Create a snapshot

Snapshots let you preserve the state of a directory at a given point in time. If a file or directory is modified or deleted unintentionally, you can use the snapshot to revert it to its saved state. This tutorial shows you how to take a snapshot on demand or by setting a policy, which is a schedule that automatically takes snapshots at the times you specify.

Create a snapshot on demand

In this section, you’ll take an on-demand snapshot.

  1. Log in as admin if you need to.
  2. The dashboard appears.
  3. Point to Cluster and click Saved Snapshots from the drop-down list.

    Saved Snapshots main

  4. You see the Snapshots page and the list of snapshots that have already been taken. In this example, the list is empty.

    Saved snapshots empty list

  5. Click Take Snapshot.

  6. The On Demand Snapshot dialog box appears.

    On Demand Snapshot Dialog Box empty

  7. Fill in the fields. Here are the definitions.

    • Snapshot Name. The name of the snapshot.
    • Apply to Directory. Enter the name of the directory you want to snapshot.
    • Delete Snapshot. Schedule when you want the system to delete the snapshot. The default is Never. To delete the schedule, automatically,select Automatically after. The next field is the amount of time and the last field is a drop-down list with possible units of time (hours, days, weeks, months).

    Here is an example.

    On Demand Snapshot Dialog Box populated

    In this example, an on-demand snapshot named snapshot--001 will be taken of directory /test01. The snapshot is never deleted automatically.

  8. Click Save. This takes the snapshot.

  9. The Snapshots page appears with the name of the snapshot, when it will be deleted (if ever) and its policy, which is On Demand.

    Snapshots list with saved snapshot

Delete a snapshot

You can delete snapshots.

  1. On the Snapshots page, make sure you’re on Saved Snapshots. Click the trashcan icon next to the snapshot you want to delete.

    Delete saved snapshot trashcan icon

  2. You'll be asked for a confirmation.

  3. Click Yes, Delete Snapshot.

    On demand snapshot confirm delete

Recover a Snapshot

Recovering a snapshot can’t be done from the GUI. See Snapshots: Recovering Files for the procedure.

Create a snapshot policy

In this section, you’ll create a policy for taking snapshots automatically.

  1. On the Snapshots page, click Policy. (You can also access the Policy page directly from the dashboard. Point to Cluster and click Policy from the drop-down list.)
  2. You see the Snapshots page, which lists the existing policies. In this example, the list is empty.

    Snapshots policy list empty

  3. Click Create.

  4. The Create Policy dialog appears.

    Create snapshot policy dialog box empty

  5. Fill in the fields. Here are the definitions.

    • Policy Name. The name of your policy.
    • Apply to Directory. The directory to snapshot.
    • Run Policy on the Following Schedule. These fields define the schedule for taking snapshots.
    • Select Schedule Type. Defines how often the snapshot is taken. Select the interval from the drop-down list (Hourly or Less, Daily or Weekly, Monthly).
    • Set to Time Zone. This field is automatically set to your operating system’s time zone.
    • Variable fields. The next few fields change, depending on the schedule type. They allow you to set the times and days when you take a snapshot.
    • Delete Each Snapshot. Schedule when you want the system to delete the snapshot. The default is Never. To delete the schedule, automatically, select Automatically after. The next field is the amount of time and the last field is a drop-down list with possible units of time (hours, days, weeks, months).

    Here is an example.

    Create snapshot policy dialog box populated

    In this example, the policy name is mypolicy001. It snapshots the directory /test01. Every Monday, the system takes a snapshot at 13:00 hours and never deletes it.

  6. The Enabled switch should be On. (To disable the policy, click it to turn it Off.)

  7. Click Save.
  8. The Snapshots page appears with a summary of the policy.

    Snapshots policy list populated

Edit a snapshot policy

You can edit a policy’s attributes.

  1. On the Snapshots page, make sure you’re on Policy.
  2. Click the pencil icon next to the policy you want to change.

    Edit policy pencil icon

  3. The Edit Policy dialog box opens.

  4. Make the changes you want and click Save.

** Delete a snapshot policy You can delete snapshots.

  1. On the Snapshots page, make sure you’re on Policy.
  2. Click the trashcan icon next to the policy you want to delete.

    Delete snapshot policy trashcan icon

  3. You will be asked to confirm the deletion.

    Snapshot policy delete confirm

  4. Click Yes, Delete.

Seeing Total Snapshot Space Used

You can see how much total space the snapshots take up from the GUI.

  1. Point to Cluster and click Overview.
  2. The GUI shows how much space the snapshots use. Here is an example.

    Snapshots space used

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