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How to create and manage SnapShots of your Cloud Server

A Snapshot is a copy of the disk file of a Virtual Machine (VM) at a specific time. It preserves all the files on the disk, allowing us to restore the status of all files stored on the disk on the date the snapshots were created.

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The Snapshots are like a photo of the state of the machine to which we want to return in case of installing something that does not work. In this way, we do not have to do the uninstallation and we return to a stable state of the machine.

It is important to clarify that snapshots are not backups. Taking into account that the file of a snapshot is only a record of the changes of an original virtual disk, it does not relate directly to a backup process. The virtual machine is running on the most recent Snapshot and not on the original files of the disk.

Although it is possible to create and keep several Snapshots of virtual machine’s disk, it must be taken into account that an excessive number of snapshots can cause a decrease in the performance of the virtual machine.

How to create a Snapshot from SW Panel

In SWHosting you can create snapshots of all your Cloud servers through your SW Panel service management tool. The steps to create a Cloud Server Snapshot are the following:

1. From the search box of your SW Panel you must locate your Cloud server on which you want to create a Snapshot.

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2. Once you are in the Dashboard of the cloud server, you will have to go to the left side menu and in the section “Keep and recover my data” click on the option "Snapshots management

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3. In the next window, corresponding to the Snapshot History of the Cloud server, you must press the "Create Snapshot" button

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4. In the case that you do not have space contracted to perform snapshots on your server, a warning will appear indicating the amount of space needed. If the disk of your server has a size of 20GB you will need to hire an exact same space for your Snapshot, that is 20GB to create a single Snapshot. In the case you would like to create and keep more than one Snapshot you should have 20GB for each of your different snapshots. To enlarge the disk available for Snapshot you must press the "Expand Snapshot disk"

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5. In the next window you can indicate the disk space for snapshots that you wish to assign to your Cloud server. In our example, the hard disk of the Cloud server has a size of 20GB and we want to have 2 Snapshots available, so we will assign a total of 40GB (20GB + 20GB) of disk for snapshots. Once you have defined the values of the space you need, you must press the "Next" button

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In the next window the costs corresponding to the space allocated for the Snapshots of your server will be summarized. To accept you must press the button "Accept and formalize changes"

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6. Once the disk space for snapshots has been hired, we are located again in the Dashboard of the cloud server and in the left side menu we locate the section "Keep and recover my data". Next, click on the option "Snapshots Management" and click on the button "Create Snapshot"

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7. In the next window we write the name (Alias) that will identify the Snapshot as well as its date/time of creation. Next, we mark the validation box and accept by clicking on the "Create Snapshot now" button

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8. After a few instants your Snapshot will be created and you will be able to manage it from the Snapshots History, where besides seeing the list of all your created snapshots, you can restore them on your Cloud server or delete them.

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How to restore a Snapshot from SW Panel

1. From the search box of your SW Panel you must locate your Cloud server on which you want to restore a Snapshot.

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2. Once you are in the Dashboard of the cloud server, you should be located in the left side menu and in the section "Keep and recover my data" click on the option "Snapshots management"

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3. In the window corresponding to the Snapshot History, locate the Snapshot you want to restore and from the "Manage" button click on the "Restore this Snapshot" option.

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4. In the next window you are informed that it will proceed to restore the Snapshot, including the disk data of the server as well as its customization at the time of creation of the Snapshot (vCores, RAM, Firewall, SSH, IP. ..) and the objects created in the SWPanel (Mail accounts, FTP, BBDD, Users, ...). To restore the Snapshot, you must check the validation box and click on the button "Yes, I want to Restore now"

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5. Next, a window will open showing the process of restoring the Snapshot and after a few seconds the process of restoring your server through your Snapshot will be finished.

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How to remove a Snapshot from SW Panel

1. From the search box of your SW Panel you must locate your Cloud server on which you want to delete a Snapshot.

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2. Once you are in the Dashboard of the cloud server, you should be located in the left side menu and in the section "Keep and recover my data" click on the option "** Snapshots management"**

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** 3.** In the window corresponding to the Snapshot History, locate the Snapshot you want to restore and from the "Manage" button click on the "Delete Snapshot" option.

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** 4.** Then you must press the "Delete" button.

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** 5.** In the next window you are informed that it will proceed to eliminate the Snapshot, including the disk data of the server as well as its customization at the time of creation of the Snapshot (vCores, RAM, Firewall, SSH, IP. ..) and the objects created in the SWPanel (Mail accounts, FTP, BBDD, Users, ...). To delete the Backup you must check the validation box and click on the button "Yes, Delete now"

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6. Then, a window will open showing the process of eliminating the Snapshot and after a few seconds the process will be finished.

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