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Barracuda Backup

Step 1 - How to Install the Barracuda Backup Appliance

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Before installation, determine the best type of deployment for your Barracuda Backup appliance; refer to the Deployment section for a list of options.

Create a Barracuda Cloud Control Account

Before you can connect your Barracuda Networks products to Barracuda Cloud Control, you must first create an account:

  1. If you do not have an account, go to https://login.barracuda.com/ and click Create a user.
  2. Enter your name, email address, and company name, and specify if this is a partner account. Click Create User.
  3. Follow the instructions emailed to the entered email address to log in and create your Barracuda Cloud Control account.
  4. After submitting your new account information, the Account page displays your account name, associated privileges, and username.

Verify the Equipment

Verify you have the necessary equipment: 

  • Barracuda Backup appliance (check that you have received the correct model) and AC power cable (included)
  • Barracuda Backup appliance serial number and linking code (available on both the side of the Barracuda Backup appliance and the Barracuda Backup Quick Start Guide included with the appliance)
  • Connectivity and access information for all data sources you want to back up
  • VGA Monitor and USB or PST 2 keyboard (recommended/customer supplied)
  • For Ethernet models, an Ethernet connection is required*
  • For LC Fiber models, an LC SFP or SFP+ connection is required*

*Cabling differs based on the appliance model. For more information, refer to Barracuda Backup Hardware Specifications.

Activate Backup Product

If you are an Intronis customer, contact Intronis before proceeding.

Once your account is paid for, you must activate Barracuda Backup to initiate backups.

If you are linking a Barracuda Backup Virtual Appliance (Vx), it is crucial that the Barracuda Backup Vx that will be performing backups be linked to your Barracuda Cloud Control account before you link the receiving unit. Attempting to link the receiving unit first can cause linking issues for your entire Vx deployment.

To activate your appliance:

  1. Go to https://login.barracuda.com/, and log in. If you do not have an account, click Create a User, follow the account creation instructions, and log in.
  2. Click Backup in the left pane. If this is your first time activating a Barracuda Backup appliance, click Start Backup Setup; otherwise, click the Backup tab, and go to Admin > Activate Backup Product.
  3. On the Validation page, enter the Serial number and the Linking code from the sticker on the back of the Quick Start Guide, indicate your Identity, and click Continue.
  4. Enter your Location and Time Zone.

  5. Select Replicate data to Barracuda Cloud Storage, select the Storage Amount and Subscription Period if you intend to replicate data to Barracuda Cloud Storage; no Cloud Storage subscription is required for site-to-site replication.

    Replication is limited to site-to-site.

  6. Enter your Billing Information. Read and accept Terms and conditions.
  7. Click Activate Backup Product.
  8. The linking process may take a few minutes to complete. Wait until the Dashboard page displays. A green indicator displays next to the appliance name indicating it is successfully linked to your account.

Physically Install the Appliance

  1. Fasten the Barracuda Backup appliance to a standard 19-inch rack or other stable location.

    Do not block the cooling vents located on the front and rear of the appliance.

  2. Connect an Ethernet cable from your network switch to the Ethernet port on the back panel of the appliance, and any additional cables as necessary.
  3. Connect a standard VGA monitor, PS2/USB keyboard, and an AC power cord to the Barracuda Backup appliance.
  4. Press the Power button on the front panel to turn on the appliance.

Enter Encryption Key (Barracuda Encrypted Backup Appliance Only)

Complete this step when installing the Barracuda Encrypted Backup appliance, models BEBS6090, BEBS8090, BEBS9090 or BEBS10090. If you are not installing one of these models, skip this step and continue with Step 2 - How to Configure Barracuda Backup.

Use the arrow keys to navigate between the fields in the right pane.

  1. Use the Barracuda Console to access the configuration menu using the credentials admin / admin.
  2. Use the arrow keys to highlight Disk Encryption in the left pane.
  3. Press Enter to switch from read mode to edit mode.
  4. Use the arrow keys to highlight the Change Encryption Key section in the right pane.

  5. Enter a new encryption key that meets the password requirements listed on-screen in the Enter New Key and Confirm New Key fields.

    The Barracuda Encrypted Backup appliance ships with a default security key. Once you enter a new encryption key, the key is known only to you; Barracuda cannot retrieve your key.

  6. Optionally, enter a new power-on password in the Enter Password and Confirm Password fields.

    The power on password is optional. If you select to use the power-on password, you are prompted to enter the password each time the appliance boots up.

  7. Navigate to Save, and press Enter. The confirmation screen displays.

  8. Press Enter to continue to return to the Barracuda Console.

  9. In the System Configuration screen, use the down arrow to navigate to and select Exit, and press Enter.


Continue with Step 2 - How to Configure Barracuda Backup.

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