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Synology Hybrid Backup, Part 3

August 30, 2015 3 comments

This is the third installment of the 3-2-1 backup workflow that I have established using Synology’s DSM 5.2 software.

My goal is to illustrate a multi-tiered backup plan using my Synology equipment and the built-in tools to establish a resilient method for surviving data loss.

In the first post, I discussed some of the considerations of backups and a provided a general overview of Synology’s tools to accomplish the tasks. In the second, I went through some of the specific step-by-step for backing up a wide variety of disaggregated data volumes to my DiskStation DS1813+, complete with versioning.

In this post, we’ll look at the next stage of data availability, which is syncing to the secondary DS1511+ and preparing the data for off-site backup:

  • Prepares the data for cloud storage environments
  • Creates a copy of the most recent backed up data
  • Creates independent backups for easier troubleshooting and restoration
High level logical flow. Note the colors

High level logical flow. Note the colors

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Synology Hybrid Backup, Part 2

August 25, 2015 9 comments

In the first article, I started talking about how to use the Synology to solve my various backup problems. I’m a bit picky about how the way I like my data organized, and as usual your mileage will vary, but because of the nature of my setup I need to use a variety of tools available within the Synology ecosystem.

In a nutshell, I wanted a backup methodology that ensures revisions, on-site copies for fast restoration, and encrypted off-site backups for “last-resort storage.”

Logical backup workflow for my environment

Logical backup workflow for my environment

Let’s take a look at the first stage of this process – getting the files from the Mac to the DS1813+. Read more…

Synology Hybrid Backup, Part 1

August 25, 2015 4 comments
Where is my data!?

Where is my data!?

We’ve all had it happen: that moment when the computer freezes, and hours of work is lost forever. But when the loss is catastrophic – a bad disk drive, the dreaded ‘clicking’ noise that signals you’re in deep, deep trouble, etc. – you know just how soul-crushing it can be.

I have a particular plan in mind for satisfying my own personal paranoia about data loss. After spending numerous days and weeks fighting with individual external hard drives, a few years ago I decided to move to network-attached storage (NAS) devices. I’ve made no secret that I consider my move from Drobo to Synology one of the best ones I’ve ever made as a consumer.

A few months ago, Synology announced some major work done in their operating system, DSM, to include some robust backup strategies, including encryption, cloud storage, and synchronization. As I wrote at the time, this could be a big deal (especially for me), and I’ve been dying to try it out.

I finally got the chance. Read more…

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