Snapshot w/o downtime

I have a 1gb droplet. I have automatic backups. I’d like to run a snapshot (to save a particular clean state), but I don’t want downtime (it’s my only production server).

One post says that for a 1gb server you don’t need to shut down, but I get: Droplet is currently on. Please power it off to run this event.

Is there another way? I could use rsnapshot, but can I do a full system restore from an rsnapshot image? (that would be better, because I could save it on my large NAS).


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Never thought of that, thanks! By chance, do you (or anyone else, for that matter) happen to have such a script – so I can share it on: <a href=“”>DigitalOcean User Projects | GitHub</a>?

@Pablo: You can schedule it by setting up a cronjob that takes a snapshot of a droplet via the API.

You can’t create a snapshot without downtime or shutting off your droplet. The best you can do is like what @pablo said, schedule your snapshot when there are least traffic in your site.

Better yet, if you can afford, schedule a backup at your DO dashboard. Backups are pretty cheap anyway, $1 per month if you are running the 512MB droplet, or 10% of your droplet MSF.