Check Current Backup Tool

Customer Managed Applies to customer-managed instances of Alation

Applies to versions 2020.3-2022.1

In order to determine which backup tool is currently in use on the Alation server, check the value of the alation_conf parameter alation.backup_v2.enabled. If it is set to False, Alation uses Backup V1. If it is set to True, Alation uses Backup V2.


Do not change the parameter alation.backup_v2.enabled manually as it will result in an incomplete transition between backup tools and an inconsistent state of the system. To disable or enable Backup V2, use the steps described in Enable or Disable Backup V2.

To check the value:

  1. Use SSH to connect to your Alation instance.

  2. Enter the Alation shell:

    sudo /etc/init.d/alation shell
  3. Run the following command:

    alation_conf alation.backup_v2.enabled

This will output the current value of the parameter.

To exit the shell, type exit and press Enter.