OVA Virtual Server Backup Schedules

In addition to the system auto-backup presets, you can schedule backups of virtual servers (VS disks) as required. For example, you can set up a schedule to back up your disks once a week.

The combination of scheduled OVA VS backups and Auto-Backup Presets provides a great deal of flexibility in the way backups are handled for the cloud, and for individual VSs. Auto-backup Presets can be applied to all new VSs added to the cloud. Scheduled VS backups enable specific backups to be scheduled for individual VSs, outside of the auto-backup pattern.

OnApp supports only normal backups for OVA virtual servers, which include all the data from from the server's disk.

View OVA Virtual Server Backup Schedules


To view the list of backup schedules for an OVA virtual server:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Cloud > Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click the label of the OVA virtual server you're interested in.
  3. Click the Storage tab, then select Disks.
  4. On the screen that appears, click the Actions button next to the disk you want to back up, then select Schedule for Backups.
  5. On the screen that appears, you will see the list of backup schedules along with their details:
    • Date - the time when the schedule was created

    • Target - the server or disk for which the schedule was created (depending on the backup type)

    • Action - the scheduled action

    • Period - how frequently the backup will occur according to a period type set in the next step. 

      For example, if you set “2” as a period and “days” as a period type, the backup will take place at the same time every two days. By default, in this filed is set 1.

    • Period type - the backup period: days, weeks, months, or years

    • Rotation period - the number of backups, after which the first backup will be deleted. 

      By default, in this filed is set 1, so it means that the old one backup is deleted after a new backup occurs. If you set 2 in this filed, it means that the first backup will be deleted next but one. If you set 4, three most recent backups and the new one will be stored, while the initial one will be deleted.

    • Next Start - the date and the hour of the next backup

    • User - the user who created the backup schedule

    • Status - schedule status

    • Actions - click the Actions icon to edit or delete the backup schedule

Create OVA Virtual Server Backup Schedule


To add a backup schedule:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Cloud >Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click the label of the OVA virtual server you want to schedule a backup for.
  3. Click the Storage tab, then select Disks.
  4. On the screen that appears, click the Actions button next to the disk you want to back up, then select Schedule for Backups.
  5. On the screen that follows, click the New Schedule button.
  6. Specify schedule details:

    • Period - how frequently the backup will take place according to a period type set. For example, the period of 2 and the period type of days will take a backup every two days.
    • Period type - the backup period: days, weeks, months or years. The period type must be unique for each backup target (disk or server).
    • Rotation period the number of backups after which the first backup will be deleted

    • Start time - set the exact time of creating the transaction for backups scheduling. The transaction will be created at the specified time but run according to the queue (the transactions created earlier or with higher priority will be launched first).
    • Enabled - move the slider to enable or disable the schedule
  7. Click the Save button to finish.


Edit OVA Virtual Server Backup Schedule



To edit a backup schedule:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Cloud > Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click the label of the OVA virtual server you want to schedule a backup for.
  3. Click the Storage tab, then select Disks.
  4. On the screen that appears, click the Actions button next to the disk you want to back up, then select Schedule for Backups.
  5. Click the Edit icon next to a schedule to change its details.
  6. Specify schedule details:

    • Period - how frequently the backup will take place according to a period type set. For example, the period of 2 and the period type of days will take a backup every two days.
    • Period type - the backup period: days, weeks, months or years. The period type must be unique for each backup target (disk or server).
    • Rotation period the number of backups after which the first backup will be deleted

    • Start time - set the exact time of creating the transaction for backups scheduling. The transaction will be created at the specified time but run according to the queue (the transactions created earlier or with higher priority will be launched first).
    • Enabled - move the slider to enable or disable the schedule

      For a schedule with the Failed status, you can move the Enabled slider to the right to run the shedule once again.

  7. Click the Save button to finish.


Delete OVA Virtual Server Backup Schedule



To delete a backup schedule:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Cloud > Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click the label of the OVA virtual server you're interested in.
  3. Click the Storage tab, then select Disks.
  4. On the screen that appears, click the Actions button next to the disk with a backup schedule, then select Schedule for Backups.
  5. Click the Actions icon next to the schedule you want to remove, then choose Delete.