How to automate Linode Instance Snapshots

SimpleBackups founder

Laurent Lemaire

Co-founder, SimpleBackups

March 30, 2023

The following guide will help you, step by step, automate your Akamai’s Linode instance (Linode) snapshots. The steps are very easy and will only involve minimal effort.

Afterwards, you will be able to take snapshots, automatically on your own terms, whether you need to take them daily, weekly, every couple of hours or on-demand using our API. You will also have the option to choose the number of snapshots to keep on your provider to save snapshot storage cost.

Now, let's get started!


Step 1: Create a SimpleBackups Account

Create or login to your SimpleBackups account, then head to the snapshot creation section.

Step 2: Add Linode to SimpleBackups

In this step, we will generate a unique API Key and Secret on Linode that will allow us to automate Linode snapshots from SimpleBackups dashboard.

You'll find a step-by-step illustrated guide on how to generate a Linode API Key in our documentation.

Afterwards, create a new provider on SimpleBackups with your Linode API Key by going to the snapshot creation section and click Connect a new provider as shown.

Add provider

Select Linode from the Provider dropdown list, enter a name for your Linode account, then paste the Token we obtained in the previous step and click save provider.

Choose what you want to backup.

Step 3: Create a Linode snapshot backup job

In this step, and after connecting our Linode account, we will simply create the snapshot backup job and select the needed server or volume.

Step 3a: Choose your Linode account

From the list, choose the Linode account you need to take its snapshots. You may add as many Linode accounts as you need under your SimpleBackups account.

Step 3b: Choose Linode an instance resource

Select "Server" under the Resource Type. The Resource dropdown will be populated by all the Linode Instances (Cloud Compute) accessible under your Linode account.

Step 3c: Set the retention you need

The Retention is a number of snapshots we will keep, anything more than this number will be pruned/rotated automatically for you.

Step 3d: Save the snapshot backup job

Finally, give your snapshot backup job a friendly name, then click Create Snapshot.

create a Linode snapshot

Congratulations, you now have an automated Linode snapshot backup.

Run it once manually (using the "Run" snapshot button from the snapshots list) and you'll trigger your first snapshot backup!

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