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. 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.

Snapshots are accessible under the root directory of the file system at .snapshot/name. For data protection, you can use rsync, tar, or another third-party tool that supports NFSv3 to copy your data to a remote location, file system, or object storage.


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 An IAM document that specifies who has what type of access to your resources. It is used in different ways: to mean an individual statement written in the policy language; to mean a collection of statements in a single, named "policy" document (which has an Oracle Cloud ID (OCID) assigned to it); and to mean the overall body of policies your organization uses to control access to resources. 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 A collection of related resources that can be accessed only by certain groups that have been given permission by an administrator in your organization. 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 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