Welcome to the getting started guide for Backblaze B2 and MSP360! Backblaze B2 and MSP360 will only need to be set up one time. Once you have completed the steps below, you will have a true set-it-and-forget-it backup solution in place.
You can also download this guide as a PDF.
Step 1: Setup your Backblaze B2 account
If you haven’t done so already, create an account at https://www.backblaze.com/b2/sign-up.html
- Enter your email address and password to create your Backblaze account.
- You can then verify your phone number to begin using B2. You’ll automatically be prompted to go to My Settings to set up a phone number for your account. The mobile phone number you enter MUST be able to receive SMS messages.
Note: If you already have a Backblaze account, you can log in at https://secure.backblaze.com/user_signin.htm and click on My Settings.
- Once in the My Settings area, you’ll need to enter your Backblaze account password and the mobile phone number (remember - it must support SMS messages!). Then, click Send Code. Once you receive the 6 digit code on your mobile phone, type it into the verification field and click to Verify.
You can now retrieve your Application Key and Key ID. You will need these to set up your MSP360 account.
- Click on App Keys and then click on the link that reads 'Add A New Application Key’.
- You can then enter a Name for the key and click on the button that says “Create New Key”.
- When you have the keyID and the applicationKey, be sure to copy them and keep both of these in a safe location. Once you close this window, the current Application Key will not display again and you will need both of these numbers to set up your CloudBerry account.
IMPORTANT: If you lose the ApplicationKey, you will need to create another ApplicationKey. The new key that you create will invalidate the old one.
Your B2 account is now created and ready to be used with MSP360.
Step 2: Create your MSP360 account
Now that you have created a Backblaze account, you can begin setting up your MSP360 admin console and backup client. If you would like to test the software, you can install a free fully functional 15 day trial simply by installing the backup software that meets your needs.
- If you haven't created an MSP360 account, you can get started with MSP360 by going to the MSP360 website, entering your contact information, and clicking on the orange “Start Testing” button.
- Once you have signed up successfully, you will be directed to the MSP360 Admin Console and a Windows server build will automatically download to your computer.
- You can then change the password for your account.
- To do so, click on Settings, and then click on General.
- From there, you can click on Change Password and enter a new password for your admin console. Note: if you need to login to your MSP360 admin console, you will find the temporary password in your email.
You can now add B2 storage as a target for your server backups.
- To do so, click on Storage, select Storage Accounts, and choose Backblaze B2.
- Enter a Display Name.
- If you have copied your keyID and Application Key, you can enter them now.
- Then create a new bucket and assign a name to it.
- You can then click on Users and select your user to allow them to use your B2 Cloud Storage bucket. Note: If you do not have access to your Application Key and keyID, you can find them within your Backblaze account.
You'll then see a window like the one below:
You can now download and install the MSP360 client on your server. This will install a free fully functional 15 day trial for your use.
Download the MSP360 installer onto your server.
Double-click on the icon to begin the installation wizard and click “Next”.
- Confirm the installation location and click "Install".
- Click "Finish" to exit the wizard and launch MSP360 Online Backup.
Step 3: Create a Backup Plan
Your backup plan will allow you to specify B2 cloud storage, set encryption, and schedule it accordingly.
- You need to click on "Backup Files" button or on "Setup Backup plan" link to start the backup plan set up.
- Select Local or Cloud Backup. Enable Ransomware Protection if you would like additional protection. Click "Next".
- Enter your MSP360 User Account credentials. Select your plan type. Most people choose Ultimate as that plan allows you to backup unlimited data from your server, backup MySQL databases, and Exchange servers. For detailed differences between the available plans, take a look at https://www.msp360.com/backup/server/licensing.aspx
- Select Cloud Account and click “Next”.
- Specify a name for your backup plan and click the "Next" button.
- If you would like to automatically backup deleted files, mark the checkbox next to “Track local file deletes in backup storage”. You can also select VSS Shadow Copy if you would like to backup files that are in use. However, please note that this may take additional system resources. Click the “Next” button.
- In this step, you have to specify data to back up. You can browse the file tree and choose whether to back up all of the files or some specific folders. After making a selection click "Next".
- Here you can specify file types to backup or skip. To ensure that all data is secure, leave the selection as “Backup all files in selected folders”. You can then click on the “Next” button to proceed.
- You can now choose to encrypt your data and set a password for that encryption. Confirm the password by entering it again. Then check “Encrypt filenames” and click “Next”.
- In this step, you can set a number of versions for your files or specify the amount of time to keep versions. You can also choose to delete prior versions of your files. By default, MSP360 will keep three versions of your files. Click “Next” to proceed.
- You can now set a backup schedule for backups to occur automatically in real-time or on a schedule. We recommend continuous, real-time backup as that gives you the greatest level of protection. However, you can also choose to schedule your backups or to backup on click.
- Here, you can set an alert for failing backups. Enter an email address for notifications in case the backups fail and click “Next”.
- Once you review your created backup plan settings, you can click “Next” and “Finish”.
- Click on “Finish” to begin the first backup.
Your backup plan is ready and you can replicate it and deploy it across multiple servers.
Managing your Server Backups
Your web-based admin console allows you to centrally manage backup agent installs and upgrades, licensing, reporting, monitoring, and backup / restore jobs directly from the web-based portal. Easily customize the retention period for file versions and deleted files for each server
Simply log into your admin console, click on RMM and click on “Remote Management”.