Before describing how to back up your environment, it is important to understand what needs to be backed up first. We differentiate between static files, files which do not change frequently such as the software installation binaries, and dynamic data, otherwise referred to as runtime artifacts, which could include frequently updated data such as instance information and deployment metadata.
Static files and directories are those that do not change frequently. These files should be regularly backed up, particularly when configuration changes, patching, or installations have been performed since the last backup. In most cases, static files can be backed up both online and offline.