How to set up Acronis Backup Cloud on Plesk

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Introduction

Whether you run applications or websites backups can make the difference between a big disaster and a minor inconvenience. Every day a large amount of data is produced, Data loss is, therefore the biggest risks for companies that depend on their data. Nevertheless, data backup is often overlooked. We recommend you to use Acronis Backup Cloud, which is a safe, scalable and hybrid backup solution.

This article describes how to set up Acronis Backup Cloud on a server with Plesk.

Prerequisites

Step 1: Log in to Plesk

Log in to your Plesk environment https://plesk.example.com:8443

plesk login

Step 2: Install Acronis Backup Extension

Go to Extensions and search for Acronis. The Extension we need is called Acronis Backup:

acronisbackupextentionplesk

Install the Acronis Backup Extension:

pleskacronisinstall

Step 3: Setup Acronis Backup Cloud

After installing the extension open the extension by clicking on “Extensions” followed by “Acronis Backup”:

pleskacronisopen

Upon starting for the first time you should click on I have an Acronis account:

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On the following screen, you should change the Service URL from https://cloud.acronis.com to https://baas.acronis.com and fill in your username and password:

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Step 4: Acronis Backup login credentials

Log in to the client area and navigate to Services -> Extra services in the left sidebar menu. Open Acronis service by clicking on Acronis Backup Cloud. The login details can be found under Acronis Backup Cloud Panel:

clientareaacronislogindetails

Optional: Enable Encryption

Enable Encryption by switching the slider to the right. It will ask you for an encryption key, fill in the required information Encryption Key and Algorithm:

pleskacronisenableencryption

 

If you do not want to enable encryption you can keep the default configuration. Click on ENABLE

 

to proceed:

pleskacronisencryptiondisabled

Step 5: Backup your server

Afterward, you can run the backup immediately or let the schedule run the backup. To run the backup immediately click on Run now :

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Step 6: Changing the backup schedule and retention

To change backup settings like when to create backups and how long to keep them you should click on Go to backup console.  This will take you to the Acronis Backup Cloud Management Console:

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If it’s your first time that you logged in to the Acronis Backup Cloud Management console it will ask you to accept the license agreement. To do so go to https://baas.acronis.com/ and log in with your username and password which you can find in the client area. 

Accept Acronis Backup Cloud License Agreement

Mark the checkbox and click on Accept.  Once you are successfully logged in to their client area you will see a list of your servers.  Click on the appropriate server and click on Backup:

acronisconsole

Click on the cog icon followed by “Edit”:

acronplanedit

You can change the schedule and how long to keep backup settings according to your needs. Click on Save :

acronissavechanges

Conclusion

After following these instructions your Plesk server will have automatic scheduled backups with easy recovery options within the Plesk interface. Your end-users can restore their own backups which is a very nice addition to the already impressive options of Acronis Backup Cloud.

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