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Managing ZFS File Systems in Oracle® Solaris 11.4

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Updated: February 2021

Using Time Slider

About 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. 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.

Note -  If you install the desktop/time-slider package, some desktop component dependencies might also be included in the installation.

    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

Enabling and Disabling Time Slider

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: