Backup strategy: Make a full backup locally and subsequent incremental backups to FTP

When performing a large incremental backup to an FTP destination, it may take a lot of time for the first backup to complete (because the first backup is a full backup so all files will be included in it). If you have physical access to the FTP destination server, it takes less time to run the first backup locally, move the backup file to the FTP, and after that continue doing the incremental backups directly to the FTP destination. This article will explain how to perform this backup.

On this page: Make a full backup locally and subsequent incremental backups to FTP Video Tutorial for the Backup Strategy

The .bkc catalog file is stored in two locations: in the destination folder and locally in the catalog folder. If the local catalog is used, when the user changes the destination of the backup the local catalog is deleted, and a full backup to the new destination will be made.

The backup strategy is:

  • Create the full backup to a portable drive (that you can use to move the backup files to the FTP destination).
  • Move the backup files and the catalog to the FTP server.
  • Change the backup destination to FTP. The backup catalog will be recognized from the FTP server.
  • Make the subsequent incremental backups to FTP.

Make a full backup locally and subsequent incremental backups to FTP

Steps to follow for Backup4all 6, Backup4all 5 and Backup4all 4:

  1. Open Backup4all and select File->New (Ctrl+N).
  2. On the first page, enter a name for the backup in the Backup Name field.
  3. In the Where do you want to save the backup? section, you can select a removable destination. Click Next.
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4. On the What do you want to backup page, add the files and folders you want to back up. Click Next.

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5. On the third page, select the Incremental backup type.

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6. Press Advanced Mode.
7. Go to Advanced page and uncheck the Use local catalogs option.

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8. Click Save and run
9. Move the backup files and the catalog to the FTP server.

10. Open Backup4all, go to Backup Properties (Ctrl+P)->Destination->FTP server.
11. Change the destination to the FTP location of the backup. Press Save.
The backup catalog from the FTP server will be regonized.

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12. You can now perform incremental backups to FTP.

Video Tutorial for the Backup Strategy:

Steps to follow for Backup4all 3:

  1. Open Backup4all and select File->New Backup Wizard (Ctrl+N).
  2. On the General page enter a name for the backup in the Name field.
  3. On the Sources page, add the files and folders you want to back up. Click Next.
  4. On the Destination page, select a removable destination for the backup. Click Next.
  5. On the Types page, select the Incremental backup type. Click Next.
  6. On the Advanced page, uncheck the Use local catalogs option.
  7. Click Finish.
  8. Press the Backup (F6) button to run the backup.
  9. Move the backup files and the catalog to the FTP server.
  10. Open Backup4all, go to Backup Properties (Ctrl+P)->Destination.
  11. Change the destination to the FTP location of the backup.
    The backup catalog from the FTP server will be regonized.
  12. You can now perform incremental backups to FTP.

Applies to:

All Backup4all versions.

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