In today's digital landscape, securing your infrastructure is paramount. With the increasing reliance on cloud computing, it's essential to have robust mechanisms in place to protect your valuable data and ensure business continuity. One such mechanism offered by Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is VM snapshots. In this blog, we will dive deep into the world of VM snapshots and explore how they play a crucial role in securing your infrastructure on OCI.
Snapshot of System drive
To take a snapshot of a Windows virtual machine (VM) image
on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), you can follow these steps:
in to the OCI Console at https://console.oraclecloud.com/.
the navigation menu on the top left and select "Compute" under
- In the Compute menu, click on "Instances" to view your VM instances.
and select the Windows VM instance for which you want to create a
- In the instance details page, click on the "More Actions" button (three dots icon) at the top-right corner.
- From the dropdown menu, select "Create Custom Image."
- In the "Create Custom Image" dialog, provide a name and description for the image.
the "Create Image" button to initiate the image creation
Please note that taking a
snapshot creates a copy of the VM image at a specific point in time. The
snapshot can be used to create new instances or restore the VM to a previous
state if needed.
It's important to keep in mind
that taking a snapshot will not capture any data stored on attached block
volumes or any data stored in cloud storage services. If you have additional
data that needs to be backed up, make sure to follow appropriate backup
strategies for those resources as well.
Snapshot of Block Volume
To take a snapshot of an attached block volume on Oracle
Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), you can follow these steps:
in to the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Console: https://cloud.oracle.com/identity/sign-in/
to the OCI Compute service.
the left-side navigation menu, click on "Block Volumes" under
the "Block Storage" section.
and select the block volume for which you want to take a snapshot.
the volume details page, click on the "Block Volume Backups”
the "Create Block Volume Backup" dialog, provide a name and
description for the snapshot.
on the "Create" button to initiate the snapshot creation process.
snapshot creation process will start, and it may take some time depending on
the size of the block volume and the amount of data it contains.
- Once the snapshot is created, it will appear in the "Snapshots" section of the OCI Block Volumes service.
Please note that taking a snapshot of a block volume
captures the data at a specific point in time. Snapshots can be used to create
new block volumes or restore the original volume to a previous state if needed.
It's important to regularly back up critical data and follow
appropriate backup strategies to ensure data integrity and availability.
In conclusion, VM snapshots on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
provide a powerful tool for securing your infrastructure and safeguarding
critical data. By leveraging the capabilities and following best practices
related to VM snapshots, you can significantly enhance the resilience of your
infrastructure and ensure rapid recovery in the face of unexpected events. Take
advantage of the power of VM snapshots on OCI to establish a comprehensive and
reliable data protection strategy that will give your organization peace of
mind and enable uninterrupted operations. Embrace the potential of VM snapshots
on OCI today and fortify your infrastructure against any potential threats.