Creating a backup - AWS Backup

Creating a backup

In AWS Backup, you can create backups automatically using backup plans or manually by initiating an on-demand backup.

When backups are created automatically by backup plans, they are configured with the lifecycle settings that are defined in the backup plan. They are organized in the backup vault that is specified in the backup plan. They are also assigned the tags that are listed in the backup plan. For more information about backup plans, see Managing backups using backup plans.

When you create an on-demand backup, you can configure these settings for the backup that is being created. When a backup is created either automatically or manually, a backup job is initiated. Each backup job has a unique ID—for example, D48D8717-0C9D-72DF-1F56-14E703BF2345.

You can view the status of a backup job on the Jobs page of the AWS Backup console. Backup job statuses include created, pending, running, aborting, aborted, completed, failed, and expired.

Although each backup after the first one is incremental (meaning it only captures changes from the previous backup), all backups made with AWS Backup retain the necessary reference data to allow a full restore. This is true even if the original (full) backup has reached its lifecycle limit and been deleted.

For example, if your day 1 (full) backup was deleted due to a 3-day lifecycle policy, you would still be able to perform a full restore with the backups from days 2 and 3. AWS Backup maintains the necessary reference data from day 1 to enable that.

For more information about creating backup plans, see Creating a backup plan.