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QoreStor 7.0.0 - User Guide

Introducing QoreStor Setting up your QoreStor system Configuring QoreStor settings Managing containers Managing local storage Managing cloud storage Managing replications Managing Users Managing QoreStor Remotely Monitoring the QoreStor system Support, maintenance, and troubleshooting

Adding a Google S3 cloud tier

To add a cloud storage group, complete the following steps:

  1. In the navigation menu, click Cloud Storage to expand the menu, then click Cloud Tier.
  2. In the Cloud pane, click Configure to add a cloud tier.
  3. In the Cloud Provider drop-down, select Google S3.
  4. Provide a container name. This is the existing name of your container in your cloud platform.
  5. Enter your Connection String using one of the two methods below:
    • Default - this option will compile your connection string into the correct format using the inputs below.
      • Access key - The access key is typically 20 upper-case English characters
      • Secret key - The secret key is generated automatically by AWS. It is typically 40 characters, including mixed upper and lower-case and special symbols.
      • Region - The region specifies the Amazon-specific region in which you want to deploy your backup solution. Your region name can be obtained from https://docs.aws.amazon.com/general/latest/gr/rande.html#s3_region
      • Endpoint - If you are using VPC endpoints, enter the correct endpoint information.
    • Custom - this option allows you to enter your connection string with additional parameters.
      • Your connection string uses the following syntax:
        "accesskey=<ABDCEWERS>;secretkey=< >; loglevel=warn; region=<aws-region>;"

        Please note the following:

        1. The access key is typically 20 upper-case English characters
        2. The secret key is generated automatically by AWS. It is typically 40 characters, including mixed upper and lower-case and special symbols.
        3. The region specifies the Amazon-specific region in which you want to deploy your backup solution. Your region name can be obtained from https://docs.aws.amazon.com/general/latest/gr/rande.html#s3_region

        An example of a connection string with this syntax follows. Logically, each connection string is unique.

        accesskey=AKIARERFUCFODHFJUCWK;secretkey=p+8/T+o5WeZkX11QbuPazHX1IdWbwgFplxuVlO8J;loglevel=warn;region=eu-central-1;
  6. To apply encryption, select Encryption and enter the following:
    • Passphrase — the passphrase is user-defined and is used to generate a passphrase key that encrypts the file in which the content encryption keys are kept. The passphrase is a human readable key, which can be up to 255 bytes in length. It is mandatory to define a passphrase to enable encryption.

      IMPORTANT: It is mandatory to define a passphrase to enable encryption. If the passphrase is compromised or lost, the administrator should change it immediately so that the content encryption keys do not become vulnerable. If this passphrase is lost or forgotten, data in the cloud will be unrecoverable.

    • Confirm Passphrase — re-enter the passphrase used above.
  7. Click Configure. A Cloud Storage Group will be created.
  8. To enable replication to the cloud, you must link a local container to the cloud using the procedures in Adding a Cloud Tiering policy.

Adding an S3 Compatible cloud tier

To add a cloud storage group, complete the following steps:

  1. In the navigation menu, click Cloud Storage to expand the menu, then click Cloud Tier.
  2. In the Cloud pane, click Configure to add a cloud tier.
  3. In the Cloud Provider drop-down, select S3 Compatible.
  4. Provide a container name. This is the existing name of your container in your cloud platform.
  5. Enter your Connection String using one of the two methods below:
    • Default - this option will compile your connection string into the correct format using the inputs below.
      • Access key - The access key is typically 20 upper-case English characters
      • Secret key - The secret key is generated automatically by AWS. It is typically 40 characters, including mixed upper and lower-case and special symbols.
      • Region - The region specifies the Amazon-specific region in which you want to deploy your backup solution. Your region name can be obtained from https://docs.aws.amazon.com/general/latest/gr/rande.html#s3_region
      • Endpoint - If you are using VPC endpoints, enter the correct endpoint information.
    • Custom - this option allows you to enter your connection string with additional parameters.
      • Your connection string uses the following syntax:
        "accesskey=<ABDCEWERS>;secretkey=< >; loglevel=warn; region=<aws-region>;"

        Please note the following:

        1. The access key is typically 20 upper-case English characters
        2. The secret key is generated automatically by AWS. It is typically 40 characters, including mixed upper and lower-case and special symbols.
        3. The region specifies the Amazon-specific region in which you want to deploy your backup solution. Your region name can be obtained from https://docs.aws.amazon.com/general/latest/gr/rande.html#s3_region

        An example of a connection string with this syntax follows. Logically, each connection string is unique.

        accesskey=AKIARERFUCFODHFJUCWK;secretkey=p+8/T+o5WeZkX11QbuPazHX1IdWbwgFplxuVlO8J;loglevel=warn;region=eu-central-1;
  6. To apply encryption, select Encryption and enter the following:
    • Passphrase — the passphrase is user-defined and is used to generate a passphrase key that encrypts the file in which the content encryption keys are kept. The passphrase is a human readable key, which can be up to 255 bytes in length. It is mandatory to define a passphrase to enable encryption.

      IMPORTANT: It is mandatory to define a passphrase to enable encryption. If the passphrase is compromised or lost, the administrator should change it immediately so that the content encryption keys do not become vulnerable. If this passphrase is lost or forgotten, data in the cloud will be unrecoverable.

    • Confirm Passphrase — re-enter the passphrase used above.
  7. Click Configure. A Cloud Storage Group will be created.
  8. To enable replication to the cloud, you must link a local container to the cloud using the procedures in Adding a Cloud Tiering policy.

Adding a cloud tier through the command line

To add a cloud tier, complete the following steps.

  1. Access the QoreStor CLI. Refer to Using the QoreStor command line for more information.
  2. Add a new cloud tier using the command
    cloud_tier --add --cloud_container <name> --cloud_provider <AWS-S3|AZURE|Wasabi-S3|Google-S3|S3-Compatible>

    NOTE: You will be prompted to enter your Azure connection string or AWS access string after executing the command.

    Refer to the QoreStor Command LIne Reference Guide for more information on the cloud_tier command and available options.

Deleting a cloud tier

Before deleting a cloud tier, review the details below:

  • The metadata for the files replicated to cloud will be removed locally. This makes those cloud-replicated files unrecoverable.
  • Data in the cloud bucket has to be deleted manually.
  • Cloud policy settings on the source containers are unaffected.

Deleting a cloud tier from the GUI

To delete a cloud tier, complete the following steps.

  1. In the navigation menu, click Cloud Storage to expand the menu, then click Cloud Tier.
  2. Click Delete.
  3. When prompted to confirm, click Delete.
  4. In the Passphrase field, enter the passphrase used for Cloud Tier encryption. This provides validation that the person deleting the cloud tier has the appropriate authorization.
  5. Review the containers linked to the cloud tier and confirm that data in these containers can be deleted. Any containers with managed replication configured must be deleted manually before the cloud tier can be deleted.
  6. Click Delete.

Deleting a cloud tier from the CLI

  1. Access the QoreStor CLI. Refer to Using the QoreStor command line for more information.
  2. Delete your cloud tier using the command below. Refer to the QoreStor Command Line Reference Guide for more information.
    cloud_tier --delete 
    
  3. At the prompt, enter y for yes and press [Enter].
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