Configuring Drobo Sync for Offsite Backup with Drobo model B800fs

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Configuring Drobo Sync for Offsite Backup with Drobo model B800fs
The Drobo® 8-bay File Sharing Storage for Busines (model B800fs) with Drobo Sync is an ideal solution for
file sharing and data replication activities in a small to medium business (SMB). Drobo Sync is integrated directly into
Drobo model B800fs and is extremely easy to set up with only 5 clicks. Following the steps in this how-to guide will
result in a fully configured offsite backup solution that is easy to monitor and manage and makes it easy to recover
data NOTE: Unless otherwise stated, the term “Drobo” in this how-to guide references the Drobo model B800fs.
Topics
 Set up Drobo Sync
 Starting and stopping the Drobo Sync process
 Monitoring the process
 Accessing data on the destination system
 Recovering data on the destination system
What You Will Need
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Two Drobo model B800fs storage systems running firmware version 2.0.0 or higher
Drobo Dashboard management software version 2.0.0 or higher
Both Drobo systems set up and running on the network so that Drobo Dashboard can see and manage both
Drobos
Set Up Drobo Sync
Setting up Drobo Sync is very easy. The following procedure assumes that both Drobo systems have been set up and
are visible on the network on the system running Drobo Dashboard.
STEP 1
On the source system, ensure that
you’re logged in and connected via
Drobo Dashboard.
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STEP 2
On the source system, go to the
Drobo Sync > Setup Drobo Sync
screen.
STEP 3
On the Drobo Sync screen, configure
the following:
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Select Sync as source.
Enter and confirm a verification
password. This password will be
used on the destination system
to validate the Drobo Sync
process.
Enter the IP address of the
destination system and set up
the desired replication schedule.
That’s all the configuration needed on the source system. Now, let’s take a look at what’s required on the
destination system.
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STEP 4
On the destination system ensure
that you’re logged in and connected
via Drobo Dashboard.
STEP 5
On the destination system, go to
the Drobo Sync > Setup Drobo
Sync screen.
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STEP 6
On the Drobo Sync screen, click
Sync as target to select it.
STEP 7
A warning screen is displayed to let
you know that any data on the
destination system will be erased.
Click OK to confirm.
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STEP 8
Enter and confirm the verification
password that was set on the
source system.
STEP 9
The destination system now
indicates that the target mode has
been enabled.
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Starting and Stopping the Drobo Sync Process
Once configured the Drobo Sync process will run at the appointed time that was scheduled or it can be run manually.
STEP 1
The Drobo Sync process can be run
manually any time by clicking the
Start Drobo Sync Now button on
the Drobo Sync screen on the
source system.
STEP 2
To manually stop the Drobo Sync
process while it’s running, simply
click the Stop Current Drobo Sync
button on the Drobo Sync screen on
the source system.
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Monitoring the Process
You can always monitor the Drobo Sync process by viewing the Summary Log. The Summary Log highlights the
success or failure of the data copy processes and lets you know when the next scheduled Drobo Sync process will
run.
STEP 1
To view the Drobo Sync Summary
Log, go to the Drobo Sync screen
and scroll through the Summary
Log.
To view the Drobo Sync Details Log,
go to the Drobo Sync screen and
click the Save Detailed Logs button
on the source or destination
system.
STEP 2
You will be prompted to save a file to
your computer. Simply provide a
saving location and a file name, and
then you can use a text reader to
view the detailed log. (On Windows it
is suggested that you use the
WordPad application.)
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Accessing Data on the Destination System
You can view the data on the destination system if desired, since all the data is in its native format and in a read-only
state
STEP 1
Any shares that you have on the
source system will be duplicated on
the destination, as well as the
additional users added to the source
system.
STEP 2
To view your data on the
destination, simply mount the
various shares on the destination
system as you would on the source
system.
It is safe to view the data on the
destination system, since all the
data is maintained in read-only
format. Changes happen at the
source and are copied to the
destination.
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Recovering the Data on the Destination System
There are several ways to recover data from the destination Drobo model B800fs in case of disaster. The simplest
way is to copy files from the destination system to any location that is necessary. Mount the destination system
shares and copy the necessary files to the desired location.
In case of a disaster in which the source Drobo model B800fs is no longer available and you need to directly access
the data on the destination system in a read-write manner, you need to disable the Drobo Sync process.
STEP 1
To disable the Drobo Sync process,
select Disabled on the Drobo Sync
> Setup Drobo Sync screen on the
destination system.
STEP 2
A confirmation screen will be
displayed stating that Drobo Sync
will be disabled and that you will
need to log back in again.
Click Yes to confirm.
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STEP 3
The final step to fully bring the data
on the destination system to a readwrite state is to restart the
destination system.
Click the Restart button on the
Tools menu on the destination
system. Once the system restarts, all
of your data should be available to
access in a read-write state.
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