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Setting up a Remote Server for Backups

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This guide is intended for Hostwinds clients who have access to WHM on their VPS, Cloud or Dedicated Server. Shared, Business and Reseller hosting clients will want to ensure they have the Web Hosting Cloud Backups addon enabled in order to manage backups and have these available at any time.

 

How Do I Set Up a Remote Server for Backups?

You can easily have your backups sent to a remote server by using FTP in both WHM and cPanel as explained below.

 

How to Set a Remote Backup Server for cPanel Backups

Step One: Login to your cPanel account

Step Two: Select Backup Wizard under the Files section

Showing the Backup Wizard location in cPanel

 

Step Three: Select Backup

Showing the cPanel Backup Wizard Step 1

 

Step Four: Select a full or partial backup. If you’re unsure, select the Full Backup option

Showing the cPanel Backup Wizard Step 2

 

Step Five: Under Backup Destination, select Remote FTP Server

Step Six: Fill in the Email Address where you’d like to receive a notification once the backup is complete

Step Seven: Enter the required fields for the remote connection. Remote Server, Remote User, Remote Password, Port, Remote Dir (If left blank, a directory called cpbackup will be created in the root directory)

Step Eight: Click Generate Backup

Showing the cPanel Backup Wizard Step 3

 

How to Set a Remote Backup Server for WHM Backups

To set a remote backup server for backups generated in WHM, you’ll first need to configure automatic backups. You can do so by following this guide: Configuring automatic backups with WHM

Once you reach the “Additional Destinations” section, please refer to the following steps

Step One: Choose FTP as the Destination Type

Step Two: Click Create new destination

Showing the Additional Destinations section in the WHM Backup Configuration interface

 

Step Three: In the FTP Destination section, fill in the required fields:

  1. Destination Name
  2. Backup Directory
  3. Remote Host
  4. Port
  5. Remote Account Username
  6. Remote Password

Showing the FTP Destination section in the WHM Backup Configuration interface

 

Showing the second part of the FTP Destination section in the WHM Backup Configuration interface

 

Step Four: Enable Passive FTP

Step Five: Click Save Destination and Validate Destination

Showing part 3 of the FTP Destination section in the WHM Backup Configuration interface

 

 


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