AWS OpsWorks CM
API Reference (API Version 2016-11-01)

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Creates an application-level backup of a server. While the server is in the BACKING_UP state, the server cannot be changed, and no additional backup can be created.

Backups can be created for servers in RUNNING, HEALTHY, and UNHEALTHY states. By default, you can create a maximum of 50 manual backups.

This operation is asynchronous.

A LimitExceededException is thrown when the maximum number of manual backups is reached. An InvalidStateException is thrown when the server is not in any of the following states: RUNNING, HEALTHY, or UNHEALTHY. A ResourceNotFoundException is thrown when the server is not found. A ValidationException is thrown when parameters of the request are not valid.

Request Syntax

{ "Description": "string", "ServerName": "string" }

Request Parameters

For information about the parameters that are common to all actions, see Common Parameters.

The request accepts the following data in JSON format.


A user-defined description of the backup.

Type: String

Required: No


The name of the server that you want to back up.

Type: String

Length Constraints: Minimum length of 1. Maximum length of 40.

Pattern: [a-zA-Z][a-zA-Z0-9\-]*

Required: Yes

Response Syntax

{ "Backup": { "BackupArn": "string", "BackupId": "string", "BackupType": "string", "CreatedAt": number, "Description": "string", "Engine": "string", "EngineModel": "string", "EngineVersion": "string", "InstanceProfileArn": "string", "InstanceType": "string", "KeyPair": "string", "PreferredBackupWindow": "string", "PreferredMaintenanceWindow": "string", "S3DataSize": number, "S3DataUrl": "string", "S3LogUrl": "string", "SecurityGroupIds": [ "string" ], "ServerName": "string", "ServiceRoleArn": "string", "Status": "string", "StatusDescription": "string", "SubnetIds": [ "string" ], "ToolsVersion": "string", "UserArn": "string" } }

Response Elements

If the action is successful, the service sends back an HTTP 200 response.

The following data is returned in JSON format by the service.


Backup created by request.

Type: Backup object


For information about the errors that are common to all actions, see Common Errors.


The resource is in a state that does not allow you to perform a specified action.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The limit of servers or backups has been reached.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The requested resource does not exist, or access was denied.

HTTP Status Code: 400


One or more of the provided request parameters are not valid.

HTTP Status Code: 400

See Also

For more information about using this API in one of the language-specific AWS SDKs, see the following: