A snapshot is a stateful data file of a disk at a specific point in time. Snapshots can be used to back up and restore data. You can use the custom image created by using a snapshot to make a copy of the environment that includes the operating system and data of a cloud desktop. The snapshot can be used to create more cloud desktops with identical configurations.


A snapshot of the system disk is created. For more information, see Create snapshots.

Background information

When you use a snapshot to create a custom image, take note of the following items:
  • You can only use snapshots of the system disk to create custom images. Images of data disks cannot be used to create custom images.
  • The created image is located in the same region as the snapshot. For example, if the snapshot is in the China (Hangzhou) region, the image is created in the China (Hangzhou) region. You cannot use an image across regions.


  1. Log on to the EDS console.
  2. In the top navigation bar, select a region.
  3. In the left-side navigation pane, choose Desktops and Groups > Desktops.
  4. In the cloud desktop list, find the required cloud desktop, click its ID, and then click the Snapshots tab.
  5. In the snapshot list, find the required snapshot of the system disk and click Create Image in the Actions column.
  6. In the Create Image panel, enter the image name and description.
  7. Click Create.


You can view the creation progress in the image list. If the status of the image changes from Creating to Available, the image is created.
Note The time required to create an image varies based on the volume of data in the snapshot from which the image is created.

What to do next

After you create the custom the image, you can use the image to create desktop templates. For more information, see Create a desktop template.