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Auto-backup

This optional service allows to create backups automatically and monitor copy creation without your attention. Backups are uploaded to external storage and available independently on your VPS status.

Auto-backup is a universal service: it is available for VPS with ISPmanager control panel (via an integrated backup module) and VPS without any control panel (with operating systems like Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS).

Service is unavailable for VPS with Windows Server and FreeBSD operating systems. In this case, you will need to configure backup manually or with specific software.

Requirements

  • The active virtual server in working order
  • Port 22 for SSH connection
  • Support authorization key

Access to the server is required for auto-backup setup and backup monitoring system. SSH port and support authorization key are available on our VPS by default: if you didn’t install your OS from ISO-image, didn’t change SSH port or didn’t remove support access key manually — you don’t need to worry about that.

Options

When you enable the auto-backup option, service will be configured for your server automatically:

  • for VPS with ISPmanager control panel, it will edit the backup configuration in an integrated backup module («Tools» section — «Backup»)
  • for VPS without a control panel, it will download and install the backup configuration script and add a backup schedule to cron scheduler.

 Also, the system will provide disk space on external backup storage. You can find it access details in your Client Area in the virtual server instructions («Virtual private servers» section — choose your server, «Instructions» button). On this independent storage system will upload the backup copies. For its keeping a lot of space required, so storage volume is five times more than your VPS disk.

The backup task runs daily in a period when users activity is minimal:

  • for VPS with ISPmanager control panel: at midnight (UTC)
  • for VPS without control panel: at 11 p.m. — 2 a.m. period (UTC)

Backup creation does not interrupt VPS or sites work.

The backup data list and the time of its keeping differ in depend on your server configuration:

  VPS with ISPmanager control panel VPS without server control pane

Backup data contains

  • sites files
  • databases
  • user settings
  • /var/www (sites files)
  • /etc (server settings)
  • /home (user setting)

If you need to include additional directories in the backups, you can add it to the auto-backup configuration file.

For database backup, additional settings are required. More about

Additional settings

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available with auto-backup configuration file  /opt/autobackup/config.yml

It includes:

  • directory list for including
    in the backup
  • database backup settings
  • settings of full backups number
    and e.t.c

Backups types

  • full (weekly)
  • incremental (daily). It includes only changed data since the last full copy
  • full (weekly)
  • differential (daily). It includes only changed data since the last full copy

Backup keeping period

  • full copies are kept for one month. Four full copy are kept at the same time in the storage.
  • incremental copies are kept for one week. 7 incremental copies are kept at the same time in the storage (for the last 7 days).
  • full copies are kept for seven weeks. 
    7 full copy are kept at the same time in the storage.
  • differential copies depend on full copies. Differential copies are kept for 49 days in the storage.

 

To be sure, that backup works correctly, we made backups creation monitoring system. It checks the fact of new backup upload in the backup storage. When it passed, the system checks the backup logs on your VPS — were there any errors in the backup process. If it is found, you’ll receive a notification in your Client Area to allow the diagnostics.

Important:

  • If you delete the VPS with the auto-backup option enabled, backups will be deleted too
  • If you disable auto-backup option, backups will be deleted
  • The backup process requires VPS resources (CPU, RAM, network)

If we find errors in the backup process or while auto-backup setting up, we will send you a request for your approval to start the diagnostics.

Backup restore

The backup restore process differs in depend on your server configuration:

    VPS with ISPmanager control panel  VPS without server control panel 

Backup restore process

Automatic. To restore the backup you need to enter your ISPmanager control panel

Manual.To restore the backup you need to connect to the VPS via SSH. 

Backup restoration guide  Backups: configuration, data recovery, backup storage  Auto-backup service: backup restore

How to enable

You can enable auto-backup option while ordering a new VPS on the site or Client Area or for an already activated server.
 
While ordering a new VPS on the site:

  1. On the second step of VPS order enable checkbox «Automatic backup»

  2. Complete the order process
  3. After server activation auto-backup will be configured automatically. The first full backup will be created by schedule.

While ordering a new VPS in the Client Area:

  1. On the second step of VPS order in the «Add-ons» section choose «Auto-backup» option from «Backup plan» dropdown list

  2. Complete the order process
  3. After server activation auto-backup will be configured automatically. The first full backup will be created by schedule.

For already activated server:

  1. Enter the Client Area my.ispserver.com
  2. Go to the section Products/ServicesVirtual private servers. Choose the server, where you want to enable the auto-backup option, from the list by a single click

  3. Press the Edit button.
  4. In the «Add-ons» section choose «Auto-backup» option from the «Backup plan» dropdown list

  5. Press ОК — automatic setup will begin.

Auto-backup price

For ready configuration tariff line (VPS Project, Startup, Develop, Business) the cost of the auto-backup option is 20% from the base tariff price. For example, VPS Project costs 6 EUR per month, the cost of auto-backup will be additional 1.2 EUR per month.

For «Your configuration» and «Cloud server» tariffs the cost of auto-backup calculated by this formula: VPS disk volume * 5 (fivefold volume of backup storage) *  0.02 EUR. For example, for VPS «Your configuration» with 60 Gb disk volume the cost of auto-backup will be additional 60 * 5 * 0.02 = 6 EUR per month.

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