DO Ideas 2

Provide the ability to turn backups on or off after a droplet has been created

Currently if a droplet is created without automatic backups enabled, the option to backup that droplet becomes unavailable. This should be something we can turn on and off at any time.

  • Alex
  • Sep 11 2018
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  • Sep 11, 2018

    Admin Response

    Hi everyone! I’m Josh, and I product manage the team charged with making sure the DigitalOcean product experience meets, and hopefully exceeds, your expectations. To that end, we're rolling out the ability for everyone to enable backups for existing Droplets, or turn them back on if they were previously disabled. We know many of you have been asking for this feature for a long time. We hope it helps. Currently this feature is active in the Web control panel, and will be added to the API in the next few days. To turn backups on, simply navigate to any Droplet page, click the Backups tab in the left column (it's below Settings and above Graphs), and you should see a big blue button to "Enable Backups." Click it, and you should be good to go. Our team plans on delivering a lot more features in the future, and we'd love to hear from you. If you have any questions or input, feel free to reach out to me personally at jviney@digitalocean.com Thanks for your patience! - Josh
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  • Lewis Cowles commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Thanks Josh, and Serge, and all the DigitalOcean team; I Love the updates, that you all care, and are constantly improving your product

  • Cagliano commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    ThankS!

  • Andrey 'lolmaus' Mikhaylov commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Great job! :D

  • Josh Viney commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Hi everyone!

    I’m Josh, and I product manage the team charged with making sure the DigitalOcean product experience meets, and hopefully exceeds, your expectations.

    To that end, we're rolling out the ability for everyone to enable backups for existing Droplets, or turn them back on if they were previously disabled. We know many of you have been asking for this feature for a long time. We hope it helps.

    Currently this feature is active in the Web control panel, and will be added to the API in the next few days.

    To turn backups on, simply navigate to any Droplet page, click the Backups tab in the left column (it's below Settings and above Graphs), and you should see a big blue button to "Enable Backups." Click it, and you should be good to go.

    Our team plans on delivering a lot more features in the future, and we'd love to hear from you.

    If you have any questions or input, feel free to reach out to me personally at jviney@digitalocean.com

    Thanks for your patience!

    - Josh

  • Gavin Botica commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    I agree that this should be user controllable -- however, I opened a ticket with DO support to reserve my IP while I recreated my droplet in order to enable backups and I was told that while this is not possible in the DO control panel, DO support can do it from their end -- they enabled backups on my droplet immediately -- didn't even need to power down.

  • Ari commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    You must be kidding.
    The backups started having problems. So I disabled them assuming I could enable them again.
    There wasn't even a warning that this would kill all backups.

  • Alex Bass commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    +1 yes!

  • Gaurav commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Must required feature. I am currently in this situation and accidently disabled the backups :(

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    This is actually a joke... Good by DO, wish you lots of luck.

  • T commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    It is stunning that we can't enable this on an existing droplet. This really needs addressing.

    Also, backups can't be downloaded? Your backup system needs serious work.

  • Murray commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Yes, please implement :-)

  • Terence Milbourn commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    This a bummer and needs fixing pronto!

  • Krish Muruga commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    This is a very serious limitation. I was all excited by your offering but this shortcoming is a downer.

  • steven stern commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Yes!

  • Craig Wong commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Yes, this is a very important function for user experience!

  • David Middleton commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Please guys, this really is needed.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Not just be able to turn it on off but also have a schedule, instead of "periodic" backups we should be able to choose daily, weekly, or monthly. For me I only need weekly, and it would be nice to know that it's backed up ever Sunday rather than have it be random and not know whether to panic or not when something goes wrong.

  • Richard Holmes commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Very disappointed to find this out now. It should be made very clear when creating a droplet that the backup option is a once in a droplet opportunity not to be missed! Please add this option soon!

  • Iago Melanias commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Extremely important and useful.

  • xflash8 commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    yes please, +100

  • Ciro commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Extremely important! +3!

  • Mehdi Hasan commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    This is a must have for many of our use cases. Please do it!

  • Martin commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Would really like this feature...

  • Heihachi commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Must have option

  • Phill Pafford commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    OMG We need this ASAP!! +1

  • mkb commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    It's a little strange this capability is missing.

  • Sean Cheng commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    +1 Need it

  • Math commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Need it!

  • Dirk Luijk commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Yes please!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Good!

  • Patrick commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Yep at the very least we need a warning on the tooltip before its too late to change your mind

  • Jason commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Wow. At least warn us that we can't turn this on at a later date when we're creating droplets. Boo.

  • Russell commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    So... I was spending time looking all over the place for a way to enable backups, and finally ended up here. This is a much needed feature. I spun up many instances with different OS configs and had no idea which one I would actually end up using. Now I have everything completely operational, and I can't enable backups? Let me put this another way: I would like to give you 20% more money... but you won't let me. ;-)

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Oh shitty shit! How can we live without the feature?! Please, do!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Yes, please... This is really annoying.

  • Martin Lagrange commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    It is a really important feature ! It is a Hotfix !

  • Adam Heward commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    This is an important feature. I've just tried to enable them on an important droplet of mine but found that I can't.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Wow. Not even a warning when creating the droplet that you won't be able to enable backups later. Kinda wasted a bunch of my time, thanks for that.

  • Sam commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    It's mind-blowing that this isn't available.

  • Arvid Björkström commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    This is sorely needed!

  • Emerson Lackey commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    This is the worst, I would really like to see a fix for this.

  • Josh Becker commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Please add - I miss this :/

  • Scary Cow commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Just wanted to let folks on this thread know that I took the risk and tried the suggestion to:
    1) Make snapshot
    2) Delete droplet
    3) Create new droplet right away using the snapshot
    4) Enable backups during the new droplet creation process

    Happy to report I did retain the same IP address and everything seems to be working swimmingly. Total down time was 15 minutes

  • Yogananda Roma commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    This is just essential. You should implement it as soon as possible.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    I also want to know if this ability is considered by you. Or should i risk taking snapshot, losing my IP and then changing it on other SaaS, waiting for DNS...
    If it aint gonna happen let us know so we can plan.

  • Marc commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    I think this is essential option. I did not enable backup when i was creating my droplet because i know that i spend some time creating configuration, moving data... right now after testing configuration , i have deploy IP to all dns server propagated that and... i cant turn backup on... :/

  • Grzegorz Dubicki commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    I have had a droplet with backups turned on but I turned it off ..and I can't turn it on again. Please at least add the possibility to REenable backups!

  • Ryan Carr commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Be very nice to have.

  • Jeff commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Yes, please add this.

  • Colin Foster commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Absolutely, this is core. I've just discovered backups weren't enabled on a business-critical server, snapshotting and recreating this (and hoping IP doesn't change or anything else will go wrong, as a kernel foobar did recently when we tried this) is an unacceptable risk.

  • Jon Roket commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Yep. Add it.

  • Steve Lamotte commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Please make this an option as soon as possible! It's baffling that this isn't possible, and I'm no expert in all virtualization technologies but if VMware has allowed hot snapshots since forever, I'm surprised and disappointed that the hip and modern DO does not.

  • Dan commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    this is a very important feature to have!

  • Chris Riley commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    I ended up using the snapshot and spin up a new instance with backups enabled back in January. Ideally it would've been better not to do that, but it worked. It would also be nice to be able to have a "manual backup now" button so you do not have to shut down the server to do a snapshot.

  • Enrique Moreno commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    This feature is definitely a must have

  • Sean Hess commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Very bummed this isn't possible.

  • Marco Colli commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    It is an essential feature: I got very disappointed when I discovered that I couldn't enable backups!

  • Alex Kinnee commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Agreed, it's pretty silly that I would have to do the following and MAYBE my IP will stay the same.

    1) create a snapshot of your server

    2) delete your server to release the IP

    3) immediately after the delete is finished, create a new droplet, choose the same datacenter, and in the "select images" section switch to "my images" and select your snapshot. Then check the "Enable Backups" box.

    This server will almost always capture the IP just released.

  • Jeremy Haile commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    I've just spent 30 minutes trying to figure out how to enable Backups. The documentation shows a Backups tab in the droplet. I can't believe that I can't turn this on for a running droplet!

  • DeltaHF commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    This is ridiculous. Only found out about this after I'd already set up my server. AT LEAST give us a warning when we're creating a new droplet that backups CANNOT BE ENABLED LATER! Ugh.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Please make it possible to enable backups after droplet creation and after backup disabling.

  • Станислав Бирюков commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Agree! Pls add backup on feature after droplet created!

  • Mladen Maravic commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    I found this question when looking at why I could not enable backups for my droplets. This is so basic it should have been implemented a long long time ago. WTF?

  • Laurence commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    IS this true? I need to enable backups

  • Babos Csaba commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    We need to add auto backup enabling after creating an instance.

  • Teshoo Lama commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    If backups aren't enabled then you won't have a 'Backups' tab on the droplet info page.

  • Theron Luhn commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    Additionally, at the moment you can't even see on the Droplet info page whether or not backups are enabled.

  • Chris Riley commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    If you create a droplet, then create a snapshot and go to spin up a new droplet based on the snapshot, can you not then enable backups since it is a new droplet based on the snapshot? If not, adding backups later is important.

  • Marc Isaacson commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    I didn't even realize that I couldn't turn on the auto backup once I had created the droplet until I saw this suggestion. I didn't select the autobackups when I create the droplet since I knew that I was going to spend some time building and fine tuning it.

  • Wang Guoqin commented
    September 11, 2018 17:42

    I remember once upon a time ago backups and snapshots were quite convenient on DO, but not anymore today. Snapshots have to be taken when Droplets are powered off, and backups can not even be enabled if they were not enabled at first. Quite disappointed, confused and stressed.