Backup / Client / start_copy_job



Starts a job to create a one-time copy of the specified resource.

Does not support continuous backups.

See also: AWS API Documentation

Request Syntax

response = client.start_copy_job(
        'MoveToColdStorageAfterDays': 123,
        'DeleteAfterDays': 123,
        'OptInToArchiveForSupportedResources': True|False
  • RecoveryPointArn (string) –


    An ARN that uniquely identifies a recovery point to use for the copy job; for example, arn:aws:backup:us-east-1:123456789012:recovery-point:1EB3B5E7-9EB0-435A-A80B-108B488B0D45.

  • SourceBackupVaultName (string) –


    The name of a logical source container where backups are stored. Backup vaults are identified by names that are unique to the account used to create them and the Amazon Web Services Region where they are created. They consist of lowercase letters, numbers, and hyphens.

  • DestinationBackupVaultArn (string) –


    An Amazon Resource Name (ARN) that uniquely identifies a destination backup vault to copy to; for example, arn:aws:backup:us-east-1:123456789012:vault:aBackupVault.

  • IamRoleArn (string) –


    Specifies the IAM role ARN used to copy the target recovery point; for example, arn:aws:iam::123456789012:role/S3Access.

  • IdempotencyToken (string) – A customer-chosen string that you can use to distinguish between otherwise identical calls to StartCopyJob. Retrying a successful request with the same idempotency token results in a success message with no action taken.

  • Lifecycle (dict) –

    Contains an array of Transition objects specifying how long in days before a recovery point transitions to cold storage or is deleted.

    Backups transitioned to cold storage must be stored in cold storage for a minimum of 90 days. Therefore, on the console, the “retention” setting must be 90 days greater than the “transition to cold after days” setting. The “transition to cold after days” setting cannot be changed after a backup has been transitioned to cold.

    Resource types that are able to be transitioned to cold storage are listed in the “Lifecycle to cold storage” section of the Feature availability by resource table. Backup ignores this expression for other resource types.

    • MoveToColdStorageAfterDays (integer) –

      Specifies the number of days after creation that a recovery point is moved to cold storage.

    • DeleteAfterDays (integer) –

      Specifies the number of days after creation that a recovery point is deleted. Must be greater than 90 days plus MoveToColdStorageAfterDays.

    • OptInToArchiveForSupportedResources (boolean) –

      Optional Boolean. If this is true, this setting will instruct your backup plan to transition supported resources to archive (cold) storage tier in accordance with your lifecycle settings.

Return type:



Response Syntax

    'CopyJobId': 'string',
    'CreationDate': datetime(2015, 1, 1),
    'IsParent': True|False

Response Structure

  • (dict) –

    • CopyJobId (string) –

      Uniquely identifies a copy job.

    • CreationDate (datetime) –

      The date and time that a copy job is created, in Unix format and Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The value of CreationDate is accurate to milliseconds. For example, the value 1516925490.087 represents Friday, January 26, 2018 12:11:30.087 AM.

    • IsParent (boolean) –

      This is a returned boolean value indicating this is a parent (composite) copy job.