Configure or disable backup

To change the backup configuration, you have these options:
  • Set the relevant environment variables and restart the Policy Administration GUI.
  • Run the Policy Administration GUI setup tool with the relevant command-line options.
The following table describes the relevant environment variables and command-line options.

For more information about using the environment variables, see Starting PingDataGovernance Policy Administration GUI.

Environment variable Command-line option Description
PING_ADMIN_PORT --adminPort <port> Specifies the admin port, where administrative task endpoints like periodic policy database backups are handled.
PING_BACKUP_SCHEDULE --backupSchedule <cron-expression>

Specifies a cron expression to indicate when to perform backups.

The default is 0 0 0 * * ?, which is midnight every day.

For more information, see Quartz 2.3.0 cron format.


The PAP evaluates the expression against the system timezone. For the PingDataGovernance Docker images, the default timezone is UTC.


Specifies the directory in which to place the policy H2 database backup files.

The default is SERVER_ROOT/policy-backup.

Note: If you are using a Docker image, set this value to a directory on a volume that you mount when you start the Docker container.
N / A --disablePeriodicBackups Turns off the periodic policy database backups.

For information about how to use a backup, see Restore a policy database from a backup.