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Azure Stack Support in CloudBerry Backup 6.1

Azure Stack Support in CloudBerry Backup 6.1

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.

Together, Azure and Azure Stack support specialized hybrid cloud use cases:

  • Edge or disconnected solutions. The latency and connectivity limitations of the cloud can be mitigated using local data processing within Azure Stack, while still supporting integration with Azure itself by enabling common application logic across both infrastructures. This new approach allows you to deploy Azure Stack in a way that is disconnected from the internet, but still allowing connectivity to Azure.
  • Compliance requirements for cloud applications. With Azure Stack, regulatory or policy restrictions that require on-premises deployments can be followed without any code changes.
  • Cloud application model on-premises. Azure-based services, containers and microservices make it possible to update and develop existing applications or build new ones. Consistent DevOps processes across Azure in the cloud and Azure Stack on-premises can be used to improve mission-critical applications.

The first Azure Stack deployments were offered by Microsoft in September 2017.

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

Refer to our help documentation to learn how to add Azure Stack as cloud storage for your backup and restore plans in CloudBerry Backup.

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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 CloudBerry Backup for Windows, navigate to the Backup Storage tab.
      2. From the backup list, select an image-based backup to check.
      3. Right-click the backup, and on the shortcut menu, click 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. To check that the test VM is running, see the VM state in the preview screenshot:

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

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CloudBerry Backup Now Supports AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region

CloudBerry Backup Now Supports AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region

CloudBerry Backup has been updated to include support for storing data in Amazon's Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) region. Now, you have the option of creating Amazon S3 Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) region storage buckets from CloudBerry Backup.

Enabling AWS Regions

Many AWS Regions are enabled by default on AWS. You can begin working in these Regions immediately. However, AWS provides some additional Regions that you must manually enable before using those Regions. One such Region is the Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region.

You can use the AWS Management Console to enable and disable some AWS Regions if they are not enabled by default.

NOTETo enable a Region, you must be an administrator for the account with permissions to enable Regions.

When you enable a Region, AWS performs actions to prepare your account in that Region, such as distributing your IAM resources to the Region. This process takes a few minutes for most accounts, but it can take several hours in some cases. You cannot use the Region until this process is complete.

To enable a Region

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console using administrative credentials with a policy that allows enabling Regions.
    To view an example policy that provides these permissions, see AWS: Allows Enabling and Disabling AWS Regions in the IAM User Guide.
  2. In the upper right corner of the console, choose your account name or number and then choose My Account.
  3. In the AWS Regions section, next to the name of the Region that you want to enable, choose Enable:
  4. In the dialog box that opens, review the informational text and choose Enable Region:

Selecting the Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region in CloudBerry Backup

(These instructions apply to CloudBerry Backup 6.1 and later)

  1. Select an existing S3 account.
    If you don’t have any, our product may help you  create one.
  2. From the Bucket name list, select the <Create New Bucket> option.
  3. Specify the new bucket name and select the Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) location as the bucket location:

 

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

Microsoft Azure vs Amazon S3 Data Transfer Pricing Comparison

Microsoft Azure vs Amazon S3 Data Transfer Pricing Comparison

Bandwidth and data transfer pricing can have a significant cost on your cloud-computing bill. And unlike the basic pricing of cloud-computing instances, data transfer costs on clouds like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Azure can be difficult to compare, because each cloud provider uses a somewhat different model for data transfer pricing. Continue reading