Backup database

Backup is an absolutely vital part of a sound disaster recovery strategy. Using the Backup database feature, you'll get your ESMC database backed up and stored in MySQL backup file named era-backup.sql located in the root folder.


An alternative to database backup is to create snapshots of the VM. It will preserve whole ESMC VA, all its settings as well as ESMC database. However, if you restore a snapshot of your VM, you need to run Reset after snapshot revert.

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We recommend that you backup your ESMC database frequently and save the backup file on external storage. This is important because you'll have a copy of the whole ESMC database stored elsewhere (not locally on your ESMC VA) should a disaster happen. For example in case your ESMC VA gets broken, deleted or otherwise destroyed. Having a recent ESMC database backup, you'll be able to restore ESMC VA to the state it was in shortly before the disaster. For detailed procedure see ESMC VA disaster recovery.

1.Enter management mode by typing your password and pressing Enter twice. Select Backup database using the arrow keys and then press Enter.


2.You will be prompted to type in your database root password before the database backup can begin.


If you do not remember database root password, you can change it and run the database backup again.


This process can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours depending on the size of your database.


Always check screen for errors. If there are error messages, the database backup cannot be considered successfully completed. Try running Backup database again.

You'll find the database backup here: /root/era-backup.sql

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Download the backup file using Webmin File manager to a safe location.