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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Pricing is per Linode and varies depending on the size of your virtual private server, as shown below:
Annual and biennal discounts are not available for this service.
Use the Linode Manager to enable the backup service on a Linode. Here's how:
The Linode Backup System is now enabled for the selected Linode.
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.
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.
You can configure when automatic backups are initiated. Here's how:
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.
You can make a manual backup of your Linode by taking a snapshot. Here's how:
Taking a new snapshot will overwrite a saved snapshot.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
The Linode will start from the backup disk images. Watch the Host Job Queue to monitor the progress.
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.
There are some limitations to what the Linode Backup Service can back up. Here are some things you should be aware of:
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Last edited by Matthew Cone on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 (r3405).