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 and Microsoft Azure cloud services as backup destinations.

Creating cloud storage

Before you can back up to a cloud destination, you will need to create an Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure account, set up the cloud storage and get the storage keys for BackupAssist to use.

Creating a cloud backup job

The following steps explain how to create a backup job that will back up your data to a Microsoft Azure or Amazon S3 cloud destination.

Note: To create a bare-metal backup you will need to use System Protection to back up your data.

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 service selected in step 5. There are different settings for Amazon S3 and Microsoft Azure.

    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 your Account Name and Access Key.

  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.

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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