Create a snapshot schedule

You can create a snapshot schedule to continuously generate snapshots of directories.

Procedure

  1. Click Data Protection > SnapshotIQ > Snapshot Schedules.
  2. Click Create a Schedule.
    The Create a Schedule dialog box appears.
  3. Optional: In the Schedule Name field, type a name for the snapshot schedule.
  4. Optional: In the Naming pattern for Generated Snapshots field, type a naming pattern. Each snapshot that is generated according to this schedule is assigned a name that is based on the pattern.

    For example, the following naming pattern is valid:

    WeeklyBackup_%m-%d-%Y_%H:%M

    The example produces names similar to the following:

    WeeklyBackup_07-13-2014_14:21
  5. In the Path field, specify the directory that you want to include in snapshots that are generated according to this schedule.
  6. From the Schedule list, select how often you want to generate snapshots according to the schedule.
    Generate snapshots every day, or skip generating snapshots for a specified number of days.
    Select Daily, and specify how often you want to generate snapshots.
    Generate snapshots on specific days of the week, and optionally skip generating snapshots for a specified number of weeks.
    Select Weekly, and specify how often you want to generate snapshots.
    Generate snapshots on specific days of the month, and optionally skip generating snapshots for a specified number of months.
    Select Monthly, and specify how often you want to generate snapshots.
    Generate snapshots on specific days of the year.
    Select Yearly, and specify how often you want to generate snapshots.
    Note Image

    A snapshot schedule cannot span multiple days. For example, you cannot specify to begin generating snapshots at 5:00 PM Monday and end at 5:00 AM Tuesday. To continuously generate snapshots for a period greater than a day, you must create two snapshot schedules. For example, to generate snapshots from 5:00 PM Monday to 5:00 AM Tuesday, create one schedule that generates snapshots from 5:00 PM to 11:59 PM on Monday, and another schedule that generates snapshots from 12:00 AM to 5:00 AM on Tuesday.

  7. Optional: To assign an alternative name to the most recent snapshot that is generated by the schedule, specify a snapshot alias.
    1. Next to Create an Alias, click Yes.
    2. To modify the default snapshot alias name, in the Alias Name field, type an alternative name for the snapshot.
  8. Optional: To specify a length of time that snapshots that are generated according to the schedule are kept before they are deleted by OneFS, specify an expiration period.
    1. Next to Snapshot Expiration, select Snapshots expire.
    2. Next to Snapshots expire, specify how long you want to retain the snapshots that are generated according to the schedule.
  9. Click Create Schedule.