Rackspace Cloud Backup - Backup actions
Getting Started with Rackspace Cloud Backup - Part 4
How to Use Backup Actions
You can perform several actions with a single backup. This page describes those actions.
You can access the Backup Actions menu in two ways:
- From the gear icon next to the backup name on the Configured Backups page.
- From the Actions menu at the top of the details page for a configured backup.
From the Backup Actions menu, you can perform the following actions:
When you select Perform Backup, you trigger a manual backup on your system, based on the configurations that are currently set for that configured backup.
If you are looking at the Configuration Details page, the backup progress bar is displayed until the backup is completed.
Use the Restore Backup action to restore a backup.
- From the Backup Actions menu, select the Restore Backup.
- On the first page of the Restore a Backup wizard, select the Backup Date to restore from, and then click Next Step.
- On the next page, select the destination system, and then click Next Step.
- You can limit the list of systems by using the search box.
- You can restore your backup to the system that was backed up, or to another system.
- On the next page, select the folders and files to restore.
- On the Browse Files & Folders tab, select the check boxes of the files and folders that you want to restore.
You can move through your folders by clicking Up or an individual folder name at top of the file or folder list.
- After you have selected your files, you can confirm your selection by clicking the Selected & Excluded Items tab.
The files included in the restore and specifically excluded are listed.
- When you are satisfied with your selection, click Next Step.
- On the next page, select the destination folder.
You can choose to restore the files to their original folder or to restore to a selected restore destination.
You can also select whether to overwrite files with the same name. Then, click Next Step.
- Confirm your restore settings and then click Start Restore.
The Activity page is displayed when the restore is complete.
You can change the name, recurrence, and notifications for your backup job. Select Configure Backup from the
Backup Actions menu to view these settings.
- Enter a new name for your backup job, and under Schedule, select how often you want to run the backup. All times are Central Time.
Note: You can schedule your backups for as often as you expect your files to change. Cloud Backup uses block-level de-duplication, which means only those parts of a file that have changed are saved. In this way, a unique piece of data is saved only once, which maximizes the effectiveness of the backup, while minimizing your storage overhead. Another benefit is that by using this method, you can retrieve previous versions of files, up to the limits specified by the customer-defined retention settings.
To save additional overhead, Cloud Backup might compress the files if it reduces the size of the block. You can expect compression rates equivalent to those of gzip. You should not try to manually compress or encrypt your data before running backups; if you do, deduplication will not work, and you will create larger backups than you need. If you want to encrypt your backups, see the section on Encrypting your System in this guide.
For advanced Linux users, if you create tarballs with gzip that will get backed up, be sure to use gzip's
--rsyncable option, which this Cloud Backup to deduplication those files as well.
- Select how long you want to keep your backups: 30 days, 60 days, or indefinitely.
- Under Notifications, enter the email address where you want to receive notifications of failed backups. You can also elect to have emails sent for successful backups.
- When you are satisfied with your settings, click Next Step.
- On the next page, select the folders and files for the backup, along with any files you want
to exclude. Then click Next Step.
- On the next page, review your backup configuration settings. If the settings are correct, click Save. Otherwise, click Back to make changes.
You can change the files and folders that are saved in your backup. Click Configure Files from the Backup Actions menu to view these settings.
- On the Browse Files & Folders tab, select the the folders and files by clicking the folder name to view which files are inside. Select the check boxes of the files and folders that you want to back up.
- Confirm your selection by clicking the Selected & Excluded Items tab. The files included, as well as those specifically excluded, are listed.
- Click Next Step.
4. Confirm the settings on the next page and click Save to save your file configuration.
You can prevent a backup from running by selecting Disable Backup from the Backup Actions menu.
When you disable a backup, the following actions occur:
- The backup status changesfrom to Disabled.
- The Perform Backup button becomes unavailable.
To re-enable your backup, from the Backup Actions menu, select Enable Backup. Your backup returns to Active status with all its previous settings.
You can delete your backup by selecting Delete Backup from the Backup Actions menu.
Confirm that you want to delete the backup.
After a backup is deleted, it cannot be recovered.
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