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The Linode Backup Service is a subscription service that automatically performs daily and weekly backups of your Linode. It's affordable, easy to use, and provides peace of mind. This guide explains how to enable backups, schedule backups, make a manual backup, restore from backup, and disable the backup service.

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Getting Started

Ready to start protecting your data? Let us help you sign up and get going with the Linode Backup Service.

Pricing

Pricing is per Linode and varies depending on the size of your virtual private server, as shown below:

  • Linode 2GB: $5.00/month
  • Linode 4GB: $10.00/month
  • Linode 8GB: $20.00/month
  • Linode 16GB: $40.00/month
  • Linode 32GB: $80.00/month

Annual and biennal discounts are not available for this service.

Enabling Backups

Use the Linode Manager to enable the backup service on a Linode. Here's how:

  1. Log in to the Linode Manager.
  2. From the Linodes tab, select the Linode you want to back up.
  3. Click the Backups tab.
  4. Click Enable backups for this Linode. The Complete Your Order webpage appears.
  5. Review the pro-rated total, and then click Complete Order. Your credit card will immediately be billed for the prorated amount.

The Linode Backup System is now enabled for the selected Linode.

Finding Your Way Around

You'll manage your backups with a simple web interface in the Linode Manager. There's no software to install, and there are no commands to run. Just log in to the Linode Manager, click the Linodes tab, select a Linode, and then click the Backups tab. The backups interface is shown below.

The Linode Backup Service interface.
  1. Schedule automated backups. For more information, see Scheduling Backups.
  2. Indicates when the daily and weekly backups were performed. Click the Restore to... link to restore a backup to a Linode.
  3. Manually back up your Linode by taking a manual snapshot. For more information, see Taking a Manual Snapshot.
  4. Review the history to see when backups were created. If there are any error messages, they will also be displayed in this section.

How Linode Backups Work

Backups are stored on a separate host in the same datacenter as your Linode. The space required to store the backups is not subtracted from your storage space. You can store four backups of your Linode, three of which are automatically generated and rotated:

The daily and weekly backups are automatically erased when a new backup is performed. The Linode Backup Service does not keep automated backups older than 8-14 days.

Scheduling Backups

You can configure when automatic backups are initiated. Here's how:

  1. From the Linodes tab, select the Linode.
  2. Click the Backups tab.
  3. Select a time interval from the Backup Window menu. The Linode Backup System will generate all backups between these hours.
  4. Select a day from the Weekly Backup menu. This is the day when the Linode Backup System will back up your Linode. The back up will be performed within the backup window you specified in step 3.
  5. Click Save Changes.

The Linode Backup System will backup your Linode according to the schedule you specified. You should perform any database dumps before the time when backups are scheduled.

Taking a Manual Snapshot

You can make a manual backup of your Linode by taking a snapshot. Here's how:

  1. From the Linodes tab, select the Linode.
  2. Click the Backups tab.
  3. Click Take a New Snapshot Now.

Note

Taking a new snapshot will overwrite a saved snapshot.

  1. A warning appears asking if you would like to overwrite the previous snapsnot. Click OK.

The Linode Backup System initiates the manual snapshot. Be patient! Creating the manual snapshot can take several minutes depending on the size of your Linode and the amount of data you have stored on it. You cannot resize or delete a disk image while it is being snapshotted.

Restoring from a Backup

You can restore a backup to any Linode located in the same data center, even if it does not have backups enabled. Here's how:

  1. From the Linodes tab, select the Linode that you want to restore from.
  2. Click the Backups tab.
  3. Find the backup you want to restore. Click the Restore to... link. The backup details webpage appears, as shown below.
The restore from backup interface.
  1. Find the Linode you want to restore the backup to. Click the Restore to this Linode link. If there is not enough free space on the Linode you want to restore to, try resizing a disk image.
  2. A warning appears asking if you would like to restore the backup to the Linode you selected. Click OK.

The backup disk images and configuration profiles will be restored to the Linode you selected. Watch the Host Job Queue to monitor the progress. Restoring from a backup can take several minutes depending on the size of your Linode and the amount of data you have stored on it.

Note

The size of of the disk image(s) created by the restore process will be slightly larger than the total size of the files restored. You may want to resize your disk image(s) after the restore process is completed.

Booting from the Backup

After the backup has been restored, the disk images and configuration profiles will be available to the Linode you selected. Select the restored configuration profile and reboot your Linode to start up from the backup disk images. Here's how:

  1. From the Linodes tab, select the Linode that you restored the backup to. The Linode's dashboard appears, as shown below.
The restore from backup interface.
  1. Select the configuration profile that was restored.
  2. Click Boot or Reboot to start your Linode from the backup disk images.

The Linode will start from the backup disk images. Watch the Host Job Queue to monitor the progress.

Disabling Backups

You are free to cancel your backup service subscription at any time. Please open a support ticket to disable the Linode Backup System. A Linode support representative will turn off the service, remove your backups from our servers, and issue a prorated service credit for the time left in the current billing period. This credit may be used to purchase additional Linode services in the future.

Limitations

There are some limitations to what the Linode Backup Service can back up. Here are some things you should be aware of:

Creative Commons License

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Last edited by Alex Fornuto on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 (r4456).