Getting Started with Image Based Backups Using B2 Cloud Storage by Backblaze

CloudBerry Backup supports a broad range of cloud storage providers and one of them is Backblaze. In this guide we are going to explain how to create an image based backup using a B2 Cloud Storage as a cloud repository. Of course, we will also explain a restoration process.

Quick Intro

Our users like image based backups due to its universality – you can get back a few users’ files or even recover a server in case of disaster using the same data source. Since we always suggest using a few cloud services for better reliability, why not to use Backblaze B2 as an image repository?

B2 Cloud Storage is supported in CloudBerry Backup v5.0 and newer. If you haven’t buy Backblaze subscription yet, it is good idea to start a trial. So, you will get 10GB of cloud storage for free.

On the next stage you need to connect B2 storage account with CloudBerry backup. It is easy enough action, but you can check an abovementioned guide in case of difficulties. Now let’s review image-level backup and restoration in detail.

How to Create Image Based Backup to B2 Cloud Storage

Press Image Based button in the main CloudBerry Backup window to launch the wizard and create a backup plan.

  1. Proceed to Select Storage stage and check Backblaze B2 radio button.
  2. Then skip a few basic questions and select Image Based Backup on Select Backup Type step.

  3. On the next step you should decide whether you need to backup all server volumes or only a few. If you are in doubt, it is better to choose Backup All Drives option.

  4. Advanced Options contains a few useful features:
    • Use block level backup. This option helps to save your time, space and costs by having only modified parts of system in every next backup.
    • Exclude files/folders – skipping a few files during a backup. We have already explained this feature in the article “Introducing CloudBerry Backup 5.1 with Image-based enhancements”. Check it out if you want to learn more.

  5. Set an additional options such as compression, scheduling, notifications, etc. You may also want to encrypt the data using a private key to keep business information safe.

After the wizard have finished, you can start the newly created backup plan and have image based backup of your crucial servers in the B2 Cloud Storage.

How to Restore a Server from Image Based Backup using B2 Cloud Storage

The restoration process always starts by pressing Restore button on the Home tab.

  1. Proceed to Select Cloud Storage step and choose the repository with desired image. Of course, we need Backblaze B2 option.

  2. On Restore Type step choose the latest data version or pick a date of your choice.

  3. The next step allows restoring a server in a few destinations.
    b2-restore-3If you need to recover a physical server – choose Restore as physical disk option. But keep in mind that first you have to attach original disk from the restoring server to the computer with CloudBerry Backup. Another useful option is to use a cloud VM services (Amazon EC2, Azure VM) to create a virtual machine from the server image. You may also recover the server image in a virtual drive to use it with existing VM instances.
  4. Select partitions step allows choosing which partitions to restore.
    b2-restore-4You can also change the partition size during the restoration process – just click the Target Size field to open resizing dialog. If you are going to restore a backup as a virtual drive, the new feature is available – we call it Advanced Reorganizer. Check out the new partition resize guide to learn more.
  5. Select the destination volume, file or virtual machine (depending on your choice). Then set an additional options such as compression, scheduling, notifications, etc.

After the wizard have finished, you can start the recovery process.

Now you know more about handing image backups using CloudBerry Backup and Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage. We have also covered a few new options of recently released CloudBerry Backup v5.1.

You can try CloudBerry Backup 5.1 with all new 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.

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