vCloud Director VS Snapshots

Snapshots lock the file system disk and create a new disk with the changes made alongside. There can be only one snapshot per VS: when a new snapshot is created for the VS, the previous one is deleted. You can view, create and delete virtual server snapshots. This section provides information on how to view, create, build and restore VS snapshots.

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View VS Snapshots



To view the list of VS Snapshots:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > CloudVirtual Servers menu.
  2. Click the label of the server you want to back up.
  3. Click the Tools button > Snapshots.
  4. On the screen that appears, you'll see the list of all VS snapshots together with their details:
    • Snapshot -  the number of snapshot
    • Name - timestamp, which shows when snapshot was taken
    • Built - whether snapshot is built or not
    • Note - text, added to the snapshot
    • Actions icon- the actions you can perform with snapshot (restore, delete, add note).


Create VS Snapshots



To create a snapshot for VMware VS:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Cloud > Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click the label of the server you want to back up.
  3. Click the Tools button > Snapshots.
  4. Click the New Snapshot button.
  5. Specify the following details:
    • Give your snapshot a name.
    • Tick the Memory checkbox if you want to include a dump of the internal state of the virtual server in the snapshot. Memory snapshots take longer to create, but allow reversion to a running virtual server state as it was when the snapshot was taken.
    • Tick the Quiesce checkbox if you want to  quieten the file system in the virtual server. Quiescing a file system is a process of bringing the on-disk data of a physical or virtual computer into a state suitable for backups. This process might include such operations as flushing dirty buffers from the operating system's in-memory cache to disk, or other higher-level application-specific tasks.
  6. Click Create Snapshot button.


Restore VS Snapshot



You can restore the system to the state it was in when the snapshot was built. To restore the VS from a snapshot:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Cloud > Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click the label of the server you want to back up.
  3. Click the Tools button > Snapshots.
  4. Click the Actions button next to the snapshot you want to use and select Restore.

Build VS Snapshot



If the VS snapshot failed to build due to some reason, you can attempt to create it again.To build a snapshot:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Cloud > Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click the label of the server you want to back up.
  3. Click the Tools button > Snapshots.
  4. Click the Actions button next to the snapshot you want to use and select Build.


Delete VS Snapshot



To delete a snapshot:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Cloud > Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click the label of the server you want to back up.
  3. Click the Tools button > Snapshots.
  4. Click the Actions button next to the snapshot you want to use and select Delete.