It's a good practice to create periodic backups of your server configurations.
We've put a fair bit of work into configuring our server up to this point. As you continue to work on your server, there is always a chance that something could go wrong. Backups will help ensure you have a point in time to revert back to, if a problem arises without an easy solution.
Sometimes, server problems are easy to diagnose and repair. At times, it can take days, even weeks to find the cause of the issue.
This is especially true if you run frequent updates on your server. If your web application is fairly complex with lots of users, you should always test updates on a backup server, before implementing them on your live production server.
In this lesson, we will show you how to create manual back-ups of your server using Linode.
The first step to creating a backup, is to create a server with the same or higher specifications than the one you are backing up. The main reason is you want to make sure your new server has enough disk space to accommodate the data from your old server.
Since we will be backing up our server which is on a Linode 2048 plan, we'll create another server also on the same plan.
Make sure that the new server is in the same data center. Otherwise the backup process will take much longer.
With the new server created, click on the Dashboard button corresponding to the "MyLinode" server.
Next, click on the "Clone" tab.
Place a checkmark next to the configuration profile we are cloning.
Don't worry about checking off the disks. When we clone the configuration profile, the disks are included.
Now click the Select button.
On the following page, we can see the process is estimated to last 20 minutes.
We need to select the Linode that we will be cloning this configuration profile to.
Make sure you select the new Linode we just created.
Now click Clone.
Now that the clone has been created, let's boot the server.
We will access the server's IP address in our web browser, and this should load the default Apache page.
Remember, this is an exact replica of our other server, the only difference is the IP address.