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

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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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Is this how LVM snapshots work?

I'm trying to figure out how LVM snapshots work so I can implement it on my fileserver but I'm having difficulty finding anything on google that explains how it works instead of how to use it for a ...
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Snapshot/rollback for libvirt+KVM?

I've recently begun using KVM for my development/test environment on a Linux host system with 8G memory. Prior, I was using VMware Fusion for my virtual environment, but my Macbook only has 2G memory. ...
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Hidden Periodic Screenshots on a corporate workstation?

Can anyone recommend something that allows us to take hidden periodic screenshots of a workstation? We have a user who we believe is abusing his computer privileges. We have our suspicions that he ...
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LVM snapshots vs. file system snapshots

As far as I know, LVM makes it possible to take snapshots of a volume. There are also a number of file systems (ZFS, Btrfs, reiserfs, ...) which supports snapshots. However, I've never understood the ...
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Why are snapshots considered as temporary backups not real backups?

I am using VMware ESXi. In our team we use to provide snapshots for long term backup. Then we faced issues like memory spillover and the server got hang up. I started reading in VMware knowledgebase ...
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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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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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VMWare: Are long running snapshots really THAT bad?

This is ESXi 5.5. I know that the VMWare KB is very against long running snapshots, however I do not know of another way to do this. Let's say I have a base Linux system and want to spin up a unique ...
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Long running VMWare snapshots are bad… but what about VMDKs on a ZFS\LVM snapshot?

The VMWare KB and multiple blogs state that long running snapshots are bad for both performance reasons and integrity. They have valid points. Granted this is not with ESXi but rather ...
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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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What does an LVM2 Snapshot contain? [duplicate]

Everything I read makes me think an lvm snapshot is a direct copy of the logical volume that was snapshot(ed), but how can that be when it takes 10 seconds to snapshot a 90 gig logical volume? If I ...
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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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LVM Snapshot confusion

I think I understand some of the lvm snapshot concept, but am confused about one last thing. After you take the snapshot, if you don't mount it, will it be active? What I really want to know is will ...
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Vmware missing last snapshot data file what now?

Hi we had some problems with our server filling up because of snapshots then failing to turn on, I have managed to copy everything across and repair the snapshot descriptor files (hopefully). The ...
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Question about Consolidate Helper - 0

Recently I had an issue where a virtual machine had ran out of space and was suspended, a restart was able to to fix the issue but when I SSH'd in I noticed there were two large files (both delta.vmdk ...