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  1. #1

    Backup option on a WHM/cPanel server

    Hi all,

    Just wanted to get feedback on my backup options.

    Running a dedicated server (hosts primarily a vBulletin powered site) using WHM/cPanel.

    I have access to a 10GB NAS for backups as well as using offsite backups. The offsite backups are paid on a GB/month storage and GB/month transfer rate so that will impact how much data I can send offsite.

    My backup options are
    WHMs automated backup option
    WHM has automated backup option that I can backup an account with (backups up logs, MYSQL DB and files). However this backup is around 6.5GB in size atm. The one problem I have with this is that it doesn't shut the site down while it does the MYSQL dump.

    Customised backup script for account files/MYSQL DB
    For daily backups I was intending on using a custom script that will shut the forum down, do the MYSQL dump, open it back up and then gzip all the files & MYSQL DB. It will also create a daily rotation. The combined files/MYSQL backup is around 2GB.

    So the question is, do I need to run the WHM backups daily? Or should I just run them weekly with my custom script daily? My most valuable data is the MYSQL DB and account files. After that I would like to have all the log files incase I need to diagnose anything later on.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    I would say run them daily for double security.

    Better be safe then sorry.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    State of Disbelief
    Agreed. Run them at opposite times of day, like CP at 1AM and the DB backup script at 1PM or something like that. Can't have too many backups.
    Having problems, or maybe questions about WHT? Head over to the help desk!

  4. #4
    Thanks for that. I might copy both the WHM & custom script backups to the NAS daily but only send the custom backup scrips to the remote backup (daily) as I'm paying for that per GB transferred.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Plus for the previous authors - it is impossible to have 'too much' backups)

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