Cloud Backup - How to Set Up Synology for Cloud Backup

Cloud Backup


Synology

Synology 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 Synology. Follow these step-by-step instructions for configuring Retrospect to integrate with Synology.


Setup

Synology homepage

Visit Synology’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 homepage

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 homepage

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

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