This guide is for FreePBX 15. For FreePBX 14 and earlier, please click here.
In this article, we will walk through creating and downloading a FreePBX 15 backup to your computer. Additionally, we will be walking through how to restore this file back onto your FreePBX server. For information on how to create a scheduled backup please refer to [HOW TO] Create a Scheduled FreePBX 15 Backup Using FTP.
Here is an overview of the steps we will be taking:
- Designating a file storage location on your FreePBX 15 server
- Creating a backup job
- Running the backup
- Downloading the backup
- Uploading the file to your FreePBX 15 server
- Restoring the backup
Designating a File Storage Location
Here we will be designating a filestore, which is a location on your FreePBX 15 server where the backup will be stored for you to retrieve.
Log into your FreePBX server, select “Settings”, and go to “Filestore”
Creating a Backup Job
In the top menu click “Admin” and select “Backup & Restore”
Running the backup
On the “Backup” tab of the “Backup & Restore” page click the “play” icon under the “Actions” heading.
Downloading the Backup
On the “Backup & Restore” page select the “Restore” tab and click the “Download” icon in the “Actions” field of the “Restore from local cache” block.
Uploading the file to your FreePBX 15 server
Go to the “Admin” menu and select “Backup & Restore.”
Restoring the Backup
Please note the following: This step is for servers that are brand new or are not critical production servers. Restoring a backup on a production server may require additional steps for the server to be ready to use, and restoring an improperly configured backup could break the server. Proceed with caution.
Once the file has finished uploading read any warnings that may appear. If you still want to continue restoring the backup you selected, click “Run Restore”
While this is a good way to keep a backup of your system for your own short-term storage purposes, we recommend that a semi-regular backup be performed and automatically stored in the cloud. For instructions on how to set up an FTP backup to this end check out the Setting up a scheduled FreePBX 15 FTP Backup page.