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System Backups

Discussion in 'Data Protection' started by FnF, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. FnF

    FnF Member

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    Can someone tell me how this whole system backup works?

    I see there's a daily, weekly, and monthly option. I thought it was a utility to set up backups, but since it's for downloading the actual backup...where does it exactly come from?

    If I click the monthly back up button and download a monthly back up.....what's the date on it, and where was it stored?

    Or what's the difference if I download a weekly backup or a monthly backup, since no time stamps are present.

    Confused:confused:
     
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    cPanelDavidG Technical Product Specialist

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    Are you talking about WHM -> Backup -> Configure Backup or some other place in the cPanel/WHM interfaces?
     
  3. FnF

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    Hi Dave, thanks for the reply.

    I'm talking about the one inside the actual Cpanel

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    cPanelDavidG Technical Product Specialist

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    I see what you mean. These backups are taken from the automatic server backups stored in /backup. Generally the daily backup will be the newest backup, the weekly backup being up to a week old and the monthly backup being up to a month old.

    Basically this allows users to access their individual account from the already performed server-wide backup. This can be useful for large accounts so they can download an existing backup rather than generating a new backup by request and thus consume server resources.

    PS: you may wish to update to the X3 theme :)
     
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    Hey thanks again.

    I must be missing out on something, or "/backups" is something I dont have access to, being a reseller.

    About the themes, before I was upgraded to WHM10, I went through the themes and branded my clients. Now I dont appear to have the theme options...I'll have to look into that.
     
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    Hi there,

    I think the daily options comes from a config option from your host, thats how i looks anywho!!

    If you are a reseller, its a bit different.. all you can do is generate the fulll backup manually..
     
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    Thanks, that's actually what I've been doing.
    I use Cpanel Saver to do daily downloads of all my clients sites and SQL's, but it's gotta play heck with the servers.
     
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    Key point there is 'up to a month old'.

    Unfortunately, it depends on when it was run. I just went in and saw that all of my monthly backups are 3 days old. :) So was my weekly!

    So, it's not really a monthly backup of being a snapshot of 30 days ago. It's just a copy of a daily backup, made once a month. If it happens to run yesterday, and you needed further back than that, well, uh, yur SOL.

    Luckily, the site doesn't update frequently, and I was able to pull a locally archived backup from a few months ago.

    I wonder if the backup system could be tweaked a little to make it a more effective backup.
    Perhaps (just thinking off top of head here):
    daily
    week1(sunday)
    week2(sunday)
    week3(sunday)

    every Sunday, cron would copy week2 --> week3, and week1 --> week2, and generate a new week1.

    Yes, it would use up more storage space, since it would be an additional storage of files, but the trade-off would give you a better chance of at least minimum going back 2 weeks.

    The current system gave me a backup from 3 days ago.

    just a thought.
     
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