At a high-level, posts 1-3 covered the process to deploy, initialize, and configure CPM to backup EC2 instances. To close out the series, I’ll cover the process to restore files using CPM’s backup monitor. Though I’ll close the basic backup/restore series out with this post, there is still much more than can and will be covered such as setting up DR options, performing a DR instance recovery, backing up the CPM data itself, as well as upgrading/recovering CPM. I’ll cover these topics on future posts but believe they extend beyond this basic series as my intention here is simply to introduce you to CPM as a means to backup your AWS EC2 instances.
Recovering Files with CPM
In regards to recovering data, CPM has the ability to recover instances in their entirety, specific volumes, or individual files. The process to restore individual files (similar to a redirected restore for other backup applications) is detailed below.
- Within CPM, click Backup Monitor | Recover
- On the Recovery Panel page, click Explore under the Recover heading to the right of the instance your wanting to restore from.
- An explorer type window is launched that enables you to browse the contents of the instances volumes. Select the file you wish to restore and click the download button.
- When prompted to download the file, click OK and then save it to the directory of your choice.
- Click Close to close the restoration browser to complete the process.
That’s it! Again, there’s much more to CPM than I’ve shown in this simple introductory series but I wanted to post it regardless so that you’ll know there’s a product out there that can backup not only your EC2 instances but also any RDS, Redshift, or Aurora resources you have deployed.
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