Adding a local file system backup location 

Add a local file system location (such as NFS mount) when creating or editing a backup job. Backup to and restore from a custom local directory.

Add a local file system location (such as NFS mount) when creating or editing a backup job. Backup to and restore from a custom local directory.

Backups to different external locations are supported. When the snapshots are uploaded, they are further placed in subdirectories based on a unique identifier for the node. Because of this scheme, any number of clusters or nodes could refer to the same external mount point. If you want the nodes to back up to different locations, simply mount the same named directory on different nodes to different external locations.

Prerequisites

The path for the local file system should at least be mounted to a different drive. Mounting to an external drive or shared file system is preferable and recommended. Not doing so for local file system backups results in copying the tables between locations on the hard disk, which requires double the snapshot size in disk space. A best practice is to avoid backups on the same server located where the original data exists.

Configuration approaches for the backup location:
  • On Server is essentially the same increased speed and inherent data loss risk as Local FS on the same drive.
  • Local FS on a different drive but the same server is an improvement in backup safety over On Server or Local FS on the same drive.
  • Local FS on a shared or distributed network drive provides the best safety for backups, with some tradeoff in decreased speed due to distribution latency.
Important: The Backup Service requires control over the data and structure of its destination locations. The AWS S3 bucket and the Local file system destinations must be dedicated for use only by OpsCenter. Any additional directories or files in those destinations can prevent the Backup Service from properly conducting a Backup or Restore operation.

Procedure

  1. Access the Create (or Edit) Backup dialog:
    1. Click cluster name > Services.
    2. Click the Configure link for the Backup Service.
    3. In the Activity tab, click Create Backup.
  2. In the Create or Edit Backup dialog, click +Add Location.
    The Add Location dialog appears.

    Add Local FS Backup Location dialog

  3. Select Local FS in Location.
  4. Enter the path to the local file system location in the Path box.
  5. Optional: Select any throttling or compressing of the data:
    1. To avoid saturating your network, set a maximum upload rate. Select Throttle transfer rate and set the maximum MB per second.
    2. To compress the backup data, select Enable compression. Compression reduces the amount of data going through your network and reduces the disk and data usage but increases the CPU load for the server.
  6. Indicate how long the snapshot data should be saved by selecting a Retention Policy. Retain All (default) saves the snapshot data indefinitely. Or, define a set period of time. After the snapshot data is older than the time set in Retention Policy, the snapshot data is deleted.
  7. Click Save Location.
    The newly added Local FS displays in the Location pane of the Create or Edit Backup dialog.

    Local FS backup location

    Click the edit icon to the edit a location. Click the delete icon to delete a location.

  8. Click Save Backup, or Create Backup as applicable.