How to automatically delete old AWS snapshots on schedule

Delete old AWS snapshots

CloudRanger has the ability to import existing AWS backups into a backup policy created via the CloudRanger backup and disaster recovery dashboard. (If you don’t already have an account, you can sign up for a free 14-day trial here.)

Once your account access is configured, you can then choose specific creation and retention periods for your backup policies to execute, thereby automating the process and allowing you to delete old AWS snapshots on schedule.


This process is done through tagging. In this case, any of your Amazon EBS Snapshots, AMIs or Redshift Snapshots that have been created through the AWS console, or any other third-party backup providers, can be imported into an existing CloudRanger backup policy. This means all of your backups can be managed with your chosen retention schedules, to ensure SLA compliance and reduce storage costs.

Your backups can be imported if they are tagged with a specific tag or you can also choose to import backups with no tags.

Review before importing backups

You will then be required to review the backups that are to be imported into a backup policy before they can be officially imported.

When IMPORT is selected these resources are then applied to an existing backup policy and the retention of these new backups will be handled by that policy. This means you will now be able to automatically delete old AWS snapshots on your chosen schedule.

Tagging and CloudRanger

The important takeaway is that when you are planning your AWS backup strategy, form a plan and stick to it. We recommend using a tagging structure that uses a mixture of general and specific tags.

Ultimately, there is no right or wrong way to create tags. The key is to use a system that works for you and your organization. Regardless of your approach to tagging, it is important to have a carefully controlled tagging structure in place and to be sure that all users with the access adhere to the process. Otherwise, your tags can become meaningless and auditing can become a nightmare.

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Whether you are a small business, a medium business, or an enterprise user of Amazon Web Services, CloudRanger has features that will meet your specific needs. Our AWS backup and recovery solution is easy to set-up, which means your AWS EC2, EBS, RDS and Redshift backup policies can be up and running with CloudRanger in no time. And best of all, you can even try it for free for 14 days. So why not get started today?




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