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A Volume Snapshot represents a Cloud storage volume at a particular point in time. Don't confuse this with a database snapshot, this is a snapshot of the entire volume, regardless of whether it contains a database or not. You can create a snapshot regardless of whether or not a volume is attached to an Instance. When a snapshot is created, various meta data is retained such as a Created At timestamp, a unique Resource UID (e.g. vol-52EF05A9 or GEDtestVolume), the Volume Owner and Visibility (e.g. private or public). Snapshots consist of a series of data blocks that are incrementally saved. Create clones of volumes from any snapshot. You cannot attach the same volume to multiple instances. Instead, you must first take a snapshot of the volume. Then create a clone of the volume from the snapshot and specify the appropriate availability zone.

There is currently no way to manipulate the sharing/visibility of a generic Volume Snapshot. However, for private clouds that support the notion of Volume Snapshot sharing we do discover and display Volume Snapshot's visibilities.


  • In addition to creating new snapshots, you can also delete snapshots, or attach them ("now" or schedule them to attach at Server boot time).
Clouds > Cloud > Volume Snapshot > Index

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The Volume Snapshots show page displays general information about the snapshot including its unique Resource UID, the Volume which the snapshot was created from, and the snapshot Status. You can also edit Snapshot tags, a feature you can use to better identify a group of related snapshots. If you launch a snapshot, an exact replica of the volume (that was snapshot) will be created. You can also permanently delete a snapshot from your S3 bucket or add machine tags.


  • Delete - Permanently delete a snapshot
  • Create/Attach Volume now - Create or attach a snapshot to a running Server
  • Create/Attach Volume at boot - Create or attach a snapshot during the boot process
  • Edit - Use the Edit action link to maintain snapshot tags
Clouds > Cloud > Volume Snapshots > Show

Snapshots Info tab

The Info tab shows the following basic information grouped together in the following areas:

  • Info - Both generic and cloud specific data is displayed in the Info section. The data displayed here is fetched from the database, but could have originated and been set by RightScale directly (e.g. a Name or Tag) or from the cloud (e.g. a Resource UID or CPU Speed). Note that many are actionable links.
    • Description - User-defined description of the snapshot.
    • Resource UID - The unique identification number of the snapshot.
    • Owner - The AWS account number that created the snapshot.
    • Volume - Volume name from which the Volume Snapshot was created.
    • State - You can only use a snapshot to create a volume if its status is completed and 'available'.
    • Tag(s) - Private tags that you've added to the snapshot.
  • Cloud Info - This section is specific to the cloud infrastructure the Volume Snapshot was taken on. RightScale reports this on behalf of the cloud, but you cannot manipulate this data from the Dashboard (Please see your cloud provider documentation for more information. Note: The exact name of this info grouping differs, in that "Cloud" in the Cloud Info reflects the actual name of the cloud).
  • Timestamps - Critical instance timestamps (in the local TZ) are shown
    • Created at - Time and date stamp when the entity (Volume Snapshot) was created.
    • Updated at - Time and date stamp when the entity (Volume Snapshot) was last updated.
Clouds > Cloud > Volume Snapshots > Show > Info tab

Recurring Volume Attachments tab

Information in the Recurring Volume Attachments tab specify which Snapshots (or Volumes) should be attached to a Server the next time that it is launched. All of the Servers to which a Volume is scheduled to be attached at boot displayed in the "Recurring Attachments" tab of the Volume itself.


  • Runnable - The Server or Server Array to which a Volume attachment is scheduled.
  • Runnable Type - Either Server or Server Array, depending on how "Runnable" is scheduled.
  • Device - If a Volume is attached to an instance, the system identifier of the block device as it is manifested on the running Server is displayed (if known and reported by the cloud). If the Device of the Volume is not known it is labeled as such along with a unique/random number. Example: unknown_1438:1235.
  • Size - Size of a Volume (or snapshot) in gigabytes (GB).
  • Actions - Lists the legal actions you can execute against the snapshot. For example, delete.
Clouds > Cloud > Volume Snapshots > Show > Recurring Attachments tab
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