle. :) My CentOS 6.5 box has a QEMU binary that does not support live external snapshots. This is the command I attempt on the virsh CLI, and its output: ...
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Create centOS6 snapshots

How can I create snapshots of system (similar to what VM have) of a centOS 6 to a network location? That is I need to know what software/package should I use and maybe some ways to work with it.
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See progress of lvm --merge

Is there any way I can see the progress of a merge of my snapshot back to the origin? The only thing I know is that there is an ongoing merge because I can't create a new snapshot.
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Is there a way to script a snapshot for the purposes of application installation and package creation?

I know there are solutions that do this in the wild (and some are free) that perform difference based app packaging (hard drive based snapshots), but for some reason when I use them for those tough ...
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Snapshot Reporting via Email

I've got the current script that is supposed to log onto vsphere, get all snapshots that are over a week old, and email the results. Connect-ViServer server $weekOldSnapshots = ...
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What will be deleted when I delete snapshot?

Using ESXi 5.0, I had a disk which was converted from VHD to VMDK using Winimage which left me with a sparse VMDK. I tried to snapshot the VM after importing it which caused a problem. I believe I ...
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Can I re-attach my EBS while a snapshot is pending?

I have my database backed up to an EBS drive. My current backup method is 1) queue all writes (not important how) 2) kill database process 3) detach + umount ebs volume 4) take snapshot 5) ...
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ESXI Snapshots on a CentOS VM

On reverting back to a snapshot on one of my CentOS VM's the date is obviously set back to the original snapshot date. I was wondering if anyone knew of any other changes to the server (apart from ...
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Delete all snapshots over 30 days old

I'm currently using VMware 5.1 and looking for a method to keep snapshots that users create from becoming too old. Is there any tool inside of VMware that allows you to manage snapshots (or possibly a ...
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LVM2: How to copy snapshots?

I read What does an LVM2 Snapshot contain? and LVM Snapshot confusion. What I'm trying to figure out is if there is a way to create a copy of an LVM snapshot for use with different Xen VMs. I know ...
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Security of AWS automated backup via snapshots

I need to automate backup of a Linux AWS instance. I would like to do this via one of the many scripts available that rely on the API access of AWS to do snapshots of the underlying EBS volume. What ...
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Hyper-v takes a long time to create snapshots

I'm not sure when, but I've noticed as of recently, whenever I go to make a snapshot of certain machines, it hangs at 2% for a good while and then eventually finishes (fairly quickly, actually). I ...
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EC2 backup strategy, 2 EBS volumes

i've currently set up a Windows EC2 instance with MySQL installed on the root/C: drive, with the database files, logs, etc on another volume. Is it safe to use snapshots to back up the instance? My ...
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An LVM snapshot of an ext4 fs does not seem very clean

I create an LVM snapshot of a mounted ext4 fs: lvcreate -L 10GiB -s -n "root-snapshot" "/dev/myvgname/root" If I then run e2fsck on /dev/myvgname/root-snapshot, it says: e2fsck 1.42.5 ...
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Qcow2 backing image and overlay idea

I have 2 KVM servers running Windows Guests. I want to create a Qcow2 image with Windows 7 on it, install the base software needed, and then make that a backing image, read-only, with one qcow2 ...
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Mounting an LVM snapshot and converting file: is it safe?

I have KVM running and need to convert some qcow2 disk images from running guests into vmdk format. Is it safe to take an LVM snapshot of the logical volume that the qcow2 file resides on, mount it, ...
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Clone/Backup Strategy for VMs between ESXi and KVM requiring clones to run concurrently with original VMs

I am stuck on this problem and need help. ESXi Free version 5 and qemu-kvm/libvirtd version 0.10. I will put the TL;DR first since it captures the problem fairly well. TL;DR I have 2 VMs on a KVM ...
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Qcow2 converted to vmdk show as spare and can't be snapshot

As the title says, kvm disks that I converted and moved to ESXi are useless because I cannot use snapshots due to the fact that they are sparse disks. Does anyone have a resolution for this issue? ...
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virsh-snapshot delete behavior in libvirt

What happens to the data after performing a virsh-snapshot delete of the most current snapshot for a domain? Does it merge the data into the existing qcow2 file? Will any new data as of the snapshot ...
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Is it safe to delete this snapshot?

Building on a previous question I had asked re: a VM freezing at the end of the backup, one of the solutions Veeam has offered is to make sure that there are no other snapshots that exist of that vm. ...
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Virtual Machine cannot be used for any checkpoint actions, when VM is already in running state

I've got some Microsoft Hyper-V VMs that I manage via System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager. There's one VM that I am trying to create a new checkpoint for (it has 3 previous checkpoints ...
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ESX Free: Creating clones of VMs to run concurrently as a branch version

I have ESX free (most recent version 5.X) installed on a standalone server with an internal datastore in a RAID 5 setup. The VMs will be Windows mostly with some Linux and will be dedicated to ...
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VMWare/ESX Snapshots vs Libvirt snapshots vs LVM2 snapshots

In VMWare, when a snapshot is taken, my understanding is that it creates delta disks, and any writes that occur after the snapshot is created will be written to these new delta disk images, and not ...
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ESX: allowing users to snapshot VMs without vSphere Client Access

I am using ESX (latest free version 5.X) to host multiple VMs (mainly Windows with some Linux). Users will have control of these VMs and should be able to snapshot them, however I don't want to deal ...