If you’re looking for a cost effective, Canadian backup solution for your Windows desktops and servers, look no further! Our Bulk Storage service is an ultra-reliable, low-cost, and 100% Canadian hosted object storage service. When teamed with CloudBerry Labs’ Backup software, it allows administrators to easily backup their systems.
CloudBerry offers two types of backup products: CloudBerry Backup and CloudBerry Managed Backup. Today we’re going to be using their basic Backup product, however many of the settings we’re going to be going over will translate over to the managed product as well.
Install CloudBerry Backup
To get started, visit https://www.cloudberrylab.com/solutions/clouda and download the Backup software onto the machine you wish to backup. Once the download has completed, you may be asked to install Microsoft Visual C++. You should go ahead and do so. Once that has been downloaded and installed, you’ll need to re-run the CloudBerry Backup setup.
Once setup is complete, click on the Finish button and CloudBerry Backup will launch. Initially, you’ll be asked if you would like to use the free trial or activate a paid license. If you have paid for CloudBerry already, go ahead and input your license information. Otherwise, you can continue with the free trial for now. Once you’ve completed that step, the CloudBerry app will open and you’ll be able to start setting everything up.
Bulk Storage Setup
Before completing the setup of your backups, you’ll first need to create a Bulk Storage container and generate some API keys for secure access. While you can use a single container for multiple machines, we recommend using a separate one per machine. This means that every machine will have an individual API key, meaning that it can only access its own backups. Follow the animation below to create your Bulk Storage container (current available only in the ca-ns-1 region).
Next, you’ll want to generate some API keys for your container. Ensure that you record these for use with CloudBerry Backup.
Now that you have your container and API keys created, you’re ready to setup CloudBerry.
Before you can setup your backup schedule, you have to configure your Cloud-A account in CloudBerry Backup. This can be done by clicking on the menu at the top left of the screen and clicking on “Add New Account” as seen below.
From there, you will see a list of supported providers from which you’ll want to select Cloud-A. After that, you will be prompted to fill in your account information.
The values should be the following:
- Display name: Whatever you would like. We’ve just named ours “Cloud-A”.
- User name: Full-Key
- Api key: The API key listed under “Full-Key” from when you generated API keys for your container
- Authentication service:
https://ca-ns-1.bulkstorage.ca:8444/keys_auth/<container_name>/v2.0– replace “<container_name>” with the name of your container. In our case, it will be
- Tenant name: Your tenant ID. If you aren’t sure what this is, it can be found under “API Access” in the Cloud-A dashboard by clicking on the name of your account in the top right.
Once complete, you should be able to click on the “Container” dropdown and select your container. To finish, click “OK”.
Now you can create your backup plan by clicking on the “Files” button to the far left in the toolbar at the top of CloudBerry. The following animation will guide you through the steps we’ve chosen, however feel free to make any modifications you’d like.
And there you have it! Your server will now automatically backup to Cloud-A Bulk Storage.