WebDAV seeding

WebDAV is an extension of the HTTP protocol that allows clients to perform remote Web content authoring operations. For backups, this means it can be used to transfer data from BackupAssist to a remote server or device with WebDAV enabled. BackupAssist supports WebDAV as a Cloud Backup destination, and will back up to a remote WebDAV server (private cloud) or third party cloud service that supports WebDAV. The process of seeding to a WebDAV destination will depend on the type of destination, as outlined below.

Seeding a private cloud

A private cloud is a remote server running a web server application with the WebDAV service enabled. If you have set up a private cloud destination, the seeding process will simply mean you take the seeded drive to that remote server, and copy the data to the destination path defined in the backup job.

Seeding using a cloud provider

If you are backing up to a cloud provider using the WebDAV protocol, you will need to follow that provider's instructions for seeding. This will be a detailed process that may involve running commands and will involve physically posting a removable drive to the cloud provider so that they can copy the data to the backup destination.

Sourcing a cloud provider

Not all cloud providers will support WebDAV, so it's important to research your cloud provider and their requirements before committing to their cloud storage service.


To learn about the seeding tool and drive preparation process, see Cloud Seeding Tool