We are happy to announce that our customers are now able to make live copies of their Virtual Machine drives. Here is a quick guide on how to do it.
Guide in 4 easy steps
Log into your ElasticHosts account.
2. Press Copy
Look up the VM Disk you want to make a copy of. Act surprised.
What? Isn't the copy button inactive (greyed out) when the drive is mounted to a running Virtual Machine?
Haha, not anymore!
You will see that the VM Disk's Copy button is very much active and you are free to press it. Then you can select the storage type for the copy.
Pick whichever you prefer.
Yes, you are live syncing!
Not much to do while the drives are syncing. You can stare at the progress counter if you want.
Once the file transfer is complete, you will see the synchronized status description and a link to unsync:
This indicates that the file transfers have finished, but that the drives are being kept in sync for a 10 minute grace period. For normal use, you can let the grace period expire, which point the copy will detach itself. However, if you want to detach the copy at a particular instant in time, you can click unsync. Also, if you want to completely guarantee a fully consistent backup, then you can shut down your VM briefly, click unsync, and then start it again - otherwise the backup is a copy of the running VM's drive, so there is a small risk of file corruption for files being written as the copy detaches, just like when the plug is pulled on a physical running machine.
We hope you will find the new feature useful. We are not stopping here with the live copy feature: we plan to add backup scheduling as an option. How does that sound?
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