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jbryner 27th October 2010 08:05

Information regarding the backup tab in ISPConfig 3.0.3
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In the release of ISPConfig 3.03 when logged in as admin, there is a tab available under >Sites>Web Domain, that is labeled "Backup". when this tab is selected, the options of when to backup, and how many backups to save is available..

I have purchased the manual, and been through it a couple of times looking for more information about this feature, but have not found anything in depth.

I would love to know the ins and outs of this feature, as I was looking at a cron job for each user that would backup the clientxx contents to a folder called backup in the client folder. If I don't need to do this, and ISPConfig would take care of this functionality it would be a great help.

Anyone able to shed some light on the functionality of the backup tab?

Any / All help greatly appreciated..

Thanks in advance..
(I have attached an image of the tab I am referring to)


theWeird 27th October 2010 09:21

a backup function that creates filesystem backups in the selected interval
stores selected numbers of backups, in your screenshot 4, backups will be deleted after 4 weeks
user can access the compressed backup files to restore files from it without asking the admin

only filesystem backup of the website, no mail, no databases
only on servers own filesystem, if the harddisk is crashed the backups are lost

My wish would be a backup function like this:
Select remote backup target in System / Server Config, enter the login information for a remote FTP server
enhance the backup tab: number of local backups, number of remote backups (to save disk space on local disk but to be able to store more backups on a special backup storage server)
add the backup tab to databases and mail domains
add the backup tab to clients and use informations entered there for all websites / databases / mail domains without own backup definitions

If this could be part of one of the next releases I'd be able to kick tartarus from my cronjobs.
By the way: I think tartarus is a great way to do the backups. It just needs a config file and a cronjob / be called by ISPC cron.

till 27th October 2010 12:57


only on servers own filesystem, if the harddisk is crashed the backups are lost
This depends on your local setup. The Backup folder is configurable for that reason. So you can use filesystems on other servers to store the backups or a second harddrive in your server.

jbryner 27th October 2010 17:56

Where might I find documentation on the configuration for this feature? How do I find / configure what folder the backup goes to? config files?

falko 28th October 2010 18:33

It's in the manual.

jbryner 28th October 2010 20:03

In section at the bottom of page 190 I found

"• Backup directory: This is the directory where web site backups will be stored. The default directory is /var/backup."

This is all I have found regarding this service. I have configured it on a test domain, and have seen nothing over the last couple of days. I'm having some difficulties troubleshooting it, and could really use a little more help.

The /var/backup directory exists, but there is no backup being created within that folder.

I'm also not seeing any symlink in the webxx folders, nor any backup folder when logged into ftp as the user for the test domain.

I'm hoping that I might obtain some additional information regarding the where / what to look for, as I'd love to be able to have this portion of the ISPC 3 up and working before I send the server live.

Any additional help would be greatly appreciated.

****After a premature reply, and another search in the Doc, I missed it, and am now digesting Pages 96 and 97 of the manual... ****

Will see where that takes me..

ptitbouc 20th November 2013 13:17


First, sorry for my english...
I have the same pb, inthis tab, i have selected daily and 5, and I have no backup created.
Do you have an idea for this case ?
Do you resolve your pb jbryner

Thanks for help !

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