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Create & Restore Backups

Introduction

Backups (CDP)

Backups can help you manage a server’s backup policy by saving files and folders of your Virtual Compute Node and rolling back to a previous backup. The Backups performed on ‘MyAccount’ are incremental backups, which means that only those blocks that are changed till your most recent backup are saved.

How does Backup work?

Backups are great means to protect the contents of your Virtual Compute Node. They are helpful in projects or milestones to back up the complete data or a set of files containing the important information. E2E Networks Backups works as an exact replica of your file system which is backed up automatically at periodic intervals. Each backup created contains all the data which was backed up to restore from the provisioning till the most recent block update. This allows point-in-time to restore from any of the recovery points present in the archive.

Note: By default, the folders on /var/log/ are not backed up to conserve space. Backing up this folder increases the cost of the backup for you since the incremental updates are high and are hence excluded. In case, you require this folder to be backed up, please raise a request to the team at cloud-platform@e2enetworks.com

Activate Backup Service

To start backups of your E2E Networks Virtual Compute Nodes, follow these steps –

STEP 1 – Navigate to Backups

Log in E2E Networks ‘MyAccount’.

Once you are into E2E Networks ‘My Account’ Dashboard select Backups on the dashboard. Alternatively, you can access backups from the left side panel.

STEP 2 – Enable Backups

Under the Backups section, toggle the switch next to your node to the ‘Activate’ state for which you want to initiate the backup service.

Backups can be used for Windows/Debian/CentOS & Ubuntu OS nodes.

Select the frequency of your Backup schedule.

If your node has a MySQL server running, then you may provide your login credentials.

Confirm all the details and click on Activate button to provision your node backup.

It might take some time to provision the Backup services.

You will receive a notification email with all the details once your node backup starts.

The following describes the fields and options available in this panel:

Field/Option Description
Activated Backup Service is active for the selected servers.
Deactivated Backup service is inactive for the selected servers.
Search Nodes Allows searching for servers in the list of available servers by specifying field values.
Node Displays the Virtual Compute Name.
Public IP Displays the public IP address of the server.
Private IP Displays the private IP address of the server.

Available actions for the selected server –

Field/Option Description
Usage Check the backup status, size and recent backup availability.
Available Recovery Points to Restore Displays last backup timestamp and Available Restore Points.

If the last backup fails, the previous successful backup timestamp is displayed. 
Please contact our support team to resolve any issue.

Task History List of complete backup task history with backup scheduled and completion time.
MySQL Credentials Add / update your MySQL Admin credentials
Schedule Edit the frequency of the backups.

Restore Backups

The Restore backup feature can restore entire file system or selected files and folders from any Recovery Point. When you restore from a backup to the virtual compute node, you return the data on that node to its state when you took the backup.

To restore the files and folders go to Available Recovery Points to Restore and click on the Search button next to the required backup under browse file system/Restore.

Select the require files/folders and click on Restore button to return your files/folders to the selected backup state.

Once the restoration process starts it might take some time for the selected files/folders to appear in your backup folder depending on the size of your backup.

Important Note and Disclaimer: Before proceeding with the backup process kindly ensure that there is enough free disk space available to restore the selected files/folders. If there is not enough free disk space for restoration, your services or the node itself may face downtime.

To restore MySQL backup please contact cloud platform team.

Deactivate Backups

To disable the backup service, under the Backups section toggle the switch next to your node to  ‘Deactivate’ position.

A confirmation popup will appear, click on the ‘Deactivate’ button to stop your node backup service.

Note: You will lose all the backup data created on this node once you deactivate your node backup service.

Updated on April 5, 2019

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