Cloud Backup - How to Set Up QNAP for Cloud Backup

Cloud Backup

QNAP provides affordable, scalable network attached storage (NAS) devices for consumers, small businesses, and enterprises. Using open source software like Minio or Zenko, you can leverage your own NAS for cloud storage. Retrospect 15.1 for Windows and Mac are certified for QNAP. Follow these step-by-step instructions for configuring Retrospect to integrate with QNAP.


Visit QNAP’s website to choose the right NAS for your business needs. Ensure that it supports hosting Docker instances. Retrospect is currently certified to integrate with Minio and Zenko Cloud Server Docker instances. See below for setup instructions.

Minio Setup

Minio is a high performance distributed object storage server, designed for large-scale private cloud infrastructure. Minio is widely deployed across the world with over 79.7M+ docker pulls. You can deploy it on any hardware you prefer. At the end of the setup, you will receive a path, an access key, and a secret key.

  1. Install Docker.

  2. Download minio/minio.

  3. Connect via SSH.

  4. Run: sudo docker run -p 9000:9000 --name minio -d minio/minio server /export.

  5. Run: sudo docker logs minio to get the access key and secret key.

  6. Launch a web browser and visit the instance to create a bucket.

Zenko Cloud Server Setup

Zenko provides a single unifying interface using the Amazon S3 API, supporting multi-cloud backend data storage both on-premises and in the Amazon S3 public cloud as well as other services, including: Available now for Amazon S3, Scality RING and Docker. You can deploy it on any hardware you prefer. At the end of the setup, you will receive a path, an access key, and a secret key.

  1. Install Docker.

  2. Download scality/s3server.

  3. Launch scality/s3server via Image in Docker.

  4. In Docker > Container, highlight scality/s3server1 click on "Details". Local port is what is needed to connect.

  5. Create a bucket (folder) using Cyberduck instructions.

  6. Copy down the default access key and secret key.

Information for Retrospect

Retrospect needs three pieces of information to access Synology:

  • Pathurl_to_instance:port_number/your_bucket_name

  • Access Key – Use the Access Key provided by your cloud storage instance.

  • Secret Key – Use the Secret Key provided by your cloud storage instance.

Adding Cloud Storage in Retrospect

Einen Cloudspeicher als ein Backup-Ziel hinzuzufügen, ist ganz einfach. Retrospect hat einen neuen Set-Typus, der sich "Cloud" nennt. Richten Sie ein neues Backup-Set/Medien-Set ein und wählen Sie als Typus "Cloud".



Next you’ll need to enter your cloud storage credentials.



Using Cloud Storage in Retrospect

Den Cloudspeicher können Sie ganz leicht nutzen. Nachdem Sie Ihr Cloud-Set erstellt haben, erstellen Sie ein neues Skript oder fügen es einem bereits vorhandenen hinzu und klicken auf „Ausführen“. Das Backup beginnt und die Inhalte Ihres Sets werden auf den Cloudspeicherplatz hochgeladen. Sie können den Fortschritt unter Ausführung/Aktivität verfolgen.



Throttling Cloud Backups in Retrospect

Eine Drosselung für das Cloud-Backup und die Cloud-Wiederherstellung lässt sich unter Einstellungen einrichten.



General Tips

Below are a number of tips for using cloud storage in Retrospect:

Last Update: 17. Mai 2018