Manage Virtual Server Backup Schedules

The schedules screen lists virtual servers' scheduled backups. Depending on the backup type set in your cloud settings, schedules are created either per virtual server or per disk. To view all backup schedules in the cloud, see Schedules Settings. In this document you can find information on how to manage Virtual Server backup schedules. 

View Virtual Server Backup Schedules



To view the list of backup schedules for a particular virtual server:

If normal backup options is selected for the cloud:

  1. Go to your Control Panel's Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click the label of the 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 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
    • Rotation period  - the number of backups after which the first backup will be deleted. For example, if the rotation period is 5 then the last 5 backups would be stored on the backup server. If you create one more backup (the sixth one), it will replace the first backup on the backup server.

    • Next Start - the date and the hour of the next backup
    • User - user who created the backup schedule
    • Status - schedule status

If incremental backup option is selected for the cloud

  1. Go to your Control Panel's Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click the label of the virtual server you're interested in.
  3. Select Backups > Schedules tab, or click Auto-backups under the Options section to view incremental backups schedules only.
  4. 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 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
    • Rotation period  - the number of backups after which the first backup will be deleted

    • Next Start - the date and the hour of the next backup
    • User - the user who created the backup schedule
    • Status - the schedule status


Create Virtual Server Backup Schedule



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 VS backups and Auto-backup Presets provide 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.

Depending on your cloud settings, you can schedule either normal or incremental backup schedules:

Adding a normal backup schedule 

To add a normal backup schedule:

  1. Go to your Control Panel's Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click the label of the 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. For example, if the rotation period is 5 then the last 5 backups would be stored on the backup server. If you create one more backup (the sixth one), it will replace the first backup on the backup server.

    • 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).
  7. Click the Save button to finish.

Adding an incremental backup schedule 

  1. Go to your Control Panel's Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click the label of the virtual server you want to schedule a backup for.
  3. Click the Backups tab, then choose Schedules, or click Auto-backups under the Options menu to view incremental backup schedules only.
  4. Click the New Schedule button.
  5. On the screen that appears, specify new schedule's 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).

  6. Click the Save button to finish.


Edit Virtual Server Backup Schedule



To edit a normal backup schedule:

  1. Go to your Control Panel's Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click the label of the 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. For example, if the rotation period is 5 then the last 5 backups would be stored on the backup server. If you create one more backup (the sixth one), it will replace the first backup on the backup server.

    • 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 schedule once again.

  7. Click the Save button to finish.

To edit an incremental backup schedule:

  1. Go to your Control Panel's Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click the label of the virtual server you're interested in.
  3. Select Backups > Schedules tab, or click Auto-backups under the Options menu to view incremental backup schedules only.
  4. Click the Edit icon next to a schedule to change its 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. This parameter is for incremental backup schedules only.
    • 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.

  5. Click the Save button to save your changes.


Delete Virtual Server Backup Schedule



To delete a normal backup schedule:

  1. Go to your Control Panel's Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click the label of the 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.

To delete an incremental backup schedule:

  1. Go to your Control Panel's Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click the label of the virtual server you're interested in.
  3. Select Backups > Schedules tab, or click Auto-backups under the Options section to view incremental backups schedules only.
  4. On the screen that appears, you will see the list of backup schedules.
  5. Click the Actions icon next to the schedule you want to remove, then choose Delete.