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List and restore backups

Info

We are still transitioning to a new and improved model for managing backups. Until this is done, you can find 2 different ways to access backups.

  • via the 'Backups' tab: this is our new system and uses Restic, we don't provide downloads for these yet but you can trigger a manual backup.
  • via the Shortcuts: this is the system that was already in place previously, this does not provide manual backups but it has downloads.

Via the 'Backups' tab

Any Environment that supports backups, should have a Backups tab, which displays a list of all available backups. (If you don't have the correct viewing permissions, this item will be greyed out)

Using the filters at the top, you should be able to find all available backups of a specific type and for a specific date range (or date).

There are essentially 2 types of backups:

  • Scheduled backups: these are made using (locked) Cron jobs and the schedule and retention info can be found by clicking the Info-icon by the Backups title. Usually, there are daily, weekly, monthly and yearly backups to be found.
  • Manual: if you have the right permissions, there is a Back up now button you can use to trigger a backup on demand

Shortcuts

Actions

You have different Actions available to you (again, depending on permissions)

Back up now

Users with the correct permissions, should see a button in the top right of the Backups tab, to manually create a new backup.

Back up now button

This opens up a new modal where you have to confirm the action.

Back up modal

After which a new Queuejob is triggered and you get a notification.
When the task is finished, the new backup can be found in the overview, as a manual type.

Manual backup item in the list

Restore

Users with the correct permissions, should see an option to restore a backup to an environment, when they click the Actions cog of a backup entry.

Backup restore action

Before restoring a backup, keep in mind this comes with a set of caveats:

  • The Restore action only restores the database
  • Restoring will cause downtime on the selected environment, the downtime will be variable depending on the size of your database and the current server load and size.
  • High-traffic sites that rely heavily on their cache may be unable to recover from downtime during peak hours due to the absence of cache warming.

Clicking the Restore Action, will take you through a few steps to pick the correct environment to restore the database backup to.

Backups restore

Select the desired target Environment in the dropdown.

Backups restore

All you have left to do, is confirm your choice by writing a confirmation text.

Backups confirm

Download

Warning

At time of writing, this functionality has not been rolled out yet. The process described below is still subject to change.
You can, however, still download the backups you find in the backups listing via the Shortcuts.

Users with the correct permissions, will eventually get an option to download a backup. This will be available by clicking the Actions cog of a backup entry.

download backup action modal for the backup download

Via the Shortcuts

In any Environment sidebar, you can find a ‘Backups’ item under the ‘Shortcuts’.
(If you don't have the correct permissions, this item will be greyed out)

Shortcuts

List

By clicking the 'Backups' link, a dialog opens that contacts the server to retrieve all backups for the current environment's database. This can take a moment, so don't close the dialog. If the environment is old enough and the retention policy is long enough, they will be categorized into daily, weekly, and monthly listings.

Backups retrieval

If there are enough backups, they will be separated in daily, weekly and monthly lists.

The download-links themselves are only available for a limited time (about 5 minutes), after which they expire.
New download links are generated every time you open the dialog to retrieve the backup lists.

Backups listing

If you close the dialog window before you get a result, you can also find the lists with links in your Notifications sidebar, once the pending task has finished successfully.

Backups listing

Restore

With the correct permissions, some users viewing the list will also see an option to restore a backup to an environment.

Backup restore button

Before restoring a database, keep in mind this comes with a set of caveats:

  • Restoring will cause downtime on the selected environment, the downtime will be variable depending on the size of your database and the current server load and size.
  • High-traffic sites that rely heavily on their cache may be unable to recover from downtime during peak hours due to the absence of cache warming.

Clicking the Restore button, will take you through a few steps to pick the correct environment to restore the database backup to.

Backups restore Backups restore

Once you have selected the desired environment, all you have left to do is confirm your choice by writing a confirmation text.

Backups confirm

Send us your question

Do you still have unanswered questions or do you want to make some adjustments to your project? Don't hesitate to ask us your question at support@dropsolid.com or at +3293950290.