Managing Cloud Backups
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Managing Cloud Backups

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You can manually start, stop, suspend and unsuspend backups. Suspending backups suspends any currently running local backup and all scheduled automatic local backups.

To start a backup:

  1. Click the CTERA Agent tray icon, image.png.
    The CTERA Agent window is displayed.
  2. Click Backup now.
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    To stop a backup:
  3. Click the CTERA Agent tray icon, image.png.
    The CTERA Agent window is displayed.
  4. Click Cancel.
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The current backup operation is stopped.

To suspend backups:

  • Either:
    Right-click the CTERA Agent tray icon, image.png, and select Suspend Backup.
    Or,
    In the CTERA Agent window, click image.png to the right of Restore.
    Or,
    1. Open CTERA Agent Settings window.
    2. Click Main > Cloud Backup in the navigation pane.
      The Cloud Backup Control Panel page is displayed.
    3. Click Suspend.

If a backup is currently running, it is paused. All future automatic backups for the CTERA Agent are suspended.

To resume backups:

  • Either:
    Right-click the CTERA Agent tray icon, image.png, and select Unsuspend Backup.
    Or,
    In the CTERA Agent window, click image.png to the right of Restore.
    Or,
    1. Open CTERA Agent Settings window.
    2. Click Main > Cloud Backup in the navigation pane.
      The Cloud Backup Control Panel page is displayed.
    3. Click Unsuspend.

Backups resumes.

Scheduling Cloud Backup

To schedule cloud backups:

  1. Right-click the CTERA Agent tray icon, image.png, and select Settings.
    Or,
    Click the gear icon in the bottom right corner of the CTERA Agent window.
    The CTERA Agent Settings window is displayed.
  2. Click Backup Options > Schedule in the navigation pane.
    The Cloud Backup Scheduling page is displayed.
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    When running the agent on a Windows Server, the following Cloud Backup Scheduling page is displayed.
    If a Windows Server has Microsoft SQL Server installed, SQL Server Backup is displayed in the navigation pane. For details, see Backing Up SQL Server.
Note

If a configuration template was defined in the portal with sync throttling, the following is displayed:

Click Override to override the portal configuration.

  1. Schedule backups and click Save.

Periodically – Automatic backups are performed every specified number of hours or minutes.

  • Start Every – The interval between backups.
Note

If a given backup extends past the scheduled time for the next automatic backup, the next automatic backup will commence immediately upon completion of the prior backup.

Specific Time – Automatic backups are performed at a specified time on one or more specified days.

  • Start Time – The time at which a backup starts.
  • Stop Time – Either on completion of the backup or at a specific time, after which the backup is stopped even if it hasn’t completed.
  • On Days – The days backups occur. Click Every Day to backup every day.

If a Windows Server has Microsoft SQL Server installed, you can schedule the recovery point objective (RPO) for SQL Server:
Transaction Log Backup – SQL Server supports transaction log backups. The delta changes are written to a transaction log, enabling the database or instance to be restored to a specific point in time when a transaction log exists.
Start Every – The period of time between each delta backup.

Note

These fields are not displayed if Microsoft SQL Server is not installed.
It is recommended to schedule a full backup not more than once every 24 hours and use the transaction log to back up incremental changes.

Restricting Throughput

You can restrict the amount of bandwidth used for backing up files by restricting the available bandwidth used for syncing always or at specified times.

To throttle throughput:

  1. Right-click the CTERA Agent tray icon, image.png, and select Settings.
    Or,
    Click the gear icon in the bottom right corner of the CTERA Agent window.
    The CTERA Agent Settings window is displayed.
  2. Click Backup Options > Throughput in the navigation pane.
    The Throughput Control page is displayed.
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Note

If a configuration template was defined in the portal with sync throttling, the following is displayed:
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Click Override to override the portal configuration.

Note

If a Windows Server has Microsoft SQL Server installed, SQL Server Backup is displayed in the navigation pane. For details, see Backing Up SQL Server.

  1. Select either not to restrict the throughput, Do not throttle, or to restrict the bandwidth used for syncing, Throttle the Internet bandwidth usage.
  2. If you selected Throttle the Internet bandwidth usage, complete the fields:
    Limit outgoing bandwidth to – The maximum bandwidth to use for cloud backups in kilobits per second.
    During these hours – The bandwidth used for cloud backups is restricted only at specific times of the day and then use the drop-down lists to specify the time range during which the bandwidth should be restricted.
    On Days – The days for which the bandwidth is restricted during the specified hours:
  • One or more specific days
  • Every Day. Bandwidth used for cloud backup will be restricted every day.
  1. Click Save.

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