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

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qemu-img snapshot on live VM

I have created multiple KVM VMs using QCOW2 images. Each VM has its own qcow2 file and is not based on any backing file. My question is specifically related to snapshots of QCow2 images on these ...
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VMware snapshot + An error occurred while saving the snapshot msg.snap-hot error

I am using VMware version 5.5 (that manage 57 different VM Linux machines –red-hat version 6 until 7 ) In the VSphere Client (tasks and event), I saw the following error: (on Linux machine name – ...
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AWS EC2 what is a reservation ID exactly and what does it represent?

I made a script that creates snapshots of our EC2 volumes. The script looks at which instances are running, which volumes are connected to those instances, and then creates snapshots for those ...
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Use Lvm snapshot for a new (KVM) virtual machine

I need to migrate one CentOS5 (32bit) physical server to in a virtual machine. My idea is to take a snapshot of the LV and then import in kvm creating a new vm. Is this a good idea? More precisely, I ...
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AWS EC2: EBS snapshot without reboot in read only context it is safe (consistent)?

I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 EC2 instance on AWS platform, with 2 EBS volume attached, the first (C:) for Windows SO (root volume) and the second (D:) for static file storage served by http server. ...
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How to use the already exported snapshot as *.xva restore VM on xenserver

I follow the tutorial: export snapshot from xenserver! # xe vm-list is-control-domain=false is-a-snapshot=false uuid ( RO) : 8ac95696-94f3-83c1-bc89-8bb2603f832b name-label ( RW): ...
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Scan only new files whit clamav [duplicate]

I have a cron script witch makes snapshots every day and scan the whole partition whit clamav. But if possible it would bee a better idea to scan only the modified files i think. The snapshot is ...
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LVM2: Can I change the LV size (not COW-table size) of a snapshot?

I'm curious if it is possible to create a snapshot of (e.g.) 10G volume, and then resize the snapshot to be 20G, along with the file-system within? Using lvresize or lvextend only alters the ...
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Centos LiveCD Buffer I/O error. How to increase snapshot size?

Now I have liveCD for CentOS receive many error with buffer i/o error . however when I do check -- dmsetup status live-rw: 0 2097152 snapshot 244712/1048576 968 the 1048576 is 1 Megabit bitmap ...
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snapshot script for vmware esxi host

I am searching for way to create scheduled snapshot creation script. With possibility to set retention days/ count. Maybe someone can share some example or say what are using to create auto snapshots ...
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Proper way of handling LXC containers on btrfs

Lets say we have one server with lxc installed, and a lxc container used for as a base img /var/lib/lxc/ubuntu_base. For simplicity let's forget the config changes after copying the base img. some ...
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Issues with 2008R2 Hyper-V Snapshot [Permission Issues]

We have an issue while taking snapshot of a VM machine hosted on Hyper-V host. The Hyper-V host is a Windows 2008R2 Sp1 Ent edition server and we have couple of VMs hosted on them. Whenever I try to ...
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Figure out the used space on the snapshot thin volume

I have the following lvm configuration. Hard Disk: /dev/sdb (Size 10 GB) VG: vg_root on /dev/sdb THIN_POOL thin_pool occupying the whole physical extent lvcreate -y --extents 100%free --thin ...
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Is there a way to force restore an ElasticSearch snapshot with “unsupported snapshot state”

I am trying to restore a snapshot, but there were problems in some indices when we took the snapshot. We didn't get any errors when getting the backup, so we deleted the previous instance, but when we ...
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Live Backup using Proxmox's snapshot-drive command

I have a KVM server(not on a proxmox node), my VPS is based on qcow2 format and I would like to do a live backup of the vms. I have understood there are two types of backup, Internal and External, I ...
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Qemu qmp snaphot-drive

what is the correct method to use qemu qmp snapshot-drive ? Is there any other way to create snapshot of qcow2 based VPS without using virsh snapshot-create ? They seem to corrupt the filesystem on ...
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How to create an AMI excluding all attached volumes for all instance within VPC using shell script

I have written script to find instance-id from VPC n create AMI of each instance-id : #!/bin/bash #Script to Automate AMI backup echo "----------------------------------\n `date` ...
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SQL Server VSS writer interfering with VMWare snapshots

After changing to TSM for the VMWare backups, we've started experiencing an odd issue with our Snapshot backups. We take system drive snapshots as a backup solution for the machine states. All the ...
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Best compression for ZFS send/recv

I'm sending incremental ZFS snapshots over a point-to-point T1 line and we're to a point where a day's worth of snapshots can barely make it over the wire before the next backup starts. Our send/recv ...
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VMware Sync Driver - fsfreeze - consistent snapshot

I'm looking for now quiet some time to the following answer, does the snapshot taken by VMWare with VMWare Tools installed with the Sync Driver are consistent on linux ? According to this article I ...
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“Reinstall” FreeBSD using ZFS snapshots

I am using a dedicated server, and unlike on VPS providers or VM machines, getting back to a clean state (untouched, after install) is quite a laborious thing to do (lots of clicking around in a web ...
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Azure Snapshot without losing IP

I have several VMs running, but sometimes i have to clone them to make a sandbox server on where i can run trials and procedures, the problem is that everytime i make an image the VM stops and reboots ...
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NAUbackup features + Snapshots

Does anybody know whether or not NAUbackup captures the memory of a vm, along with the disk, when it takes a snapshot? I'm running xenserver 6.5 on three blade servers and I setup NAUbackup to backup ...
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Delete “orphan” libvirt snapshot

I am trying to live-snapshot using KVM as per this procedure. I must have messed up at some point because I'm in a state I don't understand. My VM is called prod. It was created in file ...
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Loading a snapshot on a live instance to replace the root volume without terminating or stopping

I have a small EC2 instance running Ubuntu 9.10. I cannot stop or terminate it because it's a production server and we cannot lose our IP. I have an Amazon EBS volume that is our root drive and I ...
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windows server creation from amazon ec2 snapshot

I created a windows 2003 instance on Amazon EC2, I created the snapshot for backup. Now I am creating the volume from that snapshot and try to attach to a new windows 2003 server. I am able to up ...
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libvirt and qemu/kvm -snapshot option

Using libvirt, I want to use QEMU's '-snapshot' option. That way, when the machine shuts down, all of the disk changes that were made get destroyed. Here is the manual for the -snapshot option: ...
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Why does OpenStack distinguish images from snapshots?

Usually, http://serverfault.com/a/268727/126950: snapshot = an exact capture of what a volume looked like at a particular moment in time, including all it's data. image = a total snapshot of a ...
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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 - zfs destroy snapshot during zfs send incremental

How does zfs handle destroying snapshots during an incremental send? Example: 2 servers using ZFS: zfshost1 [root@zfshost1~]# zfs list -t snapshot NAME ...
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rsnapshot vs EC2 EBS Snapshot

Question What are the pros and cons of using rsnapshot [on a live drive] to a separate EBS volume vs using Amazon's EBS snapshot on a live drive? Background I just moved a small single server from ...
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ec2 create-image will it backup attached ebs volumes?

$aws ec2 create-image --instance-id xxx --name yyy --description "zzzz" --no-reboot This created AMI image of EC2 instance but did not created extra attached volume's snapshot ! So is there any ...
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Backup of running KVM qcow2 VPS

I want a robust method of taking backup of KVM VPS of qcow2 file, while running. After searching for a long time I found that we can use rsync for live backup. I used following command for rsync: ...
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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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Why VM snapshots are affecting performance?

I read in one of the VMware KB articles that snapshots will directly affect VM performance. But my team keeps asking me how snapshots can affect performance. I would like to give them solid reason ...
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AWS snapshots before O.S. updates

I've read over the AWS Snapshot docs, but still have a question: When taking a snapshot of an instance before doing yum updates to the O.S.: - I have to snapshot each mounted volume separately, even ...
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Linux LVM snapshot commit or revert?

I'm about to perform an experimental upgrade on my CentOS 5 server. If the upgrade fails, I want to be able to back out the changes to the filesystem. This scenario seems similar to the example in ...
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How to incrementally backup XenServer VMs [closed]

I am looking for a way to backup XenServer (or XAPI) VMs incrementally. backup just changed data every time. without performance penalty, slowing down the server after the backup is done (snapshots ...
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delete a snapshot created before LVM extension

I believe that snapshots and disk extensions are not friends, having said that... Is it safe to delete a VMWare snapshot created before adding a new virtual hdd to my LVM partition? What I mean is: ...
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Restore an entire virtualized domain to earlier state?

We have set up a lab environment in our office to run various cybersecurity simulations. We are using ESXi 6.0 (VMWare) and we have a domain controller with 3 servers. I know that snapshotting domain ...
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After I clear a large number of Snapshots (approximately 1500), FreeNAS 9.3 Web GUI displays “An error occurred.” After two days

My FreeNAS 9.3 Web GUI crushed after I clear a large number of Snapshots (approximately 1500) And now, It only displays these words: An error occurred. Sorry, the page you are looking for is ...
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Cannot remove snapshot Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

I am slowing going through and removing snapshots that for some inexplicable reason have been running since 2012!!!!!!! Most have been fine to delete and let the merge happen offline or at worst ...
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MongoDB fsyncUnlock won't unlock occasionally on Windows

We have a MongoDB replica set installed on Windows servers, with a scheduled backup job. MongoDB is configured to use journaling. The job runs db.fsyncLock() via script on MongoDB (primary server), ...
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NetApp Backup Strategy - Snapshots to SnapMirrors to Tape?

In a previous question we discussed the pros and cons of relying exclusively on NetApp snapshots for backups. I now find myself in this situation as our aging legacy Symantec BackupExec tape server ...
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Restore “snapshot” of OS partition on physical Linux server to spare partition then boot - caveats?

We're planning to bring a new physical server online in the near future and as part of the disaster recovery / change management plan, I want to be able to easily roll back the operating system and ...
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AWS EC2 snapshots - how long should they be retained? [closed]

How long should daily EBS-backed EC2 snapshots be retained? We're using ec2-automate-backup to backup (daily) two EBS volumes - OS and data - pertaining to a web application. If I've understood, in ...
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NetApp - Snapshot Full

I am seeing a bunch of Snapshot Full warning events being generated recently from various volumes on our filers: A Warning event at 22 Jun 10:03 Alaskan Daylight Time on Snapshot ...
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Incredibly slow snapshot removal

I have an ESXi box with HP LeftHand storage exposed via iSCSI. I have a virtual machine with a 1TB disk, of which 800GB is consumed. The disk is thick provisioned on the LeftHand storage. A snapshot ...
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Handling XenServer snapshotting and cloning with ZFS SAN

I'm planning on setting up a XenServer machine that uses a NexentaOS/ZFS-based SAN for storage of the Virtual Disk Images (VDIs) through iSCSI. I know I could just setup a big Storage Repository (SR) ...
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Where are diskshadow snapshots stored?

I am evaluating DISKSHADOW utility to take MSSQL database snapshots. I use the below set context persistent set option rollbackrecover txfrecover set verbose on begin backup add volume d: alias ...