While no substitute for your own offsite backups, cPanel backups are extremely useful for recovering data in certain situations.
cPanel keeps backups on a schedule:
Configuring backups on your dedicated server can be done in WHM, under Backup –> Configure Backup.
By default, if you check “daily”, then weekly or monthly backups are kept as well. You can choose to not keep all of those, if you wish.
Weekly and Monthly backups rotate out every week and every month from the day of the week that backups were first turned on. So if backups were first turned on on Tuesday, and if the default options are left on, weekly backups would be taken about 1 AM every Wednesday, and monthly backups would be taken about 1 AM every fourth wednesday.
There is a limitation to this method. If you need to use a cPanel backup and it happens to be that fourth wednesday, then you will only have backups going back as far as 1 AM. Daily, Weekly, and Monthly will all be from the same date. (As was mentioned earlier, cPanel backups are no substitute for your own offsite backups.)
WHAT’S IN THEM
cPanel backups are usually compressed files built on a per-cPanel user basis. Each backup will have the following:
- Site files/home directories
- Metadata that cPanel needs to restore from a backup quickly through cPanel
If the option is checked, it will also contain
- MySQL database dumps
They can also configured to be run incrementally, in which case the files are not compressed.
WHERE ARE THEY STORED?
Backups can be configured to be stored in two places:
- On the server
- On a remote server via:
- S3 compatible object storage
If you choose to send them to a remote server you cannot run incremental backups. If you have a dedicated server with a second backup drive, cPanel backups can be configured to store on that drive directly.
WHAT AREN’T THEY GOOD FOR?
cPanel backups are not good as offsite backups (unless you keep copies of them offsite). Also, they do not back up serverwide configuration files.
Now that you know what cPanel backups are, why don’t you try making your own, by following our guide: Creating a Backup for a Site in cPanel.
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