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In my previous post, I explained how to do a manual backup to LiveDrive Briefcase. In this session, I'm going to explain how to set these backups automatically. That's kind of exciting, right? Like I said, this is in beta, so we're not charging for the use of the cPanel plugin. It's on an "as is" basis, but so far in testing it has gone really well. You should always double-check your LiveDrive account to be sure that your backups are running.
Automated backups require FTP access, and standard LiveDrive PC Backups don't offer that as a service; however, Earth Girl Hosting offers this as an affordable upgrade. If you already have our Unlimited Service, just shoot a ticket over to our billing department and we'll get you setup for Briefcase at $80/yr. If you don't have the unlimited service, you can purchase Briefcase here. That's $220 off of the regular annual price, you can't beat it (get it while you can!)
The configuration process creates two files on your hosting account. One file is used to run the backups, the other file is placed above the root (out of public view) and will hold your logins and passwords. If your cPanel or LiveDrive details ever change, you'll need to run the configuration process again to update those files.
After you've configured your files, you'll see four buttons. This is what they're for:
This button will take your LiveDrive username and password. It will appear in a pop-up, so be sure you allow it. It may take several seconds to complete the test and you'll see a simple text reading "Connection was Successful"
The button will differ depending on the name of the directory you chose. If you entered "backups as your LiveDrive directory, then this button will read Check if the /backups Directory Exists. This test will determine if the folder specified exists, and will attempt to create it if it doesn't.
Again, if you entered "backups as your LiveDrive directory, then this button will read Check Contents of /backups. This is an easy way to see if you have any backups saved and which ones. It will appear as a pop-up, so please make sure you're allowing those.
This button is red for a reason - use it sparingly. This will run the full backup script and upload it to LiveDrive, providing all of your usernames/passwords are correct. If you click it 5 times, it will run 5 times. It will use space and bandwidth each time. If you click it, wait until you get an email stating that your backup is complete, then check the directory to make sure the backup file exists. If you use a lot of disc space, this will take a long time
A cron job is an automated process you can set up in cPanel. In this case, we have a file that will execute a backup, now we just need to tell it when. Once your configuration files are set up, you'll see a string of code has been generated.
You're ready to go! Your backups should run automatically moving forward. Once the backup is transferred to LiveDrive, it will be removed from your hosting account, saving you space and money.