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3 Setting up Filestores
Restore is able to back up a variety of types of data over a variety of protocols. In this chapter, we will discuss how to go about setting up Filestores for the varous types of systems and connections Restore supports.
3.1 Different Protocols
Restore supports a wide range of types of data that can be backed up. You can backup data from a MySQL server, Windows Server/workstion, Novell Netware/OES, UNIX/Linux files via ftp or ssh. Below is a list and description of each one. If at anytime you have a question about the protocol, in Step 1 of the Target (Figure 2) Wizard, you may click on the ? button next to each one to get a detailed description.
3.2 Getting Started
The Process for backing up files and directories in Restore is very simple. With Restore's easy to use target Wizard you have the ability to create targets to manage with a few simple steps. To get started, after you log in to the Restore system, click on the "Filestores" button on the top toolbar. You will be taken to a screen (Figure 1) where you will be able to add new Filestores.
To add a new Filestore, click on the "Add Target" button on the right of the screen. This will bring up the Target Wizard which we will discuss next.
3.3 Target Wizard
Once you click on the "Add Target" button, the Filestore Wizard will begin. (Figure 2). This is a very easy to use 4 step process and we will guide you through each step in this section.
Step 1 - Choosing your protocol. Here you will select which protocol your Filestore will use. This will be discussed in greater detail in section 3.3.
Step 2 - (Figure 3) Here you will put in your credentials to authenticate to your server / workstation. You will need to provide the hostname, username, password. (The port number will be chosen automatically based on your selection from Step 1). The host name can be either an IP Address or the FQN of the server. The username should be that of a user that has full rights to the shares your are wishing to backup.
Step 3 - Next you will choose the particular files and
or directories you want in your backup (Figure 4). You will see a
hierarchical structure of your remote machine in which you can select
your files / directories. You will notice a "+" and "-" symbol next to
each file / directory. A "+" symbol indicates that the directory is
collapsed. A "- "symbol indicates that the directory has been expanded.
If you do not see a "+" or "-" symbol, that indicates that it is a file
and there is nothing underneath it. Next you will notice boxes next to
each file and or directory. A box with a check mark in it indicates
that the file/directory is currently selected for inclusion. An empty
box indicates that it is not. You may click on the box in the top level
of your hierarchy to de-select everything. In this case, the box next
to (ssh://firstname.lastname@example.org) You may then go through and choose what
you want included.
Step 4 - The next and final step is to name your Filestore. On this screen (Figure 5), you will be asked to give a name to your new Filestore. The name does not necessarily have to be the same as that of the machine and can be anything you like. The important thing is that the name be something that will remind you of what is being backup up by the Filestore. When you are satisfied with the name you have chosen for your Filestore, click save and this will create your Filestore and take you to the main Filestore page (Figure 1 above) where it will be listed.
4 Managing Backups / Snapshots
Lets face it: Sometimes things go wrong. But thats what Restore is here for. Whether your server suffered a security breach and everything is missing, or you simply want to see what your big presentation looked like last week before you completely re-did it. Restore can help you recover from those big (and not so big) disasters. In this chapter we will discuss such things as how to run a backup, modify it, and restore your files.
4.1 Manually Running a backup
From the Main Restore Dashboard, you will see a list of all the
filestores you have created. Click on the corresponding filestore you
wish to back up. You will see a screen that has a Snapshots, Restore
Data, Console, Settings, Permissions, and Schedule Tab. (Figure 1). To
start your backup, click on the blue arrow to the right of the page to
start it immediately.
4.2 Scheduling Backups to Run Automatically
Manually starting backups is great for when you're about to make a major change to yoru system and want protection just in case something goes wrong. But who wants to remember to start one at 4:59 PM every day? That's where scheduling comes in. Restore has 2 different modes in which you can schedule your backups to run. Simple Scheduling and the hour in which to start it. allows you to select the day(s) you want your Filestore to be backed up. Advanced Scheduling allows you to set up extremely complex rules about when to run backups. To set any of these schedules, click on the "Schedule" tab from Figure 1 and you will be take to a screen where you will set up your schedule. (Figure 2) Click the + sign next to Snapshot Schedules and create either a Simple or Advanced Schedule.
Name your schedule and hit create. You may then set up a Revision Retention Schedule which we will cover next.
4.3 Checking the status of a backup
It's easy to check on the status of a backup that you are running. Simply click on the "Console" button up in the tool bar of Figure 1.This will list for you the current status of the snapshot you have chosen to view. Keep in mind, though, that frequent backups will take place very quickly, and its possible it may be complete before you are even able to click the "Console" button. To Confirm that your backup ran, check the time under the "Snapshots" tab for the correlating filestore.
4.4 Modifying Filestores
One of the new features of RESTORE 4 is the ability to edit your Filestore after you have created it. Lets say the password has changed on the remote machine or you have added a directory that needs to be included in the backup, maybe the IP address of server has changed, or you decide you want to completely rename your Filestore. With a few simple clicks, you can edit any of those things . From figure 1 above, click on the "Settings" tab and it will bring you to a page where you can edit your Filestore. (Figure3)
To change the name of a Filestore, simply enter a new name for it and click the "Update" button. The next section enables you to change the IP if need be as well as the username you want to use for the backup. In this example, ssh is used as the protocol and you can install a new Public Key if it changes. Below that, is the option to change the password of the user that you are using to backup. On the right hand side of the screen, you can include or exclude any file or directory in your backup. When you are finished, hit the Update button.
4.5 Restoring Files
This is what its all about, right? Brining back what was once lost. We
sincerely hope you never have to use this functionality of Restore, but
we also hope you'll enjoy the confidence of knowing its there just in
When you've selected the files you want to restore and the point in time you would like to restore them from, click the "Restore" button on the right side of the page. Upon clicking the Restore button, you will have three options to choose from on how to restore the files. (Figure 5)
-The first option, Restore files to original location, will restore the
files back to exactly the place they were on the original machine. NOTE:
If some of these files have been modified on the host computer, Restore
may overwrite them with the copy being restored, so use this option
4.6 Deleting a Filestore
If the time has come that a particular Filestore has become
unnecessary, you can remove it. On your Filestore Dashboard, you can
click on the "Trash" icon (next to the start snapshot button). This
will take you to a screen asking you to confirm that you really want to
delete the Filestore.