Create Backup Schedule

This section explains how to create a schedule to automatically start backups.

Backup scheduling is based on full backups and incremental backups. For more information, see Backup Essentials.

This procedure is carried out using ConfD.


You must have an archive volume for the backups. For more information, see Create Remote Archive Volume .


Do not add or remove nodes on the archive volume or on the data volume being backed up while a backup is in progress.

Do not stop the database while a backup is in progress.

The following examples use the command-line tool confd_client in a Linux terminal connected to a database node. For more information about how to use this tool, see ConfD.

Placeholder values are indicated with UPPERCASE characters. Replace the placeholders with your own values.

  1. To find the name of the database, use the ConfD job db_list. For example:

    confd_client -c db_list
    - Exasol
  2. To find information about available archive volumes:

    Remote archive volumes

    To find the names of available remote archive volumes, use the ConfD job remote_volume_list:

    confd_client -c remote_volume_list

    To find the volume ID of a remote archive volume, use the ConfD job remote_volume_info. The ID is stored under “vid”.

    confd_client -c remote_volume_info -a '{"remote_volume_name": VOLUME_NAME}'

    By default, an S3 bucket is created during deployment and configured as a remote archive volume with the name cloud_data_remote_volume.

    Remote archive volume IDs typically start at 10001.

    See also Create Remote Archive Volume .

    You can also use the Administration API to get information about the database, archive volumes, and existing backups. For more information, see List Backups.

  3. To create the backup schedule, use the ConfD job db_backup_add_schedule.

    A common backup schedule is a weekly backup with an expiration of 10 days and incremental backups Monday - Saturday with an expiration time of 3 days. To set up this configuration, create two backup schedules. For example:

    confd_client -c db_backup_add_schedule -a '{db_name: DATABASE_NAME, backup_name: weekly_full_backup, backup_volume_name: VOLUME_NAME, enabled: True, level: 0, expire: "1w 3d",  minute: "0", hour: "0", day: "*", month: "*", weekday: "0"}'
    confd_client -c db_backup_add_schedule -a '{db_name: DATABASE_NAME, backup_name: daily_incremental, backup_volume_name: VOLUME_NAME, enabled: True, level: 1, expire: "3d",  minute: "0", hour: "0", day: "*", month: "*", weekday: "1,2,3,4,5,6"}'


To verify that the schedule was created, use the ConfD job db_info. Information about backups is found in the config: section.

confd_client -c db_info -a 'db_name: DATABASE_NAME'

Example output:

  _sec_name: 'DB : Exasol'
  auto_start: true
      day: '*'
      enabled: true
      expire: 259200
      hour: '0'
      level: 1
      minute: '0'
      month: '*'
      volume: r0002
      weekday: 1,2,3,4,5,6
      day: '*'
      enabled: true
      expire: 864000
      hour: '0'
      level: 0
      minute: '0'
      month: '*'
      volume: r0002
      weekday: '0'