An overview of the BMR device interface

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Purpose

Understand the BMR device interface and its various functionalities.

Description

IDrive BMR's centralized web console helps you secure your critical data. It offers a host of features for efficient data recovery during a disaster. 

Key functionalities of the BMR device interface

Manage your backups: The 'Dashboard' page provides options to add physical clients and VMware servers to the device and manage their backup. It also displays the status of various BMR operations, system health status, and local storage utilization.

Restore data at system/VM or file-level: The ‘Restore’ page lets you restore backed up physical machines at the file level and the backed up VMware machines at the file system level. Here, you can also restore NAS and iSCSI shares hosted and backed up on the BMR device.


Enable instant business continuity via KVM-based Virtualization: The 'Virtualization' tab allows you to create virtual instances of the backed-up physical machines and VMware virtual machines on your BMR device, in case of any physical damage or disaster. The virtualization is hosted on the BMR device using the in-built KVM hypervisor and you don’t need your own hardware. Typically, the virtual instances are created in less than 15 seconds. It also provides options for reconfiguring the virtual instances, without needing to delete the virtual instance. You can run backups from the virtual instance to preserve any data changes.


Replicate local BMR backups to the cloud / Seed large volumes of data to the cloud: The ‘Cloud Replication’ page provides options for transferring the local BMR data to your IDrive cloud account, providing the safety and security of offsite backup. It replicates the data backed up on your local BMR device from your physical machines and VMware machines to your cloud account. You can schedule cloud replication from this page. 



Additionally, to assist with faster replication of your data you have the option to switch to the cloud seeding service or IDrive BMR Express. This service provides you with a temporary storage device to which you can copy the BMR data and ship to our data center, for bulk data transfer to your cloud account.
 

Create network shares and configure their backup: The ‘NAS Share’ page is where you can create NAS and iSCSI shares within the local BMR device. You can schedule the local snapshot captures in the ‘Create a new share’ wizard.


Manage BMR device settings: The ‘Settings’ page is where you can configure your email notifications, mail server settings, and network configurations


View comprehensive statistics: Go to the ‘Statistics’ page for system health status and storage and resource insights on all backup, restore, virtualization, and cloud replication operations.


View logs of all BMR operations: The ‘Logs’ page reports on the activities performed on the device. For user convenience, logs are categorized appropriately for physical machines, VMware machines, and NAS. These logs will help you analyze the cause of any operation failure. The device activity logs are covered under the ‘System’ tab.