Backing up or restoring of a VPS
Posted by zz-James Moir on 21 June 2016 04:08 PM
Why backup a VPS?
Net24 performs daily backups of all VPS servers each night during the early morning, however in addition to this you may want to backup or take a snapshot of the VPS yourself at a certain time, for example just prior to making a major change. This would allow you to revert the entire server to the previous state if your changes need to be reversed for some reason.
Backing up a VPS
All VPS customers are able to manually backup their VPS at any time using their Virtuozzo Control Panel.
To access your VPS backups area, login to your Virtuozzo Control Panel, the details for which are included in your initial VPS provisioning email.
Once logged in, click on "Maintenance".
You can have up to 15 backups stored at any one time, including a maximum of 2 Full backups. The rest will be incremental backups, which take up a lot less space, but still allow you to revert the entire server to that previous state. Net24's weekly Full backups mean after the VPS has been active for a couple of weeks you will always have 2 Full backups, and many daily incrementals, allowing for restoration to a specific day.
If you currently have less than 15 backups stored, you will be able to click on "New Backup", and then "Backup" to begin backing up the server - depending on the size of the VPS, the time taken may vary but you can click on "Details" to ensure it has completed successfully. If you have reached the limit of 15, you can select a specific incremental backup and select to Remove it, and go ahead with your New Backup when ready.
Restoring a VPS
If you wish to restore your VPS to a specific time/date, from the Maintenance page just tick the particular backup you wish to revert to, and click "Restore Virtual Environment", then confirm that you wish to Restore. Again depending on the size of the VPS this will involve a short period of downtime as the server is restored from the backup and then started.