Multiple Daily Backups

Xpert-Servers shared this idea 3 years ago
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Currently triggering the backup script overwrites the existing backup for that day.It would be nice to have the ability to set down to the hours each day a backup runs.

So you can say that each day the backup system runs at 12:01AM and 12:01PM for example.

Then storing these you simple add the hour/minute to the end of the backup folder.

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I'd like to get more community feedback on this. To me, I am honestly a bit surprised to see this as a feature request. It is often the case that, due to I/O bottlenecks, server owners traditionally end up dropping the daily backup in favor of an "every other day" or even slightly less frequent backup. The reason often being that backups server-wide for their particular server are unable to complete within a 24 hour window.

A request to allow backups that expect to fully cycle every 12 hours seems like a feature that would not be utilized much at all and result in consistent performance problems for many server owners. It is uncharacteristic of a server owner to want to start backups at noon/prime time customer hours in my experience.

Again, I encourage further feedback/voting here to see if this is indeed a desired feature by cPanel & WHM server owners.

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I'd like to get more community feedback on this. To me, I am honestly a bit surprised to see this as a feature request. It is often the case that, due to I/O bottlenecks, server owners traditionally end up dropping the daily backup in favor of an "every other day" or even slightly less frequent backup. The reason often being that backups server-wide for their particular server are unable to complete within a 24 hour window.

A request to allow backups that expect to fully cycle every 12 hours seems like a feature that would not be utilized much at all and result in consistent performance problems for many server owners. It is uncharacteristic of a server owner to want to start backups at noon/prime time customer hours in my experience.

Again, I encourage further feedback/voting here to see if this is indeed a desired feature by cPanel & WHM server owners.

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I'd like to see this feature - especially when SSD's become more normal.

I know my backups generally take 2-3 hours to complete. I need to look over my server though because it only transfer at less than 6 Mbit/s when transferring to another server.

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Yeah, I'd like to see this feature too. Often users do a lot of stuff during the day. So we can restore (if necessary) multiple backup-points a day.

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In this case you're confusing this feature with snapshots or simply git/svn. If you have too many accounts to backup hourly, backups will not be the best way to save modified files in a few hours as is done with any versioning system like git/svn/mercury.

Comparing with my real scenario, I have around 700gb of backup data and some customers edit their files all the time. In this scenario I would have to use rsync (backup incremental) several times per hour to compare and save new modified files and assuming the risk of keeping overload at cpu and disks (hdd or ssd). But, if any customer request me files about two or three hours ago and I can't provide this restore?

I think this request sounds like as a 'Apple Time Machine' but not applicated here in this case. Maybe if the any customers could use git or svn or some versioning system like this feature: Allow users to install websites from version control.

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I should like to see this only if the users included in each backup could be defined. I have users in the USA that I should like to backup during their slack period which conflicts with users in Europe that I would like to be able to backup at some other time.

I understand the issues of server load, but I would be willing to trade off some performance during the backup runs for end user conveniance of having their backups scheduled according to their time zones.

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The current WHM Backup Configuration allows you to have multiple daily backups, perhaps this feature should be marked as completed?

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With different file names of the compressed file?