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AWS Directory Service
Administration Guide (Version 1.0)

Snapshots (Simple AD and Microsoft AD)

AWS Directory Service provides the ability to take manual snapshots of data for a Simple AD or AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory directory. These snapshots can be used to perform a point-in-time restore for your directory.

Note

You cannot take snapshots of AD Connector directories.

Creating a Snapshot of Your Directory

A snapshot can be used to restore your directory to what it was at the point in time that the snapshot was taken. To create a manual snapshot of your directory, perform the following steps.

Note

You are limited to 5 manual snapshots for each directory. If you have already reached this limit, you must delete one of your existing manual snapshots before you can create another.

To create a manual snapshot

  1. In the AWS Directory Service console navigation pane, select Directories.

  2. In the Directory ID column, choose the link for your directory.

  3. Choose the Snapshots tab, and then choose Create Snapshot.

  4. In the Create directory snapshot dialog box, provide a description of the snapshot, if desired. When ready, choose Create Snapshot.

Depending on the size of your directory, it may take several minutes to create the snapshot. When the snapshot is ready, the Status value changes to Completed.

Restoring Your Directory from a Snapshot

Restoring a directory from a snapshot is equivalent to moving the directory back in time.

Warning

Before you restore a directory from a snapshot, it is important you understand that all of the DCs and DNS servers associated with the directory will be offline until the restore operation has been completed.

To restore your directory from a snapshot, perform the following steps.

To restore a directory from a snapshot

  1. In the AWS Directory Service console navigation pane, select Directories.

  2. In the Directory ID column, choose the link for your directory.

  3. Choose the Snapshots tab, and then select the snapshot to restore from.

  4. Choose Restore, review the information in the dialog box, and choose Restore.

For a Simple AD directory, it may take several minutes for the directory to be restored. For a Microsoft AD directory, it can take from two to three hours. When it has been successfully restored, the Status value of the directory changes to Active. Any changes made to the directory after the snapshot date are overwritten.

Deleting a Snapshot

To delete a snapshot

  1. In the AWS Directory Service console navigation pane, select Directories.

  2. In the Directory ID column, choose the link for your directory.

  3. Choose the Snapshots tab, and then select the snapshot to delete.

  4. Choose Delete, verify that you want to delete the snapshot, and choose Delete.