Naming snapshots

When you create snapshots, carefully consider your choice of a snapshot name in the Create Snapshot dialog, especially if you are creating a recurring schedule pattern.

  • Choosing Custom name patterns may result in conflicting names for recurring scheduled tasks.

  • Choosing Parent Volume & Time Stamp and Parent Volume & Time in Seconds Since Epoch ensures unique snapshot names being used for recurring scheduled tasks.

When the same snapshot name is used for recurring scheduled tasks, care must be taken to prevent naming conflicts from causing scheduled tasks to fail.

An external process is often used in conjunction with recurring scheduled tasks to remove or rename snapshots. External processes can ensure that later iterations of a scheduled snapshot do not conflict with a snapshot from a prior iteration.

If your workflow does not account for removal or renaming of scheduled snapshots, select a naming format that creates different names for each iteration.