Backup data to S3ForMe Cloud Object Storage with Ahsay
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Using S3ForMe Cloud Object Storage as the Backup Destination

AhsayOBM and AhsayACB client backup application supports backing up data directly to a user's own S3ForMe Cloud Object Storage, or a dedicated S3ForMe bucket predefined on AhsayCBS.



Directly backup to S3ForMe Cloud Object Storage
Backup to user's own S3ForMe account
Backup to predefined S3ForMe account
Enable / disable S3ForMe option via policy



How to configure S3ForMe as a backup destination in AhsayOBM

1). Login to S3ForMe

2). Create a bucket

3). Click "Edit"

4). Click "New Random Key"

5). These pair of keys will be used in AhsayOBM

6). This is the server address to be used in AhsayOBM

7). Create an "AWS S3 Compatible Cloud Storage" in AhsayOBM

8). Click the "Test" button and it can be connected to S3ForMe bucket successfully

9). Save the destination to the backup set

10). Try to trigger a backup to the new S3ForMe destination

11). Backup completed successfully!


How to setup policy for backing up to S3ForMe

The policy in AhsayCBS allows administrator to: a). Enable / disable users to back up to their own S3ForMe account, and b). Enable / disable users to back up to a dedicated S3ForMe account predefined in AhsayCBS.

Option 1). To enable users to back up to their own S3ForMe accounts:

Go to "AhsayCBS web console > Backup / Restore > Users, Groups & Policies > Policy Group". Select an existing policy or create a new policy. Then, enable the feature "Backup Set Settings > Destination Visible to Users". After this feature is enabled, you can add "Amazon S3 AWS Compatible Storage" under Standard Destination. S3ForMe is an S3 Compatible cloud storage, so adding this option will let users back up to their own S3ForMe account.


Then, assign users to an appropriate User Group that is bound to this policy, and these users will be able to back up to their own S3ForMe accounts.

Option 2). To enable users to back up to a dedicated S3ForMe bucket predefined in AhsayCBS:

If you're an MSP who want to use S3ForMe for storing all your users' backup data, you need to create a Predefined Destination first by going to "AhsayCBS web console > System Settings > Basic > Predefined Destinations" and adding your dedicated S3ForMe bucket there, as S3ForMe is an S3 Compatible cloud storage.


After the above step, go to "AhsayCBS web console > Backup / Restore > Users, Groups & Policies > Policy Group". Select an existing policy or create a new policy. Then, enable the feature "Backup Set Settings > Destination Visible to Users" and add the previously created S3ForMe bucket under Predefined Destination.

Then, assign users to an appropriate User Group that is bound to this policy, and these users will be able to choose the predefined S3ForMe storage as the backup destination. As you can see from the following image, only the customized destination name will be shown. Only a generic destination logo will be shown. Therefore, if you don't want the backup users to know the type of destination used, you can simply enter a name without the destination type, such as My Backup Server.

How to Download and Try

1
Download the trial version of AhsayCBS centralized management console from here. A 60 days free trial key has been bundled within the AhsayCBS trial software already.
2
Install it on a physical machine or VM, and then get the AhsayCBS machine's IP / domain accessible by other computers. Refer to this Quick Start Guides for installation, basic configuration, and getting the AhsayOBM/ACB client side data backed up to the server. Here's a video demo on the initial AhsayCBS server configuration.
3
Follow any of AhsayOBM backup and restore guides here to create backup sets for backing up cloud data, Exchange / SQL / MySQL databases, VMware / Hyper-V virtual machines, and Office 365 SharePoint / Exchange (Outlook) / OneDrive data.
4
The rebranding process cannot be tested with a trial license. But the procedure is simple. This video shows you how you can do it in your AhsayCBS web console.

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