How To Enable and Disable Server Backups in WHM

Configure Global Settings

Log in to WHM using your server’s root credentials, and select Backup Configuration under the Backup section in WHM’s main menu. You can begin typing “backup” into the search menu to narrow the list of menu options.

In the Global Settings section. select the radio button next to Enable to turn on the backup system.

Now choose the type of backups you want cPanel to create:

  • Compressed This option saves all of your information, and uses less disk space, but it takes more time to complete.
  • Uncompressed This option saves all of your information, and is faster than compressed, but it takes up more disk space.
  • Incremental This option will only save backup information that has changed since your last backup.

Choose Scheduling and Retention Options

The Scheduling and Retention section allows you to enable or disable daily, weekly, and monthly backups, and specify the number of each type of backup you wish to store. For daily and weekly backups, you can select the days of the week on which backups will be taken and, for monthly backups, you can select whether you want them to be taken at the beginning of the month, in the middle of the month, or both.

Select Account Backup Options

The Files section allows you to select which accounts to back up and choose more detailed options for each:

  • We enabled the backup system itself in Global Settings above, and now we’ll instruct cPanel to back up user accounts by checking the box next to Backup Accounts.
  • Click the Select Users to open a new browser window (or tab, depending on your browser settings) where you can select the specific cPanel accounts to back up. Simply click the ON button in the Backups column for each domain you want to back up, and ensure that the buttons in the Legacy are turned off if you’re not using the legacy backup system. Note that you can access this page directly at any time by clicking Backup User Selection in WHM’s main menu.

Select Database Backup Options

In the Databases section, select whether you want to back up databases per account, the entire MySQL directory, or both. In most cases, you’ll want to choose Per Account and Entire MySQL Directory.

Select Backup Location

The Configure Backup Directory section allows you to choose whether you want to back up locally or externally.

  • The Default Backup Directory is pre-configured, and in most cases should not be changed.
  • If you elect to Retain backups in the default backup directory, local backups will be retained even if you configure the server to automatically transfer them to an external destination.
  • The Mount Backup Drive as Needed option should, in most cases, remain disabled, as an external drive set up by Liquid Web will be configured to mount at boot.

Select Remote Transport Options

The Additional Destinations section allows you to set up a method for transferring your backups off-server via SFTP or another method. To do so, select a Destination Type, click the Create new destination button and provide the requested credentials on the form.

Once you configured, Kindly choose ” SAVE CONFIGURATION” option to complete the configuration.

 

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