Backing Up Antlets

Getting Started

Your backups can be started and managed from the Backups tab under your antlet settings.

Your backups can be taken to the Antsle Cloud or self-managed storage. To back up your server just select Back Up Now and then choose your storage backend. Do the same to schedule daily backups (scheduled daily backups run every day at midnight).

Backing Up to the Antsle Cloud

Every subscription with Antsle comes with a certain amount of free storage space for backups to the Antsle Cloud. It ranges from 10 GB to 5 TB. Additional storage is available for as low as $6.90/100GB/mo. You can see the details on our pricing page.

All data in the Antsle Cloud is encrypted via SSL when in flight and on the server side. Antsle handles key management and key protection for you with 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-256).

Backing Up to Self Managed Storage

If backing up via SSH, be sure the antsle's public SSH key is in the the remote host 'authorized_keys' file so that the SSH session will be automatically authenticated.

You can back up your antlet to a mounted storage volume or to another device in your local network. To learn how to mount external storage, view our docs articles on setting up a shared storage volume. You then need to either refer to your storage volume's file path or the ip address when taking a backup.

IMPORTANT: At this time, only drives within the same zpool as your antlet are backed up. That means if you have your antlet and virtual drives in different zpools you will need to move your virtual drive to the same zpool or use a different method to keep it backed up.

In the example below, both virtual drives will be included in the backup since they are in the same zpool. If you want to move the drive to the same zpool , download your drive as a .qcow2 file, choose the "import disk" button, then when you add it, choose the same zpool as your antlet.

Healing an antlet to Another Server

If your Antsle server goes down you will probably want to get your antlets back up and running on another server. You can have a second server on standby and all users with a Scale Plan can get free access to a dedicated server in the cloud up to 4 Cores, 8 GB of RAM, and 80 GB SSD for up to 2 weeks. Once you are in your new server:

  1. Click on the Heal Antlets tab on the left

  2. Retrieve your antlet. That will copy it over to your server.

  3. Restore your antlet. That makes the antlet available to start and manage in your antlets window.