How to take a snapshot of your VPSBG server
Snapshots are a ‘picture’ taken of your server at a specific point in time. They contain information about the files, applications and software stored on your VPSBG server at the moment of the capture, enabling you to easily restore your server to that state in case of any unwanted changes, malware or any system malfunctions. Given that they are a powerful tool that can help you recover data on the server, it is important that you know how to create and handle them. This is why the purpose of this step-by-step tutorial will be to teach you how to take a snapshot of your VPSBG server.
Step 1: Log into your VPSBG account
- Enter your username.
- Enter your password.
- Click on the ‘Login’ button.
Step 2: Navigate to your servers from the dashboard
Once you have successfully logged in, you should arrive at your dashboard, which should look like this:
From here you want to click on the ‘Active Services’ button, which will then take you to a page containing a list of all of your services.
Step 3: Locate the server you want to take a snapshot of
Having arrived at the services page, you will now want to find the server you would like to take a snapshot of. Your active servers will have a status of ‘Activated’ and a specific server IP address under the ‘service/product’ section, which can aid you in making sure that you select the correct server. The next step is to simply click on the desired server (marked in red in the picture above).
Step 4: Arriving on the service page
Clicking on a given service will take you to its dedicated page. From here you want to select the ‘Snapshots/Backups’ tab (marked in red in the picture below).
Step 5: Open the snapshots page
You should now have arrived at the snapshots page, which will appear like so:
This is the place from where you can manage all of your snapshots for a given server including taking, restoring, downloading or deleting a snapshot. It is important to remember that each snapshot replaces the previous one for a given server.
- Section used to take a snapshot.
- Restore button for a snapshot from the current server.
- Restore button for a snapshot from another server (used for cloning).
Step 6: Take a server snapshot
The process of creating a snapshot in itself is relatively straight-forward. All you need to do is to input a label (name) for your snapshot (marked as 1 in the image below) and to click the ‘Take snapshot’ button (highlighted with 2 in the image below). That’s it!
Once you click on the ‘Take Snapshot’ button the following confirmation message will appear:
If you are sure that you want to take a snapshot and override the previous one, then just click on the ‘Yes, take snapshot’ button.
Step 7: Wait for the process to complete
While the snapshot is being created, your server becomes locked in order to prevent any changes that can potentially disrupt the process. The snapshot will be taken once the progress bar fills up to the end. In the meantime the ‘Take snapshot’ button is also locked.
That’s it! We hope that this tutorial has successfully taught you how to take snapshots of your VPSBG servers.