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How can I create and use snapshots for BladeVPS?

All our VPS packages from the BladeVPS X4 on have one snapshot by default. For BladeVPS X1, this can be ordered for € 5.You can create a snapshot in the control panel (and put it back on your VPS) by following the steps below.

 

Step 1

Go to the 'BladeVPS' page in the control panel and click the name of the VPS on the left of which you want to take a snapshot. 


 

Step 2

Click 'Manage'> 'Snapshots' on the top right.

vps manage snapshots


 

Step 3

If you have not yet made a Snapshot, you can create a Snapshot here by clicking on the blue 'Create' button.

create vps snapshot


 

Step 4

You will then be given the opportunity to assign a label / name to the snapshot (especially useful if you want to use multiple snapshots). Depending on the size of the VPS and the associated disk space, it may take some time before the snapshot is created.

create snapshot label

Once the snapshot has been created, you can restore it with the 'Restore' button. Note that if you only have the default snapshot, you will first have to remove the old snapshot before you can create a new one.


What else is important to know about Snapshots?

  • It is strongly recommended to disable the VPS before you create a Snapshot. This prevents that data which was still stored in the RAM and data that is still written during the snapshot is not included in the snapshot (with possible corruption as a result).
  • When you take a Snapshot in the switched off state, your VPS will automatically restart after this process is complete. Please note: creating the snapshot in the off state and restarting the VPS takes only a few seconds.
  • It is currently not possible to create "automatic" snapshots via the control panel (for example every day at 12 o'clock in the afternoon). However, you can create this option yourself using our API (https://api.transip.eu/docs/transip.nl/class-Transip_VpsService.html), but this does require some programming knowledge.
  • You can also restore a snapshot on another VPS (of equivalent or better specifications), see this article for more information.
  • The difference between a snapshot and an automatic backup is described here.

 

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