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Ceph Cookbook - Second Edition by Karan Singh, Michael Hackett, Vikhyat Umrao

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Working with RBD snapshots

Ceph extends full support to snapshots, which are point-in-time, read-only copies of an RBD image. You can preserve the state of a Ceph RBD image by creating snapshots and restoring the snapshot to get the original data.

If you take a snapshot of an RBD image while I/O is in progress to the image the snapshot may be inconsistent. If this occurs you will be required to clone the snapshot to a new image for it to be mountable. When taking snapshots it is recommended to cease I/O from the application to the image before taking the snapshot. This can be done by customizing the application to issue a freeze before a snapshot or can manually be done using the fsfreeze command (man page for fsfreeze details this command ...

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