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In addition to the system auto-backup presets, you can schedule backups of Smart 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 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.

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 Smart Servers menu.
  2. Click the label of the Smart 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:

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

      Despite of the input value, for normal backups (when Disk is the target) rotation period is always 1. Thus, only 1 normal auto-backup with specific frequency, period and target will be stored in the system.

    • 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 Smart Servers menu.
  2. Click the label of the Smart 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:

    • Frequency - how frequently the backup will take place according to the period set. For example, duration of 2 and a period of days will take a backup every 2 days
    • Period - backup period: days, weeks, months or years. Period must be unique for each backup target (disk or server).
    • Rotation period  - 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.
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