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How to create a backup

Reviewed on 26 May 2021Published on 26 May 2021

The backup feature lets you create an image of your Instance, which contains all its volumes. You can use this image not only to restore your Instance and its data, but also to create a series of Instances with a predefined configuration.

This feature is available on Instance types. Creating backups of your Instance is free. However, keep in mind that as the backup feature creates snapshots of your volumes, you will be billed for these snapshots.

Note:

This creates an image which is a complete backup of your Instance including all of its volumes. The snapshot feature, on the other hand, creates snapshots of specific volumes. Consider creating a snapshot if you want to use different snapshot strategies for different volumes of your Instance, e.g. if it has one volume containing the OS and another containing application data.

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How to create a backup

  1. Click Instances in the Compute section of the side menu. The Instances page displays.

  2. Click the Instance you want to back up.

  3. Click the Backups & Images tab.

  4. Click the + Create a backup button. A pop-up displays asking you to confirm the action.

  5. Click Create a backup from instance.

You are returned to the Backups & Images tab, where your new backup image now displays.

Note:

When you create a backup, each of the Instance’s volumes are snapshotted. You will be able to see the snapshot of each volume via the Snapshots tab of your Instance dashboard.

How to create or restore an Instance from a backup

There are two different ways to create a new Instance from your backup image:

Using the Instance creation wizard

Follow the instructions for creating an Instance. At the Choose an Image step of the creation wizard, click the My Images tab, and select the desired backup image.

A new Instance is created from your backup image.

Restoring the backup

  1. Click Instances in the Compute section of the side menu. The Instances page displays.

  2. Click the Instance you created a backup of.

  3. Click the Backups and Images tab.

  4. Click «See more Icon» next to the Instance’s backup image.

  5. Select Create instance from backup on the dropdown list. You are redirected to the Instance Creation Wizard, where the backup image has been preselected for you at step 2.

  6. Finish configuring the Instance according to your requirements, and click Create a new instance.

A new Instance is created from your backup image.

How to manage your backups

  1. Click Instances in the Compute section of the side menu. The Instances page displays.

  2. Click the Images tab. A list of your backup images displays.

  3. Click «See more Icon» next to the relevant image.

  • Select More info to view more information about the image, including its name, status, location, size, type, ID and creation date.
  • Select Delete to delete the image if you no longer require it, confirming via the pop-up window when prompted.
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