Cloud Backup - How to Set Up Backblaze B2 for Cloud Backup

Cloud Backup


Backblaze B2 is a business-class cloud storage provider with extremely low costs, at $0.005/GB a month or $5/TB a month. Retrospect 12 and higher for Windows and Retrospect 14 and higher for Mac are certified for Backblaze B2. Follow these step-by-step instructions for setting up a Backblaze B2 account and adding it to Retrospect.

Step-by-step Guide

Video Tutorial - Retrospect Backup for Windows

Video Tutorial - Retrospect Backup for Mac

Account Setup Guide

Setting up a Backblaze B2 account is quick and easy.

  1. Visit Backblaze B2. Type in your email address and password and click "Sign up for B2".

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  2. Backblaze B2 requires a valid phone number, so you’ll need to verify yours with a text message. This also allows you to set up two-factor authentication for added security.

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  3. After verifying your phone number, you’ll see your new Backblaze B2 account page.

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  4. To connect Retrospect with Backblaze B2, you’ll need your "Account ID" and "Application Key". Click the "Show Account ID and Application Key" link and then the "Create Application Key" button.

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Information for Retrospect

Retrospect needs two pieces of information to access Backblaze B2:

  • Account ID – Use the Account ID from above.

  • Application Key – Use the Application Key from above.

Note: Retrospect requires the master key. It does not yet support application-specific keys in B2.

Adding Cloud Storage in Retrospect

Añadir el almacenamiento en la nube como destino es simple. Retrospect tiene un nuevo tipo de conjunto llamado "nube". Cree un nuevo conjunto de copia de seguridad/conjunto de medios y seleccione "nube" como tipo.

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Next you’ll need to enter your cloud storage credentials. Retrospect allows customers to set the maximum storage usage, up to 100TB. If you have an existing bucket, type it into "Bucket". Otherwise, leave that field blank, and Retrospect will walk through creating a new one.

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Using Cloud Storage in Retrospect

Usar el almacenamiento en la nube es simple. Después de haber creado un conjunto en la nube, cree una nueva secuencia de comandos o añádala a una ya existente y haga clic en "Ejecutar". La copia de seguridad se iniciará, siendo subido el contenido del conjunto a su lugar de almacenamiento en la nube. Puede hacer un seguimiento del progreso en la ejecución/actividad.

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Throttling Cloud Backups in Retrospect

La limitación para la copia de seguridad en la nube y la restauración de la nube está disponible en Preferencias.

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Backblaze B2 Fireball

Retrospect Backup supports integration with B2 Fireball. However, when doing this backup, it will be important that you create a Cloud Backup Set and not a Disk Backup set for the Fireball device.

General Tips

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


Disabling Multiple Versions in Lifecycle

In some cases, Retrospect Backup will receive an error during upload and need to retry. You need to set your bucket’s lifecycle to "Keep only the last version". Otherwise, B2 might store retain the prior incomplete copies of your RDB file, and B2 will charge you for this space.

See this example of B2 storing multiple verisons:

Backblaze b2 multple rdbs

You can find a bucket’s lifecycle settings here:

Backblaze b2 life cycle

Last Update: 04 de febrero de 2020