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How To Configure and Backup to Backblaze B2 Storage

1. INTRODUCTION

2. SIGN UP FOR A BACKBLAZE B2 ACCOUNT

3. CREATE A BUCKET

4. RETRIEVE ACCOUNT ID & APPLICATION KEY

5. SET UP CONNECTION PROFILE

6. BACKUP TO BACKBLAZE B2

7. WHEN THINGS GO WRONG

BACKBLAZE B2 HELP

CHRONOSYNC HELP

VIDEO AND TEXT GUIDES

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

1. INTRODUCTION [top]

Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage (B2) is a pay-for-what-you-use cloud service for storing files in the cloud. Files are available for download at any time, either through the API or through a browser-compatible URL.

With the arrival of ChronoSync v4.8.6, connecting and backing up to Backblaze B2 storage provider is quick and easy. This guide will provide all the steps necessary to get you set up with a Backblaze B2 account and get your important data backed up to your own personal cloud.

2. SIGN UP FOR A BACKBLAZE B2 ACCOUNT [top]

If you already have a Backblaze account, you can begin with the next step, CREATE A BUCKET. Otherwise, follow these steps to sign up for a Backblaze B2 account:

  • Go to the Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage website and click on 'Sign Up for B2.' At the time of this writing, you are given 10GB of free storage, unlimited free uploads, and 1GB of downloads each day.
Sign up for Backblaze B2
  • Fill out the 'Email' and 'Password' fields.
Choose email and password
  • Click on 'Sign Up for B2.'
  • The option to take a survey pops up. It's your choice whether or not to take it. For this example, 'Close' is chosen.
  • A login screen appears where your sign in information is pre-populated.
  • Sign in
  • Choose to 'Sign In.'
  • You will be required to add a phone number to your account before proceeding. Go to 'My Settings' to do this and then verify your phone number.
Verify Phone Number
  • Determine if you would like to use two-factor verification.
Two Factor authorization

3. CREATE A BUCKET [top]

If you already have buckets defined that you wish to backup to, you can skip to the next section, RETRIEVE ACCOUNT ID & APPLICATION KEY.

A 'Bucket' is a container for objects stored in Backblaze B2. You can create as many buckets as you'd like. In ChronoSync, once connected to the B2 service, you'll select one of your buckets to backup to.

To create a bucket:

  • Click on 'Buckets' in the left side menu.
  • Click on the 'Create a Bucket' link.
Create a Backblaze bucket
  • Provide a unique name for your bucket and determine whether you want it private or public.
  • Click on 'Create a Bucket.'
Bucket unique name
  • If your bucket name is accepted, you'll see your bucket information listed.
  • B2 Cloud Storage Buckets

    Backblaze recommends that all bucket names comply with DNS naming conventions and need to be unique. It is not recommended to use periods in the name. We recommend using hyphens, e.g. “smith-fred-pics-graduation". What you need to know about B2 Bucket names.

    4. RETRIEVE ACCOUNT ID & APPLICATION KEY [top]

    To make a connection to Backblaze B2 , ChronoSync needs your access key credentials in order to access the buckets under your account. ChronoSync requires two keys: the 'Account ID' and the 'Application Key'. Follow these instructions to enable your access keys:

    • Click on the 'Show Account ID and Application Key' link.
    • The Account ID is given to you. Make note of this. You'll need it later in ChronoSync.
    Create Application Key
    • Click on 'Create Application Key.' and one is generated for you. Make note of this. You'll need it later in ChronoSync.
    • 'Close' the window.
    • .

    5. SET UP CONNECTION PROFILE [top]

    Now that you have everything set up in Backblaze, you can move over to ChronoSync and set things up so you can begin backing up to the B2 service. Follow the steps below to set up an Backblaze B2 connection profile. Once this is done, you can select Backblaze B2 as one of your targets and then back up to it.

    • Open Preferences in ChronoSync.
    • Go to Connections Preferences.
    • Click on the plus sign to add a new connection profile.
    Add Connection Profile
    • Provide a name.
    • Choose 'Backblaze B2' for Connection Type.
    • For endpoint, keep the default.
    • Provide the Account ID and Application Key you received in the Backblaze B2 Dashboard.
    • “Test” the connection.
    General Connection Panel
    • If valid, click on “Next” to set up the Advanced connection profile features.
    • Set whichever Advanced options you'd like. For a thorough explanation of them, click on the Help button to visit the ChronoSync help.
    • When finished, click on “Save” to save the profile.
    • Now you’re ready to connect to Backblaze B2 and backup to it!
    Advanced Connection Panel

    6. BACKUP TO BACKBLAZE B2 [top]

    To connect to Backblaze B2, you set up your targets just like you would with any synchronizer task. Follow these steps to set up a Left-to-right Backup of a local folder to a Backblaze B2 bucket:

    • Select your Source target by clicking on "Choose..." in the Setup panel's Source pane.
    • On the Destination pane, choose the Backblaze B2 connection you just created from the "Connect to:" menu.
    • Click "Choose..." to select a bucket from your Backblaze B2 account.
    • Click on "Select" to close the sheet.
    Choose Backblaze Bucket

    At this point, your backup is ready to run. If you wish to set rules or options, visit the respective panel.

    • Click the big right arrow in the middle of the Setup panel (or choose 'Synchronize' from the toolbar) to perform the backup.
    Perform Backup

    That's it! You have now backed up files to a Backblaze B2 bucket!

    7. WHEN THINGS GO WRONG [top]

    For most people, the above steps will work flawlessly for setting up a Backblaze B2 account, connecting and backing up to it. However, we live in an imperfect world and sometimes things just don't work out as expected. If you encounter any problems following this tutorial, here's some tips that may help you get back on track:

    BACKBLAZE B2 HELP [top]

    The Backblaze B2 website has documentation and forums in case you run into any problems with your B2 account.

    CHRONOSYNC HELP [top]

    From the "Help" menu in ChronoSync, you can try some of the following search terms (minus the quotes):

    "Connections"
    "Profiles"
    "Backblaze"
    "Targets"

    VIDEO AND TEXT GUIDES [top]

    Check out the following guides that may help you when configuring connection profiles:

    TECHNICAL SUPPORT [top]

    Contact our technical support team and just ask! We don’t mind — we're here to help!