Cloud Backup

Cloud Backup is a BackupAssist add-on that allows you to back up data to remote data centers across the internet. BackupAssist Cloud Backup supports Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure and WebDAV enabled cloud storage providers as backup destinations.

Creating cloud storage

Before you can run a Cloud Backup job, you will need to have a cloud destination set up. This can be done by a creating an account with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure or a cloud provider that supports WebDAV.

Creating a cloud backup job

The following steps explain how to create a backup job that will back up your data to a cloud destination.

Launch BackupAssist and follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Select the Backup tab
  2. Select Create a new backup Job
  3. Select Cloud Backup
  4. If this is the first time you have created a backup job, you will be asked to provide a Backup User Identity. To learn more, see Backup User Identity. To throttle the bandwidth used by Cloud Backup, see Cloud Backup settings

  5. Selections
  6. This step is used to select the data and applications that you want to back up. Any VSS applications detected will be displayed here as application directory containers.

  7. Destination media
  8. Use this step to select the cloud destination that you want to back your data up to. This step’s name will change to the cloud service selected.

  9. Schedule
  10. This step is used to select when and how you would like the backup job to run, and how long you would like the backup to be retained for. A selection of pre-configured schedules, called schemes, can be selected.

  11. Set up destination
  12. This step configures the cloud backup destination selected in step 5. There are different settings for Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure and WebDAV destinations.

    Warning: We recommended letting BackupAssist manage the space in the cloud backup container. This means not enabling (or turn off ) any space management or life-cycle tasks on your cloud backup containers. Leaving these tasks enabled will lead to parts of the backup’s data being permanently deleted, and result in the backups being incomplete and unusable in a recovery situation.

    Amazon S3 bucket settings

    Fill in the S3 bucket settings including the bucket name, and your Access Key ID and Secret Access Key.

    Azure container settings

    Fill in the Azure container settings including the container name and connection string.

    WebDAV container settings

    Fill in the WebDAV container settings using information from either your cloud provider or private cloud solution.

  13. Notifications
  14. Once a backup job has completed, BackupAssist can send an email to inform selected recipients of the result. This email notification is enabled during the creation of the backup job, but you must also provide your mail server settings so that the notifications can be sent. To learn how to configure your mail server for BackupAssist, see Email server settings.

  15. Name your backup
  16. Provide a name for your backup job, and click Finish.

  17. Next Steps
  18. This step explains the seed backup option that is available if you think there is too much data for the first full backup across the internet. Seeding should only be considered after understanding what seeding involves as it requires following detailed process managed by your cloud provider and there will be costs involved. To learn more, see Cloud Seeding

Cloud Backup restores

Perform a restore from a Cloud Backup as you would for any other backup type. Simply select the Restore tab, select the required restore option and follow the steps. To learn more, see Restore tab

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