How Image snapshot of the droplet actually works..?

September 8, 2014 1.1k views

I want to re-size my droplet to increase RAM and Disk-Space but in my droplet there are no option available for fast re-size. Now I need to create a new droplet by destroying my current one.
If I choose a image approach, by creating snapshot of my current server and will add it to the new server while creating, whether I need to add all my services from the core to the new droplet or it will add them all automatically. And I want to know what things include in image snapshot of the droplet..?

2 Answers

An image snapshot is basically a full back up of your droplet.

When you take a snapshot of your droplet, it will create a complete copy of the server. The only things that are not retained are the files that are overwritten as part of the provisioning process, the main things being SSH keys need to be re-added through the control panel when launching the new droplet and you'll also lose any custom networking configuration (i.e. if you set a new nameserver in /etc/resolve.conf).

Also remember, there is no need to destroy the old droplet right away. I'd suggest leaving it running and not switching over DNS to point to the new one until you have confirmed that it is running as expected.

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