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How to Create a Scheduled Backup of All Virtual Servers

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In a previous article we discussed how to create a backup of your server using Virtualmin on the fly. If you missed that article or you’d like to learn: How to backup a virtual server in Virtualmin just click the previous link. Generating backups that way is great, however needing to remember to do so periodically can be a bit tricky, which is why in this article we are going to go over how to schedule a backup of all virtual servers within 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: How to install Virtualmin (CentOS 7).

Before we get started you’ll need to login to your Virtualmin or Webmin account. If you’re not certain how to do this, or if you need something to read on your next restroom break, please review the following article, which should assist you with: How to login to Webmin. Once you have logged in and you’re ready to proceed, please refer to the following steps.


  1. Under the Virtualmin section select the Backup and Restore option
  2. Select the Scheduled Backups module


Showing the Scheduled Backups Location


  1. Click the Add a new backup schedule button



  1. Under Destination and format select Local file or directory to store the backups locally
    1. Alternatively you can select one of the other options to store the backups remotely however this is not covered in this article
  2. Type in the directory where you’d like to store the backup or use the directory selection button
  3. Click Schedule and reporting



  1. Under the Scheduled backup time field click the radio button to enable the Simple schedule option
  2. Select a timeframe that fits your needs for the purpose of this article we will be selecting Weekly (on Sunday)
  3. Once you’re satisfied with the selections you have made click the Create Schedule button



Once created, the backup function will run at the time you specified, for the purpose of this article the backup function will run every Sunday.