A database dump is a file containing a database structure and content. You can use it for backup purposes. In earlier Plesk versions, dumps could be created only using database management tools. Now Plesk offers a quicker way to create database dumps, store them, and deploy previously created dumps on the server.
In Plesk, to export a database dump means to save a source database in a file, which then can be used for storage or distribution. To import a database dump means to restore data from such a file to a destination database. You can import a database to the same or another database server. The only restriction is that the source and destination databases must be of the same type, for example, MySQL.
In Plesk, database dumps are created in the SQL format and saved as ZIP archives. If you need to create a dump in another format or to set custom settings for a dump, use the native functionality of database management tools (phpMyAdmin, phpPgAdmin, or myLittleAdmin). For instructions on how to import and export data by using database management tools, refer to the tools' documentation.
To save a copy of a database:
To deploy your copy of a database in Plesk:
Note: By default, the Import Dump and Export Dump buttons are not displayed for databases hosted on a remote Microsoft SQL Server. To export or import dumps of such databases, configure backup settings for the remote Microsoft SQL Server first.