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Create Directory Service Snapshots Actions
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Written by Matt Houser
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The Create Directory Service Snapshots action will create snapshots for one or more AWS Directory Service directories.

For example, a snapshot can be created every day at 1am for all directories.


Please see Common Action Settings for a description of settings common to all action types.

Directory Identification Method

Indicates the selection method of the Directory Service directories to have snapshots created.

  • All - Creates snapshots for all volumes

  • By Directory Name - Creates snapshots for directories with the specified name

  • By Directory ID - Creates snapshots for the specified directory ID

Directory ID

Required when Directory Identification Method is set to "By Directory ID". Indicates the directory ID of the directory which will have snapshots created.

Directory Name

Required if Directory Identification Method is "By Directory Name". Indicates the name of the directory which will have snapshots created..

Snapshot Name

Optional. Name of the new snapshot. Macros can be used to include run-time data. See below.


The following macros can be used to include some run-time information.


Date of snapshot in year-month-day format


Time of snapshot in 24-hour format


Day of the week, as a short name.

  • Sun

  • Mon

  • Tue

  • Wed

  • Thu

  • Fri

  • Sat


Day of the week, as a long name.

  • Sunday

  • Monday

  • Tuesday

  • Wednesday

  • Thursday

  • Friday

  • Saturday


Day of the month.


Week of the month, starting at day 1 of the month.

  • Day 1 - 7 is week 1

  • Day 8 - 14 is week 2

  • Day 15 - 21 is week 3

  • Day 22 - 28 is week 4

  • Day 29 - 31 is week 5


Week to the end of the month, ending at the last day of the month. For example, for a 31-day month:

  • Day 25 - 31 is week 1

  • Day 18 - 24 is week 2

  • Day 11 - 17 is week 3

  • Day 4 - 10 is week 4

  • Day 1 - 3 is week 5


Month of the year, as a short name.

  • Jan

  • Feb

  • Mar

  • Apr

  • May

  • Jun

  • Jul

  • Aug

  • Sep

  • Oct

  • Nov

  • Dec


Month of the year, as a long name.

  • January

  • February

  • March

  • April

  • May

  • June

  • July

  • August

  • September

  • October

  • November

  • December


ID of the directory


Name of the directory

Macros are case-sensitive. For example, $(Time) is not valid. $(TIME) must be used.

Amazon Commands Used

The following Amazon AWS commands are used. The access key should have permission to execute all of them.

  • ds:CreateSnapshot

  • ds:DescribeDirectories

  • ds:DescribeSnapshots

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