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Initial Data Upload with BackBlaze Fireball

BackBlaze B2 cloud storage has launched a data import program - the BackBlaze Fireball. It helps to upload large volumes of data using a physical appliance, shipped to the customer. This is a step-by-step guide on how to set up BackBlaze B2 Fireball and synchronize data with it.

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    About BackBlaze Fireball

    Synology NAS Fireball

    Fireball is a Synology NAS with hard drives shipped to from BackBlaze datacenter. You then need to:

    • Set up the appliance
    • Connect it to your network
    • Upload data to the appliance
    • Verify the process
    • Send it to BackBlaze
    • Synchronize CloudBerry Backup with your BackBlaze bucket

    Read the detailed step-by-step to the BackBlaze Fireball further in the article

    After that, you can backup the changes in your data, instead of the whole dataset. That speeds up the initial upload process in two particular cases:

    • Dataset is too big
    • Internet connection is too slow

    BackBlaze Fireball Price and Capacity

    • The maximum capacity of one Fireball NAS device is 70TB
    • Monthly rental fee is $550, shipping fee is $75
    • Refundable deposit is $3,000. It will be refunded once BackBlaze receives the NAS device. Any damages to the device are charged from that deposit

    How to Order the BackBlaze Fireball NAS

    1Sign up for BackBlaze B2 or sign in to the existing account

    2Choose the Fireball option

    3Click Order a FireballHow to order a BackBlaze Fireball

    4You will need to enter your credit card information and create a bucket for the data, you are going to upload.

    5Once you’ve entered credit card information, go to Buckets and click Create a BucketHow to create a B2 Fireball Bucket

    6Once the bucket is created you can order a fireball. Click Order a Fireball again and complete the instructions

    Initial Seeding with BackBlaze Fireball and CloudBerry

    1Unpack and Set up the NAShow to unpack Fireball Synology NAS

    2Connect the Fireball NAS directly to the switch or a router.
    Do not connect NAS to a computer, it won’t work. Also, we don’t recommend a wireless connection as it limits the speed of the data upload

    3Install Synology Assistant to a computer, connected to the same network. This software is required to register the Fireball NAS. 

    4Open the Assistant, find the NAS device, double-click it to open the login page

    Enter the username and the password. Username for all Fireball devices is backblaze. To get the password login to your B2 account, navigate to Fireball, click the ‘i’ icon, associated with the Fireball order

    5Enter Fireball Encryption Key
    All Fireball NAS devices are encrypted to provide data protection. Every time the NAS is powered down or reset, you need to re-enter the encryption key.
    1. In the browser window, navigate to ‘Control Panel’
    2. Navigate to ‘Shared Folder’
    3. Click once on ‘DataForB2’ to select it
    4. Click on ‘Encryption’
    5. Choose ‘Mount’
    6. Enter the provided encryption key
    B2 Fireball Password There are several restrictions for filenames and file paths. Check out the restrictions here (step 8): https://help.backblaze.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002004214-How-to-Upload-Files-to-B2-Using-Fireball#b2ConfigConnector

    For data upload, synchronization and backup we will use CloudBerry Backup. You can download a 15-day fully functioning trial here: https://www.cloudberrylab.com/backup.aspx

    6Install and run CloudBerry Backup.

    7Open CloudBerry Backup and add New AccountCloudBerry with B2 Fireball

    8Select File System account, choose any Display name and specify the Path to the Fireball NASfile storage account in cloudberrySince it is a backup to the locally attached NAS, you need to select File System account. Your BackBlaze B2 account will be involved when your data is uploaded on the storage

    9Create any backup plan, choose Local or Cloud Backup, click next and select the newly created File System account. Proceed with the backup plan wizard. Check out our help article for guidance regarding CloudBerry Backup features and options: https://help.cloudberrylab.com/cloudberry-backup/backup/about-backups/backup-plans
    You can encrypt files in Backup Plan Wizard. That will add additional protection to your files.

    10Start the backup and wait till it’s finished

    11Sign into your previously created Backblaze account https://secure.backblaze.com/user_signin.htm and navigate to the Buckets page.BackBlaze Fireball Bucket
    Click Show Account ID and Application Key. On the next screen, click on the Create Application ID to display the current account’s application key. Backblaze does not save your Application Key. Once this window closes, the Application Key cannot be retrieved. Returning to this dialog will create a new Application Key, and invalidate the previous keyBackBlaze B2 Application Key

    12Configure a BackBlaze B2 connector from the NAS device. Log into the NAS device via previously used Synology Assistant. Click the main menu icon in the upper left and choose Cloud Sync.Select Backblaze B2, and enter the Account ID and Application Key. Select the needed bucket from the dropdown in the Bucket name area.
    The cloud sync parameter should match the following:B2 Fireball verification
    Don’t select Data Encryption option. Otherwise, BackBlaze will be unable to upload the files. If you need additional encryption, configure it in CloudBerry Backup. 

    13Check that upload works. At this point, the NAS should start uploading files to B2. Login to your BackBlaze B2 account, navigate to Bucket and open the bucket you upload data to by clicking the Upload/Download button. You should be able to see synced files from the NAS in the Browse Files area.BackBlaze B2 Fireball Upload verificationDo not wait for all files to upload. Proceed to the next step.

    14 Return NAS settings to default, and shut down the NAS. If you have changed any NAS settings, such as network settings, set them back to the defaults. This makes uploading the data easier when Backblaze receives the unit. Shut down the NAS from the Synology web interface.return Synology B2 NAS to original settings

    15 Uninstall the hard drives, repack and return the Fireball to Backblaze. To ensure the integrity of the NAS and the hard drives, uninstall the hard drives from the NAS trays, repack the drives and NAS, and send them back to Backblaze. Once received, Backblaze will connect the NAS to an internal network, and complete the file upload at network traffic speeds.

    16Return the Fireball unit to: Backblaze Fireball Return, 500 Ben Franklin Court, San Mateo, CA 94401

    17Synchronize BackBlaze B2 bucket and CloudBerry Backup. Add a new BackBlaze B2 account in CloudBerry BackupCloudBerry Fireball

    18 Specify your account details. Choose the bucket, you’ve uploaded data to via the Fireball NAS

    19 Go to Tools, select Options and choose Repository. Click the Synchronize Repository button

    20From the drop-down list choose your newly created BackBlaze B2 account. Click Synchronize now

    21 Once synchronization is over, you can continue backup of your data to BackBlaze B2. From now on, you will backup only the changes in the data

    If you have any questions about the backup to BackBlaze with a Fireball let us know in the comments or contact our support team.

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