Backup Server Nodes

In PA, administrators and resellers are not provided with a centralized means of backing up and restoring data of their customers. Only users logged in to the Hosting Panel can back up and restore data belonging to their accounts.

PA can save backup files only on an external FTP server - a backup server node.

1. If there are no backup server nodes registered in PA, the backup and restore functions cannot be used, and the corresponding buttons are not available to users in the Hosting Panel.
2. Backup server nodes do not require a license key.

Server Requirements

Before adding a backup server node to the environment, make sure that the server meets the following requirements.


CentOS 5.9, 6.4 or later (32-bit or 64-bit)

CloudLinux 6 (32-bit or 64-bit)


2 GHz minimum, 3.2 GHz recommended


1 GB minimum

Disk space

At least 10 GB free. You will need more space for storing customers' backups.

Open TCP ports

Communication between a service node and PA panels: TCP ports 8352-8999

Communication through SSH: TCP port 22

FTP: TCP ports 20, 21, 60000-65000

Important: You must disable SELinux on a service node before adding it to the environment. Enabling SELinux after deployment will result in your PPA installation malfunctioning. To learn how to disable SELinux, please refer to the manuals provided for the OS installed on the node.

Adding a Node

To register a backup server node in PA:

  1. Add a server by starting the Add New Node wizard in Administration Panel > Infrastructure > Service Nodes.
  2. Provide the wizard with the following information:
  3. Once the installation of the necessary packages is finished, log in to the backup node via SSH and add the line

    PassivePorts 60000 65000

    to the /etc/proftpd.conf file

Once you add the backup server node, users will be able to back up the data related to their accounts and websites in the Hosting Panel.


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