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Securing Your Office 365 Tenants. Part 2

Securing Your Office 365 Tenants. Part 2

In this article, we will be reviewing the next set of recommended steps to take to secure an Office 365 tenant. These steps revolve around Office 365’s built-in protection policies, including Anti-Spam, Anti-Phishing, Anti-Spoofing, custom Mailflow transport rules, and a few general organization-wide policies. Continue reading

How to Resize a Partition During the Restore from Image-Based Backup

Azure Stack Support in CloudBerry Backup 6.1

Azure Stack Support in CloudBerry Backup 6.1

CloudBerry Backup 6.1 fully supports Azure Stack as a storage destination.

Azure Stack is an extension of Microsoft Azure that provides an on-premises environment for delivering Azure services within customers' own computing facilities. It offers a consistent cloud infrastructure, providing businesses with a wide range of computing solutions and services, without the latency that can impact remotely hosted, cloud-based applications.

To Add Azure Stack as a Storage Destination

  1. Open the application menu, then click Add New Account.
  2. In Select Cloud Storage dialog box, select Azure.
  3. In the Azure Account dialog box, fill in your Azure credentials. Select AzureStack item in the Account type drop-down menu.

  1. Specify the Service endpoint.
  2. In the Container drop-down menu, select the Azure container for your backups or select Create New Container to create a new one.
  3. When you are finished, click OK.
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Restore Verification in CloudBerry Backup 6.1

Restore Verification in CloudBerry Backup 6.1

About the Restore Verification Feature

For Image-based backups, CloudBerry Backup 6.1 provides the restore verification feature (beta version). When using this feature, CloudBerry Backup creates and runs a test restore plan that downloads a part of the backed up data required to start a test Windows VM created with Windows Hyper-V.

The restore verification feature lets you check the backup integrity before restoring the full backup to a real Windows machine.

Hyper-V is built into Windows as an optional component that is available in Windows 8 or higher. For Windows Server versions, Hyper-V is available in Windows Server 2008 or higher.

For instructions on how to enable the Hyper-V role for your version of OS, see Microsoft documentation. For example, appropriate instructions for Windows 10 are available here.

Before Using This Feature

Before using the restore verification feature, consider the following limitations:

  • The Hyper-V role cannot be installed on Windows 10 Home.
  • For Windows Server versions, you can use the Restore Verification feature on computers running Windows Server 2012 or higher.
  • For the test VM, in the current user temporary folder, Windows creates the Virtual Hard Drive file (.vhdx file). By default, the user temporary folder is located on the C: drive.
    For the test VM to work properly, ensure that the C: drive has enough space.

Using the Restore Verification Feature

To check an image-based backup integrity, perform the following steps:

      1. In the Home menu, navigate to the Backup Storage tab.
      2. In the list of backups, select an image-based backup to check.
      3. Right-click the backup, then select Restore Verification (BETA):

This creates and runs a test restore plan that will start a Windows VM using a part of the backed up data downloaded from the cloud storage. The virtual machine state is displayed in the preview screenshot:

    1. TIP: Optionally, to log on into VM, click the Hyper-V Console link.

Geo-Redundancy Clash: Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure Blob and Google Cloud Storage

Geo-Redundancy Clash: Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure Blob and Google Cloud Storage

Want to take advantage of geo-redundant storage but are unsure where to start? This article is for you. Below, we compare AWS replication across regions, Azure storage geo-redundancy and the data replication features available on Google Cloud Storage. Continue reading

Securing Your Office 365 Tenants. Part 1

Securing Your Office 365 Tenants. Part 1

In the last article, we went over the process of addressing a compromised account, taking the appropriate response actions to ensure the account is safe and back under the end user’s control.

Now, as a follow up to the previous article, we are going to review the actions needed to properly secure an Office 365 tenant. These steps are geared towards MSPs who manage multiple Office 365 tenants and require some level of automation to configure Office 365 tenants in bulk. Continue reading

Backing Up SQL Server Databases to Amazon S3

Backing Up SQL Server Databases to Amazon S3

If you run Microsoft SQL Server, you may wish to back up your databases to a cloud like Amazon Web Services (AWS). Doing so not only provides you with a virtually infinite amount of backup storage space in the cloud, but it can also make recovery easy in cases where you decide to restore your database using a cloud-based server.

In this article, we explain the main options available to you for backing up SQL Server databases to AWS. In particular, we’ll discuss backing up your data manually from a SQL Server database into S3, backing up data to AWS RDS and, finally, how to perform an image-based backup with the help of CloudBerry Backup.
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How You Can Use AWS Free Tier: SQS, SNS, SES

How You Can Use AWS Free Tier: SQS, SNS, SES

This is the third in a three-part series covering the Amazon Web Services (AWS) free tier. In our previous articles, we reviewed the free tier for the AWS compute and database offerings. In this article, you will learn about the messaging options provided by AWS. We will cover Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS), and Amazon Simple Email Service (SES). Continue reading