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Barracuda Backup

Deploy a Barracuda Backup Virtual Appliance

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The following sections walk you through the process of deploying a Barracuda Backup Virtual (Vx) appliance.

System Platform Requirements

Barracuda provides the following types of virtual images for the Barracuda Backup Vx deployment.

Table 1. System Platform Requirements.

Image Type Platform Version
OVF VMware vSphere
  • ESXi6.x
  • ESXi 5.x
VHD Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Windows Server Hyper-V 2016
  • Windows Server Hyper-V 2012 R2
  • Windows Server Hyper-V 2012
  • Windows Server Hyper-V 2008 R2
  • Windows Server Hyper-V 2008

System Resource Requirements

The most common mistake when designing an environment for Barracuda Backup Vx is to size only for capacity as opposed to sizing for capacity and performance. Tasks such as backup, offsite replication, data restoration, and purging can use a significant amount of system resources. When considering a Barracuda Backup virtual deployment, it is best to consider the use cases of the Backup Vx in addition to needed storage.

Table 2. vCPU Recommendations.

Backup Volume Minimum Recommended vCPUs High Performance Recommended vCPUs
0-2 TB 1 vCPU 2 vCPUs
2-6 TB 2 vCPUs 4 vCPUs
6-16 TB 4 vCPUs 8 vCPUs
16-32 TB 8 vCPUs 16 vCPUs
32-100 TB 16 vCPUs 32+ vCPUs

 

Table 3. RAM Recommendations.

Backup Volume Minimum Recommended RAM High Performance Recommended RAM
0-1TB 2 GB 4 GB
1-4 TB 4 GB 8 GB
4-12 TB 8 GB 16 GB
12-16 TB 16 GB 32 GB
16-24 TB 32 GB 64 GB
24-48 TB 64 GB 128 GB
48-100 TB 128 GB 256+GB
Storage Recommendations
  • Any storage infrastructure consisting of Local/Direct-Attached, SAN, and NAS
  • Storage with inadequate throughput, read, and write speeds will suffer
  • Servers with software RAID, slow NAS, and low-RPM drives will yield poor performance

Notes and Considerations

  • Barracuda Backup utilizes memory (RAM) for database queries during backup, restore, and offsite replication. Barracuda highly recommends following the recommended minimum resources for memory in the RAM Recommendations table above.
  • Barracuda uses CPU resources for hashing blocks during deduplication, compression for offsite replication, and rehydration of data during restoration. Barracuda highly recommends following the recommended minimum resources for vCPUs in the vCPU Recommendations table above.
  • At minimum, memory resources should be dedicated (reserved). It is also recommended that the CPU be dedicated to Barracuda Backup Vx, and not shared with other virtual machines on the host. This aligns with VMware and Microsoft’s recommendations for virtualized Microsoft Exchange Server and SQL Server implementations.
  • A separate data store is recommended for use with the virtual appliance due to disk I/O constraints or an entirely separate storage server/environment altogether from the production environment.
  • Other system components such as network and storage need to be sized accordingly to prevent them from becoming a bottleneck.
  • It is important that snapshots are not used on the Barracuda Backup Vx appliance. Even if data is not being replicated to the Barracuda Cloud, configuration data is still sent to Barracuda so that the unit can be managed. Reverting to a previous state using snapshots can potentially cause loss of data and unit corruption. Independent disks are the default selection and highly recommended to avoid snapshots.
  • All Backup Vx disk, vCPUs, and RAM can be adjusted later by shutting down the system properly and making the necessary changes through the hypervisor.

VMware vSphere Deployment

To deploy Barracuda Backup Vx in VMware vSphere:

  1. Go to https://barracuda.com, and select Backup from the Products drop-down menu.
  2. Click Models/Editions, and select Virtual from the Deployment options drop-down menu.
  3. Click Free Eval Unit or Purchase, fill out the form, and submit your request.
  4. An email is sent to the specified email address.
  5. Follow the instructions in the email to download and extract the Barracuda Backup Vx .zip archive to a location accessible from a machine running vSphere.

    Make note of your license token for use during configuration and activation.

  6. Launch vSphere Client, and from the File menu, click Deploy OVF Template:
    deploy_ovf.png
  7.  The vSphere Client launches the Deploy OVF Template wizard.
  8. Click Browse, navigate to the extracted folder, and locate the Barracuda Backup Vx .ovf file (for example, BarracudaBackupService-vm4.2.4-fw6.2.00.10159-20150807-5x.ovf):
    deploy_ovf02.png 
  9. Click Next. In the wizard, complete the following:
    • Review appliance information and the ESX version
    • Name the appliance and define a location where the virtual machine is to be created
    • Select the datastore where the VMDK file is to be stored; a dedicated disk store is recommended
    • Select the disk format as Thick Provisioned Lazy Zeroed

      Virtual drives must be thick provisioned; thin provisioned discs will cause unexpected behavior and the virtual device will not operate properly.

       

  10. Review your settings, and click Finish to deploy the appliance.
  11. After deployment is complete, locate the appliance within the appropriate data center, host, or resource pool.

Allocate Additional Resources

  1. With the Barracuda virtual appliance powered off, right-click the appliance, and click Edit Settings.
  2. Edit the CPU, Memory, and Hard disk 1 Provisioned Size settings based on the recommendations in Tables 1 and 2 above.

    Barracuda recommends using the default options Thick Provision Lazy Zeroed for the disk provisioning, and Independent (Persistent) as the mode to achieve the best performance from your virtual appliance and to prevent snapshots from occurring.

    disk_provision.png

  3. Click OK. Once the hardware settings are defined, power on the virtual appliance. The appliance is prepared for use; this may take several minutes.
  4. Using your keyboard arrows, select Yes to format and partition the additional disk space provisioned above in Step 2:
    extra_space_detected_2016.png 
  5. The Barracuda Backup Vx expands and formats its partition space. Once formatting is complete, the appliance reboots:
    BBS_Vx.png

Microsoft Hyper-V Deployment

To deploy a Barracuda Backup Vx in VMware vSphere:

  1. Go to https://barracuda.com, and select Backup from the Products drop-down menu.

  2. Click Models/Editions, and select Virtual from the Deployment options drop-down menu.
  3. Click Free Eval Unit or Purchase, fill out the form, and submit your request.
  4. An email is sent to the specified email address.
  5. Follow the instructions in the email to download and expand the Barracuda Backup Vx .zip archive to a location accessible from a machine running Hyper-V.
  6. Navigate to and expand the Barracuda Backup Vx .zip folder.

  7. Launch the WinServerSetup.bat file located in the extracted folder. This batch file corrects a compatibility issue and takes less than a minute to run.

    Make note of your license token for use during configuration and activation.

  8. In Hyper-V Manager, right-click the VM host, select Import Virtual Machine, and click Next.

  9. Navigate to and select the HyperV folder from the extracted .zip archive, click Select Folder:
    import_vm.png
  10. Click Next. On the Select Virtual Machine page, click on the virtual machine to import:
    copy_vm.png
  11. Click Next. Select Copy the virtual machine (created a new unique ID):
    copy_vm02.png 
  12. Click Next. Select whether to use the default location for configuration files, storage, and network settings for the VHD, or define custom settings. Click Next.
  13. On the Summary page, verify that all the settings are correct:
    verify_config.png
  14. Click Finish.
  15. Right-click the Barracuda Backup Vx, and click Settings. Define the Memory and Processor settings based on the recommendations in Tables 1 and 2 above:
    1. Click Hard Drive under Virtual hard disk, and click Edit:
      hard_drive.png
    2. Click Next. Select the Expand action:
      expand.png
    3. Click Next. Specify the virtual hard disk size:
      edit_vm.png
    4. Click Next, and click Finish.
    5. In the VM Settings window, click Apply:
      vx_settings.png 
  16. Click OK to finish editing the VM.
  17. Power on the virtual appliance. The appliance is prepared for use; this may take several minutes.
  18. Using your keyboard arrows, select Yes to format and partition the additional disk space provisioned above in Step 9:
    extra_space.png 
  19. The Barracuda Backup Vx expands and formats its partition space. Once formatting is complete, the appliance reboots:
    sys_config.png

To take advantage of Microsoft's VHDX support on Hyper-V 2012, 2012 R2, and 10, follow the instructions in How to Convert and Replace a Barracuda Virtual Appliance VHD File with a VHDX Format File.

Configure and Provision the Barracuda Backup Vx

You must configure a valid external DNS to resolve to certain Barracuda infrastructure components requiring DNS entries.

If you did not recieve your Barracuda Vx license token via email or from the website when you downloaded the Barracuda Backup Vx package, request an evaluation on the Barracuda website at https://www.barracuda.com/purchase/evaluation or purchase one from https://www.barracuda.com/purchase/index. The license token looks similar to the following: 01234-56789-ACEFG.

In your hypervisor client, start the virtual appliance and allow it to boot up, then complete the following steps:

  1. From the console, log in as admin with the password admin (if prompted).
  2. Use your keyboard arrows to select TCP/IP Configuration, enter your network settings, and then select Save:
     activate01.png
  3. Use your keyboard arrows to select Licensing, enter your Barracuda license token, and then select Save:
    activate02.png
  4. Type YES, and press Enter to apply the license and provision the virtual machine (VM):
    activate03.png 
  5. Allow the provisioning to complete; this may take several minutes.
  6. Once the license is installed, press Enter to reboot the VM.
  7. Once rebooted, verify both Local and Internet values are Up; Cloud changes to Up once the appliance is linked in the next step:
    activate04.png

Activate the Barracuda Backup Vx

If you are a Barracuda MSP customer, see Barracuda Backup Appliances for MSPs before proceeding.

To activate your virtual appliance,

  1. Log in to https://login.barracudanetworks.com. 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, go to Admin > Activate Barracuda Backup.
  3. Enter the Serial number and the Linking code from the sticker on the back of the Quick Start Guide, and click Next.
  4. The wizard launches. In the Your Info page, enter your contact information, and click Continue.

  5. In the Device Info page, enter a Device Name to represent the device in the UI. If you previously defined display groups, select the Display Group to which to add the device to from the drop-down menu.

  6. Select the Time Zone from the drop-down menu.

  7. In the Enter device location section, enter the geographical location.

  8. Select whether to Automatically update device firmware after activation, and click Continue.

    If you select to automatically upgrade the firmware after activation, the device downloads the firmware package, installs it, and automatically reboots. Be advised that this process can take up to 20 minutes to complete and the Barracuda Backup device may be unresponsive. Allow the upgrade to complete before continuing with the configuration. When the unit comes back online, you must log out and then log back in to the user interface to clear any cached pages.

  9. The Terms of Service page displays. Read the Terms and Conditions, and click I have read and agree to complete the linking process. Click Done.
  10. Once your device is linked, click Go to Dashboard.

How to Expand Barracuda Backup Vx Capacity

This section describes how to scale capacity.

Do not use snapshots on the Barracuda Backup Vx appliance. Even if data is not being replicated to the Barracuda Cloud, configuration data is still sent to Barracuda so that the unit can be managed. Reverting to a previous state using snapshots can potentially cause loss of data and unit corruption. Independent disks are the default selection and highly recommended to avoid snapshots.

Local Control is not supported for Barracuda Backup Vx.

Expand Barracuda Backup Vx Capacity for VMware

  1. With the Barracuda virtual appliance powered off, right-click the appliance, and click Edit Settings.
  2. In the Hardware tab, click Hard disk 1.
  3. Change the Provisioned Size to the desired capacity:
    expand_capacity.png

    Virtual drives must be thick provisioned; thin provisioned discs will cause unexpected behavior and the virtual device will not operate properly.

  4. Increase the amount of Memory or the number of CPUs to match the new disk capacity; refer to the tables in the System Resource Requirements section of this article for minimum recommendations.
  5. Click OK to configure the VM.
  6. Power on the VM. The additional disk space is detected; select Yes to format and use it:
    expand02.png 
  7. The additional disk space is formatted and the disk resized; this may take several minutes.
  8. Once formatting and resizing is complete, the appliance reboots:
    BBS_Vx02.png

Expand Barracuda Backup Vx Capacity for Hyper-V

  1. With the Barracuda virtual appliance powered off, right-click the appliance, and click Settings.
  2. In the Hardware section, click Hard Drive.
  3. Under Virtual hard disk, click Edit:
    expand_hyperv01.png

  4. Click Next. Choose Expand as the action:
    expand_hyperv02.png
  5. Click Next. Specify the new disk size:
    expand_hyperv03.png 
  6. Click Next, and click Finish.
  7. Increase the amount of Memory or the number of CPUs to match the new disk capacity; refer to the tables in the System Resource Requirements section of this article for minimum recommendations.

  8. Click OK to reconfigure the VM.
  9. Power on the VM. The additional disk space is detected; select Yes to format and use it.
  10. The additional disk space is formatted and the disk resized; this may take several minutes.
  11. Once formatting and resizing is complete, the appliance reboots:
    BBS_Vx02.png 

How to Set Up a Barracuda Receiver Vx

Barracuda Backup Vx includes one-way basic software replication to a Barracuda Receiver Vx. A single Barracuda Receiver Vx license is included with each Barracuda Backup Vx subscription for one-way replication.

You can use the Barracuda Receiver Vx as a replication target and for restores. With a Receiver Vx subscription, you can pair a physical appliance and a Barracuda Receiver Vx, one-to-one. Additionally, it can be used for site-to-site replication or in conjunction with Barracuda Cloud Storage for multiple offsite copies.

 To generate a license, link to your account, and provision the Barracuda Receiver Vx:

  1. Log in to Barracuda Backup, go to the Backup > Replication page, and click Add Target.

    Once you click Activate, the Barracuda Receiver Vx license token for provisioning your virtual machine is generated, and then activates and links the system to your Barracuda Cloud Control account. 

     

  2. In the Site-to-Site Replication section, click Activate:
    activate.png
  3. The confirmation dialog box displays:
    proceed.png
  4. Click Proceed to activate and link the Barracuda Receiver Vx to your account. The license token displays on-screen.
  5. Use the license token to provision your Barracuda Receiver Vx using the same virtual image used to deploy the Barracuda Backup Vx:
    licence.png
  6. After provisioning the Barracuda Receiver Vx and booting the system, configure replication settings on the Backup > Replication > Add Target page using the destination IP address, serial number, and replication code. This information is located on the Barracuda Receiver Vx Replication page:
    replication.png 
  7. The Barracuda Backup Vx is now ready to replicate data.

Barracuda Backup Vx Replication Options

The Barracuda Backup Vx appliance can replicate data to Barracuda Cloud Storage for offsite disaster recovery or site-to-site for basic software replication to a virtual or physical Barracuda Backup appliance.

Table 1. Barracuda Backup Vx Replication Options.

Barracuda Backup Vx can replicate to one or more destinations.

Replication Target Direction Type
Barracuda Cloud Storage One way Site-to-cloud
Barracuda Backup Appliance One way Site-to-site
Barracuda Backup Vx Bidirectional Site-to-site
Barracuda Receiver Vx One way Site-to-site
Barracuda Cloud Storage

No additional configuration is necessary to set up Barracuda Cloud Storage. Each Barracuda Backup Vx is preconfigured with Barracuda Cloud Storage as a target within Backup > Replication and is enabled by default for users who have either purchased or are evaluating the service:
cloud_storage.png 

Data replicated to Barracuda Cloud is stored encrypted on geographic and locally redundant storage with billing applied against the amount of storage hosted offsite, after deduplication and compression. Leverage Barracuda's scalable cloud architecture to avoid the complexity and risk of allocating and managing offsite storage sites. Contact your Barracuda partner or Barracuda sales representative for more information.

Barracuda Backup Appliance

You can configure the Barracuda Backup Vx appliance to replicate one-way to a Barracuda Backup appliance, model 490 and above, for site-to-site replication.

Use this option in multi-site environments with mixed physical and virtual Barracuda Backup appliances or in an environment with a physical Barracuda Backup appliance and two or more locations. Ensure that the Barracuda Backup appliances have suitable storage and are sized appropriately to host data being replicated to it as well as the data locally backed up to the appliance.

Barracuda Backup Vx

You can configure the Barracuda Backup Vx appliance to replicate bidirectionally to another Barracuda Backup Vx or to a Barracuda Backup appliance.

Use this option in environments where two or more sites host primary backed up data, and where site-to-site replication is preferred. This is the recommended method for site-to-site replication for the Barracuda Backup Vx as the virtual appliance storage can be scaled to meet storage demands over time.

Each Barracuda Backup Vx can be set up as a replication target for one-to-one replication between virtual appliances or to a physical device as a replication pair. Note that many-to-one replication is not available with the Barracuda Backup Vx appliance.

For optimum performance, ensure that the appliance at each location is set up with the minimum system requirements as described in the tables in the System Resource Requirements section of this article. See Configure an Offsite Replication Destination for details on setting up a site-to-site replication target.

Barracuda Receiver Vx

The Barracuda Receiver Vx is included with the Barracuda Backup Vx subscription for basic software replication and can be set up as a replication target and can perform restores. With a Receiver Vx subscription, you can pair a physical appliance and a Barracuda Receiver Vx, one-to-one.

Use this option in environments where an offsite location can host the virtual appliance as a storage target but does not have primary data to back up, or in environments where you want to replicate the Barracuda Backup Vx within the same site. You can use the Barracuda Receiver Vx in conjunction with Barracuda Cloud Storage for two offsite copies. The Barracuda Receiver Vx has the same benefits as the Barracuda Backup Vx. You can add the Barracuda Receiver Vx to a physical appliance.

How to Migrate a Barracuda Backup Vx to New Storage

Use the steps in this section to migrate a Barracuda Backup vx to new storage.

Step 1. Shut Down the Barracuda Backup Vx

Select the manner in which to shut down the server.

Local User Interface

  1. Log in to the local user interface, and click System > Device Information.
  2. Scroll down to Server Actions, and click Shut Down:
    ShutDown.png 

Local Console

  1. Log in to the local console.
  2. Arrow down to System, and press Enter.
  3. Arrow down to Shutdown, and press Enter.
  4. When prompted, type: YES
    LocalConsole.png 
Step 2. Migrate the Barracuda Backup Vx to New Location

Select the manner in which to migrate the VM.

Migrate via Storage vMotion

  1. Log in to VMware via vSphere or the web client, and locate the Barracuda Backup virtual machine (VM).
  2. Right-click the VM, and click Migrate:
    ClickMigrate.png
  3. In the Select Migration Type page, select Change datastore or Change both host and datastore:
    ChangeDatastore.png 
  4. Click Next. In the Storage page, select storage/datastore:
    selectStorage.png 
  5. Click Next. Verify the configuration, and click Finish.
  6. The Status indicator displays the relocation progress:
    Status.png
  7. Allow the relocation to complete.

Manually Migrate the VM

  1. Log in to VMware via vSphere or the web client, and locate the Barracuda Backup VM.

    Verify the datastore where the VM is located.

  2. Right-click the VM, and click Remove from inventory:
    RemoveFromInventory.png
  3. Click on the host. Click the Configuration tab, and click Storage:
    Configuration.png
  4. Right-click the Datastore, click Browse datastore.
  5. Right-click the VM folder, and click Move to:
    MoveItems.png

  6. Select the datastore where you want to move the VM folder, and click Move.
  7. Right-click the new datastore, click Browse Datastore, and open the VM folder:
    DatastoreBrowser.png
  8. Right-click the .vmx file in the VM folder, click Add to Inventory, and select a host:
    AddtoInventory.png
  9. Click Next, and then click Finish.

The VM is now ready to restart.

 

 

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