Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Documentation

Managing Snapshots

The File Storage service supports snapshots for data protection of your file system. Snapshots are a consistent, point-in-time view of your file systems. Snapshots are copy-on-write, and scoped to the entire file system. The File Storage service encrypts all file system and snapshot data at rest. You can take as many snapshots as you need.

Data usage is metered against differentiated snapshot data. If nothing has changed within the file system since the last snapshot was taken, the new snapshot does not consume more storage. For more information, see File System Usage and Metering.

Snapshots are accessible under the root directory of the file system at .snapshot/name. For data protection, you can use a tool that supports NFSv3 to copy your data to a different availability domain, region, file system, object storage, or remote location.

For best performance, we recommend that you use the parallel tar (partar) and parallel copy (parcp) tools provided in the File Storage Parallel File Toolkit for this purpose. These tools work best with parallel workloads and requests. The Parallel File Toolkit is available for Oracle Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and CentOS. You can use rsync or regular tar for other operating system types. See To install the Parallel File Tools suite for more information.


Watch a video about protecting data with snapshots in File Storage.


Avoid entering confidential information when assigning descriptions, tags, or friendly names to your cloud resources through the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Console, API, or CLI.

Required IAM Service Policy

To use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, you must be given the required type of access in a policy  written by an administrator, whether you're using the Console or the REST API with an SDK, CLI, or other tool. If you try to perform an action and get a message that you don’t have permission or are unauthorized, confirm with your administrator the type of access you've been granted and which compartment  you should work in.

For administrators: The policy in Let users create, manage, and delete file systems allows users to create and delete snapshots.

If you're new to policies, see Getting Started with Policies and Common Policies.

Tagging Resources

You can apply tags to your resources to help you organize them according to your business needs. You can apply tags at the time you create a resource, or you can update the resource later with the desired tags. For general information about applying tags, see Resource Tags.

Using the Console

To create a snapshot
To view details of a snapshot
To create a snapshot from a Unix-style instance
To install the Parallel File Tools suite
To restore a snapshot
To manage tags for a snapshot
To delete a snapshot

Using the Command Line Interface (CLI)

For information about using the CLI, see Command Line Interface (CLI).

To create a snapshot
To list snapshots
To get a specific snapshot
To delete a snapshot

Using the API