Schedule universe YCQL data backups

You can use YugabyteDB Anywhere to perform regularly scheduled backups of YugabyteDB universe data for all YCQL tables in a keyspace or only the specified YCQL tables.

To back up your universe YCQL data immediately, see Back up universe YCQL data.

Create a scheduled backup policy

Before scheduling a backup of your universe YCQL data, create a policy, as follows:

  • Navigate to Universes.

  • Select the name of the universe for which you want to schedule backups.

  • Select the Tables tab and click Actions to verify that backups are enabled. If disabled, click Enable Backup.

  • Select the Backups tab and then select Scheduled Backup Policies.

  • Click Create Scheduled Backup Policy to open the dialog shown in the following illustration:

    Create Backup form

  • Provide the backup policy name.

  • Ensure that the API type is set as YCQL.

  • Select the database to back up.

  • Specify whether you want to back up all tables in the keyspace to which the database belongs or only certain tables. If you choose Select a subset of tables, a Select Tables dialog opens allowing you to select one or more tables to back up.

  • Specify the period of time during which the backup is to be retained. Note that there's an option to never delete the backup.

  • Specify the interval between backups or select Use cron expression (UTC).

  • For a YB Controller-powered universe, you can enable Take incremental backups within full backup intervals to instruct the schedule policy to take full backups periodically and incremental backups between those full backups. The incremental backups intervals be longer than the full scheduled backup frequency:

    Incremental Backup

    If you disable the full backup, the incremental backup stops. If you enable the full backup again, the incremental backup schedule starts on new full backups.

    If you delete the main full backup schedule, the incremental backup schedule is also deleted.

    You cannot modify any incremental backup-related property in the schedule; to overwrite any incremental backup property, you have to delete the existing schedule and create a new schedule if needed.

  • Optionally, specify the number of threads that should be available for the backup process.

  • Click Create.

Subsequent backups are created based on the value you specified for Set backup intervals or Use cron expression.

Disable backups

You can disable all backups, including scheduled ones, as follows:

  1. Navigate to the universe's Tables tab.
  2. Click Actions > Disable Backup.

Delete a scheduled backup

You can permanently remove a scheduled backup, as follows:

  1. Navigate to the universe's Backups tab.
  2. Find the scheduled backup in the Backups list and click ... > Delete Backup.

To delete a policy, select Scheduled Backup Policies, find the policy and click its Actions > Delete Policy.