Defining How the Restoration Process Is Performed

When restoring data, you can also do the following:

  1. Temporarily suspend websites during restoration.
  2. Configure the restoration utility to include more details in backup reports.
  3. Ignore warnings about backup files corruption or modification.
Suspending Websites

If you are going to restore websites, we recommend that you suspend them during the restoration by using the -suspend option. This will help you avoid possible errors in the restored sites that may be caused by changes done to the site configuration or content during the restoration.

The suspension is made up to be as short as possible: each site is suspended only for the time it is being restored: The site is started automatically as soon as the data are processed.

Defining Level of Restore Verbosity

pleskrestore works in one of the following verbosity modes:

  1. Non-verbose mode. Default mode. The minimum level, only general errors are displayed, like, for example, syntax errors (no or wrong command specified, invalid input parameters), runtime errors and unhandled exceptions, and so on.
  2. Verbose mode. Restore runs with verbosity level which additionally includes deployer errors, information about conflicts (read about restore conflicts in the section Conflict Resolution Rules and Policies), and so on. Enabled by adding the -verbose option to the pleskrestore command.
Ignoring Warnings About Backup Corruption or Modification

When you attempt to restore a backup file by means of the pleskrestore utility, Plesk checks the file and does not restore it if any of the following problems are found:

  • The file is corrupted.
  • The file was modified manually after downloading from the server.
  • The file was created on another server.
  • The file was created in a Plesk version earlier than 11.5.

    Note: Actually, files created in earlier Plesk versions are not a problem. Plesk marks such backups as problematic because they lack backup signatures. A bakcup signature, introduced in Plesk 11.5, enables Plesk to check backups.

To skip checking and restore a backup disregarding potential problems, use the -ignore-sign option.

Another way for Plesk administrators to restore backups with problems is through the Plesk GUI by selecting the corresponding option on the backup restoration page. Note that customers and resellers are unable to restore such backups by default. However, you can allow all users to restore any backups disregarding potential problems. To do this, add the following lines to the %plesk_dir%\admin\conf\panel.ini configuration file:

allowRestoreModifiedDumps = on

To return to the default restrictions, remove these lines or change the second line to the following:

allowRestoreModifiedDumps = off