Creating a snapshot schedule

You can schedule a snapshot of a volume or volumes to automatically occur at specified intervals.

About this task

When you configure a snapshot schedule, you can choose from time intervals based on days of the week or days of the month. You can also specify the days, hours, and minutes before the next snapshot occurs. If you schedule a snapshot to run at a time period that is not divisible by 5 minutes, the snapshot will run at the next time period that is divisible by 5 minutes. For example, if you schedule a snapshot to run at 12:42:00 UTC, it will run at 12:45:00 UTC. You cannot schedule a snapshot to run at intervals of less than 5 minutes.


  1. Select NetApp Element Management > Protection.
    Note: If two or more clusters are added, ensure that the cluster you intend to use for the task is selected in the navigation bar.
  2. Click the Schedules sub-tab.
  3. Click Create Schedule.
  4. In the Create Schedule dialog box in the Volume IDs CSV field, enter a single volume ID or a comma-separated list of volume IDs to include in the snapshot operation.
  5. Enter a new schedule name.
  6. Select a schedule type from the list and configure the schedule details.
  7. Optional: Select Recurring Schedule to repeat the snapshot schedule indefinitely.
  8. Optional: Enter a name for the new snapshot in the New Snapshot Name field.
    Note: If you do not enter a name, the system creates a snapshot default name using the date and time the snapshot was created.
  9. Optional: Select the Include snapshot in replication when paired check box to ensure that the snapshot is replicated when the parent volume is paired.
  10. Select one of the following as the retention period for the snapshot:
    • Keep forever: Retains the snapshot on the system indefinitely.
    • Set retention period: Determine a length of time (days, hours, or minutes) for the system to retain the snapshot.
    Note: When you set a retention period, you select a period that begins at the current time (retention is not calculated from the snapshot creation time).
  11. Click OK.