You can use CreateSnapshot to create a point-in-time copy of a volume. You can create a snapshot from any volume or from an existing snapshot.

If you do not provide a SnapshotID with this API method, a snapshot is created from the volume's active branch. If the volume from which the snapshot is created is being replicated to a remote cluster, the snapshot can also be replicated to the same target. Use the enableRemoteReplication parameter to enable snapshot replication.
Note: You can create snapshots if cluster fullness is at stage 1, 2, or 3. You cannot create snapshots when cluster fullness reaches stage 4 or 5.


This method has the following input parameters:

Name Description Type Default value Required
attributes List of name-value pairs in JSON object format. JSON object None No
enableRemoteReplication Specifies whether the snapshot will be replicated to remote storage or not. Possible values:
  • true: The snapshot will be replicated to remote storage.
  • false:The snapshot will not be replicated to remote storage.
boolean false No
name The name of the snapshot. If no name is entered, the date and time the snapshot was taken is used. The maximum name length allowed is 255 characters. string None No
retention The amount of time the snapshot will be retained. If left empty, the snapshot is retained forever. Enter in the HH:mm:ss format. string None No
snapMirrorLabel The label used by SnapMirror software to specify the snapshot retention policy on a SnapMirror endpoint. string None No
snapshotID Unique ID of a snapshot from which the new snapshot is made. The snapshotID passed must be a snapshot on the given volume. integer None No
volumeID Unique ID of the volume image from which to copy. integer None Yes

Return values

This method has the following return values:

Name Description Type
checksum A string that represents the correct digits in the stored snapshot. This checksum can be used later to compare other snapshots to detect errors in the data. string
snapshotID Unique ID of the new snapshot. Snapshot ID
snapshot An object containing information about the newly created snapshot. snapshot

Request example

Requests for this method are similar to the following example:

   "method": "CreateSnapshot",
   "params": {
      "volumeID": 1
   "id": 1

Response example

This method returns a response similar to the following example:

  "id": 1,
  "result": {
    "checksum": "0x0",
      "snapshot": {
        "attributes": {},
        "checksum": "0x0",
        "createTime": "2016-04-04T17:14:03Z",
        "enableRemoteReplication": false,
        "expirationReason": "None",
        "expirationTime": null,
        "groupID": 0,
        "groupSnapshotUUID": "00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000",
        "name": "2016-04-04T17:14:03Z",
        "snapshotID": 3110,
        "snapshotUUID": "6f773939-c239-44ca-9415-1567eae79646",
        "status": "done",
        "totalSize": 5000658944,
        "virtualVolumeID": null,
        "volumeID": 1
        "snapshotID": 3110