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Upload Vesta user backups to Dropbox automatically daily  Topic is solved

Postby vesta_mtl » Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:49 pm

I have setup my Centos 7 server to send the Vesta backups of all my websites (users) to Dropbox automatically every day (after Vesta has run the backup job). In case it helps anyone, here is how.

Configure Dropbox uploader

  1. Go here: https://www.dropbox.com/developers/apps
  2. Create a new Dropbox app and give it access to a new folder in the Apps directory (e.g. server_backups)
  3. Generate and copy your access token
  4. On your server, enter these commands (make a directory, navigate to it, download the dropbox upload bash script dropbox_uploader.sh, give it execution permissions, execute it).

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cd /
mkdir dropbox
cd dropbox
curl "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/andreafabrizi/Dropbox-Uploader/master/dropbox_uploader.sh" -o dropbox_uploader.sh
chmod 755 dropbox_uploader.sh

Optional: Send a single file to Dropbox as a test (replace with your backup filename).

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/dropbox/dropbox_uploader.sh upload "/home/backup/admin.2017-03-17.tar" /

Schedule the backups to go to Dropbox daily

Make this new file:

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vi /usr/local/bin/send_site_backup_files_to_dropbox.sh

Add this to the file, then save it (type Esc, :wq):

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#Save current date  as YYYY-MM-DD to a variable
DATE=$(date +"%Y-%m-%d")

#Loop through each file in the backup folder whose name has the current date
for X in /home/backup/*$DATE*; do
    #X is the filename with path. Remove path to get just the filename.
    #Remove period and date from filename
    #Copy the file to tmp with the new non-dated name
    cp $X /tmp/$NEW_NAME
    #Send it to Dropbox
    /dropbox/dropbox_uploader.sh -f /root/.dropbox_uploader upload "/tmp/$NEW_NAME" /
    #Delete the file from tmp
    rm -rf /tmp/$NEW_NAME

Note: The backup file that is uploaded to Dropbox has the date removed from its filename so that every day, the new backup will overwrite the previous backup in Dropbox. This way you don't get an accumulation of backups (e.g. admin.2017-03-17.tar, admin.2017-03-18.tar, etc...) and always only have one backup file for each user (e.g. admin.tar) in Dropbox. Using Dropbox's file version history, you can access older backups of that user. The backups on the server are unchanged (they are not renamed, and they are kept for two days as per Vesta's normal behaviour).

Optional: Run it once as a test (your backups folder must have today's backups in it).

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sh /usr/local/bin/send_site_backup_files_to_dropbox.sh

Verify what time Vesta does its daily backups:
  1. Log into Vesta as admin
  2. Click Cron
  3. Find “sudo /usr/local/vesta/bin/v-backup-users” and click edit
  4. Verify what time Vesta does backups (change the time if desired)

Install moreutils (needed for "ts" command used in crontab):

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yum install moreutils

Edit crontab:

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crontab -e

Add this line to crontab so your backups are sent every morning at 3:45am (or any other time you want, just make sure it is at least 30 minutes after Vesta does the backups). Change the email address at the end to whatever address you wish to get the emailed report.

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45 03 * * * sh /usr/local/bin/send_site_backup_files_to_dropbox.sh | ts "[\%Y-\%m-\%d \%H:\%M:\%S]" 2>&1 | tee /var/log/send_backups_to_dropbox.log | mailx -s "Report for Vesta backup files sent to Dropbox" email@example.com

Optional: You can view the log here (but this will also get emailed to as per the previous step).

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cat /var/log/send_backups_to_dropbox.log

That is all, your backups will now be sent to Dropbox daily at the time you specified in crontab, and you will get an email report with the results.

I have successfully used this for files up to 10 Gb in size, and I think it should work fine for even larger. You can read more about how the Dropbox Uploader script does this, and other options it offers, here: https://github.com/andreafabrizi/Dropbox-Uploader
Last edited by vesta_mtl on Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:30 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Upload Vesta user backups to Dropbox automatically daily

Postby skurudo » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:55 am

Nice manual, vesta_mtl
Sticky post now.

Did you test this solution on big files like 1-2-3-4-5-10Gb or more?
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Re: Upload Vesta user backups to Dropbox automatically daily

Postby vesta_mtl » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:34 pm

Thanks skurudo. Yes, I have uploaded files up to 10 Gb successfully. I have updated my post with this detail, and a link to the Dropbox Uploader script which explains how this is done, along with other options.

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Re: Upload Vesta user backups to Dropbox automatically daily

Postby vikhyat » Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:16 pm

Thanks a lot for this.

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Re: Upload Vesta user backups to Dropbox automatically daily

Postby pandabb » Tue May 02, 2017 1:35 pm

thank you will try this right away.

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