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How to create an image

Reviewed on 18 December 2023Published on 26 May 2021

The image feature lets you create an image of your Instance, which contains all its volumes. You can use this image not only to restore your Instance and its data, but also to create a series of Instances with a predefined configuration.

This feature is available on Instance types. Creating images of your Instance is free. However, keep in mind that as the image feature creates snapshots of your volumes, you will be billed for these snapshots.

Security & Identity (IAM)

To perform certain actions described below, you must either be the Owner of the Organization in which the actions will be performed, or an IAM user with the necessary permissions.

Note

This creates an image which is a complete backup of your Instance including all of its volumes. The snapshot feature, on the other hand, creates snapshots of specific volumes. Consider creating a snapshot if you want to use different snapshot strategies for different volumes of your Instance, e.g., if it has one volume containing the OS and another containing application data.

Requirements
  • You have an account and are logged into the Scaleway console
  • You have created your SSH key and added it to your account
  • You have created an Instance

How to create an image

  1. Click Instances in the Compute section of the side menu. The Instances page displays.

  2. Click the Instance you want to back up.

  3. Click the Images tab.

  4. Click + Create image. A pop-up displays asking you to confirm the action.

  5. Click Create image from Instance.

    You are returned to the Images tab, where your new image now displays.

Note

When you create an image, each of the Instance’s volumes are snapshotted. You will be able to see the snapshot of each volume via the Snapshots tab of your Instance dashboard.

How to create or restore an Instance from an image

There are two different ways to create a new Instance from your image:

Using the Instance creation wizard

Follow the instructions for creating an Instance. At the Choose an image step of the creation wizard, click the My images tab, and select the desired image.

A new Instance is created from your image.

Restoring the image

  1. Click Instances in the Compute section of the side menu. The Instances page displays.

  2. Click the Instance you created an image of.

  3. Click the Images tab.

  4. Click «See more Icon» next to the Instance’s image.

  5. Select Create Instance from image on the drop-down list. You are redirected to the Instance Creation Wizard, where the image has been preselected for you at step 2.

  6. Finish configuring the Instance according to your requirements, and click Create Instance.

    A new Instance is created from your image.

How to manage your images

  1. Click Instances in the Compute section of the side menu. The Instances page displays.
  2. Click the Images tab. A list of your images displays.
  3. Click «See more Icon» next to the relevant image.
    • Select More info to view more information about the image, including its name, status, location, size, type, ID, and creation date.
    • Select Delete to delete the image if you no longer need it and confirm via the pop-up window when prompted.
See also
How to use placement groupsHow to create a snapshot
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