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I uploaded an example file of how the php class is implemented. This can be added to cron to make backing up the database simple. ### Understanding the Constructor ### public function __construct($ec2ToolsPath, $cert, $key, $snapDescription, $dbHost, $dbName, $dbUser, $dbPass, $volume, $snapToKeep) $ec2ToolsPath - This is the path to the tools so that we can run the correct command. $cert - This is the Amazon cert you get from your Amazon account. $key - The matching key obtained from your Amazon account. $snapDescription - The description of your snapshot. It need to be 'something_' . date("Y-m-d"). THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. If you look at the sorting I explode the array of snapshots by the _ (underscore). And I use date to sort them. $dbHost - The host of the database. Make sure your security groups are opened correctly. $dbName - Name of the database to connect to. $dbUser - Database user who has permissions to connect. $dbPass - Password for $dbUser $volume - The volume to snapshot $snapToKeep - The number of snapshots to keep.