HOW TO: Create PGP Universal Server Backups


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This article details how to create backups for PGP Universal Server 2.5 - 2.12.0.

To help make sure that it does not get lost, PGP Universal Server supports backing up your data in two ways: scheduled backups and on-demand backups.

Note: Backup files, whether scheduled or on-demand, are always encrypted to your Organization Key before they are sent to the backup location.

Backup files can be stored on the PGP Universal Server, or they can be automatically sent via FTP or SCP to a location you specify. If your remote host is temporarily unavailable, the backup file is stored on the PGP Universal Server until the host becomes available. Make sure that you get the backup file from the host in binary format, not ASCII. Backups include all information necessary to restore the PGP Universal Server to its exact condition when the backup was created, including proxy and policy settings, as well as keys and user information. PGP Corporation recommends making periodic backups of all PGP Universal Servers. Each backup is a full backup.

PGP Universal Server supports two kinds of backups: 

  • Scheduled backups- Allow you set up a schedule so that backups of your data are made automatically.
  • On-demand backups- You create a backup immediately.

Due to an Apache limitation it is not possible to upload backups of 2GB or larger through the PGP Universal Web interface. For help restoring backup files 2GB or larger, see the following article.

 Scheduling Backups

To schedule automatic backups 

  1. Log in to the PGP Universal Server administrative interface.
  2. On the System>System Backups screen, click Backup Schedule. The Backup Schedule dialog box appears.
  3. Click Enable Scheduled Backups.
  4. Select the boxes under the days of the week you want backups performed.
  5. Specify a time for the backups to begin in the Start backups at field.
  6. Click Save.

On-demand Backups

To create a backup 

  1. Log in to the PGP Universal Server administrative interface.
  2. On the System>System Backups screen of the administrative interface, click Backup Now.