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Summary of Content for Synology DVA3219 v10 Administrator's Guide PDF

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Administrator's Guide for

Active Backup for Business Windows PCs and Physical Servers

Based on Active Backup for Business 2.2.0

Table of Contents

Introduction 01

Active Backup for Business

Technical Overview 05

Application-aware backup

Forever-incremental backup

Data deduplication

Native hypervisor

Backup Configuration 08

Windows PC and Server Backup

Create a backup task

Manage backup tasks

Restoration Guide 13

Recovery options

Restore an entire device

Recover individual files

Restore servers to virtual machines

Best Practices 18

Maintain remote backup copies and relink

Mass deployment in Windows environments

Learn more 22

Related articles

Software specs

Other resources

Appendix 23

Permissions and security

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Introduction

Active Backup for Business

Active Backup for Business (ABB) is a centrally managed, comprehensive office backup solution

for Synology NAS.

ABB allows administrators to create different backup templates and automatically apply them

to groups of Windows and Linux PCs, servers, and file servers, as well as virtual machines

running on Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere platforms.

Advanced features of ABB include: forever incremental backup, agentless backup, Instant

Restore physical and virtual devices to virtual machines, and a powerful deduplication

mechanism that helps cut back on storage use. These features come with each installation of

ABB, which is free for Synology NAS users.

ABB also offers users a wide range of backup options and restoration tools, as well as a

number of optional technical and safety features.

Users who wish to make full use of the possibilities in ABB will benefit from the information in

this Administrators Guide.

Requirements

Full specifications for Active Backup for Business can be found here.

NAS System requirements

Item Requirements

Operating system

DSM 7.0 and above (ABB 2.2.0 and above)

DSM 6.2 and above (ABB 2.1.0 and above)

DSM 6.1.7 and above (ABB 2.0.4 and above)

CPU architecture 64-bit x86 (x64)

System memory 4 GB RAM recommended for ideal backup performance

File system Btrfs

Introduction

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Introduction

Supported systems

Backup type System / version

PC Windows 10 Creators Update (all editions), Windows 10 (all editions), Windows 8.1 (all editions), Windows 7 SP1 (all editions)

Physical Server

Windows: Windows 10 Creators Update (all editions), Windows 10 (all editions), Windows 8.1 (all editions), Windows 7 SP1 (all editions), Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2

Linux: CentOS (versions 6.10, 7.8, and 8.1), RHEL (versions 6.10, 7.8, and 8.1), Ubuntu (versions 16.04, 18.04, and 20.04), Fedora (versions 30, 31, and 32), Debian (versions 8.0 to 10)

Virtual Machine

VMware free ESXi, VMware vSphere Essentials, VMware vSphere Essentials Plus, VMware vSphere Standard, VMware vSphere Advanced, VMware vSphere Enterprise, VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus (versions 5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, 6.7, and 7.0); Windows Server Hyper-V 2019, Windows Server Hyper-V 2016

File Server SMB protocol; rsync 3.0 and above

For a full list of requirements for backups and restorations, refer to the Requirements and Limitations section of the Active Backup for Business Help page.

Backup types

The following sections provide information on the types of backups that you can perform

using ABB.

PC Backups Back up full Windows devices with features that help keep workstations, laptops, and

personal devices protected, including a Backup by event option that backs up computers

when users lock their screen, sign out, or start up their device.

Create recovery media for bare-metal restorations or restore individual files and folders via

the Active Backup for Business Portal.

Backup restorations can only be performed by the admin account, users belonging to the

administrators group, or the account owner that is logged into Active Backup for Business Agent. Privileges to perform restorations are not configurable.

Active Backup for Business Agent can perform Application-aware backup on Windows

PCs with the help of Microsoft's Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS).

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Introduction

Physical Server Backups Back up Windows and Linux devices with scheduled and manual backup options.

Create recovery media for bare-metal restorations, restore individual files and folders using

the Active Backup for Business Portal, or instantly restore your physical device to a virtual

machine in Synology Virtual Machine Manager, Hyper-V, or VMware.

Privileges to perform restorations can be assigned by the admin account (if enabled), as well

as by all other DSM users or groups.

Active Backup for Business Agent can perform Application-aware backup on Windows

servers with the help of Microsoft's Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS).

File Server Backups Back up files and folders from Windows and Linux devices using SMB and rsync file transfer

protocols.

Select a backup mode as needed:

Multi-versioned: Each time the task runs, a new version with the changes made on the

source will be copied entirely to a new folder on the destination

Mirroring: Each time the task runs, any changes made in the source folder will be

copied to the destination and overwrite the existing file, making the destination folder a

complete mirror-copy of the source.

Incremental: Each time the task runs, newly added and modified source files will be

copied to the destination, overwriting the previous version of the file.

Set up and fully control backups from one central console.

No need to install a backup agent or enter sensitive DSM login details on source devices.

Virtual Machine Backups Safely back up virtual machines directly from VMware and Hyper-V.

Enable Application-aware backup on Virtual Machines to ensure data consistency with the

help of Microsoft's Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS).

Fully restore your entire virtual machines to VMware or Hyper-V.

Use Instant Restore to restore your virtual machine to Synologys native hypervisor,

Synology Virtual Machine Manager, as well as directly to VMware or Hyper-V.

Perform a Guest OS Files (Windows / Linux) Restore via Active Backup for Business Portal to restore specific files on your virtual machine instead of an entire virtual machine.

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Introduction

Backup tools

Active Backup for Business Agent

Active Backup for Business Agent must be installed on the client device before backing

up your data in order to carry out backup tasks and store the back up data. Administrative

privileges are required to install, update, or uninstall Synology Active Backup for Business

Agent.

This tool is available for download in the Download Center. Refer to this article for

installation details and other information.

Active Backup for Business Portal

The Active Backup for Business Portal is the affiliated restore portal dedicated to restoration

use. This portal allows administrators and end-users appointed by an administrator to access,

browse, download, and restore backed-up data.

This tool is automatically installed during the installation of Active Backup for Business. Refer

to this article to learn more about how to navigate the portal, perform restores, and other

settings.

Active Backup for Business Recovery Media Creator

Synology Active Backup for Business Recovery Media Creator is a desktop tool that can

be used with Active Backup for Business. This tool is designed for administrators to create recovery media for bare-metal or volume-level restores. Administrators can use this tool if

the device intended to create the recovery media is running a 64-bit version of Windows and

has the same language and region settings, as well as the same Windows versions and drivers

as the device intended to be restored.

Follow the instructions in the Active Backup for Business Recovery Media Guide to learn

how to create recovery media for your device.

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Technical Overview

Application-aware backup

Enabling application-aware backup helps to ensure that your application data is consistent.

Backups with application-aware backup enabled make it easier for application data to be

restored in the future by creating a snapshot of the application data when the backup is

performed.

This feature uses VMware Tools and Microsofts Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to

make sure that the backed up data of virtual machines remain consistent and to prevent data

inconsistencies from occurring when backing up actively used data.

Forever-incremental backup

Synology recommends that users enable Forever-incremental backup to maximize the

number of available backup versions and minimize the storage used for backup retention.

When this policy is enabled, a full backup is only executed the first time that a task is

performed. After that point, Active Backup for Business tracks changes and backs up only

modified or new data.

Forever-incremental backup significantly reduces the amount of data transferred for each

backup, as well as the amount of duplicated data stored to your backup destinations.This

saves time and bandwidth on the source device. ABB relies on technologies native to Microsoft

Windows, Microsoft Hyper-V, and VMware vSphere to perform incremental backup.

Full backup (bandwidth and storage intensive) is available if you cannot or do not wish to

enable change-tracking technologies, or if you prefer to store full sets of data each time a

backup is performed.

To enable Forever-incremental backup, you must first enable the following, depending on

what type of device you are using:

For PC's or physical servers: Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)

For VMware virtual machines: vSphere Changed Block Tracking (CBT)

For Hyper-V virtual machines: Hyper-V Resilient Change Tracking (RCT)

Technical Overview

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Technical Overview

Personal computer and physical server

The CBT technology adopted in Active Backup for Business uses VSS to take snapshots for

devices and identify changed blocks between snapshots. Make sure that Microsoft Volume

Shadow Copy Service (VSS) on each protected device has been turned on to ensure that CBT is

functioning properly. After the first full backup, CBT technology allows each device to transfer

only changed blocks to your NAS, helping save bandwidth and speeding up the backup

process.

Virtual machine

Changed Block Tracking (CBT) and Resilient Change Tracking (RCT) are VMware vSphere's

and Microsoft Hyper-V's native technology that track the blocks of a virtual machine disk that

have been changed since a certain point in time. With VMware vSphere CBT and Microsoft

Hyper-V RCT enabled, the amount of data transferred after the first full backup will be greatly

reduced, speeding up the backup process.

To enable CBT for a virtual machine, refer to the instructions this article.

Data deduplication

Active Backup for Business detects and removes any data that are identical between different

files, versions, or devices when storing backups to Synology NAS. Built-in deduplication

technology can help to cut back on storage use, especially when the devices share similar

operating systems, software applications, or files.

To best benefit from ABB deduplication technology, you should back up similar computers or

virtual machines to the same Active Backup for Business host.

Native hypervisor

The integration of ABB with Synologys native hypervisor, Synology Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), powers two distinctive features of Active Backup for Business that make for a more

efficient recovery after a server crash: Backup Verification and Instant Restore to virtual

machines for physical or virtual servers.

If you want to use Backup Verification or Instant Restore, you must be using the Physical Server or Virtual Machine backup functionality in ABB. To switch devices from PC backup to

Physical Server or Virtual Machine backup mode in ABB, go to PC, select a device, and then

click More > Change device type.

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Technical Overview

Backup Verification

If Backup Verification is enabled, a scheduled trial run of the restoration will be performed

in VMM for a configured number of seconds. This process will be recorded into a video for

your reference, allowing you to confirm that the backup can be successfully restored in case of

sudden failure.

Instant Restore

Instant Restore allows users to instantly run servers and virtual machines backed up with

ABB as virtual machines in Synology VMM. Users can use this feature to implement rapid

recoveries while continuing to use services in case of system crashes.

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Backup Configuration

The following sections provide instructions on preparing backup targets, creating and

executing new backup tasks, and configuring essential options and settings

Windows PC and Server Backup

Active Backup for Business allows you to remotely conduct full backups of Microsoft Windows

servers and PCs, including system volumes and configurations, with the help of Synology Active Backup for Business Agent.

Before you start

1. Install Synology Active Backup for Business Agent on the target device that you wish

to protect. Go to the Synology Download Center or Active Backup for Business > PC or

Physical Server > Add device to download the 32-bit or 64-bit installer for the device.

2. Configure a template in Active Backup for Business. Go to Settings > Template > Create

to make a new template, or select the default template and click Edit.

Notes:

Active Backup for Business uses TCP network port 5510.

Configuring backup settings in a template allows you to apply the same backup settings to multiple devices. The default backup template is always listed and cannot be removed.

When creating a template, you can select the backup type, backup schedule, compression settings, encryption settings, and version retention policy.

Only admins, users belonging to the administrators group, and users with privileges can access backup versions of PCs using Active Backup for Business Portal or restore full PCs using recovery media. Privileges for performing PC restorations are not configurable.

Admins, users belonging to the administrators group, and users with privileges can access physical server backups using the Active Backup for Business Portal or restore full devices using recovery media. Privileges for performing physical server restorations can be configured in backup templates.

Backup Configuration

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Backup Configuration

Create a backup task

Once Active Backup for Business Agent is installed on a PC or physical server and is

connected to your Synology NAS, a backup task is created according to an applicable template.

More than one backup task can be created for each device.

1. To create a new task, go to PC or Physical Server, select the device, and click Create Task to enter the Agent Backup Creation Wizard.

2. Follow the steps in the wizard to name the task, select a target device (if not yet selected),

and choose a backup destination.

Select a source type

Users can select:

Entire device: Back up full PCs or servers, including settings and applications.

System volume: Protect partitions with Windows system data

Customized volume: Manually select backup targets. Note that external devices other than

external hard drives are not supported.

Select a backup destination

1. Make sure that your backup destination is using a Btrfs file system. A shared folder named

ActiveBackupforBusiness will have been automatically created when you installed Active

Backup for Business on your NAS.

2. Select a shared folder in the Btrfs file system as the backup destination.

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Backup Configuration

Task settings

Users can enable data transfer compression, data transfer encryption, and application- aware backup.

Compression and encryption can be enabled for the backup destination.

When performing physical server backups, users can select Backup Verification to

implement scheduled trial runs of the restoration, which will be performed in Virtual Machine Manager. The entire process will be recorded as a video for reference, so that

users can confirm that the backup is able to be successfully restored.

Users can customize pre/post scripts when performing physical server backups.

Notes:

Application-aware backup uses Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to make sure that the backed up data is consistent. Make sure that VSS is enabled on the target device if you wish to use this backup feature.

Schedule backup tasks

If Manual backup is selected, users must start each backup task themselves.

Scheduled backups can be set to run on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis.

Backup by event, available for PC backups, runs the task depending on your selection:

whenever the screen is locked, when a user signs out, or when the system is started up. You

can also specify a minimum time interval between backups.

If you do not want tasks to run when your IT infrastructure is being heavily used, you can

select Configure Backup Windows and specify time slots for when the backup task is allowed

to run each week.

Select a retention policy

Users can choose to store all versions of their backup, limit the number of stored versions, or

keep only certain versions according to a schedule.

You can choose to set rules for keeping backup versions, such as to retain the latest version

of each day, week, month, or year. You can edit the retention policy at Active Backup for Business > PC or Physical Server > Task List > select the task > Edit > Retention > Advanced retention policy > Set Rules.

Selecting the Keep only the latest versions option will store a set number of versions

regardless of the time intervals set. If more than one backup version exists within a certain

time range, only the latest one will be kept. For example, if you set a policy as Keep the latest version of the day for 1 day for a backup task that will run every hour, only the version

backed up at 23:00 will be kept.

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Backup Configuration

A version can meet more than one retention rule at a time. For example, a version can be

retained by the weekly retention rule and daily retention rule at the same time. Advanced

retention policy employs the GFS, or Grandfather-Father-Son retention mechanism.

Manage backup tasks

All existing tasks are displayed under Active Backup for Business > PC or Physical server >

Task List.

Edit or delete backup tasks

Users can edit tasks individually or several tasks simultaneously by going to PC or Physical Server > Task List, selecting one or several tasks (Ctrl + left click) and clicking Edit. The

Backup destination cannot be changed. Task settings and Source type can be changed both

individually and simultaneously, and the Task name can only be changed individually.

To delete backup tasks, select one or more tasks in the corresponding task list. Once you

confirm the action, all backed up data will be removed along with the backup task.

Deleting tasks does not remove Active Backup for Business Agent from the client devices,

which will continue to be displayed under PC or Physical Server. Templates are preserved

under Settings > Template.

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Backup Configuration

Details

To view information on the Status and Logs for your task, such as the source, execution time,

duration, and log time of the backups, and more, select your task and click Details.

Versions

To view information about the backed up versions, such as the status and time of creation,

select your task and click Version. You can also click the folder icon to browse your backed-up

data and the live video of the backup if Backup Verification is enabled.

Update the agent

If your Synology NAS is connected to the internet, go to Active Backup for Business > PC or

Physical Server. Select the target device that needs to be updated and click More > Update Agent.

If your Synology NAS is not connected to the internet, but is on a private network:

1. Download the Active Backup for Business Agent installer from the Download Center,

and upload it to any folder on your Synology NAS using File Station. Make a note of the

location of the installer.

2. Sign in to DSM with root permissions on your device. Refer to this article for detailed

instructions.

3. Execute the following command to install the agent on your target devices:

cp /[volume_where_you_uploaded_the_installer_]/[name_of_the_folder_

where_you_uploaded_installer]/[installer_name]/[volume_where_you_

installed_Active_Backup_for_Business]/\@tmp/

For example, if the location of the installer is /volume1/Files/Synology Active Backup for Business

Agent-2.0.4-0621-x64.msi and Active Backup for Business is installed on volume1, then the

command should be:

cp /[volume1]/[Files]/[Synology Active Backup for Business Agent-2.0.4-

0621-x64.msi]/[volume1]/\@tmp/

4. After completing the setup, the agent will be successfully updated.

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Restoration Guide

Active Backup for Business offers several methods to restore your Windows device backups.

Which method is best for your case depends on if you only want to recover files, or restore an

entire device to a previous state.

While PC backup tasks only allow for physical or file-level recoveries, Physical Server backup

tasks also allow you to use virtual recovery options.

Recovery options

Two methods are available for both PC and Physical Server task restoration:

Entire device restore: Create a bootable ISO image or USB drive and boot your device into

the Active Backup for Business Recovery Wizard. You can later restore your full device

(bare-metal restoration) or a specific volume over the network via your Synology NAS if

necessary.

Granular (file or folder-level) restore: Choose a backup version, select files or folders for

recovery in the Active Backup for Business Portal and automatically restore them to their

original location, or download the data to a different device or location. You can also assign

end users restore or download permissions via Control Panel in DSM.

Physical Server backup tasks can also be restored to a virtual machine via VMware vSphere,

Microsoft Hyper-V, or Synology VMM by using the following methods:

Instant Restore: Restart your server as a virtual machine in VMware, Hyper-V, or Synology

VMM directly from a compressed and deduplicated backup image to resume services

efficiently.

Full Virtual Machine Restore: Convert your backup image into a virtual machine before

booting your server into VMware or Hyper-V for better virtual disk input-output performance.

Restoration Guide

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Restoration Guide

Restore an entire device

Returning full devices or volumes to a previous state requires you to create recovery media

and boot your device into the recovery media.

Since this guide only provides a brief summary of how to create recovery media, we

recommend that you refer to the Recovery Media Creation Guide for further details and

instructions.

Create recovery media

To restore full Windows devices or volumes, you must first create external recovery media.

With Active Backup for Business, you can create a bootable USB drive or ISO image (for CD

creation). These can be booted into the Active Backup for Business Recovery Wizard to

restore your device from your Synology NAS.

Notes:

Recovery media must be created separately for each device configuration. Therefore, if two devices have different language or region settings, run different windows versions, or contain different drivers, you will have to create two separate recovery media for each device.

Available creation methods

There are two methods for creating a bootable recovery drive or disc with Active Backup for

Business:

Automatic: If you want to restore a 64-bit system, you can create recovery media

automatically in Windows using Active Backup for Business Recovery Media Creator. You

must do this on a system with the same language and region settings, Windows versions,

and drivers as those on the device that you want to restore.

Manual: Manual recovery media creation is available for 32-bit systems, as well as for

devices that do not meet the conditions for creating automatic recovery media.

Windows Preinstallation Environment

When creating recovery media, a customized installation of the Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) will be set up on your recovery drive. Windows PE is a lightweight

Windows operating system that can be easily booted from portable drives and used to repair

or troubleshoot systems.

Windows PE is included with the ABB Recovery Media Creator, but needs to be downloaded

together with Deployment Tools as part of the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) for manual recovery media creation.

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Restoration Guide

Bare-metal restore with recovery media

Once you have successfully created recovery media for the device that you wish to restore,

you can use your recovery drive to boot the device into Active Backup for Business Recovery Wizard.

Step-by-step instructions on how to restore your full Windows device or volume using the

wizard can be found in both this article and this video.

Recover individual files

The restoring of individual files or folders is done through the Active Backup for Business Portal. There are two ways to access the portal, either directly from the DSM account that

administrates Active Backup for Business, or from Active Backup for Business Agent on the

endpoint device that you want to restore.

Restore files or folders from an endpoint device

1. To access the portal, right-click on Active Backup for Business Agent in the Windows

system tray, select View backup status, and then click Restore Portal.

2. Sign in with your DSM account details.

3. In the upper right corner under View role and Task, make sure that the correct user and

device are selected.

4. Use the slider at the bottom of the page to select a backup version from which you wish to

restore folders or files, then click through the folder structure in file explorer to select the

directory or file.

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Restoration Guide

5. Choose if you want to Restore or Download the data. If you select Restore, your backup

agent will download the files or folders and restore them to their original location on your

device. If you select Download, the selected files will be downloaded via your browser to

your chosen download location.

Restore files or folders from DSM

Administrators and accounts administrating Active Backup for Business can access the

Restore Portal from any device. Follow the steps below to restore files to the original backup

source device, or to download them via browser.

1. In DSM, go to the applications menu, and select Active Backup for Business Portal.

2. Under View role at the top of the page, select a user with the appropriate restoration

privileges.

3. Under Task, select the source device to which or from which you want to restore files.

4. Select the folders or files that you want to restore.

5. Use the slider at the bottom of the page to select a backup version from which you wish to

restore folders or files, then click through the folder structure in the file explorer to select

the directory or file.

6. Choose if you want to Restore or Download the data. If you select Restore, your backup

agent will download the files or folders and restore them to the specified location on your

device. You can also choose whether you want files with the same name to be skipped

during the restoration by ticking the related checkbox. If you select Download, the selected

files will be downloaded via your browser to your chosen download location.

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Restoration Guide

You can view the progress of the restoration by clicking the Restore Task icon in the upper

right-hand corner.

Restore servers to virtual machines

You can back up your PC as either a PC or a physical server in Active Backup for Business.

Servers can be restored as virtual machines in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), VMware vSphere, or Microsoft Hyper-V. Follow the steps below to restore your PC or server as a

virtual machine using VMM.

1. If you backed up your computer as a PC, go to Active Backup for Business > PC > Device

and click More > Change device type to change it into a physical server.

2. If the backup is already a physical server, go to Physical Server, select your device and click

Restore.

3. Choose Instant Restore to Synology Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), Restore to VMware vSphere, or Restore to Microsoft Hyper-V.

4. If you selected Restore to VMware vSphere or Restore to Microsoft Hyper-V, select

Instant Restore or Full Virtual Machine Restore.

5. Select the desired restore point and follow the instructions in the wizard to complete the

setup.

6. Upon completion, you should see the imported virtual machine on the Virtual Machine

page in Virtual Machine Manager.

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Best Practices

The following sections provide recommendations for how you can protect your backup data

against loss, ensure backup task continuity, and deploy our backup agent to many devices at

once while keeping your Synology NAS and DSM secure.

Maintain remote backup copies and relink

Active Backup for Business safely stores backup data from all of your devices on your Synology

NAS. However, issues that occur on one device can affect a whole infrastructure.

Natural disaster, theft, or network unavailability can prevent you from retrieving your data or

slow down the recovery process. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you keep remote

copies of all of your backups on a different device and in a different location.

It is also important to always maintain three copies of all of your data (the original copy, a

backup, and a copy of that backup in a different location). This is also referred to as the 3-2-1

backup strategy. Synology NAS includes software that allows you to execute this strategy.

Create remote copies

The following two DSM applications can be used to copy your Active Backup for Business data

and configurations from Synology NAS to other devices, or to the public cloud.

Snapshot Replication: This option is recommended if you have access to a secondary

Synology NAS. You can replicate your ABB data and settings to another Synology NAS and

quickly restart all of your ABB tasks on that device directly from the replica.

Hyper Backup: This option allows you to back up your ABB data and settings to more

locations, including portable drives, file servers, and public cloud storage. However, recovery

requires you to first restore the backup to a functioning Synology NAS before relinking and

restarting ABB tasks.

Best Practices

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Best Practices

Relink

After creating a replication or backup task, it is important to make sure that you know how to

successfully restore or relink your existing Active Backup for Business tasks and backup data,

whether they exist on a secondary NAS, in public clouds, or other storage media.

This tutorial provides detailed instructions on how to back up and relink your Active Backup

for Business data using Snapshot Replication and Hyper Backup. To do this, make sure

that your Synology NAS has 64-bit processors, is running DSM 6.1.7 or above, is running

Active Backup for Business 2.0.4 or above, and have the necessary packages installed on your

Synology NAS. See the Environment section in the tutorial for more details.

Mass deployment in Windows environments

Active Backup for Business can be safely deployed to all Windows devices in an office.

However, when implementing mass deployment, you may encounter the following challenges:

Installation: Making sure that the correct version of Active Backup for Business Agent is

installed on all of the source devices.

Setup: Configuring all instances of the agent to back up to the same Synology NAS without

making your sensitive account details available publicly.

Mass deployment options

There are two methods for performing mass deployment when using Active Backup for Business Agent: Customized installer using a dedicated DSM account, and Generic installer

using domain accounts.

The method you should use depends on if your Synology NAS is integrated with either LDAP or

Active Directory Services, which will manage backups. It also depends on whether or not you

want to grant end users full privileges for performing restorations.

Customized installer using a dedicated DSM account (recommended)

We recommend that you set up a separate new DSM user account with limited permissions,

exclusively for the group deployment of Active Backup for Business.

To set up Active Backup for Business Agent on many computers without supplying login details

via email or other means, you can pre-populate the Windows installer (.msi) file for the agent

with the login details of a custom DSM account that you have created, or you can supply these

details as part of a script.

Once you have successfully deployed the agent to all of the devices that you want to protect,

you can then change the login details of your custom DSM account to secure your setup. By

doing this, you can make sure that no one can use the usernames or passwords visible in the

installer file/script to access backups on your NAS.

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Best Practices

To create a custom DSM account: 1. Sign in to your DSM admin or administrators group account. Go to Package Center and

install Active Backup for Business.

2. Go to Control Panel > User and click Create. In the User Creation Wizard, under User information, enter a suitable username and a temporary password. This temporary

password will be distributed with the Microsoft installer and must not be used elsewhere.

Click Next when done.

3. On the Assign application permissions page, tick Allow next to Active Backup for Business to grant this user access permissions to the package. Then, continue through the

wizard to complete the setup.

4. You can now use this user account to deploy the agent to the devices that you want to

protect.

Generic installer using domain accounts

This method can be summarized in the following steps:

1. Create separate DSM accounts for each Microsoft Active Directory or LDAP end user.

2. Download a generic ABB Agent Mircosoft installer file (.msi).

3. Use an Active Directory Group Policy Object or a script to distribute the installer to many

PCs.

4. Let end users enter their own domain login details to conclude the setup.

Notes:

For safe mass deployment of ABB, you must download and use the latest version of Active Backup for Business Agent. In versions 2.0.3-0472 and below, DSM account login details cannot be changed remotely, which could present a security risk.

If available, Windows Active Directory can also be used to install Active Backup for Business Agent on a number of computers.

Other methods to edit and distribute the agent to remote devices include using scripts and asking users to manually install the agent.

Using a Group Policy Object in Windows Server Manager allows you to prepopulate the Windows installer for the agent with DSM login details.

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Best Practices

Prepare Active Backup for Business Agent for mass deployment

Instead of entering the server address, username, and password and performing installation

on each device, the Active Backup for Business Agent installer (.msi) can be pre-populated with

the information in advance and installed on multiple devices at once.

Before deploying the installer on multiple computers, you can edit several properties. If

not, you will have to enter them during installation on each client. Editing the installer is

recommended if all clients are to share the same settings. Also, these clients will share the

same Synology NAS as the backup destination.

1. Download the .msi installer for the latest version of Active Backup for Business from the

Download Center.

2. Install Microsoft Orca editor or use your preferred MSI editor to edit the .msi installer file.

3. Follow the instructions in this article to finish preparing the agent and to execute mass

deployment with Group Policy.

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Learn more

Related articles

Frequently asked questions about Active Backup for Business

How do I select a suitable NAS for running Active Backup for Business?

How do I back up and relink Active Backup for Business data to a destination Synology NAS?

How to customize Active Backup for Business Agent installer for mass deployment

How do I back up and restore only Microsoft SQL Server using Active Backup for Business?

How do I back up a full Windows PC or server using Active Backup for Business?

How do I back up Active Backup for Business data to another Synology NAS/Server/ USB flash drive/cloud service?

How many devices can I back up concurrently with Active Backup for Business?

Software specs

Refer to the Active Backup for Business software specifications to learn more about the

packages features, components, and limitations.

Other resources

For more step-by-step tutorials and visual information, feel free to also check out Synologys YouTube channel. There, you can find related videos by searching for Active Backup for

Business.

You can also find admin guides, brochures, technical specifications, user guides, whitepapers

and more for Active Backup for Business in Synology Documentation.

Learn more

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Appendix

Permissions and security

Active Backup for Business access and privileges

ABB item Access and privileges

Backup storage

ABB stores data in shared folders in the DSM account on which it is installed.

Access via other accounts can be disabled.

Backup folders can be encrypted to keep data secure.

Authentication

ABB uses the username and password of the DSM account on which it is installed.

Login details must be entered in Active Backup for Business Agent on each source device separately.

Changes to the DSM account password can only be configured on the server side.

Changes to the DSM account password do not require Active Backup for Business Agent on source devices to be reconfigured.

Restore privileges

PC backup: Privileges to perform restores cannot be configured. The DSM admin account, DSM admin group users, and the DSM account on which ABB is installed can restore files, folders, and full devices or volumes using ABB in DSM, as well as files and folders using Active Backup for Business Portal.

Physical Server backup: Privileges to perform restores can be configured or disabled for all types of DSM users and end users. DSM users can be assigned permissions to restore files, folders, and full devices or volumes using ABB in DSM. Both DSM users and end users can be assigned permissions to restore files and folders from Synology NAS using Active Backup for Business Portal.

Backup settings Backup settings can only be configured on the server side by accounts that have access to Active Backup for Business in DSM.

Appendix

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Appendix

Active Backup for Business Agent access and privileges

ABB Agent item Access and privileges

Install agent End users can install or remove the agent if they have sufficient domain privileges.

Authentication

End users can edit the following login details during regular installation:

Username of DSM account

Password of DSM account

IP address of Synology NAS

Security

End users can always view the following details:

Username of DSM account

IP address of Synology NAS

End users cannot change login details after installation.

Management End users cannot edit backup settings.

End users can change the server IP address at any time.

Recovery

PC backup: Privileges for performing restorations cannot be configured. The DSM admin account, DSM admin group users, and the DSM account on which ABB is installed can restore files, folders, and full devices or volumes using ABB in DSM, as well as files and folders using Active Backup for Business Portal.

Physical Server backup: Restore privileges can be configured or disabled for all types of DSM users and end users. DSM users can be assigned permission to restore files, folders, and full devices or volumes using ABB in DSM. Both DSM users and end users can be assigned permission to restore files and folders from Synology NAS using Active Backup for Business Portal.

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