Welcome to our Quickstart guide for Backblaze B2 and MSP360 CloudBerry Backup. With Backblaze B2 and MSP360 CloudBerry, you will be able to automate your server backups and secure them offsite. This guide will walk you through the required steps to set up MSP360 CloudBerry Backup on a single server.
If you are interested in managing multiple servers, please use our MSP360 Managed Backup Service guide.
Step 1: Setting up your Backblaze B2 account
To start, you will need to create a Backblaze B2 account. You can do this by clicking this link to our server backup page and clicking the red “Start Now” button.
You should be given the choice to select a “Single Server” or “Multiple Servers”. Since this guide covers the standalone server backup, we will be clicking on “Single Server”.
If you intend to back up multiple servers, we have a separate quickstart guide for this process here.
You will then need to choose an email address and password for your Backblaze B2 account. You may also select the region where you would like to store your data under the “Create” button:
Once you have entered your desired email and password (and Region), click on the red “Create B2 Account & Download MSP360” button. This will create your Backblaze B2 account and automatically initiate the download for the MSP360 CloudBerry Backup client.
NOTE: You may be prompted to sign into your newly created Backblaze B2 account after clicking the “I’m Ready to Get Started. Take Me to My Backblaze Account” link.
Step 2: Creating Application Keys
Before we install the CloudBerry Backup client that was just downloaded, there is one step we should do which is to create an Application Key which will be covered next.
Once you click on the link shown in the screenshot above, you will be brought to the “Buckets” page. To create an application key, click on the “App Keys” section in the left navigation menu and click the “Add a New Application Key” button.
Type in the desired name of the key in the “Name of Key:” field. Leave the rest of the settings unchanged. Now click on the blue “Create New Key” button to create the new key that we will be using with the CloudBerry Backup client.
Once you have created the key, it will appear in a blue section (seen below). As you can see, the key will only be shown here once (refreshing or leaving this page will cause the key to not display again). It is advisable to save the key credentials offline in a safe place before leaving this page. Rest assured that you can easily create another application key entirely should you lose access to this one. Doing so will invalidate your previous keys.
NOTE: The bucket creation will be done in the following steps within the CloudBerry application itself. When this is done, object lock will automatically be enabled on the B2 bucket upon creation using the CloudBerry application.
Step 3: Installing MSP360 CloudBerry Backup Client and Creating a Backup Plan
After you have successfully created your Application Key, we can now move onto the next part of this guide which will walk you through how to set up the MSP360 CloudBerry Client.
Start by double-clicking on the CloudBerryBackup.exe file that was downloaded earlier to start the installation wizard.
Choose where you would like to install the CloudBerry Backup client and click “Install”.
Once CloudBerry Backup has been successfully installed, ensure the “Run CloudBerry Backup” option is selected and click “Finish”.
After the installation has completed, you should see the main application interface.
Start by clicking on the “Files” button in the upper left corner.
You should now see a window titled “Create Backup Plan Wizard”. Go ahead and click “Next”.
You will now be required to add what is called a Storage Account in order to upload data into the Backblaze B2 Cloud. You can do this by clicking “Add new Storage Account” in the following window.
You will notice two separate Backblaze B2 options: Backblaze B2 & Backblaze B2 (S3 Compatible). Either option is acceptable. The only difference being that the S3-Compatible option allows the use of the S3-Compatible API, whereas the Backblaze B2 option utilizes the native B2 API. For this guide, we will be using the Backblaze B2 option.
Next, you will need to enter a “Display name” for your B2 Storage Account. For this guide, we will simply name it “Backblaze B2”. You will also need to enter the application key credentials created earlier.
After entering in the required information (Display name, Application key Id, Application key), you will need to specify a bucket on your Backblaze B2 account, which we have not created yet! Fortunately, the CloudBerry client allows you to do that on this screen by clicking on the dropdown menu that says “<Specify bucket>” and clicking “<Create New Bucket>”.
You may use the auto populated bucket name or choose a globally unique bucket name. Additionally: with CloudBerry’s release of version 7, Object Lock (Immutability) is now an option to enable on your bucket. If you are unfamiliar with Object Lock/Immutability, this is a feature that allows Backblaze B2 customers to make their data immutable by preventing a file from being modified or deleted for a defined period of time. You can read more about it here.
Click “OK” to finalize the creation of the Storage Account. Then click “Next” to move on to creating the backup plan.
Choose a name for your new backup plan then click “Next”.
Choose Advanced Options. For this guide, we will simply use the default settings.
You will now be able to select the drives you intend to back up. You are also able to collapse each drive selection to view the folders within a drive if you do not intend to back up the entire drive.
The following section allows you to enable/disable specific filters for your backup plan. This guide uses the default settings. Once you are ready, click “Next”.
The following section allows you to enable/disable compression and encryption. Once you are ready, click “Next”.
The following section allows you to enable/disable Full Consistency Check. Once you are ready, click “Next”.
The following section allows you to set the schedule in which your backup plan will run. Once you are ready, click “Next”.
The following section allows you to set your Retention Policy for this backup plan. We recommend determining your retention policy requirements before moving forward. Once you are ready, click “Next”.
NOTE: Object Lock can be enabled for GFS backups. The lock will last for the duration of the backups (weekly, monthly, or yearly).
The following section allows you to set Pre/Post Actions. Once you are ready, click “Next”.
The following section allows you to enable notification emails. Note: You must specify an email in the “Email” field if you choose to enable notification emails. Once you are ready, click “Next”.
Lastly, review your backup plan summary and click “Next” to create the backup plan.
NOTE: If no schedule was set for this backup plan, the backup plan will need to be manually started.
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