Cloud Backup - How to Set Up Aqua Ray for Cloud Backup

Cloud Backup


Aquaray

Aqua Ray Cloud Storage provides a low-cost, scalable cloud storage location for secure off-site data protection. Retrospect 15.1 for Windows and Mac are certified for Aqua Ray. Follow these step-by-step instructions for configuring Retrospect to integrate with Aqua Ray.


Account Setup

Aquaray homepage

Contact Aqua Ray for product information and setup instructions. You will receive an access key and a secret key as part of the account setup.


Information for Retrospect

Retrospect needs four pieces of information to access Aqua Ray:

  • Pathswift.fr1.sto.aquaray.com:443/your_bucket_name

  • Access Key – Use the Access Key provided by your Aqua Ray instance.

  • Secret Key – Use the Secret Key provided by your Aqua Ray instance.

  • Region – Use the Region provided by your Aqua Ray instance.

The "Region" option must be added to the Retrospect INI file in the following format. Note that you should not include a port.

[CloudRegion]
swift.fr1.sto.aquaray.com=fr1

Known Issues

Please note that Retrospect has the following known issues with Aqua Ray:

  • Unicode Backup Set Names: Retrospect does not work with Aqua Ray if you use a Unicode character in the backup set name.

  • Backup Set Name Length: Retrospect does not work with Aqua Ray if you use a backup set name that is more than 38 characters.


Adding Cloud Storage in Retrospect

Adding cloud storage as a destination is simple. Retrospect has a new set type called "Cloud". Create a new backup set/media set and select "Cloud" as the type.

Windows Interface

Cloud backup selection win

Mac Interface

Cloud backup selection mac

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

Windows Interface

S3 set creation win

Mac Interface

Cloud backup settings mac


Using Cloud Storage in Retrospect

Using cloud storage is simple. After you have created a cloud set, create a new script or add it to an existing one, and click "Run". The backup will begin with the contents of the set being uploaded to your cloud storage location. You can track the progress in the execution/activity.

Windows Interface

Cloud backup log win

Mac Interface

Cloud backup log mac


Throttling Cloud Backups in Retrospect

Throttling for cloud backup and cloud restore is available in Preferences.

Windows Interface

Cloud backup preferences win

Mac Interface

Cloud backup preferences mac


General Tips

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


Last Update: May 17, 2018