Setting Up ISPmanager Backup

This article will help you to know how to configure ISPmanager Backup.

Configuring backup in ISPmanager is performed under the root user in the Backup copies section.

When you first enter the Backup copies section, you need to configure the basic parameters. In the future, you can change the parameters by selecting Backup settings.

Storage for Backups

To select the location of the backup storage, follow the steps:

  1. Select the location of the backup storage.
    1newBackups can be stored on the virtual server itself (the Local directory item), in cloud storage – Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, or on remote FTP, SFTP servers.

    Using a local directory is the easiest, but not very cost-effective way to back up. First, virtual server space is wasted. Secondly, if the server fails, both data and their backups will be lost. Therefore, it is recommended to save backups to remote servers or cloud storage.

    Use a passcode to save backups to cloud storage. Follow the link from the ISPmanager panel interface and confirm the action on the cloud service website. The passcode will be added automatically. 

    When choosing a cloud storage, get an access code by clicking the link in the ISPmanager interface and specify the directory in which the backups should be saved.

    We also recommend using our storage server and our technical specialists will help with the tariff and setting up backup selecting.

  2. Then specify the directory for saving the backups.

  3. When saving backups via FTP/SFTP, specify the address of the remote server, login, and password for access, directory for storing copies.

Setting Additional Parameters

In the Limits section, configure exclusions and the maximum size of backups.

The oldest backups are deleted when the specified limit is reached. If the limit is not set, old copies are deleted when the storage runs out of free space.

To save storage space, you can exclude unnecessary files, directories, and databases from backup.

The path to files and directories is specified inside the /var/www/user-name/ directory. For example, if you want to exclude the /var/www/user-name/data/www/domain-name/directory1 directory, enter:


It is recommended to exclude temporary files and folders, test and temporary databases from backup.

Click Ok to save your changes.

Checking Backup Work

A non-root user can view and create backups. The created backups are displayed in the Backup copies section. To check the backup operation, you can wait for the scheduled procedure or create a backup manually, click Create copy > Full backup copy.
5newTo check the availability of a backup copy in the storage you selected, click View files.
6newIf configured correctly, all the backups displayed in the panel should be in the storage.

Backup Schedule

By default, ISPmanager backups are performed every day at 3.00 am. A full copy is made on Sunday. On other days, differential copies that contain only changes for the previous day are made.

To change the schedule for creating backups, follow the steps:

  1. To change the schedule for creating backups, go to Cron jobs.
  2. Find ISPmanager backup task in the list.
  3. Select the line with the required task.
  4. Click the button button and select Edit in the drop-down menu, or click the Edit button in the upper Cron jobs menu.
  5. In the window that opens, make changes according to your requirements.

Backup copies can also be downloaded to the local computer from the panel interface. To download backup copies, follow the steps:

  1. In the Backup copies section, select the required backup copy.
  2. Click View files.
  3. Select from the user’s list whose data you want to download.
  4. Click Download.

Restoring From Backup

To restore the full version from a backup copies, follow the steps:

  1. Go to the panel as root.
  2. In the Backup copies section, select the required backup copy.
  3. Click View files.
  4. Select from the list the user whose data you want to restore.
  5. Click Restore.

To restore any data (not complete recovery), follow the steps:

  1. Log into ISPmanager as the user whose data has been lost or damaged.
  2. In the Backup copies section, select the last working copy and double-click it.
  3. The list of saved data is sorted by type: files, databases. Select the type you want and double-click it.
  4. Next, a list of directories with files or a database will open. You can go to other levels in the file directories. Select the items you want and click Recover.

We also provide free weekly backups and recommend using our storage service or storage for daily paid backups, and our technical specialists will help with choosing a tariff and setting up backups in both cases.

If you have any questions, you can ask them in the online chat in the lower right corner of the site or by ticketing the Techsupport Department.