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1.  Getting Started With the Desktop

2.  Using the Desktop Windows

3.  Using the Desktop Workspaces

4.  Using the Desktop Panels

5.  Using the Desktop Applications

6.  Using the Main Menubar

7.  Using Time Slider

Time Slider Preferences Pane

Enabling and Disabling the Time Slider Service

How to Enable Time Slider

How to Disable Time Slider

Working with Time Slider Snapshots

Managing Snapshots Using Time Slider

How to Delete an Existing Snapshot From Time Slider

How to Change the Storage Space Available to Snapshots

How to Choose a Specific ZFS File System to Snapshot

How to Replicate Snapshots to an External Storage Device

Managing Snapshots From a File Manager

How to View the Available Snapshots in File Manager

How to View the Previous Version of a File or Folder

How to Compare Versions of a File or Folder

How to Restore a Previous Version of a File

How to Take a Manual Snapshot

How to Delete a Snapshot From a File Manager

8.  Using the File Manager

9.  Using the Desktop Tools and Utilities

10.  Configuring the Desktop

A.  Using the Mouse

B.  Using the Keyboard

Chapter 7

Using Time Slider

Time Slider provides a graphical way for Oracle Solaris desktop users to restore individual files or directories from automatically scheduled, incremental snapshots of home directories. Once activated and set up, Time Slider takes a snapshot of every ZFS file system every 15 minutes, by default. These snapshots are then deleted again over time, such that only one snapshot is kept for each of the previous 24 hours, one for each of the previous 7 days, and one for each previous week that the Time Slider service was running.

A snapshot is a read-only copy of a file system or volume. Snapshots can be created almost instantly, and they initially consume no additional disk space within the pool. However, as data within the active dataset changes, the snapshot consumes disk space by continuing to reference the old data, thus preventing the disk space from being freed.

Time Slider snapshot services can automate periodic snapshots for any ZFS file system, including boot environments, even on non-desktop systems. However, the desktop/time-slider package does require that the desktop-incorporation package be installed, even if the Oracle Solaris Desktop will not be used on that machine.

For more information about Time Slider, see Chapter 6, Working With Oracle Solaris ZFS Snapshots and Clones, in Oracle Solaris 11.1 Administration: ZFS File Systems.