BitCan Quick Start Guide for Directory Backups
BitCan makes backups fast and easy while ensuring your data is always safe. Back up public directories with these simple steps.
- Establish an account
- Create a backup
- Enter directory information
- Schedule and save backup
- Monitor your backup
- Restore your backup
Step 1: Establish a BitCan Account
To get started, you’ll need to register for a free BitCan account. Click on the Start 30 Day Free Trial button.
Enter your first/last name and email address. You’ll also need to create a password. The password must be at least 8 characters long and include a letter, a number, and a special character (!@#$%^&_). Click the REGISTER Button. An email activation will be sent to this email address. Be sure to check your inbox and spam folders.
In the confirmation email, click the Activate Account button. You’ll be redirected back to the BitCan dashboard where you can create your first backup.
Note: Once you activate your account, you’ll receive a 30 day free trial. You will not be charged for backups until the trial is over. Learn more about pricing at www.gobitcan.com.
Step 2: Create a Backup
Once you’ve set up a BitCan account, you’re ready to create your first backup. You will be asked to provide a backup name and choose a backup type.
You’ll also need to designate where the backup is located.
Step 3: Enter Directory Information
Next, you’ll need to enter information about your server including name, IP address or hostname, username and port number.
Copy the public SSH key into the authorized keys files in your database server. To do this, click the Copy Key button, and your SSH public key will be stored on your clipboard. In your server, open your Authorized Keys File which can generally be found in:
At the bottom, paste the key.
Go back to BitCan, and click Save. BitCan will test the server to ensure it can SSH into your database server with the designated credentials you provided.
After successful testing, it will provide you with a message saying “Test Successful.” Once it has been saved, it will be listed as a server.
You will then need to specify whether the database resides on the newly set up server or on another box behind the server. If it is located behind the server, you can provide an IP address for it.
You will also need to provide credentials for the backup:
- Directory Path
You can also specify custom arguments for your backup by clicking on Show Advanced Options.
Step 4: Schedule and Save Backup
It’s time to specify when you want BitCan to execute the backup. Choose a date and time.
You will also need to designate who you want to be notified of the backup. One or more recipients can be specified.
Finally, click Save Backup.
Step 5: Monitor Your Backup
You can now monitor the progress of your backup.
When your backup has been successfully completed, you will receive a confirmation email.
An unsuccessful backup will be noted both in Backups and on the Dashboard.
On the Dashboard, you can also view a variety of useful statistics regarding your storage and backups.
Step 6: Restore Your Backup
To restore a specific directory backup, click on the Backups tab on the navigation bar.
You’ll be able to view your backup archives here. Within the Backup Archives box, find the backup you would like to restore, and click on its corresponding blue icon in the Action column.
You can now download the zipped backup.
If you have questions, issues, requests or ideas: