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Management of Shared Backups

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This is a guide for shared hosting users who have ordered our backup service addon.

Verification of Backed up Data

You’re responsible for the management and verification of your backed up data, to ensure that the data stored is accurate and complete. If you believe there’s an issue with your backed up data, you may submit a support ticket to request further review of your backup policy.

After the first day of having the backup service addon, we request that you login to your shared_backups object storage container and verify your data. And if you find any issues or discrepancies, please report them through a support ticket.

Requesting Restoration

Hostwinds technicians are capable of restoring content in-full. This means that if you require Hostwinds support technicians to perform a restore from your backups, the process will overwrite all existing data with the backed up copy.

This process involves complete termination of your cPanel account, and then the restoration of your full cPanel backup.

This will completely terminate the cPanel account and all content, emails, FTP accounts, files and folders. They’ll be recreated from the backup date you specify. If you have important emails, file changes, updates that you don’t want to be lost since the restoration, this method is not recommended.

Accessing Backups

You have full access to your backups and are capable of manually restoring files/folders through FTP. Your backups are taken daily and are a FULL cPanel backup of your account(s).

To access your backups, we recommend using an S3 browser or similar (See more about this here). From there, you’ll be able to download and extract your compressed backup(s). In the S3 browser, select the backup you wish to download and right-click. Then press Download:

Showing where to download backups

From there, you’ll select the location locally on your PC where your backup will be stored. You’ll then want to extract the contents of the backup with a tool such as Zip, WinRar or 7-Zip. This process of extraction will likely be required twice, to go from a .tar.gz to a .tar, then finally the folder itself. Your final folder will appear as follows:

Showing the folders and files extracted from a backup tar.gz file

Restoring Your Data

Your account’s live data is under the folder homedir/public_html. Your account’s MySQL databases will be located under the mysql folder. From here, you can navigate and select the files you wish to restore. Simply log into your cPanel account’s FTP and upload the files/folders to the desired paths.

Restoring MySQL Databases

To restore MySQL, login to your PHPMyAdmin from your cPanel account. This is an icon in cPanel that you can access directly to view and manage your account’s databases. Select the database you wish to restore to from the options on the left-navigation panel:

Showing where to find a database to restore in phpMyAdmin

In this example, I’m completely dropping all content of this database by selecting the box Check All then from the dropdown, selecting Drop:

Showing all databases selected in phpMyAdmin database list

You’ll be taken to a confirmation page. Press yes. Next, select the Import tab:

Showing where to import databases to restore

Select Choose File.

Showing where to choose the sql file you wish to import/restore

Then move your extracted back up data folder to the mysql folder and select the .sql file for the database you wish to import/restore. Once selected, press Go:

Showing the Go button for importing a database

You’ll receive a confirmation message that the database has been imported:

Showing the notification that database import was successful