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Dashboard Overview

The dashboard is where you can quickly view device statistics on the appliance, see the status on your pools and shares, perform operations on the file server, and reboot or shut down the appliance.

System Status

Displays the system information including date/ time, hostname, firmware version, license number, and license expiration date. From here you can restart or shutdown the appliance as well.

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Pool Status

Pools are storage volumes created from virtual hard drives. Think of them as high level storage buckets for your data. It is possible to create raided pools.

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Quick Stats

Displays quick statistics on the number of shares, backup sets, image backup policies as well as sync folders you have on your appliance.

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CPU & Network Status

Displays the CPU & Network Status of the appliance. This includes CPU usage percentage, number of cores available to the appliance and the network upload and download bandwidth rates.

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Memory Status

Displays the memory allocated to the appliance, memory used, and memory available. It is normal for the appliance to show high memory usage since. Any additional memory available will be used to cache I/O operations to improve performance.

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System Load

Displays the uptime of the appliance and the average load of the appliance for the previous 1, 5, and 15 minutes. Loads over 70% need to be investigated. If experiencing such high loads, you may need to add extra CPU or RAM as well as looking into available network / internet connection speeds.

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System Storage

Displays the appliance OS storage, amount of storage used, and how much storage is available. This is a separate storage from where your actual data is stored and is dedicated to the Operating System.

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File Server Operations

Displays the operations for the file server. Listed below are the operations and their descriptions.

Stop: Will stop shares from being visible on the network and will interrupt any active network file operations.

Reload: Will reload file server services and will not interrupt any active network file operations.

Restart: Will restart file server services and it will interrupt any active network file operations.

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Pools

Pools are storage volumes created from virtual hard drives. Think of them as high level storage buckets for your data. The following sections will go over how to add, expand, delete, and manage your pools.



Creating a New Pool

Pools require one or more empty drives to be created. Creating a pool with more than one drive will create a raided volume. If you create a raided pool with drives of different sizes, the appliance will assume that all the drives in the set are the same size as the smallest drives. Depending on number of drives initially used to create a pool, pools will have different statuses. A single drive will create a dynamic striped pool (~RAID0). Two drives will create a mirror (~RAID1) and more than two drives will create a raidz (~RAID5) pool. To select multiple devices you will need to check the box next to each drive. In most cases, creating single drive pools makes sense since your underlying storage is already raided.

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Expanding Existing Pools

If you are planning on expanding a pool, you will need to expand it with the same number of drives that you originally created the pool with. If you created a pool with one drive, then you have to add one drive at a time. If you have a pool with 3 drives, then you will need to add another set of 3 drives. You can expand your pools using different drive sizes. For instance if your original pool was 100GB, and you only need to add 50GB to it, simply create a 50GB virtual disk and then use it to expand your pool.
To select multiple devices you will need to check the box next to each drive.

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Current Pools

The current pools section displays the list existing pools, the amount of shares each pool contains (which includes backup sets, image backups, sync folders and restore points as well), the total size of the pool, the amount of free space, the percentage used, and the creation date. This can be seen in the example image. You will also be able search for a specific pool by typing in the "Type to Filter" field.

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View Pool Status

To view the current status of your pool, click on the Check Status button next to the pool you wish to check, which will open a popup with the status information.

The Pool Status will display information that will tell you about the health of the pool. It displays the name, state, monthly scan results, and the configuration of the pool. An example of this can be seen in the image.

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Deleting Pools

To delete a pool, first you need to make sure the pool is fully empty and there are no shares, backup sets, image backups etc pointing to that pool. If a pool is being used for any purpose, delete buttons will not be displayed. If a pool is not being used for anything, you can delete it after answering a confirmation question. Please note that deleting a pool will free up used virtual disks originally assigned to it and you can re-utilize them to create new pools or expand existing ones.

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Shares & Snapshots & Recovery

Shares are network accessible folders where your users can store their data. Snapshots are a backup of the share at a specific point in time. Each snapshot only stores the data that has been changed, minimizing the space taken by the snapshot.



Creating a New Share

To create a new share, you will need to select a pool from the dropdown that you want the share to be a part of. Multiple shares can be part of a pool. You can also setup the Cloud Upload Interval directly from this section as well.

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Current Shares

The Current Shares page lists all the shares in the reevert appliance. It gives you the ability to quickly see information for the share. They are color coded based on the type of share they are:

  • Grey colored shares are regular shares
  • Blue colored shares are backup set shares
  • Pink colored shares are restore points
  • Yellow colored shares are sync remote shares
  • Green colored shares are image backup shares

Each share also has several functions that can be executed from the shares list:

  • On-Demand Snapshot
  • Quick Restore
  • Restore Point
  • Rollback
  • Delete Snapshot
  • Cloud Upload
  • Cloud Restore
  • Set Share Users
  • User Rights Console
  • Enable/Disable Share Authentication for Image Backups
  • Protect / Unprotect Share against deletion
  • Delete Share

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Current Snapshots

Each share has a dropdown that displays a list of the snapshots the appliance has taken for the share. Each snapshot is listed with the snapshot type, the timestamp, and the size of the snapshot. The appliance takes hourly, daily, and monthly snapshots and lists all of them in the dropdown. The snapshots are also color coded. Grey colored snapshots are only stored on the appliance. Green colored snapshots are stored both on the appliance and in your cloud bucket. Red colored snapshots are stored only in your cloud bucket and not on the appliance. The amount of snapshots that are stored can be changed under the Snapshot Settings.

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Deleting Shares

You can delete shares using the delete icon displayed on each one. For locked shares, first you need to unlock the share in order to delete it. Be warned, when you delete a share, this will delete all of the data including local backups and snapshots of the share. This cannot be undone. To protect against accidental deletions, you will need to type in the confirmation assuring that you are aware of the deletion. This can be seen in the following image. Make sure there are no restore points created for a share before deleting it, or the deletion operation will fail.

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Restoring Files or Folders using Quick Restore

Quick Restore allows you to quickly choose which folders or files to restore in place from a chosen snapshot. If you do not know the folder location, but know the file or folder name, you can also use the search functionality to quickly find the file / folder and select it for restoring. Unlike restore points, Quick Restore allows you to directly restore files to their original location, saving you time from copying over the files. Simply press Quick Restore after choosing a snapshot. A window will pop up where you will be able to select specific files and folders to restore. Once you have made your selection click on the "Restore Now" button to restore the files. You will be notified with a message when the restore is complete. When performed on Backup Sets or Remote Sync folders, you have the option to restore files and folders back to the originating computer or network share.

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Restoring Files or Folders using Restore Point

Restoring Snapshots using the Restore Point is a process that involves creating a restore point with the data from a specific snapshot. Restore points do not take up additional disk space. In the situation where you need to perform partial restores, create a restore point. Click on the Restore button. This will bring up a prompt that will let you name the restore point. Once a restore point is created, point your file explorer to the appliance to access the files and copy them to the original location. Once you are done restoring your data, delete the restore point.

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Roll back to a Snapshot

This process will roll back the share to the state when the snapshot was taken. This will destroy any changes made after the selected snapshot, and will also destroy any and all snapshots taken after the selected snapshot. As with deleting a share, rolling back to a snapshot requires you to type in a confirmation assuring that you are aware of the deletion of any changes, and want to roll back the share. Use this feature in situations where all data on a share is damaged or infected such as after ransomware or malware attacks. This process can restore your data back to where it was before the infection in a matter of seconds.

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Delete a Snapshot

It is possible to delete snapshots from your appliance. Simply select a snapshot for the given share and complete the confirmation. This is useful when you need to free up disk space.

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Upload a Snapshot to the Cloud

This operation performs a manual upload of any selected snapshot to your cloud bucket. Once you select the operation, it gets submitted into the system tasks. You can view the status of uploads under the System Tasks & Logs.

Restore a Snapshot From Cloud

This operation restores a selected snapshot from your cloud bucket. Restoring a snapshot from cloud requires additional space. Once you select the operation, it gets submitted into the system tasks. After successfully downloading the snapshot, the appliance will create a restore share.

Set Share Users

You can set which users or groups in your domain have access to the share. This allows you modify the permissions settings for the entire share from within the reevert appliance.

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User Rights Console

The User Rights Console allows you to modify the rights and permissions for the files in the data share for your domain users. This feature is only available to Enterprise level of reevert, and only available on regular data share. To open the console, press the key icon in the upper right of the share. Once there you can select the specific files or folders that you want to make changes on. You can then next select the permission operation, the user / group you want this change to be done to, the permission level, the inheritance setting and mode, if it should traverse the folders and if the user or group should take ownership.

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On Demand Snapshot

reevert allows you to take an on-demand snapshot of your device. This ensures that you have an up to date copy of your data stored without waiting for the hourly snapshot to occur. You can also select the type of snapshot you will be taking. Warning: If you are performing Weekly + Daily or Monthly + Daily cloud uploads, taking a weekly or monthly snapshot will trigger the system to perform a full upload of the newly created weekly or monthly snapshot.

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Share Authentication for Image Backups

If you run into the situation you have to perform an image backup restore on your domain controller or the domain controller is down and you cannot authenticate to connect to the share, you can disable authentication on the share so you can restore the share.

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Protect Share from Deletion

This function allows you to lock or unlock deletion protection on any of the shares. This allows you to protect shares from accidental deletion by adding an extra verification check.

Backup Sets

The reevert appliance has the ability to create backup sets for any Windows computer on your network. The backup occurs every hour, and your data will be protected by the hourly snapshots created by reevert. This is because the backup set is saved as a local share on the reevert appliance, and obeys the snapshot retention schedule.



Backup Credentials

To start creating backup sets, first you need to set the backup credentials. This is a domain level account that needs to at least have write and delete access on the reevert appliance. All credentials can be managed through the Credential Manager section on the administration panel of your reevert appliance.

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Add a new Backup Set

You can use this section to create a backup set. Here you will enter the name of the backup set, the pool where the storage for the backup set will reside. You will also either select a computer from the drop down list, or manually enter a computer name or IP address. When that is done you will select the login credentials to login to the machine, or create a new set of credentials. If you wish, and if your appliance is configured for cloud uploads, you can also apply a cloud upload interval as well.

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Once you have selected your options, press Continue to select the files and folders you want included in the backup set. Your reevert appliance will connect to the selected computer and a pop up will open that will have a folder drop down similar to Windows Explorer. Once you have selected your folders, press Create to create the backup set.

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Current Backup Sets

This section contains the list of the backup sets you have, the computer they are backing up from, the login credentials you are using, the local share the information is being stored in, and the number of files or folders that are included in the backup set. You also have the ability to Enable/Disable the policy, perform an on-demand backup of the set, view and edit the policy, perform a quick restore, create a restore point, and finally delete the policy.

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Restoring from a Backup Set

In the situation where you have to restore from a backup set, you have a few ways of doing so. From the backup sets, you can either perform a quick restore or you can create a restore point for manual file/folder recovery. The beauty of using quick restores is that it can restore the selected file/folders back to the computer which makes the restore process a breeze and really quick. If you decide to use restore points, that will create a new share on your appliance where you can point a Windows explorer to it to copy files/folders manually. Another method of restoring from a backup set is going to the Shares & Snapshots page and restoring from the backup set share itself. From there you have access to the same quick restore and restore point options.

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Additional Notes

In the situation that you have a machine that is running Windows 10 or Windows 2016 Server that is not discoverable when adding a New Backup Set, even if manually entering the computer name, you need to make sure that the Remote Service Management (NP-In) Windows Firewall rule is enabled. To enable this rule, click on Search Windows Icon on the Task-bar and run WF.msc command. This will bring up the Windows Firewall and Advanced Security window. Click on Inbound Rules, then scroll down till you see the Remote Service Management (NP-In) rule. Right click on the rule and Enable it.

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Image Backups

The reevert appliance has the ability to perform full Image Backups of individual Windows machines on your network. The Image Backups will allow you to restore machines to a previous state, or to recover from a full disaster situation. Each machine requires an Image Backup license, which you will be able to purchase through the admin panel. Please note that the image Backup is supported only on Windows Server 2003 and above for servers and Windows XP and above for regular desktops.

License Information

This section of the image backups administration panel allows you to see the number of licenses purchased, the starting and end dates for the license duration, and the license class. You will also be able to see how many licenses are available to be used. If more licenses are needed, please press the Purchase More button to order more online.

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Image Backup Settings

This section allows you select the backup credentials that the Image Backup system will be using to connect to the reevert appliance. These credentials can be added in the Credential Manager section. Next you will also be able to set the retention numbers for full and differential images. Additionally you can set the time which the image backups are run at. Finally you can set the Monthly Snapshot for Cloud Replication to yes or no. If you are planning to upload your image backups to the cloud, we recommend changing this option to yes, which will allow the upload system to perform smaller daily incremental uploads. Keeping this as No will save you local storage space.

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Adding a New Image Backup Set

Adding a new Image Backup set is a two step process. First step is to fill and select the necessary information. This includes naming the Image Backup policy, setting the destination pool that will house the Image Backup share, selecting or entering manually the computer name or IP address, selecting or adding a new log-in credentials to connect to the machine, setting the backup interval, and finally setting the cloud upload interval, if needed.

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Once you have filled in the necessary information and clicked continue, you will be presented a pop-up where you will be able to select the drives that will be in the Image Backup. You will also be able to select the time that the Image Backups run. Once selected press create to finalize the Image Backup policy.

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Current Image Backup Sets

In the Current Image Backup Sets area you will see a list of existing Image Backup policies. From here you will see details for each policy such as the name, computer which is being backed up, log-in credentials being used, the reevert share the set is stored on, and the interval of the policy. You also have several action bars such as the enable / disable button for the policy, the Run Backup Now button which will perform a backup of the machine, the Edit button which allows you to change the policy settings, the Restore button which will allow you to perform a restore of an Image Backup, the Mount an Image button that will allow you to mount the drive directly to the computer, and the unmount an image button that will unmount the previously mounted image. Finally there is the delete button which will allow you to delete the image backup set.

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Restore From an Image Backup Set

If you need to restore a machine's image from an Image Backup Set, you need to find the Image Backup set policy under the Current Image Backup Sets and select the Perform a Restore action. This will bring up the Restore an Image Backup wizard. Once there you will be prompted to confirm that you are aware that restoring an image will delete all the data on the volume and will restore it back to when the image was taken. Once confirmed you will be prompted to choose the source image. The steps for restoring change depending on the status of the machine and if the source drive contains the operating system of the machine. Please see below for the detailed instructions.

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Restoring a non-OS Drive Image Backup: If you are restoring a drive that does not contain an operating system and the system boots up, just select the drive and press the Restore button. The restore process will be added to the Systems Tasks and the restore will occur on the fly without needing a reboot. We recommend that the user close any files or programs that are located on the drive that is being restored before starting the process

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Restoring a OS Drive Image Backup and System Boots: If you are restoring a drive that does contain an operating system and the system is able to boot up, you will need to select the source image, select "Restore OS Disk Using a Local or External Drive / Existing Bootable OS", and select the drive you will be copying the image files to. The way this process works, since the restore will happen during the initial boot time, reevert image backup agent needs to have local access to the image backups. This drive can be either another drive on the machine, or a removable drive such as a external hard drive or USB. Please make sure this drive is large enough to hold a copy of the image backup. Once you have made your selections press the Restore button. Once the image backup copy process is done, the machine will reboot and perform the restore automatically. After you have completed the restore, the restore files will need to be deleted off from the secondary drive.

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Restoring a OS Drive Image Backup and System Doesn't Boot: If you are restoring a drive that does contain an operating system and the system does not boots up for any reason, you will need to perform a bare metal restore. To perform a bare metal restore, you will need to select the source drive and image, and then select the "Bare Metal Restore Over the Network / Non Bootable OS / New System" option. This will generate and automatically start the download for the restore ISO. Either over the network or through a CD or USB drive, boot the destination machine. An automatic restore process will restore the machine back to the selected image backup status.

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Additional Notes

In the situation that you have a machine that is running Windows 10 or Windows 2016 Server that is not discoverable when adding a New Image Backup Set, even if manually entering the computer name, you need to make sure that the Remote Service Management (NP-In) Windows Firewall rule is enabled. To enable this rule, click on Search Windows Icon on the Taskbar and run WF.msc. This will bring up the Windows Firewall and Advanced Security window. Click on Inbound Rules, then scroll down till you see the Remote Service Management (NP-In) rule. Right click on the rule and Enable it.

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Sync Remote Shares

The reevert appliance has the ability to sync your remote shares to a local share on the appliance. The sync occurs every hour, and your data will be protected by the hourly snapshots created by reevert.



Network Discovery Credentials

Here you will be able to select the credentials that will be used during the network discovery. These credentials can be added in the Credential Manager section.

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Current Synced Folders

This section displays what current synced folders you have setup, and displays the name of the Remote Share, the Remote Share login, the Local Share, the Local Share Login, and the Sync Method. The Remote Share is the location where the data you wish to store on the reevert appliance is located, and the Local share is the the reevert share where you wish to store the data. You also have the ability to disable or enable the remote share policy, perform a sync immediately, perform a quick restore, create a restore point, and fully delete the sync.

The Remote Share Login and Local Share Login are the network credentials required to access the network shares. For the Sync Method you can select either Robocopy which will preserve file/folder ownership or Rsync over CIFS which reset file/folder ownership. Please note that Robocopy requires that the Remote Share must come from a Microsoft Windows machine, else you will encounter an error.

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Create New Synced Folder

Here you will have to select your Remote Share from the list of shares discovered or enter the UNC manually. When you have selected your remote share, you will then need to select the credentials to be used to access the share. The next step is to select your Local Share. You can either have one created automatically, or select an existing share. Please note if you choose an existing share, the data on the existing share will be lost and overwritten. You then will have to select the pool where you wish the share to reside upon. Then finaly select the sync method. For the Sync Method you can select either Robocopy which will preserve file/folder ownership or Rsync over CIFS which reset file/folder ownership. Please note that Robocopy requires that the Remote Share must come from a Microsoft Windows machine, else you will encounter an error. Once everything has been selected, click on Yes, Create to automatically create your local share.

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Restoring from a Synced Folder

If the situation arises where you have to restore from a Synced share, please visit the Shares & Snapshots page to locate the local share. Once there follow the restore procedure of the shares to restore your data.

Cloud Connector

The reevert appliance has the ability to connect to a cloud storage provider. We currently support Amazon S3, Wasabi, IBM Bluemix, Dreamhost DreamObjects and Google Cloud Platform. With this you would be able to store your snapshots off-site as an additional level of security. We do not provide cloud storage and you need to connect your appliance to your cloud account.

Connection Settings

This section is where you will be inputting your cloud security credentials. If you do not have security credentials for your cloud platform, please visit their section below to learn how to create one. You can choose to perform your uploads over an encrypted SSL connection, however upload speeds will be lower due to encryption overhead. You can select what chunk size the connection uploads in. You can select if you want to resume failed uploads or not. You can also setup your uploads to be encrypted. Finally you can test your connection to verify your settings are correct. You can also enable Auto Cleanup to delete snapshots older then a defined date in your cloud storage.

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Upload Speed Throttling

This section enables system administrators to define cloud upload throttling policies, based on availability of outgoing bandwidth during work and non-work hours.

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Scheduled Uploads

Once your connection settings are set, the Scheduled S3 Uploads section will show. From here you will be able to configure your S3 snapshots to upload on a set schedule. This will allow you to select your share will be uploaded, and the upload interval. For the upload interval, you can either select full uploads, or a combination of full and incremental uploads. Our recommended interval is a Weekly Full + Daily Incrementals.

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Snapshot Retentions

Snapshot Retentions

From here, you will be able to set the retention amount for your hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly local snapshots. You will also be able to set the time when you want the snapshots to be taken. If you do edit your retention to store a smaller amount, the appliance will automatically delete extra snapshots.

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Tasks & Logs

Recent Tasks

This section displays past, current and pending system operations. Most system actions such as creating shares, deleting shares or pools, uploading snapshots etc. can be tracked from here.

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Locked Files

This section displays currently locked files. Here you will be able to unlock any files locked by a disconnected user session. Only unlock the files if you know the user session was disconnected. If you unlock a file that has a valid connection, and another user modifies that file, it will potentially corrupt the file.

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System Logs

System log entries are displayed here. You can download the log files in gz format as well.

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Credential Manager

The Credential Manager is where you will be able to create and store your network credentials to perform network discovery, access remote machines and shares.



Saved Credentials

Here you will be able to view, edit or delete your saved credential.

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Add a Credential

Here you will be able to add a new network credential. You will need to enter a name for the credential, the login information, the login type, and the password. The login type can either be currently Windows or Linux based. If you need to create a network credential to access a linux or mac OS, then you will need to use this feature.

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Replication Manager

The Replication Manager section allows you to replicate your shares, backup sets, image backups, remote sync folders and cloud connector settings over to another appliance for disaster recovery purposes.

Connection Settings

In order to replicate to another reevert appliance, you initially need to submit a request including the slave appliances' subscription number and the last 4 characters of it's UUID number.

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The replication will go into approved mode once the contact person of the slave appliance approves your request. Then you will be able to add the hostname or IP and port number of the slave appliance and test your connection.

Replication traffic uses SSH/TCP-22 port by default. When replicating to remote locations, proper firewall configuration needs to be performed to allow the traffic to go through.

The replication targets are able to revoke the replication rights at any given time. The revocation will also enable automatic snapshots on the target side. This is useful when converting a target appliance to be the new main/replacement appliance.

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Automated Replications

You can replicate your shares, backup sets, image backups, remote sync folders and cloud connector settings over to another appliance for disaster recovery purposes.

The slave appliance can be located on-site or off-site at a different location. Replication data is compressed and encrypted during the transfer process.

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Set Replication Schedule

You can pick and choose the elements you would like to perform the replication for, and assign an interval that works the best. Please note that after performing the initial full replication, everything going forward will be incremental to ensure reduced replication times.

When replicating backup sets, image backups and remote sync folders, all policy information including saved credentials will also be replicated over to the slave appliance. These policies will remain in disabled mode on the slave applianace.

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Replication Speed Throttling

This section enables system administrators to define replication upload throttling policies, based on availability of outgoing bandwidth during work and non-work hours.

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System Settings

System Notifications

Please enter an email address to receive system notifications. We currently have four types of notifications including failed logins, license expiration, disk space alerts and cloud upload error notifications. You can also enter comma seperated list of email addresses for the weekly reports.

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File Server Auditing

File Server Auditing keeps a tack of all share level file system activities. Please note that after enabling or disabling this feature, file server services must be restarted for the changes to take effect. You can restart file server services from the dashboard.

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File Server Create Permissions

File Server Create Permissions setting allows you to set the default permission mode for new files or folders created by users.

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Remote Log Server

reevert can send system and audit logs to a remote log server. You need the log server's IP address, supported protocol and port number to configure this setting.

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OS Updates

You can manually install operating system level bugfixes and security updates or let the appliance install them for you. Please note that installing security updates may interrupt file server operations if the file server is restarted due to an update. It is a good idea to run updates after business hours or during a down-time window. If you make the change to your Automatic Updates setting, click the Save setting button to update it. You can also manually install updates by clicking on the Install Updates button.

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Beta Firmware Releases

This setting allows you to opt-in to receive cutting edge features currently in beta testing. By opting in you acknowledge that the beta releases may contain issues and bugs and that they are not recommended to be deployed on systems currently in production.

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Connection Agent Protocol Version

This setting allows you to change the protocol version the reevert connection agent uses. Use SMB Protocol v1.0 if you have legacy Windows machines on your network. If all machines are Windows Server 2008 R2 and newer, SMB Protocol v2.0 is recommended. This will trigger an agent re-install process (in background) and will take several minutes to complete.

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Change IP Address

You can easily change the IP address of your appliance if needed. Type in the new information, save it and the new IP address goes into effect after an appliance reboot.

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Change DNS Servers

You can easily change DNS server settings of your appliance if needed. Simply type in new DNS server IP addresses and save the setting.

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Domain Rejoin

If your appliance is configured in domain mode and you cannot access your shares even after restarting the file server or the appliance, try re-joining it to your domain.

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Change Workgroup

If your appliance is configured in workgroup mode, you can change the workgroup that the appliance is apart of here.

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Amazon AWS S3 Configuration

This section will go over how to create a S3 Bucket, create and apply the necessary policies, and create S3 credentials. If you do not have an Amazon AWS account, please visit here and create an account.



Create a Bucket

To create a bucket, you will need to go to the AWS Console Panel and click on the Services dropdown on the top toolbar. From there select the S3 option under the Storage section. Once there you will need to click on the Create Bucket button. This will open a popup in which you will enter the name of the new bucket and select the AWS region that you want the bucket to reside in. You will need to remember the name of the bucket because you will need to use it when creating the policy.

Create a Policy

The next step is to create a policy. To create the policy, you will need to go to the AWS Console Panel and click on the Services dropdown on the top toolbar. From there select the IAM option under the Security, Identity & Compliance section. Once there you will need to click on Policies link on the left hand side menu.

Once there, click on the Create Policy button, which will take you to the Create Policy page. Here you will have several options, where you can then select the Create Your Own Policy option. There you will need to create a name for the policy, a description, and enter the policy document. We have provided the policy document below for you to use. You will need to replace the BucketName with the name of your own bucket that you created earlier.

{
    "Version": "2012-10-17",
    "Statement": [
        {
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Action": [
                "s3:GetBucketLocation",
                "s3:ListAllMyBuckets"
            ],
            "Resource": "arn:aws:s3:::*"
        },
        {
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Action": [
                "s3:ListBucket"
            ],
            "Resource": [
                "arn:aws:s3:::BucketName"
            ]
        },
        {
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Action": [
                "s3:PutObject",
                "s3:GetObject",
                "s3:DeleteObject"
            ],
            "Resource": [
                "arn:aws:s3:::BucketName/*"
            ]
        }
    ]
}
                    

Create Credentials and Attach to Policy

After creating the policy, you will need to create the user credentials. To create the user credentials for your appliance, you will need to go to the AWS Console Panel and click on the Services dropdown on the top toolbar. From there select the IAM option under the Security, Identity & Compliance section. Once there, click on Users located on the left hand side menu, which will direct you to the user management portal. To create a new user, click on the Add User button. This will bring you to the Add User page, where you will enter the username and select the Access type. For our purposes, you will select Programmatic Access only. Once selected click on Next: Permissions to manage the permissions for the new user. Next click on the Attach existing policies directly link which will display the policy tab. From here you will be able select the policy you created earlier. Once the policy has been selected, click Next: Review to review the options for the user. Once reviewed click on Create user to create the user and retrieve the credentials. The next page will display the confirmation that the user was created, and will also display the Access key ID and the Secret access key, which you will need to save.

S3 Retention Policy

Once you have your policy and your user setup, you can choose to create your S3 snapshot retention policy on your AWS Console Panel. To do this login into your AWS Console Panel and click on the Services dropdown on the top toolbar. From there select the S3 option under the Storage section. Once in the S3 Management Console, select your reevert bucket, then click on the Properties button on the top right. Once done so, the Properties menu will show. Under this menu click on Lifecycle, then the Add rule button. Choose the Whole Bucket option on the next screen then click on the Configure Rule button on the bottom right. You will then have to choose a desired action and how the days option, and once done click Review. You will then assign a name to your rule and click Create and Activate Rule. You can find more information on these actions in the AWS Documentation on Lifecycle Configuration.

Wasabi Configuration

This section will go over how to create a Wasabi Bucket, create and apply the necessary policies, and create Wasabi credentials. If you do not have an Wasabi account, please visit here and create an account.

Create a Bucket

To create a bucket, you will need to login to the Wasabi panel. Once there click on the Create Bucket button in the upper right. From there you will enter the name you want for your bucket, select the region you want the bucket to reside in, and if you want to Quick Setup the bucket by copying another buckets settings. You can at this point either create the bucket, or continue to set properties for the bucket. On the set properties section, you can enable or disable Bucket Versioning and Bucket Logging. Once you have set the properties, you review your settings then either edit the existing settings or create your bucket.

Create a Policy

The next step is to create a policy for your bucket. To create the policy go to the Wasabi Console, then click on the Policies button the the left side navigation. This will bring you to the Policies page.

Once there, click on the Create Policy button, which will bring up the Create Policy dialog box. Here you will need to create a name for the policy, a description, and enter the policy document. We have provided the policy document below for you to use. You will need to replace the BucketName with the name of your own bucket that you created earlier.

{
            "Version": "2012-10-17",
            "Statement": [
                {
                    "Effect": "Allow",
                    "Action": [
                        "s3:GetBucketLocation",
                        "s3:ListAllMyBuckets"
                    ],
                    "Resource": "arn:aws:s3:::*"
                },
                {
                    "Effect": "Allow",
                    "Action": [
                        "s3:ListBucket"
                    ],
                    "Resource": [
                        "arn:aws:s3:::BucketName"
                    ]
                },
                {
                    "Effect": "Allow",
                    "Action": [
                        "s3:PutObject",
                        "s3:GetObject",
                        "s3:DeleteObject"
                    ],
                    "Resource": [
                        "arn:aws:s3:::BucketName/*"
                    ]
                }
            ]
        }
                            

Create User and Attach Policy

Once you have created the policy, the next step is to create the User and credentials for the policy. In the Wasabi Control Panel, press the Users button in the left side menu. Once there click on Create User, which will bring up the Create User popup. In the first Details page, enter the username you want for your User, and select the Programmatic (create API Key) option under Access then press Next. If you wish to assign the user to a group, the Groups page is where you will do so, if not, press Next. On the Policies page, enter the name of the policy you had created and select it to attach it to the user. In the next page you will review all the settings and either edit the settings or press Create User to create the user. Once the user has been created, the popup will display the Access Key and Secret Key for you. Copy and store the keys because you will need them when setting up the cloud connection.

Wasabi Retention Policy

To enable the retention policy on your bucket, go to the Wasabi Control Panel and click on your bucket. Once there, press the gear icon in the upper right section to enter the bucket settings. Click on the Compliance Tab to view the compliance and retention settings. To enable retention, enable Compliance Mode, then enable Delete after Retention option and enter the amount of time you want the backups to be kept.

IBM Bluemix Configuration

This section will go over how to create a IBM Bluemix Object Storage Account, create a bucket, and how to retrieve the credentials. If you do not have an IBM Bluemix account, please visit here and create an account.

Create an Object Storage Account

Before you are able to create a bucket, you will need an an object storage account. Once you login into your IBM Bluemix Console, go to the Object Storage page under the Storage Menu on the left hand side. Once there find the Order Object Storage link and press it. You will need to select the Cloud Object Storage - S3 API storage type. Confirm your order and your new Storage Account will show on the main page. This might take a few minutes to display.

Create a Bucket

To create a bucket click on your object storage account in the Object Storage page. Once there click on the plus symbol on the same row as unique global name to add a bucket. From there you will enter the unique name you want for your bucket, select the region you want the bucket to reside in, and standard for the storage class. Once done press Add to add the bucket.

Retrieve Credentials

With IBM Bluemix, the second you create a object storage account, credentials are created for the account automatically. To retrieve the credentials, press Access & Permissions in the account page. Once there you should see a section under credentials called access keys. Press the triangle to expand it and the credentials will be there.

DreamHost DreamObjects Configuration

This section will go over how to create a DreamHost DreamObjects user, create a bucket for that user, and retrieve the keys for that user. If you do not have an DreamHost DreamObjects account, please visit here and create an account.

Create a DreamHost DreamObjects User

Login into your DreamHost Panel and click on the Cloud Services menu option on the left, then click on DreamObjects. Once there, you will see a list of user accounts if you have any. If you do not, press the Create New User button to create a new user with a unique name.

Create a Bucket

Once the user is created and fully enabled, which might take a little bit, press on the + Add Bucket under the user's name to be able to create a bucket with a unique name of your choosing.

Retrieve Credentials

To retrieve the credentials for the bucket, press the Keys button for the user that the bucket resides under. Once you do so the access key will show, and you will have to press Show Secret Key to show the secret key.

Google Cloud Platform Configuration

This section will go over how to create a Google Cloud Platform Bucket, create a service account, and retrieve the keys for that bucket. If you do not have an Google Cloud Platform account, please visit here and create an account.

Create a Bucket

Login into your Google Cloud Platform account, and select your project. If you do not have one follow these instructions. Press the menu button in the top left and click on Storage under the Storage portion. Press Create Bucket button to be able to create your bucket, where you will be asked to enter a bucket name, select teh storage class, and regional location.

Create a Service Account

Press the menu in the top left and click on the IAM & admin button to access the IAM settings. Once there, click on the Service accounts button on the side to be able to create a service account. Once you press the Create service account button you will have to enter the name of the account. For the role, you will need to select Storage Object Admin. Lastly, you will need to select Furnish a new private key and select the JSON file option. Press create and download the json private key in a safe place.

Setup Interoperability and Retrieve Credentials

Press the menu button in the top left and click on Storage under the Storage portion. Once there press the Settings option on the left side, then the Interoperability tab. Press the Create a new key to get your Access Key and Secret Key.

Setup Cloud Connector

Go to the Cloud Connector page in the reevert dashboard, and select the Google Cloud Storage. Enter the access key and secret key you had gotten from the Interoperability page. You will then need to open the json file you had downloaded earlier and copy paste it into the Service Account JSON field. Select your chunk size and then press save to configure your

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