When enabled, Skeddly can create VSS-enabled EBS snapshots. The following action types support VSS-enabled EBS snapshots:
Backup Multiple EC2 Instances
Backup EC2 Instance
Create Multiple EBS Snapshots
Create EBS Snapshot
VSS-enabled EBS snapshots are also available when using Skeddly's Managed Instances.
To enable VSS-enabled EBS snapshots, select one of the "VSS-Enabled via SSM" choices in the "Consistency Method" field:
Since VSS is not supported on all EC2 instances, a fallback method is selected as well. When snapshots are being created, if Skeddly determines that VSS-enabled snapshots cannot be created, the fallback method will be used instead.
In order to create VSS-enabled EBS snapshots, the following is required:
The EC2 instance must be running Windows Server 2008 R2 or later.
The EC2 instance must be running SSM Agent version 188.8.131.52 or later.
AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell version 184.108.40.206 or later.
The EC2 instance must be running an IAM role which gives it permissions to receive and execute SSM commands (EC2 Run Commands).
The EC2 instance must have outbound access to the internet via port 443.
Skeddly will create an SSM document called
Skeddly-VssCreateSnapshotsin each region where EBS snapshots are to be created.
Skeddly will install the AWS VSS Components on the EC2 instances as part of the backup process.
The IAM role which the EC2 instance is using does not need to have any of the snapshot permissions. Those are supplied by the Skeddly IAM role/user.
Ensure you use Skeddly's IAM Policy Generator to include all necessary commands in your IAM role's/user's permission document.