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Destinations Overview

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A Backup destination serves as the storage location for your backup files (backup destinations can be remote or local). Below is a list and brief overview of each supported destination types so you can choose the most suitable destination for your specific needs or use case.

In general, it is almost always a best practice to make sure at least one copy of your server’s backups are located off-site (remote destination) in case of a disaster at your data center, home, or office.

Remote destinations are usually slower than local destinations to backup and restore from due to bandwidth requirements. With this in consideration, many clients choose to store at least one copy of backups locally and additional copies in at least one or more remote destinations.

Destination Types

Destination Type Backup Type

Backup Types

  • Accounts - Copy files/folders from each account that you choose to include.

Backup Structures

  • Incremental - Backup new and changed data since the previous backup.

    "Point-In-Time" incremental backups - For retentions on incremental backups, JetBackup generates "point-in-time" incremental backups that use as little space as possible (using hard links). For example, on a 2GB DirectAdmin account with 30-day backup retention, it will only consume 2GB + 30 Days worth of new/changed data. (**For databases, JetBackup generates a full dump of the database for each incremental backup).

  • Archived - Backup data in an uncompressed archive (.tar file format). Uncompressed backups are faster to generate but require more space.

  • Compressed - Backup data in a compressed archive (.tar.gz file format). Compressed backups use less space but take more time to generate.

Create New Destination

To create a new destination, click on "+ Create new Destination". Please check the Destination Type you would like to create for specific instructions.

destination page user

SSH Destination example:

ssh destination user

Destination Settings

Click on the preferred destination listed in the Destinations section to expand and view the available destination settings.

destination settings user

Enable/Disable Destination

Click on Disable/Enable Destination to Disable/Enable your destination.

Manage Destination

Click on Manage Destination to modify your destination settings.

Browse Destination Files

Browse files and folders stored in your destination.

destination file browser

Snapshots Visibility

This option allows you to set the visibility of backups/snapshots stored on the destination. When disabled, the backups from the destination will not be visible to your end-users.

Validate Destination

Validating a Destination checks whether your destination is valid and reachable.

Reindex Destination

Reindexing resyncs data between your server and the destination. Useful in case of adding a destination that already contains JetBackup generated backups or if changes in the destination were made manually.

Delete Destination

Deletes your destination permanently. Make sure that no backup jobs are assigned to the destination in order to delete it.

Additional Information

How To Secure Local Backup Storage

Please make sure that your destination path is secure and has the appropriate privileges. For more information, please visit How To Secure Backup Storage.


Invalid characters

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For a list of recommended special characters to avoid, please visit: Characters to Avoid when naming Files and Folders