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Re: [libvirt-users] Virsh snapshots

On 12/04/2013 08:29 AM, Juraj Melo wrote:
> Thanks for your answer,

[please don't top-post on technical lists, and use proper in-reply-to
headers to keep things properly threaded]

> I am trying to make a snapshot of whole virtual machine (disk, CPU
> state, memory). But I need to make this snapshot in matter of seconds.

This is possible using external snapshots with memory, present since
libvirt 1.0.5.  The overall operation takes as long as a migration to
file, but the guest continues to operate throughout that phase.  The
actual guest downtime is a mere fraction of a second at the point where
the disk snapshots are taken once the migration to file completed.

virsh snapshot-create-as $dom $snapname --live --memspec /path/to/file

will store the memory state into /path/to/file, and create an external
disk snapshot of each disk (you may need to use the --diskspec option if
you want to control the filenames of those disk snapshots).

> I have already try to create snapshot of  disk, which is not problem. I
> use qcow2 format, and create new disk image using original disk image as
> backing file. But still I am not able to assign state of vm with new disk.
> I have found some commands for creating snapshots in libvirt API, so in
> my opinion one way how to accomplish my task is to create utility using
> theese commands, and create snapshot of vm in RAM - I hope it would be
> faster.
> But I wonder whether virsh contains similar functionality, so I won't
> need to programm it again.

Yes, virsh wraps the virDomainSnapshotCreateXML() API.

Eric Blake   eblake redhat com    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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