Backing up an instance

Find out how to back up a Public Cloud instance in the OVHcloud Control Panel

Last updated 4th January 2023


You can create a single backup of an instance or configure a schedule in order to automate your instance backups. Backups can be used to restore your instance to a previous state or to create a new, identical instance.

This guide explains how to create manual and automatic backups of a Public Cloud instance.



Creating a backup of an instance

This option is only available through a Cold Snapshot for Metal instances. During this process, the Metal instance will be switched to rescue-mode, and once the backup is performed, the instance will reboot back to normal mode.

Log in to the OVHcloud Control Panel and open your Public Cloud project. Then click on Instances in the left-hand menu.

Click on the ... button to the right of the instance and select Create a backup.


Enter a name for the backup on the next page. Take note of the pricing information and click on Confirm.


Once the backup is completed, it will be available in the Instance Backup section.


Creating an automated backup of an instance

Click on the ... button to the right of the instance and select Create an automatic backup.


You can configure the following backup settings on the next page:

The workflow

Currently, only one workflow exists. It will create a backup for the instance and its primary volume.


The resource

You can select the instance to back up.


The schedule

You can set up a custom backup schedule or choose one of the default frequencies:

  • Daily backup with retention of the last 7 backups
  • Daily backup with retention of the last 14 backups


The name

Enter a name for the automatic backup schedule. Take note of the pricing information and create the schedule with Confirm.


Managing backups and schedules

Schedules can be created and removed in the Public Cloud Workflow Management section.


Your instance backups are managed in the Public Cloud Instance Backup section.


Find out how to use backups to clone or restore instances in this guide.

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Using instance backups to create or restore an instance

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