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Here’s What You Need to Know About Incremental Backups

Posted by Allison on 13 09 2017.

As much as current and operational data is important to any organization, so is historical and archival data. This is because historical data serves as the basis of projections, business decisions and laying down future roadmaps. The secret to a successful website lies in how good is its backup system and how much secure is backed-up data. With this aspect in mind, we will discuss the ways to configure backup in the WHM/CPanel in this article.
Type of BackUps:
WHM/CPanel offers three types of backups:

 	Compressed: The suggested backup type for all WHM/CPanel users is the Compressed Backup. This saves a lot of space on the server and helps in quick and efficient storage.
 	Uncompressed: Not a much-recommended backup strategy, this is not the most popular owing to the usage of relatively more disk space.
 	Incremental: This is applicable for users who require backups after a certain point in time. This is…

As much as current and operational data is important to any organization, so is historical and archival data. This is because historical data serves as the basis of projections, business decisions and laying down future roadmaps. The secret to a successful website lies in how good is its backup system and how much secure is backed-up data. With this aspect in mind, we will discuss the ways to configure backup in the WHM/CPanel in this article.

Type of BackUps:

WHM/CPanel offers three types of backups:

  1. Compressed: The suggested backup type for all WHM/CPanel users is the Compressed Backup. This saves a lot of space on the server and helps in quick and efficient storage.
  2. Uncompressed: Not a much-recommended backup strategy, this is not the most popular owing to the usage of relatively more disk space.
  3. Incremental: This is applicable for users who require backups after a certain point in time. This is an economic option for users who do not require the complete backup of their data on the servers.

Backup Configuration For A CPanel/WHM Server:

Backups on the CPanel/WHM server can be scheduled automatically on a daily, weekly and monthly basis through the following navigation: WHM >> >> Backup >> Backup Configuration. However, one should have the Backup Configuration option enabled in the Global Settings for this to work. CPanel/WHM server provides the option of Maximum destination timeout to the user whereby the system quits after retrying for a specified no of times in case of any abrupt stoppage or failure.

Backup and Purge Schedules on A CPanel/WHM Server:

Backups on WHM/CPanel are of three types:

  • Backup Daily –Create and save backups in the selected days in a week.
  • Backup Weekly –Create a single weekly backup every week in a selected day.
  • Backup Monthly –Create a monthly backup every month in a selected day.

Users on the CPanel can set up retention policies – to define the no. of backups that will remain on the server.

Apart from the regular website data, WHM/CPanel provides the capacity to backup multiple file systems and databases.

Configure Backup Directory:

As much as creating backups are necessary, it is equally important to know where it is getting stored. The backups are created to the default location: /backup on the server. However, users have the option to create customized backup locations on the server as well. One can also configure secure locations on external server where the backups are moved from time to time.

Once all the above steps are completed, clicking on Save Configurations will allow the user to complete the Backup creation process.