Create and backup a NAS share with IDrive BMR

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Purpose

Learn to host, backup, and configure NAS shares on the BMR server.

Description

Create NAS shares within the BMR storage and collaborate over file-based sharing protocols. While SFTP for ssh-based file sharing is enabled by default, you can also share across SMB for Windows, NFS for Unix-like operating systems, and AFP for Mac.

Create a NAS share on the BMR server

To create a NAS share on the BMR server,

  1. Sign in to the IDrive BMR server web interface.
  2. Navigate to the ‘NAS Share’ page and click the ‘Create a new share’ button.



    The ‘Create Share’ wizard will be displayed.
  3. In the ‘Share Type’ tab, select 'NAS Share' and click ‘Next’.
  4. In the 'Share Settings' tab, assign a name to your network share.


     
  5. Select ‘Apply New settings’ to configure the settings of your share. Alternatively, select ‘Use the configurations of an existing share’ and select an existing share from the dropdown to replicate its configurations.
  6. Click ‘Next’.
  7. In the 'Local Snapshot' tab, set the snapshot frequency using the dropdown against 'Capture a local snapshot every _'.


     
  8. Select the days for local backup as ‘Daily’, ‘Weekdays’, ‘Weekend’, or select ‘Custom’ and choose the days.
  9. Set the start and end time for backup.
     
    Note: Here, the 'Start Time' and 'End Time' is a soft cut-off. The actual start time and end time are dependent on the tasks that are in progress.

  10. In the 'Snapshot Retention Settings' section, use the slider to set the limit for retaining local snapshots. You can retain up to 100 local snapshots of a network share.
  11. In the 'Confirm Share' tab, review the local snapshot and cloud replication summary, and click 'Create'.
  12. The created share is displayed on the ‘BMR NAS’ page.

Backup a NAS share to the BMR server

To schedule local snapshots of a NAS share,

  1. Sign in to the IDrive BMR server web interface.
  2. Navigate to the 'NAS Share' page. All the network shares are displayed here.
  3. Click 'Configure Share Settings' corresponding to the required network share.
  4. In the 'Configure Local Snapshot' section, set the frequency for capturing the local snapshots and schedule the backup.
  5. Click ‘Save’.

You can also choose to pause the local backup of a network share by moving the slide toggle in the respective section to read 'Disabled'.

Configure a NAS share

To configure a NAS share,

  1. Sign in to the IDrive BMR server web interface.
  2. Navigate to the 'NAS Share' page. All the network shares are displayed here.
  3. Click 'Configure Share Settings' corresponding to the required NAS share. This opens the ‘Configure Share’ screen.


     
  1. In the 'Manage Share Access' tab, set the access permission as public or private. In the case of private access, assign users to the share in the 'Manage Share Users' section below.


     
  2. In the 'Share Protocols' section, select the network protocols that will be used for accessing the shares.


     
    Note: SMB protocol access is configured by default. Enable write access for all users, if required.

  3. In the 'Configure Local Snapshot' tab, set the frequency for capturing the local snapshots and schedule the backups as 'Daily', 'Weekdays', 'Weekend', or select 'Custom' and choose the days.


     
  4. Set the start and end time for backup.
     
    Note: Here, the 'Start Time' and 'End Time' is a soft cut-off. The actual start time is dependent on the backup pipeline and the actual end time is dependent on the ongoing tasks that are in progress.

  5. In the 'Snapshot Retention Settings' section, use the slider to set the limit for retaining local snapshots. You can retain up to 100 local snapshots of a NAS share.
  6. Click 'Save' to save the local snapshot settings.