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Backup Manager (Plesk Control Panel)

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Backing up your data is a great way to ensure if anything goes wrong, you are able to get back on track and working again without having to lose vast amounts of work and data. Plesk comes built-in with a backup manager.

The first step to accessing your backup manager in Plesk is to log in to your Plesk control panel from your Hostwinds VPS or Dedicated Server.

Next, click Databases in the left-hand menu.

If you have databases created, you will see a small menu to the right-hand side. Click Backup Manager

From here, you will see all of the backups your server has taken (if any).

There is also a toolbar with the following options:

  • Back Up
  • Upload
  • Remove
  • Schedule
  • Remote Storage Settings

Back Up

If you click the Back Up button, you can choose to back up aspects of your hosting.

You are able to choose what you would like to back up, where you would like to back up to, the type of backup, any special notes, and some additional settings, like what email address to email once it is complete.

Click OK when you are ready to start the backup.

Upload

This function allows you to upload a backup to the server to restore from if needed. You will want to just select the file to upload, and enter the password if the backup was password protected.

Remove

You can remove a backup by simply checking the box next to it and clicking Remove.

Schedule

This tool allows you to schedule when you’d like your backup service to run and where to store them, along with what method you would like to use.

Backing up can use up valuable server resources, so it is best to have it run outside of peak hours.

Remote Storage Settings

You can select this tool to configure remote storage for your backups. this is ideal if you want to save space on your server and have another server configured as a file server to store your backups.

You are able to set up FTP(S) and specify the path you want to store the files at on the remote server.

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