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

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Export snapshot from VMWare Workstation 8

How can I export a virtual machine from VMWare Workstation 8 to another physical computer which has VMWare Workstation 8? i.e. how can I move snapshots between different instances of VMWare ...
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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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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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VSS fails on creating snapshot - various VSS writers failed state, timed out

I have several errors in my log. My environment is: Server 2008 R2 (virtual machines on Server Core stack). AppAssure Replay 4 as the backup solution. In the evening backup goes okay usually, ...
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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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Automate Amazon EBS Snapshot creation?

Once in a while I would go to http://aws.amazon.com/console and manually right click my EBS volume and create a snapshot. This is kind of tedious and I would forget sometimes. Is it possible to ...
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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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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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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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vmware esxi 5, cant create snapshots and consolidate fails, how to delete old or consolidate redo logs?

I have a VM that seems to be working ok, but when VMWare DR (or I) tries to create a snap shot, it fails, and when I view the summary page of the VM it has a warning at the top showing that the disks ...
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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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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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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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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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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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where are kvm-snapshots stored?

I run several VM's on KVM/ubuntu, which all get started with the -snapshot parameter (the VM's only compute several things which can be destroyed after reboot). Out of the docs I've read, the changes ...
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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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Is it possible to convert a LVM2 snapshot to a linear LV?

We have DRBD volumes that are presented to guests, and we often snapshot them with the intention of reverting back to the snapshots. I understand in LVM, snapshoting then working with the snapshot is ...
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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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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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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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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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vSphere Replication Guest OS Quiescing

I am using vSphere Replication 5.1 to send virtual machines to a separate datastore every 24 hours. One option in configuring each VMs replication is the Guest OS Quiescing option. Options are None ...
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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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Safe to Use an Amazon EBS Volume While Snapshot in Progress?

Is it safe to use an EBS volumne while a snapshot is being created? I've currently got a 100Gb EBS volume mounted. I am in the process of snapshotting it. Goodness it's slow!! It's going to end up ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I fix a VMWare disk of a broken machine that has snapshots?

A guest on VMWare ESXi 4 is not booting anymore and I want to attach its disk to another machine. Both are almost identical ubuntu 64 bit server instances. But the broken machine had snapshots, so ...
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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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Amazon EC2: Restoring Windows EBS snapshots into AMIs or Instances?

As my Windows EC2 instance lives, starting and stopping many times a week, it evolves. These changes get saved to it's EBS volume, so state is persistent across reboots. Now, periodically I backup ...
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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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Correct process for starting new EC2 Instance from an EBS snapshot

I have an EC2 instance running the Ubuntu 12.04 32bit AMI (available in the first page the Classic wizard for launching a new instance). The root device is an EBS volume. I then follow these steps: ...
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VMWare Snapshots

Is it a good idea to take snapshots of production servers at regular intervals. I am reading a lot of website that suggest that you should not take snapshots of production systems, stating that it ...
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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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Server Backup Strategy for Amazon EC2

Where and how should I backup my EC2 / EBS based snapshots OUTSIDE of EC2? EC2 provides a great product with their EBS based snapshots. However it is also a high risk point that someone could ...