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Backup EBS Volume or Stripe


To create a backup of an attached EBS Volume or Stripe of EBS Volumes. 

Note: Backups will be saved as EBS Snapshots.


  • Import the appropriate 'Toolbox' ServerTemplate


Volume backup scripts will perform slightly different actions based upon whether or not the ServerTemplate supports EBS Stripes.

  • "EBS Toolbox" - Take a backup of the EBS Filesystem by creating an EBS Snapshot of the EBS Volume.
  • "EBS Stripe Toolbox" - Take a backup of the EBS Filesystem by creating EBS Snapshots of all EBS Volumes in the Stripe.


  1. If you haven't already done so, import the 'Toolbox' ServerTemplate
  2. Go to your Deployment (Manage -> Deployments).
  3. Click the nickname of the Server to which EBS Volumes are attached.
  4. Script Dependencies:  The following scripts must be run before you can successfully run the backup scripts. 
    • For "EBS Toolbox" -  (Non-Stripe)
      • EBS Rightscale tools install
      • EBS volume continuous backups
    • For "EBS Stripe Toolbox" - (Stripe)
      • EBS Stripe Rightscale tools install
      • EBS Continuous backups
  5. Under the Server's Scripts tab, use the 'Any Script' option to run the appropriate backup script.  (Exact names may vary.)
    • "EBS Toolbox" - "EBS volume backup" script. 
    • "EBS Stripe Toolbox" - "EBS stripe volume backup" script.  The script will take Snapshots of each volume in the stripe
  6. Wait for all of the Snapshot(s) to be 100% complete before attempting to a launch a new Server that will use the snapshots.  To check the status of your EBS Snapshots, go to Clouds -> AWS Region -> EBS Snapshots.

What feedback to expect

The Events pane will highlight the progress of the operation.  Click on the name of an action in the pane to view a detailed output of the action that can be used to troubleshoot the cause of a failure, if necessary.

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