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Howto : Backup to Azure with your Synology

Like many other people I use a Synology NAS for back-up purposes. All my backup data and other files is stored on the single device. But what when there is a problem with that device or your house (or office) is burned down to the ground. You won’t be able to gain access to your Synology and your data.

There are many (and I mean many!) services and (Cloud backup) providers who offer services to let you use their storage to backup to. Nice idea, great service. But…. not always very cheap. I have several Synology’s and many TB stored on them.

I tested several solutions and found out that backup to Azure was the right solution for me! In this blogpost I shall describe to few simple steps for you. You need 2 things:

  1. Synology Device
  2. Microsoft Azure Account (free trial available, go to azure.microsoft.com)

First step, we must create a storage account.

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Ok, go through the following step to create a storage account :

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Ok, you have to wait a few seconds for Microsoft to let that account be created. When the storage account is created you have to access the properties and go to Access Keys.

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You need the Storage Account Name and the Access Key (KEY1 or KEY2) later.

Now go to your Synology. Ofcourse you are running the latest version and go to Hyper Backup.

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Click the + button to add a back-up job.

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Wow! We see the AZR Cloud already, let’s select that!

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Fill in you Account name and copy/paste the contents of KEY1:

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You have the option to backup some applications, let’s skip that.

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Fill in the appropriate information and you are all done!

The costs are as follows :

  1. You pay 0,02 cent (euro) for every GB of storage
  2. When you back-up 20 TB, you pay approx 20 euro each month
  3. You only pay for storage and restoring, not for uploading.
  4. When you restore the entire 1 TB storage you pay 1x approx 72 euro

Howto : mount NFS datastore from Synology NAS (ESXi) 1

The following describes how to connect your Synology NAS to your ESXi host using NFS :

First make sure NFS is enabled :

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NFS has to be enabled ofcourse Glimlach

 

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Then create an shared folder (or use an existing one)

 

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Add NFS rights, specify the host (ESXi server) and read/write access :

 

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Now goto your ESXi server, configuration –> storage :

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Now Add Storage..

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Choose Network File System :

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Specify you folder (go back 4 screenshots for the information you specified)

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Click next and you have an extra NFS datastore!