Remote Website Backups 2.0

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Currently the new backup system is BETA only.

To activate backups 2.0 head to your servers page and click on the name of the server you wish to activate it on.

Warning: This will disable Borg and purge all existing Borg backups from your system. You are responsible for ensuring you have existing backups in place. By enabling Backups v2 you accept full responsibility for this action and confirm you have alternative backups in place. Only enable if you agree to these conditions. Once enabled, this can not be disabled. Borg is going back to the Delta Quadrant.

Introduction

GridPane’s remote backup system allows you to back your websites up at four different external providers. We recommend three types of backups for your security and ability to recover from worst case scenario type situations: –

  1. Full server backups at your IaaS provider
  2. Local website backups directly on your server
  3. Remote backups so you have completely separate backups at a secure third party

A backup or several on your local machine isn’t a bad idea either. We highly recommend you take advantage of the remote backup options available to you. Storage at each of these providers is relatively inexpensive – especially Backblaze and Wasabi.

Setup Your API Credentials

You can choose from four different providers – Backblaze, Wasabi, Amazon S3, and Dropbox. To get started, below are links that will help you create and then set your API keys inside your GridPane account: –

  1. Create and Set Your Backblaze B2 API Credentials
  2. Create and Set Your Wasabi API Credentials
  3. Create and Set Your Amazon S3 API Credentials
  4. Create and Set Your Dropbox API Credentials

Getting Started with Remote Backups

To get started, head over to the Sites page in your account:

Then click on the name of any of your websites to open up the site configuration modal, and navigate through to the backups tab.

Here you’ll see the new options available for the new backup system. You’ll see both local and remote options are located in this tab, and you can learn more about local backups in this article:

Local Website Backups

Set Your Backup Provider/s

Before you can setup your remote backups you need to have API keys added to your account. If you haven’t done this yet, please choose a provider and follow the articles linked above to get your API keys created and added to GridPane.

Once you have API keys configured, you will be able to select your provider from the “Select Remote Storage Provider” dropdown.

Choose your provider and click the “Add Remote Storage” button.

This will immediately create a remote backup of your website.

Once this has finished you will be able to set up automatic backups and take manual backups, and the restore and purge options for your remote storage option will then become available.

Automatic Backups

You have the option to set your remote backups on an automatic schedule. This can be set at any of the following intervals:

  1. Hourly
  2. Daily
  3. Weekly
  4. Monthly

Select your preferred schedule from the dropdown and then hit the update button to confirm your choice. Backups will then take place automatically according to this schedule.

Manual Backups

You can remotely backup your websites manually any time you need to do so.

You can also tag your backup to make it easily identifiable if you later need to use it to restore your website.

Restoring from a Remote Backup

If you ever need to restore one of your websites from a remote backup you can do so quickly and easily. Below the remote backup options you’ll find the Restore options.

Select remote from the first dropdown, then choose either automatic or manual from the second, and then choose the backup you wish to restore from in the third dropdown.

When you’ve selected your backup hit the “Restore Now” button.

If you’re not seeing the backup you’re looking for, hit the “Refresh” button to get ensure all of the latest backups are available for you to view.

Restoring on a Different Server

If you’re restoring a backup of your website to a different server, the steps below make this quick and simple.

Step 1. Create a site with the same domain

To restore a remote backup from a different server, first create a site with the same domain (if you want to change the name after you can do this easily by either cloning the site or using the primary domain change function).

Step 2. Fetch all potential sources

Open your sites customizer and click through to the Backups tab.

Here you will see a big blue button labeled “Fetch All Potential Sources“. Click the button to run a search for other servers that host the same domain.

Step 3. Select Your Server and Provider

Now you can select the server and specific backup provider you want to restore from.

Click the “See What’s Available” button.

If you need to, you can also refresh the available sources by clicking the Refresh Sources button.

Step 4. Select and Restore

Now select your desired backup and hit the restore.

Purging Backups

You can remove any of your backups from your servers with the Purge option. This is located at the bottom of the backups tab.

To purge a backup, use the selection options to find the backup you wish to delete and then hit the “Purge” button to delete it from your remote storage provider.