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How to Take a Snapshot of a ServerJune 29, 2017

 

In this KB

  • Introduction to snapshot backups
  • Setting up frequency of snapshot backups 

 

Snapshot feature enables you to schedule regular, full-system snapshot backups, of all the disks on your server to an off-site location. The full system snapshot backup of a server at Cloudways can be setup by using the process mentioned below.

Before proceeding, please note that Snapshot backups option is currently available only for AWS and GCE servers.

As compared to normal backups, snapshots will drastically reduce the recovery time for large data sets (files and DB of more than 10GB). Note that normal backups will continue to work in parallel (allowing single application recovery and you can set different frequencies for each backup type).

Step 1: Go to Server Management

Log into the Cloudways Platform with your credentials. Click on Servers in the top menu bar. Then, click on your target server from the list. This will take you to the Server Management area.Server Management

Step 2: Setting up Snapshot Backups Frequency

Under the Server Management section,  click on the Backups section and then:

  1. Click on the Snapshots section.
  2. Here you can set the snapshot frequency from 1 to 7 days. A frequency of a day means that a single full-system snapshot of all the disks on your server will be taken each day. Whereas, a frequency of 7 days means that one full-system snapshot will be taken every seven days (one full-system snapshot weekly backup).
  3. Now, note down the estimated monthly price of the snapshot. The price will vary depending on your current size of disks.
  4. Click on the Save Changes button to apply the settings.

Snapshot of a server

Step 3: Track Saving Snapshot Frequency Progress

The snapshot frequency saving process will take a few seconds. Once done, you will get a message stating that your requested snapshot frequency has been saved.

Snapshot saved

Important Notes:

  • Each full-system snapshot has a retention policy of 15 days.
  • Only GCE and AWS servers support snapshot backup feature at Cloudways.
  • The estimated monthly price for using snapshot feature shall be applied to your monthly invoice.
  • Snapshot backup option is recommended for critical servers and only full server restore is available.
  • To restore your full server from a snapshot backup, contact our live chat support or create a support ticket.
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