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Backup, Restore, Clone and Migrate with BackupBuddy – Part 3 – Configure a Remote Destination to Store Backups

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Now that we’ll installed and configured BackupBuddy, we’re ready to move on to configuring a remote destination.

What is a Remote Destination?

Look over here on the menu it says remote destinations. A remote destination is a place where you send the backups. If you’re a licensed user, you can send it to Stash. This is a new service that is provided by BackupBuddy for people who license their product every year. You can send your backups to Stash.

You can use Amazon S3 which is what I do with BYOB Website and some of the other sites and client sites. I store those at Amazon S3. You can use Dropbox if you’ve got a Dropbox account. You can have Dropbox automatically configured. If it’s a tiny… and I do mean tiny backup, you can have it emailed.

You can send it to an ftp folder on your site or someplace else. You can also move it to a local directory in your site and you can move it to Rackspace which is similar to Amazon S3. So there is all these potential remote destinations you can send it to.

Configuring Stash for your Remote Destination

We’re going to start off by configuring Stash. Now you’re not going to be able to do this with the trial version of this because you actually have to have a license and have paid for it. So I have 256 MB of available storage to me and I’m just going to call this byob stash. I’m going to say database backup limit of 26 backups. The full backup limit will be 6.

Max trunk size, it doesn’t matter. Encrypted connection is fine. Manage all files is fine. We’re going to go ahead and test our settings. It says the test is successful so now I can add this destination. And now in my list of places to send a backup, I can go to byob stash.

Configuring Amazon S3 for your Remote Destination

Next I’m going to do the same thing for Amazon S3. Now obviously you’re probably only going to pick one, right? But I just want to demonstrate, depending upon which one you choose, how to do them. I’m going to have to log in to my Amazon S3 account. Okay and so I’m in my Amazon S3 and I want to get my security credentials.

I’ll grab my security access key and come back over here to Amazon and paste my access key. Come back over here and show my secret access key and put my secret access key in. Then I need to put in a bucket name which means now I need to go to my bucket.

So I go to the management console and then go to S3. And then I’ve got this bucket called byob website backups and then I’ve got byob backups hourly. And you can see I’ve got lots of hours of backups because I do backup hourly plus my byob backups weekly. I’m going to use byob website backups as my bucket name. I’ll just hit properties so I can copy the bucket name easily. If you don’t have a bucket for it, you can just create one. I’m not going to use a directory. I’m going to have an archive limit of 26. I’m going to test the settings, test if it was successful so I’m going to add that destination.

Now this is a weird error message that’s coming out of my browser so don’t worry about this. It’s my browser’s error message. The destination’s already there. Oh look, see…IE clearly recognizes those destinations. That’s fine. I’ve got my Stash. I’ve got BYOB Amazon and I’m going to add one more and that’s Dropbox.

Configuring Dropbox for your Remote Destination

I should point out that what you do in Dropbox is based on what memory limit you have set up on your site. So right now I have 128 MB memory limit so I can safely back up a 39 MB file so this is something you want to pay attention to if you are using that. Let’s configure Dropbox.

Chyna asked, “Do all the folder we need to back up have the WordPress title in them?” Well, in terms of folders, yes. Wp content, wp includes and wp admin. Okay so I’m going to sign in and that’s it. Okay, so the applications asks “Would you like to connect with Dropbox?” so we say allow. Return to this one to unclick, “Yes, I’ve authorized BackupBuddy with Dropbox.” Okay, that’s what I missed. I’m sorry.

So Dropbox owner, website, quota usage, destination name… call this byob backups. We’ll give it that directory. We’ll make it again 26 is our maximum backups and we’ll add that destination. There we go. So now we’ve got Stash, Amazon and Dropbox as remote destinations.

Migrate and Restore Settings

Now before you walk away from this, there’s one other thing you want do. You want to go over and migrate and restore. And you want to send a copy of BackupBuddy or Import Buddy to each of your remote destinations. I’m going to send it to Stash, I’m going to send it to Amazon and I’m going to send it to BYOB Backups. Now I have those things and all those locations.

Review Remote Destination Accounts

And in fact, if we open up my Dropbox account, we now see a BackupBuddy folder. Inside of BackupBuddy is now Import Buddy. So now this stuff has been successfully loaded into my Dropbox account. If we come over to Amazon S3 and we refresh this console and select backups, importbuddy.php has been sent there.

Chyna asks, “So do I store my backups in 3 different places?” The answer is no. The only reason I’m demonstrating 3 different places is because those… I imagine, that people are going to want to use one of those systems and so I’m demonstrating all of those so that they can see how to set those up. In fact, I use Amazon for mine. I don’t use Dropbox or Stash. Although I could use Stash because essentially, I’m already paying for Stash anyway. So I probably will implement Stash for something as well. But right now, all of my backups happen here on Amazon S3.

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