Creating a snapshot for an AWS EC2 instance and restoring from that snapshot

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Shawn Baswell

05 Aug, 2016 05:24 PM

Hi, I need to make a snapshot of one of our AWS instances and have never done it before. Does the instance need to be powered off? Are there any considerations before starting? Is there a written procedure available? I will also need to restore from the snapshot. Are there written procedures on restoring from a snapshot?


Shawn Baswell
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  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Ylastic on 06 Aug, 2016 12:42 PM

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    Hi Shawn,

    Is this an EBS backed instance? You cannot take snapshots of the older style instance store backed instances.

    Here is a recent blog post that refers to backing up EBS instances -

    Is that the info you are looking for?


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