What the heck is a snapshot??
Essentially, a snapshot is a backup of a storage unit, taken from the exact point in time which you take it!
Say, for example, you've just uploaded a bunch of data to an SSD in RONIN. You want to start experimenting with this data, but you're afraid that you might change or delete the data in the process. Making a snapshot of the data is the best way to revert "back in time" to when things were set up correctly. Great Scott!
A snapshot is more than just a snapshot. In fact, it's a snapshot that replicates itself across three physical locations. And they're remarkably cheap, compared to any other storage, making it a great way to reduce your project's expenditure.
Just snapshot the storage device, delete the storage while not using it, and add a new storage device from this snapshot when you're ready to use it! Rinse and repeat, you just saved yourself loads!
Please Note that snapshots have been renamed to "backups" and volumes have been renamed to "drives" in the latest RONIN release as these terms just make more sense, but the same process still applies as below.
Lets get started
To get to the snapshots modal, navigate to the Machine Summary page.
Select the Settings tab on the machine you want to snapshot, then click Manage Snapshot
And below, the Snapshots Modal!
Creating a snapshot from a storage volume
Step 1 - Give your snapshot a name
Step 2 - Click Snapshot
You can also snapshot volumes from the Storage screen! Just click the Camera icon for the volume you want to back up!
Your snapshot will appear in the Projects tab shown below
Creating a storage volume from a snapshot
Step 1 - Click Create Volume
Step 2 - Enter the details for the new volume
To create a volume, we need:
- Volume Name - A name to identify the volume
- Type - What type of storage you're after
- Size - How big you want the storage to be
- Size can't be smaller than the size it was when first backed up, but it can be bigger if needed!
Step 3 - Click Submit
Congrats! You just learned time travel!