Create and Manage Backup Servers

Backup servers are servers responsible for storing backups and templates of virtual servers running in the cloud, in order to prevent data loss in the event of failure. Backup servers enable recovery of files, applicaions and databases and so guarantee security of an IT environment. Besides, backup servers are used for scheduling backup jobs and committing associated backup details to the database. At OnApp, you can create, edit, enable, disable and delete backup servers.


View Backup Servers


To view information on all backup servers available on the system:

  1. Go to the Control Panel > Settings menu.
  2. Click the Backup Servers icon. 
  3. On the page that appears, you will see the following information: 
    • Label - the name of the backup server
    • IP Address - the IP address allocated to the backup server
    • Enabled - the icon that indicates whether the backup server is enabled or not
    • Backup Server Zone - the zone to which the backup server belongs
    • Location Group - the location group to which the backup server belongs
    • Storage - the total and free amount of storage space available on the backup server. The amount of free storage space is calculated based on the amount of space that ISOs, OVAs, backups, and templates occupy on the backup server. 
    • Backups - the number of backups stored on the backup server

To view details for a particular backup server, refer to the following section. 


View Backup Server Details 




To view details for a particular backup server:

  1. Go to the Control Panel > Settings menu.
  2. Click the Backup Servers icon. 
  3. Click the label of the specific backup server. You will get the list of backups on this backup server together with their details:
      • Date - the date of the backup creation
      • Target - the backup target
      • Status - the status of the backup
      • Backup Size - the backup size
      • Initiated - the way how the backup was created
      • Backup Server - the label of the backup server, where backup is created
      • Note - the text of the additional note
      • VS - the label of VS, where backup is created
      • Customer - the owner of the VS, where backup is created
      • Actions icon - the actions you can perform with the backup, such as Convert to templateDeleteEdit Note.


View Backup Server Hardware Info



OnApp provides an overview of hardware that is used by backup servers available in your cloud. On the Hardware Info page, you can view information on CPU, RAM, hard disk drives, networks and other hardware components.

To view the hardware information:

  1. Go to the Control Panel > Settings menu and click the Backup Servers icon. 
  2. On the page that appears, you will see the list of backup servers available in your cloud. Click the Actions button next to the label of a backup server and select the Hardware Info option.
  3. You will get the following details:

    • Summary
      This section contains the basic information about the backup server:
      • Current Uptime - the time the backup server has been working and available, the number of its users, and the average load. 
      • Total CPU - the total amount of CPU (number of cores/frequency in MHz) allocated to the backup server
      • Memory - the total amount of memory (GB) allocated to the backup server
      • Type - the type of a resource (Backup server)
      • OS - the operating system of the backup server
      • Manufacturer/Model - the manufacturer and model of the motherboard
      • BIOS/Serial Number - the system BIOS, its serial number and release date

    • CPU
      This section shows CPU manufacturer logo and information about CPU slots. Click the CPU Details button to get detailed information about CPU from the Intel ARK database if available.

    • RAM
      This section includes information about memory slots (double data rate, memory clock in MHz, size).

    • HD
      This section shows information about the manufacturer and model of a hard disk drive and the hard disk drive capacity in GB.

    • Network
      This section contains information about network cards. Click the Info button next to the specific network to get detailed information from the Intel ARK Database if available.

  4. If hardware information is empty or incomplete, click the Update Hardware Info button in the right upper corner.
  5. Click the Edit Custom Fields button to add/edit/delete custom fields for the hardware info. For more information on how to manage custom fields, refer to the Hardware Info page. 


Create Backup Server



To create a backup server:

  1. Go to your Control Panel's Settings menu, then press Backup Servers icon.
  2. Click the Create Backup Server button.
  3. Fill in the form that appears:
    • Label - give your backup server a label
    • IP address - enter the backup server IP address (IPv4)
    • Backup IP address - add a provisioning network IP address
    • Capacity - set the backup server capacity (in GB)
    • Backup server zone - select the backup server zone to which this backup server will be assigned

4. Move the Enabled slider to the right to enable the backup server.
5. Click the Add Backup server button.

  • To use the backup server, you have to add it to a backup server zone and assign it either to a compute resource or a compute zone.
  • Once you've added a backup server to your cloud and wish to limit the backup resources, make sure to set the limits in bucket for backup server zone resources.
  • When you add a backup server to a backup server zone, the backup server inherits the zone's type. It will be possible to move such a backup server only to a backup server zone of the same type. For more information refer to Zone Types.

Edit Backup Server



To edit a backup server:

  1. Go to your Control Panel's Settings menu and click the Backup Servers icon. 
  2. On the screen that appears, you'll see the list of all backup servers currently set up in the cloud. Click the Actions button next to the backup server you want to edit, then click Edit to change the backup server's properties:
    • Label - the name of the backup server
    • IP address - the backup server IP address (IPv4)
    • Backup IP address - provisioning network IP address
    • Capacity (in GB) - the backup server capacity

    • Backup server zone - the backup server zone to which this backup server is assigned

      It is possible to move backup servers only between backup server zones of the same type. For more information refer to Zone Types.

    • Enabled – move this slider to the right to enable the backup server or to the left to disable the backup server 

      Note that disabling a backup server affects backups and virtual server provisioning as follows:

      Backups

      • You cannot create new backups on this backup server anymore.
      • Backups that were created before disabling the backup server remain on this BS.
      • You can restore virtual servers from backups available on this backup server.
      • You can convert virtual server backups to templates.

      Provisioning

      • The virtual server provisioning is not available on this backup server except for the following case.
      • If a template is located only on this backup server, provisioning of virtual servers based on this template is still performed on this backup server.
  3. Click the Save Backup server button to save changes.


Delete Backup Server



To delete a backup server:

  1. Go to your Control Panel's Settings menu and click the Backup Servers icon.
  2. Click the backup server's label.
  3. On the screen that appears, you'll see the list of all backup servers currently set up in the cloud.
  4. Click the Actions button next to the backup server you want to remove from the cloud, then click Delete. You'll be asked to confirm deletion.

    All the backups stored on that backup server will be deleted!