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Do I have to power off my instance to take a snapshot?

Virtual Cloud Instances support hot snapshots.
This means you can perform a snapshot while your instance is running. Hot snapshots allow you to create a point-in-time backup without downtime.
At the moment we do not support Hot Snapshots on Bare Metal Cloud Instances.
Important: Hot Snapshots can potentially lead to inconsistent data or data loss. Before taking a Hot Snapshot, you should always sync the data on your disk and stop IO-intensive processes. Whenever possible, you should take a cold (instance powered off) snapshot.

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