Parallels Plesk Panel 9.2 for Linux/Unix Acronis True Image Server

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Contents
Preface
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Typographical Conventions ........................................................................................................... 4
Feedback ....................................................................................................................................... 5
About Acronis True Image Server Management Module
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Installing ATIS Management Module
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Installation Requirements .............................................................................................................. 7
Installing ATIS Management Module ............................................................................................ 8
Using ATIS Management Module
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Logging Into Module ...................................................................................................................... 9
Creating Backup Image ............................................................................................................... 10
Managing Scheduled Backup Tasks ........................................................................................... 12
Viewing Status of Running Tasks................................................................................................ 15
Restoring Data............................................................................................................................. 16
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About Acronis True Image Server Management Module
About Acronis True Image Server
Management Module
The Parallels Plesk Panel-integrated Acronis True Image Server management module
(hereafter referred to as the ATIS management module) provides a graphical interface to
manage the Acronis True Image Server (ATIS) for Linux application installed on the same
Parallels Plesk Panel-enabled server. Acronis True Image Server creates server disk backup
images without interrupting server operations and allows for easy and fast recovery of the
entire system.
Using this ATIS management module, the Parallels Plesk Panel administrator can schedule
backup tasks, launch manually backup tasks, select the compression level for backup
images, set up passwords to protect backup images, etc.
This document describes how to work with the ATIS module for Parallels Plesk Panel.
Therefore, this guide does not cover the entire ATIS functionality. If you have questions
related to the use of the Acronis True Image Server application, please refer to the relevant
documentation.
CHAPTER 1
Installing ATIS Management Module
This chapter describes how to install the ATIS management module on a server where
Parallels Plesk Panel is installed.
In this chapter:
Installation Requirements .................................................................................. 7
Installing ATIS Management Module ................................................................. 8
Installation Requirements
For normal operation of the ATIS module, your server must meet the following
hardware and software requirements:
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Parallels Plesk Panel version 8.0 or later
Acronis True Image Server for Linux version 8.0 or later, installed on the same server
where Parallels Plesk Panel is installed
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3 MB of disk space available
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One of the operating systems supported by Acronis True Image Server for Linux
Note: You must install and configure Acronis True Image Server independently of the
Parallels Plesk Panel-integrated management module. You must also have a valid
license key for the ATIS application. You can purchase and install this license key
through Parallels Plesk Panel (Server > License Management > Order Control Panel Addons). If Acronis True Image Server for Linux is not installed on your Parallels Plesk
Panel-enabled server, you can still install the ATIS management module but cannot
use it.
Important:
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The ATIS management module and Acronis True Image Server application cannot
be used in Virtuozzo virtual environments.
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The ATIS management module does not run under the FreeBSD operating system
because the Acronis True Image Server application does not support FreeBSD.
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Installing ATIS Management Module
You can install the module using one of the two methods:
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using the module management feature available in the Parallels Plesk Panel
interface;
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from the command line.
 To install the module from the Parallels Plesk Panel interface:
1 In the Parallels Plesk Panel navigation pane, click Modules.
2 Under Tools, click Manage Modules.
3 Click Add Module.
4 On the Upload New Module page, enter the path to the module package
file or use Browse... to locate the file.
The module package must have either the .rpm or .deb extensions.
5 Click OK.
The package will be extracted and installed to the proper location. After installation,
the module appears as the Acronis True Image Server Management Module button on the
Modules page.
 To install the module from the command line:
To install from the .rpm package:
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Run the .rpm package using the rpm -Uhv *.rpm command.
To install from the .deb package:
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Run the .deb package using the dpkg -i *.deb command
CHAPTER 2
Using ATIS Management Module
This chapter describes how to manage the Acronis True Image Server for Linux
application using the ATIS management module interface.
In this chapter:
Logging Into Module .......................................................................................... 9
Creating Backup Image ..................................................................................... 10
Managing Scheduled Backup Tasks ................................................................. 12
Viewing Status of Running Tasks ...................................................................... 15
Restoring Data .................................................................................................. 16
Logging Into Module
You can log into the ATIS management module only if you are logged under the
Parallels Plesk Panel administrator's account.
 To log into the ATIS management module:
1 In the Parallels Plesk Panel navigation pane, click Modules.
2 Click the Acronis True Image Server management module for Plesk icon to start
managing the ATIS application.
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Creating Backup Image
 To create a backup image of your server disk:
1 On the Tasks tab of the ATIS module main page, click Backup Now.
2 Under Partitions for backup, select the hard disk partition for which want
to create a backup file.
Figure 1: Selecting partitions for backup
The list of partitions shows the hard disk structure of your server, including the
relative path point and the type of disk file systems (Mount point and File system type
column). You must select at least one partition for backup. You can select a random
set of partitions.
3 Under Backup settings, specify the following settings of backing up:
Figure 2: Selecting backup options
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Path to storage - Enter the path to an existing directory where backup file will be
saved; for example, /backup or /var/backup.
You can configure Acronis True Image Server to save backup files on both hard
and removable drives.
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Backup file name - Type the name of the backup file.
The name can contain only latin symbols, digits, and "-_,." symbols. The name
must start with a letter only. The maximum number of symbols is 200.
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Send report to e-mail - Specify an e-mail address that will be used to send reports
on the results of backup creation (both successful and unsuccessful).
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Compression level - Select the compression level for the backup file.
The items in this drop-down list range from 0 (no compression) to 9 (maximum
compression). If you select 0, the backup will be imaged without any
compression, which will increase the backup file size. If you select the maximum
compression level, it will take longer for the application to create the backup. It
is recommended that you set the compression level to medium values, for
example 4 or 5.
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Incremental backup - Select this check box to create an incremental backup file.
Leave this check box blank to create a complete backup of the selected
partition(s).
Complete backup images contain all sectors within the selected partition(s),
including operating system files and your data. Incremental backup images
include only the data that has changed since the last time a backup was
created. Incremental backup file names are created as follows: if the first
complete backup file is tmp.tib, the subsequent incremental backup files will
be named as tmp1.tib, tmp2.tib, etc.
Thus, if you are creating a backup for this partition(s) for the first time or you
have made significant changes to the system after the last time the backup was
created, it is better to create a complete backup. If you have recently created a
backup image of the selected partition(s), incremental backup is recommended.
4 Select the Use password protection check box to protect the backup file
with a password and enter your password in the fields below.
The maximum password length is 30 symbols.
5 Click OK.
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Managing Scheduled Backup Tasks
Using the ATIS management module interface, you can schedule crontab to start
backup imaging tasks at specified time. The tasks will be performed by the ATIS
application installed on your server.
 To schedule a new backup task:
1 On the Tasks tab of the ATIS module main page, click Schedule New
Backup.
2 Under Backup time, specify the schedule for the backup task:
Figure 3: Setting up backup task schedule
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In the Period box, select the frequency of task performance.
If you set the frequency to weekly or monthly, select the Backup day from the list
below.
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In the Backup time box, specify the time for task launch.
3 Specify other settings for the scheduled backup task:
1. Under Partitions for backup, select the hard disk partition for
which want to create a backup file.
Figure 4: Selecting partitions for backup
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The list of partitions shows the hard disk structure of your server, including the
relative path point and the type of disk file systems (Mount point and File system
type column). You must select at least one partition for backup. You can select a
random set of partitions.
2. Under Backup settings, specify the following settings of backing
up:
Figure 5: Selecting backup options
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Path to storage - Enter the path to an existing directory where backup file will be
saved; for example, /backup or /var/backup.
You can configure Acronis True Image Server to save backup files on both hard
and removable drives.

Backup file name - Type the name of the backup file.
The name can contain only latin symbols, digits, and "-_,." symbols. The name
must start with a letter only. The maximum number of symbols is 200.

Send report to e-mail - Specify an e-mail address that will be used to send reports
on the results of backup creation (both successful and unsuccessful).

Compression level - Select the compression level for the backup file.
The items in this drop-down list range from 0 (no compression) to 9 (maximum
compression). If you select 0, the backup will be imaged without any
compression, which will increase the backup file size. If you select the maximum
compression level, it will take longer for the application to create the backup. It
is recommended that you set the compression level to medium values, for
example 4 or 5.

Incremental backup - Select this check box to create an incremental backup file.
Leave this check box blank to create a complete backup of the selected
partition(s).
Complete backup images contain all sectors within the selected partition(s),
including operating system files and your data. Incremental backup images
includes only the data that have changed since the last time a backup was
created. Incremental backup file names are created as follows: if the first
complete backup file is tmp.tib, the subsequent incremental backup files will
be named as tmp1.tib, tmp2.tib, etc.
Thus, if you are creating a backup for this partition(s) for the first time or you
have made significant changes to the system after the last time the backup was
created, it is better to create a complete backup. If you have recently created a
backup image of the selected partition(s), incremental backup is recommended.
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1. Select the Use password protection check box to protect the
backup file with a password and enter your password in the
fields below.
The maximum password length is 30 symbols.
4 Click OK to create a scheduled backup task.
After the scheduled task creation procedure is complete, the backup creation task will
appear in the list of scheduled backup tasks and in the list of cron tasks for superuser
(root).
Figure 6: List of scheduled backup tasks
Note: To view the task in crontab, select Server in the navigation pane and click Crontab
on the Server administration page.
 To remove a scheduled backup task:
1 In the list of tasks, select the check box that corresponds to the task
you want to delete and click Remove Selected.
2 On the next page, confirm task removal and click OK.
The task will be removed from the list of scheduled backup tasks in the module and
from the cron tasks.
To edit settings of a scheduled backup task, click the frequency of the task in the Period
column and edit task settings on the next page.
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Viewing Status of Running Tasks
 To view the status of running backup creation task:
1 On the ATIS Module main page, click the Status tab.
In the list below the running tasks are displayed. You can view the partition that is
being backed up, the path to the backup file, and the task start time.
2 Click Refresh to refresh the list of tasks.
Figure 7: Viewing status of scheduled backup tasks
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Restoring Data
 To restore data from backup files:
1 Log in to the server as root.
2 Issue the command /usr/sbin/trueimage.
Acronis True Image Server application interface opens.
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Click the Recovery icon.
Click Next >.
Select the archive file.
Click Next >.
Specify the directory where you want to restore the data.
Click Next >.
9 Select files and directories to restore. You can choose to restore all
data or browse the archive contents and select the desired directories
and files. Click Next >.
10 Select the options for restoration process (that is, pre/post restoration
commands, restoration process priority, and so on). You may use the
default options or set the options manually.
11 Click Next >.
12 If you do not want to restore files of specific types from the archive,
set the filters. You can apply custom filters, using the common
masking rules. For example, to exclude all files with extension .tib,
add *.tib mask. My???.tib mask will reject all .tib files with
names, consisting of five symbols and starting with “my”.
13 Click Next >.
14 The next selection allows you to keep useful data changes, made
since the selected backup. Choose what to do if the program finds in
the target directory a file with the same name as in the archive:
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Overwrite existing file – this will give the archived file unconditional priority over
the file on the hard disk.
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Overwrite existing file if it is older – this will give the priority to the most recent file
modification, whether it is in the archive or on the disk.
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Do not overwrite existing file – this will give the file on the hard disk unconditional
priority over the archived file.
15 At the final step, the restoration summary is displayed. Up to this
point, you can click < Back to make changes in the created task. Click
Proceed to launch the task execution.
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16 The task appears on the Active tasks pane of the main window. The
task progress will be shown in the special window. You can stop the
procedure by clicking Cancel. Please keep in mind that the aborted
procedure still may cause changes in the destination directory.
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