If you’ve read my article, How to Get a Free NGINX/PHP-FPM Web Server, you’re probably going to want to maintain incremental backups of your VPS instance. Thankfully, Oracle Cloud allows you do this within the always-free constraints.
So let’s begin!
First, log into your Oracle Cloud Console. Then click the menu bar on the top right and select Storage and then Block Storage.
Next, click Boot Volumes on the left sidebar and then click on your VPSs boot volume in the list.
Scroll down to Backup Policies and select Gold. The Gold backup policy does an incremental backup every night at midnight, a weekly incremental backup on Sunday and it will retain weekly backups for 4 weeks.
After a day or two, come back to Block Storage, click Boot Volume Backups, and you should see your backups list populated with your incremental backups.
If you ever need to restore your VPS from a backup, simply click on the Backup Name and then click Restore Boot Volume.
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