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Back up data on VULTR.com server
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  Joel Aiken
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  Sep 6, 2021 @ 10:59am

Rick, A while back you mentioned VULTR.com as a good server host. I signed on with them a year or so ago, and I set up a WC app which is running fine. I like Vultr. But I never set up a backup system. I could use VULTR's built in backups, but would prefer something like Dropbox or similar. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks, Joel Aiken

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  Rick Strahl
  Joel Aiken
  Sep 6, 2021 @ 09:21pm

You can take snapshots, which capture the entire server. If the server bombs you can go back to a snapshot.

On my machine I do a local backup every morning at 2am. I basically do a local file backup into a folder, then zip it up. The process is basically a PowerShell script that shuts down apps and services one at a time, copies files, then brings things back up.

This backup is around 2gb in size and I take that file and then push it up to Azure into a backup folder. I do rotating daily backups for the week and a monthly snapshot that I update every month - so on Azure there are typically 8 backups stored, plus occasionally I do an archive backup. This backup holds:

  • My applications that are running on the server (ie. ASP.NET/Web Connection Apps)
  • Utility folder
  • Admin folder
  • Data

This holds everything that has value so I can rebuild from this. It won't be quick, but can be done in a few hours if a total failure occurs...

It's very low tech and I've tested it out once by taking the rescue data and installing a new box. As said it took about 2 hours to get a new machine up and running with the apps and data again which is reasonable for me and total failure.

The biggest issue with this approach is that you need a bit of disk space - you need to be able to basically duplicate everything that you plan to back up, plus create the zip file. I think for me this ends up being close to 10gb that I have to make sure I have available for this to work. But this should be easier now, that Vultr allows for secondary storage to be added. I may end up moving my backups and backup processing there eventually.

+++ Rick ---

Gravatar is a globally recognized avatar based on your email address. re: Back up data on VULTR.com server
  Joel Aiken
  Rick Strahl
  Sep 7, 2021 @ 07:20am

Rick, Thanks for your reply. I'm planning to use the "snapshot" backup and then keep your backup technique handy when I get ready to improve on the backup. Joel Aiken

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