Brownowl
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Snapshot transfer between regions

July 25, 2015 1.9k views
DigitalOcean Deployment

I've just taken a new snapshot of a $5 droplet, and transferred it from LON1 to AMS3. I've checked, and the snapshot is showing as having transferred to AMS3.

I've created a new, identically-sized, droplet in AMS3 and gone to "Snapshots" in order to restore from it, only to see the message "Currently you do not have any snapshots for this droplet to restore from."

Does it take a long time for the actual transfer to happen or has something gone wrong?

Cheers, Laurie.

4 Answers

Hello and welcome to Digitalocean.

"Does it take a long time for the actual transfer to happen or has something gone wrong?"

Everything is right. You can't restore a new Droplet if it has no Snapshot. Go to "Destroy","Rebuild Droplet" and select the Snapshot. Press "Rebuild from image".

The other way is to go to "Create Droplet" add your Hostname, choose your size, select Amsterdam. Now the trick, on "Select Image" click on "Snapshots" choose your Snapshot. Add an SSH Key or IPV6 if you need and then create your new Droplet.

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Hi Eldin. Thanks for the answer, it has helped me sort this out.

You said: "Everything is right. You can't restore a new Droplet if it has no Snapshot. Go to "Destroy","Rebuild Droplet" and select the Snapshot. Press "Rebuild from image". "

This worked, but it isn't intuitive. I expected the snapshot to appear under snapshots for the droplet in the same way as they do if one creates a snapshot for a droplet. It doesn't. Using your method, the snapshot IS there but it wasn't immediately obvious as it was buried in the whole list of images. I followed your information above and the droplet rebuilt as I would expect it to.

I followed the Tutorial called "How to Migrate DigitalOcean Snapshots Between Regions" but made the mistake of expecting that the snapshot would appear under snapshots for the droplet (see above!). The final method in that tutorial in the section "Step Three — Deploy Your Snapshot in the New Region" also works.

So, the lesson here is, don't create a new droplet before you've copied the snapshot if you intend to build one from a copied snapshot!

Thanks a lot for your help.

Cheers, Laurie.

@Brownowl great that it worked. The Step 3 was my other way :

"The other way is to go to "Create Droplet" add your Hostname, choose your size, select Amsterdam. Now the trick, on "Select Image" click on "Snapshots" choose your Snapshot. Add an SSH Key or IPV6 if you need and then create your new Droplet."

Do you used my first or second method ? Why from London to Amsterdam? Just to know.

@Eldin I used your first method partially because I had already created the droplet, and partially because I wanted to see if it worked!

Amsterdam because these particular droplets are email filters (spam, viruses etc.) and I wanted them in different data centres for resilience.

Cheers, Laurie.

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