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All things DigitalOcean, Snapshots and Backups

31st December 2019 By Simon Bennett

How to setup SSH Keys for DigitalOcean

How to get started using more secure SSH keys as part of your DigitalOcean server maintenance. Using an SSH key pair will protect you from brute force attempts, if you look in your auth logs you will see hackers are always attempting to break into your servers! Continue Read

29th December 2019 By Simon Bennett

SnapShooter Joins DigitalOcean Hatch

SnapShooter is very proud to join DigitalOcean hatch, DigitalOceans startup accelerator program. Continue Read

2nd October 2019 By Simon Bennett

Backing up MySQL on DigitalOcean

If your Droplet has an extremely active database its worth exporting the data into a static file just before taking a snapshot, this was you guarantee your data is safely backed up and restorable without corruption. For this guide, we are going to base it on using MySQL but this is possible for any database where you can export into a static file. Continue Read

30th December 2019 By Simon Bennett

How Do I Power off or Reboot DigitalOcean Droplet?

To force your droplet to shut down so you can reboot it log in to Digital Ocean and select the droplet you wish to shut down. Press the "power off" switch. important Warning: This will be similar to pulling the plug on a running computer and may lead to drive corruption. Always check the server is okay once powered back on. Only do this as a last resort. Continue Read

30th December 2019 By Simon Bennett

DigitalOcean Spaces is now Generally Available

DigitalOcean announced spaces Septemeber 2017 and they are now generally available to all developers. Spaces is a simple standalone object storage service which enabled developers to store and serve any data with automatic scaling. You can try out spaces, with a free 2-month trial. Continue Read

30th December 2019 By Simon Bennett

DigitalOcean High CPU is now Generally Available

Back in July 2017, DigitalOcean announced they were going to offer High CPU droplets for those jobs where CPU is a higher priority than memory. They are now generally available to all Digital Ocean Users. Continue Read

30th December 2019 By Simon Bennett

How do you restore a DigitalOcean Snapshot?

So the worse has happened and you need to restore your droplet to an older snapshot. First, if you're using SnapShooter make sure you pause backups. Then you need to login to your DigitalOcean account. We don't allow you to restore snapshots from SnapShooter as an added layer of security. Once you login you need to locate the correct droplet you wish to restore. Once you're on the droplets settings page you need to find Snapshots on the left menu. Continue Read

30th December 2019 By Simon Bennett

Are DigitalOcean snapshots destroyed after restoring them?

No snapshots are not destroyed when a snapshot is restored. They are kept for as long as your retention policy is set for. If you are using SnapShooter to manage your droplet and you need to restore your Digital Ocean it can be worth pausing backups to make sure your old backups are not destroyed until your happy you have fixed the issue. Continue Read

30th December 2019 By Simon Bennett

Does DigitalOcean shutdown the droplet to take snapshot or backup?

The simple answer is no, DigitalOcean does not require you to turn off your droplet to take a snapshot or backup. In the past, DigitalOcean did require the server to be shutdown first. You used to have to shut down, take snapshot and reboot. Which is a process anyone running a server does not want to do, luckily now you can keep them running. Continue Read

30th December 2019 By Simon Bennett

Can you download DigitalOcean Snapshots?

Unfortunately, you are unable to download your DigitalOcean snapshots and backups outside of the DigitalOcean environment. They have not made this feature available. There has been talking about making it possible but we have not seen DigitalOcean make any steps towards making this possible. Continue Read

30th December 2019 By Simon Bennett

DigitalOcean Snapshot Pricing Explained

At Digital Ocean you pay for the amount of storage your snapshot takes. This is prices at a simple $0.05 per gigabyte per month. This is different to Digital Ocean backups which are priced at 20% of the cost of the droplet no matter how much disk space you use. Backups are limited to once a week and only the last 4 weeks are retailed, where you can have as many snapshots as you wish. Continue Read