This appendix describes Time Slider as a tool for certain snapshot management tasks. The appendix covers the following topics:
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. If enabled, 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.
Time Slider can automate periodic snapshots for any ZFS file system, including boot environments, even on non-desktop systems.
Time Slider uses the following SMF services:
svc:/system/filesystem/zfs/auto-snapshot:frequent: Takes one snapshot every 15 minutes
svc:/system/filesystem/zfs/auto-snapshot:hourly: Takes one snapshot every hour
svc:/system/filesystem/zfs/auto-snapshot:daily: Takes one snapshot every day
svc:/system/filesystem/zfs/auto-snapshot:weekly: Takes one snapshot every week
svc:/system/filesystem/zfs/auto-snapshot:monthly: Takes one snapshot every month
svc:/application/time-slider:default: Manages automatic deletion of snapshots
svc:/application/time-slider/plugin:rsync: Replicates each snapshot automatically to a specified external storage device
To configure Time Slider, you must be assigned the Time Slider Management rights profile. If the profile requires authentication, you will be prompted for a password to gain access to the configuration dialogs.
By default, Time Slider is disabled. To enable it, follow this procedure: