Are snapshots and resize operatings using a system login?

  • Posted on December 30, 2013
  • jlkellyAsked by jlkelly

I have a debian droplet I’m trying out(the smallest one-- the $5/mo one), and for security, I’ve disabled root logins over ssh, and I’ve also disabled password authentication over ssh. In addition, I immediately changed the root password on the server.

Today I decided I wanted to test out the functionality of resizing my droplet to a larger VM, so I shut it down(as root) and initiated a snapshot. The system has very low storage utilization(~6gb), yet it took a very long time to process the snapshot. Long enough(37m) to make me think that it spent most of the time just hanging. The web interface’s snapshot process is a black box affair, so it’s difficult to do anything but speculate as to what’s happening.

My only basis for comparison I have is that when I take snapshots of storage devices on my little server at home, it takes seconds-- not minutes --to run.

Are we to expect delays like this if we have our systems locked down like I do?

Submit an answer

This textbox defaults to using Markdown to format your answer.

You can type !ref in this text area to quickly search our full set of tutorials, documentation & marketplace offerings and insert the link!

Sign In or Sign Up to Answer

These answers are provided by our Community. If you find them useful, show some love by clicking the heart. If you run into issues leave a comment, or add your own answer to help others.

Want to learn more? Join the DigitalOcean Community!

Join our DigitalOcean community of over a million developers for free! Get help and share knowledge in Q&A, subscribe to topics of interest, and get courses and tools that will help you grow as a developer and scale your project or business.

<b>“…it took a very long time to process the snapshot.”</b> <br> <br>That’s not normal, at all. I have taken many and they’ve all averaged under 2 minutes. Open up a Support Ticket or destroy the droplet and spin-up a new one.