With the recent debut of HubStor BaaS for VMware, I felt it would be ideal to highlight just how easy it is to get started.
In our marketing, we talk about a 15-minute setup flow. In this blog post we’ll do a walkthrough of the 15-minute, wizard-driven steps to start using HubStor’s Backup-as-a-Service platform for virtual machine backup.
Backup to shared or dedicated SaaS backend?
The steps for getting started are mostly the same whether you are connecting to a dedicated or shared HubStor instance in the cloud.
In our walkthrough, we are going to look at the flow for connecting to a shared SaaS backend for VMware vSphere backup.
To start using the HubStor Backup Service (HBS) in the shared model, you first need to complete the deploy now form to start your subscription.
Upon completing the form, you will receive an email containing your activation code and link to download the HubStor Backup Service software.
15-minute HubStor Backup Service setup wizard
1. When you launch the HubStor Backup Service after installing, you will get the first screen of the setup wizard.
2. When connecting to a dedicated HubStor SaaS instance, you would select the manual connect option in step two. However, since we are going through the flow of connecting to a shared SaaS instance, we’ll use the activation code option.
3. In step three, we enter our activation code.
4. The activation code will download and configure your connection settings. It will also populate your temporary password which you must change at step four.
5. Resetting the password is very easy. You’ll notice that Microsoft Azure AD is the identity provider.
6. With your new password, you enter it which will prompt HubStor to authenticate you and establish your connection to the SaaS backend.
7. At this point, you can decide whether you want to manually configure some of the application’s settings and configure the first backup policy yourself, or if you prefer to have the wizard guide you through these steps.
For our example, we’ll have the wizard take us through the remainder of the setup process.
8. The wizard takes us through the steps of creating a local cache, which is a name, description, and path for the location where we can keep the most recent backup set(s) on-premises for fast a RTO.
The local cache can be on whatever storage you prefer, and it can be network or direct-attached.
9. The next step in the wizard is to create a backup policy. You’ll need to provide a name, description, and an optional encryption key. Then you can configure the schedule for the backup policy.
10. With your first backup policy ready, the next step is to connect to our target virtualization environment; in this case, VMware vSphere.
11. You will need to provide the connection details for your vCenter or ESXi target.
12. Once you are connected to vCenter, you’ll see it show up in the HBS console, and the wizard will then guide you through running your first backup.
13. At this point, you can see your vCenter hierarchy and select any level in the structure for your first backup. You will probably want to start with a single virtual machine, which you can select from the list.
14. When you select the target virtual machine, you will see HubStor assign the backup policy and immediately start the backup.
15. At this point, you are complete!
16. When you finish the wizard, you land at the monitoring node in the HubStor Backup Service console, showing you the progress of the backup job you configured and launched in the wizard.
As we can see in this screen, the backup captured the system state already and is in the process of capturing the virtual machine disk.
Start yourself or speak to a HubStor technologist
I hope this walkthrough provides you with a clear picture of how simple it is to start protecting and backing up virtual machines with HubStor.
To start using the HubStor Backup Service (HBS) right now in the shared model, complete the deploy now form to subscribe and get started.
If you would like to learn more about a dedicated SaaS backend for your use of HubStor, please contact us to speak with a technologist.