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How to Backup a Virtual Server in Virtualmin

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The Virtualmin control panel allows you to manage your server and any website associated with that server in real time using its very intuitive GUI and vast selection of tools; all of which are at your disposal for free! One scenario that any server admin or site owner both dread and fear is what if your server crashes and your website data is wiped out? What do you do, and how do you handle that scenario? Ideally it always best expect the best and prepare for the worst, and in this case doing so would mean that you have a backup of your site related content so that you can simply restore the backup and the site would then come back up. Conveniently enough Virtualmin offers this functionality right out of the box.


The focus of this article is to teach you how to create a backup of your virtual server using Virtualmin. This article implies that you have already installed Virtualmin, if you have not done so yet please take a look at the following article on setting up Virtualmin (CentOS 7).


Before we get into the nitty gritty you’ll need to login to your Virtualmin or Webmin account. If you’re not certain how to do this please review the following article, which covers How To Login In To Webmin. Once you’re logged in please take a look at the steps below and follow along to generate a backup of your virtual server.


  1. Select Backup and Restore from the navigation pane
  2. Click the Backup Virtual Servers option


Showing the Backup Virtual Servers module location


  1. Under the Destination and format section in the Backup destinations field select Download in browser
  2. Click the Backup Now button


Shows the location of the Download in Browser button


Once you click the Backup Now button a backup of your Virtual server will begin to be generated and once complete will be downloaded to your local PC for safekeeping.


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