SnapShooter is a cloud backup and recovery solution. Use SnapShooter to back up servers, volumes, databases, and applications from DigitalOcean and other cloud providers.
Use SnapShooter to automatically create a full or incremental backup of your server files, compress it, and schedule future backups.
Next, choose a storage provider.
You can use SnapShooter as your storage provider with SnapShooter Simple Storage, which lets you store backup data without setting up your own storage. Alternatively, you can set up DigitalOcean Spaces Object Storage or other storage providers, like AWS S3.
Then, from the SnapShooter app, in the left menu under Backups, click Backup Jobs. On the Backup Jobs page, click the green Create New Job in the top right to go to the jobs creation page.
To create an incremental file backup, click Incremental File. To create a full file backup, click Server File.
When you click the backup job you want to create, a new section about the job appears at the bottom of the screen. Enter a name for the job, then click Continue.
On the Choose Server page, select the server you want to back up. If you didn’t add it earlier, you can also connect it from this page.
Once you select a server, click Next.
On the Configure Backup page, in the Set Config Variables section, you can customize the backup job. In the Root Path section, enter the directory paths that you want to back up. In the Exclude list section, add any directories you want to exclude from the backup.
Optionally, on the Configure Backup page, in the Scripts section, you can add any pre- or post-backup scripts.
When you finish filling out the options, click the Test button to confirm that the configuration works. Then, in the Test Output section, underneath the successful output, click Save and Continue.
On the Connect Storage page, select the storage provider that you want to use to store the backups. You can also connect a new storage provider from this page.
Finally, on the Setup Schedule Primary page, choose the frequency of backups. For incremental backups, enter your cron syntax and retention policy. For full backups, choose your backup frequency and retention policy. Then, click Set Schedule and Finish.
On the detail page for your server, you can see the backup configuration and schedule. You can also click Backup Now to run a backup job manually.
We recommend manually running the first job to confirm that it works. Depending on the compression level and the size of the backup, it may take some time to complete. Every minute, SnapShooter checks the job’s progress and reports it on the Log section.
Once the job completes, check your storage provider for the backup files.