How to Back Your Site Up Using the Personal FTP Repository

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How to Back Your Site Up Using the Personal FTP Repository

While having backups of your website helps provide piece of mind, having backups stored off the server can be even better. Storing backups locally can also reduce the disk space usage of your subscription. To use the Control Panel's Personal FTP Repository settings to upload the scheduled backups from the Control Panel to a location on your own FTP server, follow the instructions below.


See How to Determine Which Version of Plesk Control Panel is Installed on a Server to know which set of directions to follow.

Please be aware that although many of our customers do have success in setting up their Personal FTP Repository there are many factors outside of our control and support that can affect its success on you local FTP server, and we recommend it only for advanced users.

Please also note: If you are using a firewall to block all IP addresses accept specific ones than this will not work unless you allow the IP address through your firewall.
 
Plesk 12.5
  1. Log in to the Control Panel.
  2. From the Domains tab, click the [domain] you want to set up for ftp backup. (If the correct domain isn't listed, choose it's subscription from the drop down menu in the upper right.)
  3. Select the Websites & Domains tab.
  4. Select the Backup Manager on the right hand menu.
  5. Select the FTP Storage Settings option.
  6. Fill in the required information regarding your FTP Server:
    • Check the Use FTP Storage box.
    • FTP Server hostname or IP - the IP address or resolvable server name of your ftp server.
    • Directory for backup files storage (Optional) - where you want the backups to be stored. Note, this folder must already exist on your FTP Server. Plesk can not create it.
    • FTP Username - user account that has write access to the directory specified.
    • FTP Password password of the above FTP account
    • Check passive mode check box.
    • If you require an SSL secure connection, check the Use FTPS checkbox. Only check this option if you are sure it is required.
    • If you do not require your backup to be password protected do not check the Use password protection box. If you would like it to be password protected enter a password into the Password fields.
      If you check the password protection box and forget the password, the backups can not be restored without resetting passwords of account information in the backup. For example, all email and ftp account passwords would be reset when restoring the domain's configuration if the backup password can not be remembered.
  7. Click OK. The Control Panel will test the settings you have entered.  If there is a problem with the FTP settings you will receive an error to advise you which setting is incorrect.
Configure Scheduled Backups to Your Personal FTP Repository
  1. Log in to the Control Panel.
  2. From the Domains tab, click the [domain] you want to set up for ftp backup. (If the correct domain isn't listed, choose it's subscription from the drop down menu in the upper right.)
  3. Select the Websites & Domains tab.
  4. Select the Backup Manager.
  5. Click the Schedule tab.
  6. Complete the following required information regarding your scheduled backups:
    • Check Activate this backup task.
    • Select a Backup period, day and time to run the backup task.
    • Enter a number of backups to be stored on your FTP Server (optional, but if no value is entered an unlimited number of backups will be stored).
    • Leave User files and databases selected.
    • Choose where the backup will be stored (This will be the FTP storage entered in the previous steps).
    • Leave Use native MS SQL backup functionality checked.
  7. Click OK.
Plesk 12.
  1. Log in to the Control Panel.
  2. From the Domains tab, click the [domain] you want to set up for ftp backup. (If the correct domain isn't listed, choose it's subscription from the drop down menu in the upper right.)
  3. Select the Websites & Domains tab.
  4. Select the Backup Manager on the right hand menu.
  5. Select the Personal FTP Repository Settings option.
  6. Fill in the required information regarding your FTP Server:
    • FTP Server hostname or IP - the IP address or resolvable server name of your ftp server.
    • Directory for backups on your Personal FTP Server (Optional) - where you want the backups to be stored. Note, this folder must already exist on your FTP Server. Plesk can not create it.
    • FTP Username - user account that has write access to the directory specified.
    • FTP Password password of the above FTP account
    • Check passive mode check box.
    • If you do not require your backup to be password protected uncheck the Use password protection box. If you would like it to be password protected enter a password into the Password fields.
      If you check the password protection box and forget the password, the backups can not be restored without resetting passwords of account information in the backup. For example, all email and ftp account passwords would be reset when restoring the domain's configuration if the backup password can not be remembered.
  7. Click OK. The Control Panel will test the settings you have entered.  If there is a problem with the FTP settings you will receive an error to advise you which setting is incorrect.
Configure Scheduled Backups to Your Personal FTP Repository
  1. Log in to the Control Panel.
  2. From the Domains tab, click the [domain] you want to set up for ftp backup. (If the correct domain isn't listed, choose it's subscription from the drop down menu in the upper right.)
  3. Select the Websites & Domains tab.
  4. Select the Backup Manager.
  5. Click More Actions, then select the Scheduled Backup Settings option.
  6. Complete the following required information regarding your scheduled backups:
    • Check Activate this backup task.
    • Select a Backup period.
    • Select a time to Start your backups.
    • Add a prefix to give your backup (optional).
    • Choose where the backup will be stored (This will be the FTP repository entered in the previous steps).
    • Enter a number of backups to be stored on your FTP Server (optional, but if no value is entered an unlimited number of backups will be stored).
    • Leave Domain configuration and content (All configuration and content) selected.
    • Uncheck Suspend domain until backup task is completed option.
  7. Click OK.
 
Plesk 11.X
Configure Your Personal FTP Repository
  1. Log in to the Control Panel.
  2. From the Domains tab, click the [domain] you want to set up for ftp backup. (If the correct domain isn't listed, choose it's subscription from the drop down menu in the upper right.)
  3. Select the Websites & Domains tab.
  4. Select the Backup Manager.
  5. Select the Personal FTP Repository Settings option.
  6. Fill in the required information regarding your FTP Server:
    • FTP Server hostname or IP - the IP address or resolvable server name of your ftp server.
    • Directory for backups on your Personal FTP Server (Optional) - where you want the backups to be stored. Note, this folder must already exist on your FTP Server. Plesk can not create it.
    • FTP Username - user account that has write access to the directory specified.
    • FTP Password password of the above FTP account
    • Check passive mode check box.
    • If you do not require your backup to be password protected uncheck the Use password protection box. If you would like it to be password protected enter a password into the Password fields.
      If you check the password protection box and forget the password, the backups can not be restored without resetting passwords of account information in the backup. For example, all email and ftp account passwords would be reset when restoring the domain's configuration if the backup password can not be remembered.
  7. Click OK. The Control Panel will test the settings you have entered.  If there is a problem with the FTP settings you will receive an error to advise you which setting is incorrect.
Configure Scheduled Backups to Your Personal FTP Repository
  1. Log in to the Control Panel.
  2. From the Domains tab, click the [domain] you want to set up for ftp backup. (If the correct domain isn't listed, choose it's subscription from the drop down menu in the upper right.)
  3. Select the Websites & Domains tab.
  4. Select the Backup Manager.
  5. Select the Scheduled Backup Settings option.
  6. Complete the following required information regarding your scheduled backups:
    • Check Activate this backup task.
    • Select a Backup period.
    • Select a time to Start your backups.
    • Add a prefix to give your backup (optional).
    • Select the Personal FTP repository radio button.
    • Enter a number of backups to be stored on your FTP Server (optional, but if no value is entered an unlimited number of backups will be stored).
    • Leave Domain configuration and content (All configuration and content) selected.
    • Uncheck Suspend domain until backup task is completed option.
  7. Click OK.
Plesk 9.X
Configure Your Personal FTP Repository
  1. Log in to the Control Panel and click on the Domains button.
  2. Select your domain.
  3. Click the Backup Manager button.
  4. Select the Personal FTP Repository Settings option.
  5. Complete the following required information regarding your FTP Server:
    • FTP Server hostname or IP - the IP address or resolvable server name of your ftp server.
    • Directory for backups on your Personal FTP Server (Optional) - where you want the backups to be stored.
    • FTP Username - user account that has write access to the directory specified.
    • FTP Password password of the above FTP account
    • Check passive mode check box.
  6. Click OK. The Control Panel will test the settings you have entered. If there is a problem with the FTP settings you will receive an error to advise you which setting is incorrect.

Configure Scheduled Backups to Your Personal FTP Repository

  1. Log in to the Control Panel and click on the Domains button.
  2. Select your domain.
  3. Click the Backup Manager button.
  4. Select the Scheduled Backup Settings option.
  5. Complete the following required information regarding your scheduled backups:
    • Check Activate this backup task.
    • Select a Backup period.
    • Select a time to Start your backups.
    • Add a prefix to give your backup (optional).
    • Select the Personal FTP repository radio button.
    • Enter a number of backups to be stored on your FTP Server (optional, but if no value is entered an unlimited number of backups will be stored).
    • Leave Domain configuration and content (All configuration and content) selected.
    • Uncheck Suspend domain until backup task is completed option.
  6. Click OK.

Both Plesk 9.X and 11.X will list available backups uploaded to your Personal FTP repository under the Personal FTP Repository tab in your Backup Manager.

 

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