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Linode Images allows you to take snapshots of your disks, and then deploy them to any Linode under your account. This can be useful for bootstrapping a master image for a large deployment, or retaining a disk for a configuration that you may not need running, but wish to return to in the future. Linode Images will be retained whether or not you have an active Linode on your account, which also makes them useful for long term storage of a private template that you may need in the future. There is no additional charge to store Images for Linode users. Images are limited to 6GB per Image and 3 Images per account. Additionally, images can only be created on disks with ext3 or ext4 filesystems with a single partition.
NoteWhen saving a Linode image, it is the aspects of the Linode that are on the disk that are saved, not any additional aspects such as IP addresses, fully qualified domain names, and MAC addresses.
Capturing Your Image
Linode Images captures an exact copy of your disk at the moment when the process is kicked off. This section shows you how to create an image from an existing Linode.
If your Linode is running any active databases, we recommend shutting your Linode down prior to capturing your image. Capturing an image that includes a running database can cause corruption or data loss in the imaged copy of the database.
Linode Images are limited to 6144MB of data per disk. Ensure that the data within your disk does not exceed this size limit.
Linode Images cannot be created if you are using raw disks or disks that have been formatted using custom filesystems.
When an image is created, it is the smallest possible size based on the data present on the disk rather than the full Disk Allocation.
Navigate to your the Images page in the Linode Cloud Manager and select Add an Image.
In the Create an Image menu select the Linode and disk you would like to freeze, and provide a label. You may also add an optional description of the image. Then, click Create.
CautionCoreOS disk images are in RAW format. Images made from CoreOS disks can’t be used to deploy new Linodes.
Once you click the Create button, your image is frozen for later use. You can view the progress under the bell notifications at the top of the page.
Once the job has completed, your Linode’s disk is captured, stored, and can be used to deploy new Linode instances from your saved image.
Managing Your Images
The images captured from your Linodes are stored for future usage. This section shows you how to access your Linode Images for editing or deleting.
Click on the Images link in the sidebar.
From this page, you can select any image’s more options ellipsis menu for options to delete the image, edit its label and description, and deploy a new Linode from the image.
Deploy From A Saved Image
Deploying one of your saved images to any Linode under your account is a simple process.
Navigate to the Images page, click on the more options ellipsis corresponding to the image you’d like to use, and select Deploy New Linode.
You are brought to the Lionde Create page where your image is preselected.
CautionYou cannot deploy an image that was created from a RAW disk format. Attempting to do so will result in a failure.
Provide the remaining configurations for your new Linode instancy by selecting your desired Region, Linode Plan, Label, and set your Root Password, then click Create to create a Linode from your saved image.
You are brought to your new Linode’s Details page where you can monitor its creation from your stored image.
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