Solaris ZFS Administration Guide

Recursive ZFS Snapshots

Solaris Express Community Release, build 43: When you use the zfs snapshot command to create a file system snapshot, you can use the -r option to recursively create snapshots for all descendent file systems. In addition, using the -r option recursively destroys all descendent snapshots when a snapshot is destroyed.

Recursive ZFS snapshots are created quickly as one atomic operation. The snapshots are created together (all at once) or not created at all. The benefit of atomic snapshots operations is that the snapshot data is always taken at one consistent time, even across descendent file systems.

For more information, see Creating and Destroying ZFS Snapshots.