Backup and restoration are among the most critical processes of hosting environment management. Parallels Plesk Panel provides graphical user interface (GUI) and command line interface (CLI) solutions to perform backup and restore tasks.
The main features of the command-line backup/restore solution are the following (marked with asterisk (*) present in GUI, too):
Supported are not only full backups and restores, but also partial which allow to choose the level of Plesk objects that should be backed up or restored (resellers, clients, domains), and, moreover, to select almost any specific set of the objects.
Every backup object is understood as composed of configuration and content: configuration is a set of all object properties and settings, and content is the object's binary data. It is possible to created "light-weight" backups which include only configuration of the selected objects.
One may create a backup which contains only content and configuration of mail system owned by the selected objects.
One may create a backup which contains only content and configuration of Web sites on domains owned by the selected objects.
Plesk provides a dedicated storage - Backup Repository*, in addition to this, a backup can be exported as a single file directly to a specified FTP server or any location on file system.
Plesk disk space usage statistics can be set up so that the domain backup size is count in overall domain disk usage and in overall disk usage of the domain owner, irrelevant to where the backup is stored.
Restore adds the data from backup to that existing in destination Plesk, not replaces it.
Plesk restore, when encounters conflicts between backup data and data in Plesk that cannot be automatically resolved, returns highly-detailed description of such conflicts. Which allows admin to accurately perform restoration with applying comprehensive set of conflict resolutions