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Summary of Content for Synology DS1515+ v3 Administrator's Guide PDF

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Administrator's Guide for

Active Backup for Business Virtual Machines

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

VMware and Hyper-V Backup

Create a backup task

Manage Backup Tasks

Restoration Guide 14

Recovery Options

Instantly Restore your Virtual Machine

Fully Restore your Virtual Machine

Instant Restore to Synology Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)

Guest OS Files (Windows / Linux) Restore

Best Practices 22

Maintain remote backup copies and relink

Learn more 24

Related articles

Software specs

Other resources

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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 creating and executing new backup tasks, and

configuring essential options and settings.

VMware and Hyper-V Backup

Active Backup for Business allows you to create backup tasks that can be used to process

one or more of your virtual machines. You can either configure a backup task and run it

immediately, or save the task and run it later.

Before you start, make sure that your virtual machines show up in Active Backup for Business > Virtual Machine > VMware vSphere / Microsoft Hyper-V. If your device is not

shown, follow the steps below to add the vCenter Server, vSphere Hypervisor (ESX / ESXi), or

Hyper-V servers to your device.

1. Click Manage Hypervisor > Add to connect to VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V.

2. Fill in the server address and account information to connect to VMware vSphere or

Microsoft Hyper-V.

Notes:

The storage space of the backup destination and the volume where the package is installed has to be at least 8GB to perform backup tasks.

When using Active Backup for Business to back up Hyper-V, a data mover will be installed on the Hyper-V host. Therefore, the host systems volume must have at least 512MB of free storage.

If your NAS cannot be accessed by the Hyper-V server directly, click Connection from Hyper-V to Synology NAS to configure your network settings.

You can also edit or delete the vCenter Server, vSphere Hypervisor (ESX / ESXi), or Hyper-V

server in Manage Hypervisor:

Edit: Select existing servers and change the account names and passwords if needed.

Delete: Delete servers when they are no longer needed. If there are protected virtual

machines in current backup tasks, you will need to first delete those tasks in order to delete

the servers.

Backup Configuration

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Backup Configuration

Create a backup task

Users can use any of the methods below to launch the Backup Wizard.

VMware vSphere Go to Active Backup for Business > Virtual Machine > VMware vSphere and select one or

several virtual machines (Ctrl + left click). Click Create Task to launch the backup wizard.

Go to Active Backup for Business > Virtual Machine > Task List, and click Create >

vSphere task to launch the backup wizard.

Microsoft Hyper-V Go to Active Backup for Business > Virtual Machine > Microsoft Hyper-V, and select one

or several virtual machines (Ctrl + left click). Click Create Task to launch the backup wizard.

Go to Active Backup for Business > Virtual Machine > Task List, and click Create >

Hyper-V task to launch the backup wizard.

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.

Notes:

If you have already selected a virtual machine in the VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V tab, the selected virtual machine will be automatically displayed in the wizard.

Task settings

Compression and encryption can be enabled for the backup destination. These settings

cannot be changed after the first backup task is created. If you wish to use different settings

for future tasks, you should create a task in a new destination.

The Maximum quantity of concurrent backup device(s) can be configured, but the

maximum number of devices that can be backed up concurrently varies depending on RAM

capacity.

Users can enable Changed Block Tracking, application-aware backup, data transfer

compression, and data transfer encryption.

Taking snapshots may require additional space on the host datastore, and insufficient space

may cause the virtual machine to automatically suspend and lose data. By enabling source datastore usage detection, backup tasks will only fail when the host datastores storage

space is below the specified percentage.

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Backup Configuration

When performing virtual machine 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. The duration of the

video can be specified, which will begin recording once Virtual Machine Manager starts

running the backup image.

In Advanced settings, users can set up the script and other information for individual virtual

machines.

Select one or multiple virtual machines for which you want to specify the script or

credential settings.

Click Script to browse the script executed in the guest OS and specify the script

processing mode.

Successful script execution required to continue: The virtual machine backup

process will stop if the script fails to be executed.

Ignore script execution failure and continue VM backup: The virtual machine

backup process will continue even if the script fails to be executed.

In VMware vSphere: Click Set credentials to specify the username and password for

virtual machines.

In Microsoft Hyper-V: Click VM Information to configure the credentials, operating

system, and IP address for the virtual machine.

Notes:

Active Backup for Business 2.2.0 and above versions support the concurrent backup of up to 50 personal computers, physical servers, and virtual machines. The actual number varies by RAM capacity:

Less than 8 GB: 10

Between 8 GB and 32 GB: 30

More than 32 GB: 50

Application-aware backup uses Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) or VMware Tools to make sure that the backed up data of Linux and Windows virtual machines is consistent. For VMware, make sure that you have the latest version of VMware Tools. For Hyper-V, your virtual machine must support VSS and it must be enabled on the target device.

Setting up the script and enabling the virtual machine script execution requires the credentials of your virtual machine. An error message will be displayed if the credentials are missing.

Synology Virtual Machine Manager must be installed to enable Backup Verification.

For VMware vSphere:

VMware Tools must be installed to execute a pre-post script.

If you are using a free version of an ESXi hypervisor, CBT must be manually enabled. Refer to this article for more information on how to manually enable CBT.

Data transfer compression cannot be enabled on vSphere 5.1 and below.

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Backup Configuration

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.

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.

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 > Virtual Machine > 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.

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.

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Backup Configuration

Configure privilege settings

Check the users/groups to whom you wish to grant privileges for performing Guest OS Files (Windows / Linux) Restores, for the tasks, or browsing backup versions of the task. To make

sure that only eligible users will be able to restore backed-up files and versions of the backup

task, privilege settings can be configured both during or after the creation of the backup task.

Notes:

Only users belonging to the administrators group are allowed to perform Instant Restores and Full Virtual Machine Restores. Any other users who are assigned privileges can only perform Guest Files (Windows / Linux) Restores via Active Backup for Business Portal.

Apply settings

After configuring the backup settings, a backup summary will be displayed. Once you have

confirmed your settings, do the following to finalize your backup:

1. Click Done and a pop-up window will appear.

2. Click Yes if you would like to run the backup immediately. If you want to run the task

afterwards, go to the Task List, select the task you have just created, and click Back up.

Manage Backup Tasks

All existing tasks are displayed under Active Backup for Business > Virtual Machine > Task List.

Edit or delete backup tasks

Users can edit tasks individually or several tasks simultaneously by going to Active Backup for Business > Virtual Machine > Task List, selecting one or several tasks (Ctrl + left click),

and clicking Edit. Users can then configure task settings, create a backup schedule, set up a

retention policy, and grant privileges.

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.

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.

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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.

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Restoration Guide

Active Backup for Business offers several methods to restore backups of your virtual machines.

Which method is best for your case depends on a number of factors, which will be referenced

in this secton.

Recovery Options

The following methods are available for virtual machine restoration:

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.

Instant Restore: Quickly restart a virtual machine directly from a compressed and

deduplicated backup file to minimize the downtime of the virtual machine. Instant Restore

to VMware or Hyper-V can restart a virtual machine within seconds, but has a limited I/O

performance.

Full Virtual Machine Restore: Restore an entire virtual machine from a backup file to the

latest state or a previous point in time if the primary virtual machine fails. This method

requires more time and resources, but has full I/O disk performance.

Instant Restore to Synology Virtual Machine Manager: Instantly restart a virtual machine

from a backup file in Synology VMM.

Restoration Guide

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Refer to the table below for a comparison of the different types of recovery methods.

Full Restore Instant Restore to VMware

Instant Restore to Hyper-V

Instant Restore to VMM

Long RTO Short RTO Short RTO Short RTO

Full disk I/O performance

Limited disk I/O performance

Limited disk I/O performance

Full disk I/O performance (NAS)

Services and backup data are run and stored on the VMware/Hyper-V

Services are run on VMware, and backup data is stored on NAS

Services are run on Hyper-V, and backup data is stored on NAS

Services and backup data are run and stored on NAS

No further action required if its restoring to the production site

Need to migrate back to the production site to finalize

Need to export and import back to the production site to finalize

Need to migrate back to the production site to finalize

Notes:

All changes made during Instant Restore will be automatically stored on your Synology NAS. Make sure that there is enough space on your Synology NAS.

For Instant Restore to VMware vSphere: to finalize the Instant Restore to VMware process, you must migrate the instantly restored virtual machine back to the production site. You can either migrate the virtual machine or clone it to the hypervisor on which you wish it to run. We recommend that you first shut down the virtual machine in case data inconsistency occurs during the cloning process. Migration of VMs requires an eligible vCenter / Storage vMotion license. Refer to the Migrate VM section in this article for further information.

Instantly Restore your Virtual Machine

Launch the Instant Restore Wizard

With Instant Restore to VMware and Instant Restore to Hyper-V you can launch the restore

wizard to restore a virtual machine to its most recent state or to any available restore point

through any of the methods below.

VMware vSphere Go to Active Backup for Business > Virtual Machine > VMware vSphere, select the virtual

machine you want to restore, click Restore to launch the restore wizard, and select Restore to VMware vSphere and Instant Restore.

Go to Active Backup for Business > Virtual Machine > Task List, select the backup task

you want to restore, click Restore to launch the restore wizard, and select Restore to VMware vSphere and Instant Restore.

Notes:

Make sure that the hypervisor is authorized to access and mount the backup destination (shared folder).

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Restoration Guide

Microsoft Hyper-V Go to Active Backup for Business > Virtual Machine > Microsoft Hyper-V, select the

virtual machine you want to restore, click Restore to launch the restore wizard, and select

Restore to Microsoft Hyper-V and Instant Restore.

Go to Active Backup for Business > Virtual Machine > Task List, select the backup task

you want to restore, click Restore to launch the restore wizard, and select Restore to Microsoft Hyper-V and Instant Restore.

Notes:

Make sure that the hypervisor is authorized to access and mount the iSCSI target on your Synology NAS. When performing Instant Restore to Hyper-V, a backup image will be cloned to a temporary iSCSI target on your Synology NAS, and then the hypervisor will mount the iSCSI target.

iSCSI Initiator Service must be enabled on the source server for the system to perform Instant Restore to Hyper-V.

Select virtual machines and restore points

Select the virtual machines that you want to restore and choose their restore points.

Select restore mode

Restore to the original location: Restore the selected virtual machine to its original

location, while keeping its original name and settings and minimizing the chance of input

errors by users. This option instantly unregisters and replaces the original virtual machine on

the production site.

Restore to a new location, or with different settings: Customize the destination and

settings for the restored virtual machine.

Configure restore settings

If you select Restore to the original location, you will be directed to the summary page of the

restore wizard.

If you select Restore to a new location, or with different settings, you will need to specify

the name and select a folder, hypervisor, resource pool, and network to restore the virtual

machine. Changes made during Instant Restore will be stored on your Synology NAS.

For Instant Restore to VMware, you can also select the datastore when executing virtual

machine migration.

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Apply and Restore

A summary of the restoration will be shown. Once you have confirmed the information to be

restored, click Done. You will then be automatically directed to Restore Status to monitor the

restoration progress.

For Instant Restore to VMware, click the Migrate VM button to finalize the process.

Enable Power on VM automatically after restoration to immediately run the restored

virtual machine. If you are performing Instant Restore for testing purposes, it is recommended

to keep this option disabled, and to manually disconnect the initial virtual machine from the

production network to avoid any conflicts.

Fully Restore your Virtual Machine

Launch the Full VM Restore Wizard

Use one of the methods below to launch the restore wizard to restore virtual machines to the

most recent state or to any available restore point through full VM restore.

VMware vSphere Go to Active Backup for Business > Virtual Machine > VMware vSphere, select the virtual

machine that you want to restore, and click Restore to launch the restore wizard. Click

Restore to VMware vSphere, and click Next. Then, select Full Virtual Machine Restore.

Go to Active Backup for Business > Virtual Machine > Task List, select the backup task

that you want to restore, and click Restore to launch the restore wizard. Click Restore to VMware vSphere, and click Next. Then, select Full Virtual Machine Restore.

Microsoft Hyper-V Go to Active Backup for Business > Virtual Machine > Microsoft Hyper-V, select the

virtual machine that you want to restore, and click Restore to launch the restore wizard.

Click Restore to Microsoft Hyper-V, and click Next. Then, select Full Virtual Machine Restore.

Go to Active Backup for Business > Virtual Machine > Task List, select the backup

task you want to restore, and click Restore to launch the restore wizard. Click Restore to Microsoft Hyper-V, and click Next. Then, select Full Virtual Machine Restore.

Select virtual machines and restore point

Select the virtual machines that you want to restore and a restore point for each.

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Select restore mode

Restore to the original location: Restore the selected virtual machine to its original

location, with the original name and settings. This option minimizes the chance of user input

error and will un-register and replace the original virtual machine at the production site.

Restore to a new location, or with different settings: This option allows you to customize

the destination and settings of the restored virtual machine.

Configure restore settings

If you choose Restore to the original location, this step will be skipped.

For users who choose Restore to a new location, or with different settings, you will need to

specify a name, and select a folder, hypervisor, datastore, resource pool, and network to run

the restored virtual machine.

Apply and Restore

A summary of the restoration will be shown. Once you have confirmed the information to be

restored, click Done. You will then be automatically directed to Restore Status to monitor the

restoration progress.

Enable Power on VM automatically after restoration to immediately run the restored

virtual machine. If you are performing Full VM Restore for testing purposes, it is recommended

to keep this option disabled, and to manually disconnect the initial virtual machine from

the production network and connect it to an isolated non-production network to avoid any

conflicts.

Instant Restore to Synology Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)

The integration of Active Backup for Business with Synology Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) provides users with an alternative solution for disaster recovery, browsing and

restoring application data, and upgrading test environments. This section provides you with

the prerequisites and instructions for instantly restoring your backed up device via Synology

VMM.

Refer to the Synology Virtual Machine Manager product specifications for more

information on the limitations, features, and other details of Synology VMM.

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Restoration Guide

Launch Synology VMM Wizard

VMware vSphere Go to Active Backup for Business > Virtual Machine > VMware vSphere and select the

virtual machine that you want to restore. Click Restore to launch the restore wizard, and

select Instant Restore to Synology Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).

Go to Active Backup for Business > Virtual Machine > Task List and select the backup task

you want to restore. Click Restore to launch the restore wizard, and select Instant Restore to Synology Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).

Microsoft Hyper-V Go to Active Backup for Business > Virtual Machine > Microsoft Hyper-V and select the

virtual machine that you want to restore. Click Restore to launch the restore wizard, and

select Instant Restore to Synology Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).

Go to Active Backup for Business > Virtual Machine > Task List and select the backup task

you want to restore. Click Restore to launch the restore wizard, and select Instant Restore to Synology Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).

Select virtual machine and restore point

Select the virtual machine that you want to instantly restore via Synology Virtual Machine

Manager (VMM) and select a restore point.

Notes:

Only one virtual machine in each backup task can be instantly restored on Synology VMM at a time. You cannot select multiple virtual machines and run them at the same time.

Configure virtual machine settings

Once you have selected a virtual machine and restore point, you will need to configure its

settings in the Synology VMM wizard. Refer to this article for more details.

Apply and restore

After you have configured the settings, click Done. The backed up virtual machine will be

imported to Synology VMM and you can power on the virtual machine in the Synology VMM

console.

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Guest OS Files (Windows / Linux) Restore

Guest OS files restore allows users to restore only files instead of the whole virtual machine.

Guest OS files can be restored via Active Backup for Business Portal, which is automatically

installed when you install Active Backup for Business.

Notes:

VMware Tools is required to be installed to restore guest OS files.

Supported file systems for Windows / Linux:

Windows: NTFS, FAT32

Linux: NTFS, FAT32, EXT3, EXT4

Launch a guest file restore portal

VMware vSphere Go to Active Backup for Business > Virtual Machine > VMware vSphere, select the virtual

machine that you want to restore, and click Restore to launch the restore wizard. Select a

restore point, and on the next page, click on the link to Active Backup for Business Portal.

Go to Active Backup for Business > Virtual Machine > Task List, select the backup task

you want to restore, and click Restore to launch the restore wizard. Select a restore point,

and on the next page, click on the link to Active Backup for Business Portal.

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Restoration Guide

Microsoft Hyper-V Go to Active Backup for Business > Virtual Machine > Microsoft Hyper-V, select the

virtual machine that you want to restore, and click Restore to launch the restore wizard.

Select a restore point, and on the next page, click on the link to Active Backup for Business Portal.

Go to Active Backup for Business > Virtual Machine > Task List, select the backup task

you want to restore, and click Restore to launch the restore wizard. Select a restore point,

and on the next page, click on the link to Active Backup for Business Portal.

Recover individual files

1. In Active Backup for Business Portal, under View role at the top of the page, make sure

that youre using an account with the appropriate privileges.

2. Under Task, confirm the source device to which or from which you want to restore files.

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

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 the file explorer to select

the directory or file.

5. Click Restore, and in the pop-up window, you will need to provide your Guest OS (Windows

/ Linux) login details. In the For duplicate data field, you can select whether you want to

Overwrite or Skip files that have the same name in the target directory. Click Next.

6. Choose the destination to which you want to restore your files, then click Apply.

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

right-hand corner.

You can also download the files via your local browser by selecting the files and clicking

Download.

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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.

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Related articles

Frequently asked questions about Active Backup for Business

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

What VMware vSphere permissions are required for Active Backup for Business to back up and restore virtual machines?

How do I migrate an instantly restored virtual machine to its original virtualization platform?

How can I restore entire device backups from Active Backup for Business in Virtual Machine Manager?

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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