How to Get Started with NodeSquirrel

Welcome to the getting started guide for NodeSquirrel, the cloud backup solution for Drupal. This short video will walk through you through the steps to get started backing up your Drupal site to the cloud with NodeSquirrel.

Or follow the steps below:

1. Install Backup and Migrate

Screenshot of the Backup and Migrate page on Drupal.org

First, download and install the latest version of Backup and Migrate for your version of Drupal. Make sure you're using version 3.0 for Drupal 7.

2. Try a Test Backup

A screenshot of the Backup and Migrate admin screen

Once Backup and Migrate is enabled go to either:

Drupal 7: Admin > Configure > System > Backup and Migrate
Drupal 6: Admin > Content > Backup and Migrate

If this is your first time using Backup and Migrate, do a test backup to make sure the module is working properly. Always test your backups by restoring to a development version of your website.

3. Create a secret key for your site

A screenshot of the NodeSquirrel settings page

Your site will need a unique secret key to send backups to NodeSquirrel. To create one click on the NodeSquirrel tab on the Backup and Migrate page of your site, then click the link in 'Need a Secret Key?'

A screenshot of the activation page on NodeSquirrel

You will be taken to the NodeSquirrel site where you can sign up for a new account or login with an existing account.

4. Backup to NodeSquirrel

A screenshot of the Secret Key page

NodeSquirrel will generate a secret key for your site. You will need to copy that key and paste it into the NodeSquirrel settings on your site:

Click the 'Copy to Clipboard' link, or select the key and press Control-C (Windows) or Command-C (Mac) to copy.

Click the 'Go back to your site' link to be taken back to the NodeSquirrel settings on your Drupal site.

A screenshot of the NodeSquirrel settings page with the Secret Key filed out

Paste the key into the box shown and click 'Save configuration'.

5. Backup to NodeSquirrel

A screenshot of the backup screen of Backup and Migrate

You will now be able to choose NodeSquirrel as a destination for manual and scheduled backups.

6. Schedule your Backups

For a truly set-it-and-forget-it experience, you'll want to set up a backup schedule. These instructions walk you through that process.

Questions or Problems?

If you have any problems please contact us at support@nodesquirrel.com