Creating a backup Print

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We highly recommend you backup your data regularly.

Creating the backup

A hardware failure or a human error can cause your data to be damaged or lost. Fortunately it's easy to create a backup:
  1. Login to your DirectAdmin control panel, for example: . (Check your welcome e-mail for correct URL.)
  2. Select the Create/Restore Backups option.
  3. Select the items you wish to backup. By default, all items are selected and combined into a single backup. This the quickest and most convenient way for smaller accounts. If you have a larger account you will probably want to backup the various items separately. Creating separate backups also allows you to Restore them separately, which can be useful in some cases.
  4. Select the Create Backup button.
The system will now queue your backup task. You will receive an e-mail once your backup is completed.

Downloading the backup

Downloading the backup is at least as important as creating the backup. Leaving the backup on the same server as the original data is really not much of a backup.

  1. Login to your DirectAdmin control panel.
  2. Select the Create/Restore Backups option.
  3. Select the Click here for a list of your current backups button.
  4. This takes you to the backups folder in the File Manager.
  5. Download the backup file. The backup file will have the current date embedded in its name, for example: backup-Jun-26-2016-1.tar.gz.
  6. Store the backup file in a safe place in your home or office. Keep in mind that it contains sensitive information, such as user accounts.

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