Backup Your VPS or Dedicated Server
Posted by SEO Admin on 08 August 2014 02:25 PM

Configuring WHM Backups

WARNING Because WHM backups are resource-intensive and backups take a lot of space on your server, there is a possibility that your server will go down if you go over your space limit. If you are cautious of this fact, and are fully aware of the space constraints of your system as it runs, then by all means, dive in!

You can configure a backup of your own server and it's info right from WHM.

Note: a backup will account for 50-75% of an account's total size (based on the size of the account). See Warning above. If you proceed with backing up via WHM, we recommend only taking one daily or one weekly backup, so that you don't run out of space.

 To configure your own WHM backup:

  1. Log in to WHM

  2. In the search bar near the top left-hand side of the page search 'Backup Configuration'

  3. Click Backup Configuration once populated

  4. In the Backup Status area, within the Global Settings section, make sure that 'Enable' is the ticked option

    Backup Config 1

  5. In the Backup Type area tick 'Compressed'

  6. If you have a really large account, go ahead and increase the time out seconds in the blank right after 'Maximum destination time...'
    Note: this isn't necessarily recommended as it can majorly slow down the server.

​Now you can configure how many backups you create, and for how long you keep them, in the Scheduling and Retention section:

  1. Tick the option to backup either daily, weekly or monthly, and specify your days

  2. Also specify how many daily backups you want to retain
    Note: it is recommended that you only retain one to two backups, and that you backup three times a week, unless you have a super large amount of space available to you.

​Now, let's work on the Files section:

  1. Untick the Backup System Files option

    Backup Config 2

  2. Leave the rest of the defaults as-is

  3. Click the Select Users button
    Note: this is an important step, as you need to select which users are backed up. Users are disabled from backups by default.

    Backup Config 3

  4. In the window that populates make sure the box near the top right of the chart is ticked

  5. Click the downward pointing arrow adjacent to that box and select Enable All Backups (this enables backups for all accounts)

  6. If desired you can select individual accounts to include or exclude as well via the listed options in the chart (just switch each user on and off in the Backups column)

    Any time a new account is created it will need to be enabled for backups in this configuration screen. You can also do so by accessing the Backup User Selection from within WHM.

  7. Now switch back to the previous tab where you were viewing the options in the Files section and scroll down to the Databases section

  8. Make sure 'Per Account Only' is ticked

    Backup Config 4

  9. In the Configure Backup Directory section you can leave the defaults as-is

  10. In the Additional Destinations section you can configure your backups to be stored on a remote service, like AWS
    Note: this is an advanced option and should only be used if you've received instructions on how to set it up from your 3rd party storage provider

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