Getting Started with CloudBerry Backup for Synology

CloudBerry Backup for Synology helps you automate data backup to various cloud storage providers such as Amazon S3 or Windows Azure directly from Synology. By integrating with the Synology management interface it provides the seamless experience for Synology users.

This post explains:

System Requirements

  • Supported CPU types: Marvell ARM (Armada*), Intel*
  • Supported Storage: Amazon S3, File System

 Installation of CloudBerry Backup into Synology Package Center

Prior to installing, make sure the Trust Level is set to "Any publisher" in Package Center | Settings | General:

Any publisher

To start working with CloudBerry Backup:

1. Go to Package Center and click Manual Install. Specify the CloudBerry Backup package and follow the installation wizard to complete the installation.

Package Center

2. Choose Run after installation option on a final step of the installation, it will guarantee that you can find CloudBerry Backup on the Main Menu:

Run after installation

Note: you can always run CloudBerry Backup later by going to Package Center | Installed:

Running

3. Go to the Main Menu and find CloudBerry Backup there, click CloudBerry Backup to start the application:

CloudBerry Backup

Getting Started with CloudBerry Backup

First of all, you need to choose whether you want to use Freeware or PRO version of CloudBerry Backup:

  • Freeware - for private use only. Limitations: 200 GB limit for cloud backup and 1TB limit for local backup; no compression, no encryption.
  • Start with 15 trial of PRO version
  • Activate PRO version. License price $29,99

Go to the Licensing tab and choose an appropriate option:Licensing

You can always switch from the Freeware to the PRO version by selecting any option - Start 15 days Trial of PRO or Activate PRO version - on the Licensing tab.

Once you have registered or activated CloudBerry Backup, you can start working with the product! The next step is to specify storage account.

Setting up Storage Account

1. Go to the Settings tab, use Add button to create a new storage account:

Setting storage account

Note: supported storages - Amazon S3, File System.

How to Back Up Files

1.Go to the Backup Plans tab, use Create new button to start the Backup Plan wizard, specify a plan name and go next:

Backup Wizard

2. On the Cloud Storage step specify a destination of your backups

Select storage

3, On the next step - Backup Source - choose files and folders you want to back up

4. The next steps allow you to set up advanced options for your backup plan:

  • Back up empty folders
  • Exclude system folders
  • Compress files
  • Encrypt files

5. On the Retention Policy step you can manage how many or how long you want to keep file versions: purge file versions older than or keep a certain number of versions.

6. The Schedule step provides flexible options for plan runs:

Scheduling

This is a final step of the wizard, click Finish to set up a backup plan

7. On the Backup Plans tab, you can run the plan - use Run now button:

Backup Plans

On the Backup Storage tab you can find your backed up files and folders:

Backup Storage

How to Restore Files

1. Go to Restore Plans tab, use Create new button to start the Restore Plan wizard.

The wizard prompts you to enter a plan name and choose the storage account where you want to restore from. Then you choose what files and folders you want to restore:

Restoring files

Once you selected the files you can choose what versions you want to restore: the latest version or to point-in-time.

Point in time restore

Then you choose where to restore: to the original location or to a specific location and, finally, set up scheduling.

Complete the wizard and you will see the restore plan on the Restore Plans tab where you can run it manually using Run now button:

Restore Plans

What's next

The next step for us is to support other storage providers (e.g. OpenStack). OpenStack support will allow to back up to storage providers such as IBM Softlayer, Oracle Cloud, Rackspace and HP Cloud. Amazon Glacier support will be added next year. Stay tuned!

Conclusion

You can try CloudBerry Backup for Synology with all the features absolutely for free! Just go ahead and download 15-days fully functional trial version of CloudBerry Backup and check if our backup solution meets your needs and requirements. Your feedback is much appreciated!