PLESK 7.5 FOR WINDOWS > Administering Domains

Backing Up and Restoring Domains

You can back up and restore domain data by the control panel means, provided that the backup utilities are installed on your server.

To access the backup/restore functions, on the Domain administration page of the selected domain, click the Backup icon. The Backup files repository page opens displaying the stored domain backup files and their properties:

To be able to use a directory on your FTP server as an integral part of backup files repository, you need to specify the FTP connection properties in the control panel. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Click the FTP Account Properties icon.

  2. Enter the FTP server name in the FTP server text input field.

  3. Type the name of the FTP server directory where the domain backups are stored in the Base directory on FTP server text input field.

  4. Enter the FTP server login in the FTP Login text input field.

  5. Enter and confirm the FTP password.

  6. Click OK to submit the data you input.

To schedule automated backing up, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Scheduled Backup Settings icon.

  2. Select the period of backups creation - should they be created daily, weekly or monthly.

  3. Select the location where the backup files should be placed. Note that if you want backup files to be stored on FTP server, you should first specify FTP account properties (see above).

  4. Specify the maximum number of backup files that can be stored in the selected location.


    When the specified number is exceeded, the oldest backups are removed from the repository.

  5. Enter the name the backup files should begin with.

  6. Click OK to submit the data you input.

To back up the domain data, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Create Backup icon on the Backup files repository page. The Backup file creation page appears.

  2. Specify the backup file name.

  3. Select the appropriate Backup method from the corresponding drop-down list:

    • if you choose to create backup file and store it in repository, the backup file created is saved on the server and is shown in the corresponding list;

    • if you choose not to store the backup file in repository, only to download it, the backup file created is saved only on your local machine;

    • if you choose to create the backup file and store it on FTP server, the backup file created is saved to the remote FTP server. To be able to use this option, you should specify a FTP server name and a FTP server directory name where you want the domain backup files to be stored, and the FTP server login and password in the corresponding text input fields. If the FTP account settings have been previously specified, the FTP server, Base directory on FTP server, FTP Login and FTP Password fields will be automatically filled. In cases when you wish to use FTP server or directory different from the default one, you can specify its properties for the current backup file creation.

  4. Specify the backup file name and type in your comments in the respective text input fields.

  5. Select the Notify by email checkbox and enter the e-mail address, if you wish to receive notifications of backup procedures start and completion.

  6. Click Back Up.

  7. In cases of backup file creation with downloading it to the local machine, the File Download dialog window opens. Click Save, specify the file location and then click Save again. The file will be saved on your local machine.

To view the properties of backed up domain click the backup file's name.

To save a backup file on your local machine, click the corresponding icon. After that you will need to specify the location on your machine and the file name for the downloaded backup file to be saved, and then click Save.

To delete one or several backup files from the repository, select the corresponding checkboxes and click Remove Selected.

To upload a backup file to the server, specify the file location using the Browse button, then click Upload.

To restore a domain, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Backup icon at the Domain administration page. The Backup files repository page appears.

  2. Select the desired backup file from the list clicking on its file name. The backup file information page will open displaying the domain configuration to be restored:

  3. If desired, enter an e-mail and select the checkbox to enable the notification.

    Select the IP address to be used for restoring the domain data.

  4. Click Restore.


During backup/restore processes, the domain is automatically switched off and all of its services are unavailable.

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