Using Object Storage for cPanel Backups

Object Storage is simply the easiest, most cost effective and secure backup solution for your data!

What are backups?

A backup is simply the procedure of making extra copies of your data in case the original data is lost or damaged. Liquid Web understands that your data is invaluable and so, we have provided a stable, secure and cost effective product called Object Storage which makes managing your cPanel backups much easier.

What is Object Storage?

Object storage is used for things like storing photos on Facebook, songs on Spotify, or files in online services such as Dropbox. Object Storage stores files inside of a resource that is known as a “bucket”. Inside of this bucket, there can be multiple folders which can store multiple files or other static information. In this case, we will be exploring using Object Storage for your cPanel backups.

We’ll start by reviewing the four main areas which highlight the advantages of this service for your cPanel backups:

  • Simple Setup
  • Ease of Use
  • Performance
  • Cost Savings

3 Step Setup

Setting up Object Storage is extremely easy to accomplish through your account’s home page. Simply login to your Liquid Web account.

  1. Click on Create and then click on Storm Object Storage.
    Storm Object Storage
  2. Next, click on the Create Object Store button
    Create Object Store
  3. Lastly, copy the information about your new Object Storage.
    Object Storage Information

    Warning:

    Keep this information safe by not sharing via email or any other unencrypted method. A malicious hacker could obtain your keys and use them without your knowledge.

You will want to store the following info for later use.

  • Object Store: This is the name of your Object Store.
  • Object Store Gateway: The domain used to access everything in your Object Store.
  • Disk Space Usage: Defines the amount of space used.
  • Access Key: A unique identifier that, when partnered with a Secret Key, allows access to your Object Store.
  • Secret Key: A unique identifier that, when partnered with a Access Key, allows access to your Object Store.

Install Object Store Plugin

To install the Object Store plugin, log into your server as root via command line:
yum install lw-ObjStor4cPanel
It should look similar to this:

Once the plugin is installed, you can configure cPanel to run backups and place them in your Object Store bucket.

Configure cPanel

  1. To configure the cPanel backup destination in WHM, you will go to the cPanel configuration screen in WHM. Type the word backup in the search bar in WHM and then select the Backup Configuration option from the menu.
  2. To edit the LW Object Storage destination, you will need to edit the Remote Host, Username, and Password fields as shown in the next below.

    Configuration Settings:

    Host: The bucket name you created when setting up the bucket with DiskDragon.
    Username: Access Key
    Password: Secret Key

  3. Next, click “Save Destination”.
  4. Now that your configuration is saved, you will need to Validate the destination. Click on the Validate link in the Object Storage listed in WHM. This will run a quick test to ensure the server can connect successfully to the Object Storage device.
  5. Lastly, enable the destination; Click on the Enable link in the same line of your Object Storage in WHM.

Now that you have setup your backups to be pointed at and saved in your Liquid Web Cloud Object Storage, please review your daily, weekly, and monthly backup settings in cPanel to update the number of backups that are retained. This will help to keep your actual storage needs amended to renew and remove any unneeded backups.

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