61007: Acronis Backup 12.5: how to attach a local storage to Acronis Backup Appliance

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1. Add a new virtual disk of the required size to Acronis Backup Appliance (All-in-one Appliance): in the vSphere client, right-click the Appliance VM -> Edit Settings.

2. You can use Putty to connect directly to All-In-One Appliance terminal using Secure Shell protocol. You'll just need to enter the IP of the All-In-One Appliance host to Host connection string and press Enter. Putty provides comfortable commandline management. Then you'll need to enter the root username and your password that used to enter Acronis Management Console that is root by default
To use web Terminal open All-In-One Appliance cockpit interface (http://IP:9090) and login as “root”:

3. Switch to Terminal. To check the mounted storage ID, issue:
cat /proc/partitions

Alternatively you can use the following command to list partitions: df -h   

If new partition is not seen restart of All-In-One Appliance is needed.

4.Launch partition editor:

parted

5. Then run print devices  to show all available devices including the newly created one

6. Then run select <new_device> ( "select /dev/sdd" in this example)

7. Create GPT table:

 mktable gpt

8. Create a partition on the new device:

mkpart primary ext4 0% 100%

This means that we're creating primary partition with ext4 file system that begins from the 0% of the disk and ends on 100% of the disk.

9. Quit

quit

10. Now we have to figure out that in this example we were working with sdd disk drive. We created the first partition on this disk that has the same name plus its sequence number - sdd1.

11. Format the created partition into ext4:

mkfs.ext4 /dev/<your_partition>

12. Create some folder where this disk will be mounted:

mkdir /mnt/backups

13. Mount newly created partition to this folder:

mount /dev/<your_partition> /mnt/backups

14. Now you need to check the UUID of just created partition.

 lsblk --output NAME,UUID,SIZE,TYPE,MOUNTPOINT

Copy the UUID of just created partition. You will need this value in the next step.

15. By default Linux doesn't keep a volume mounted after reboot. That's why you need to create a script that mounts the volume automatically on boot.

Adding devices to /etc/fstab in All-In-One Appliance is not possible at this time so please use this workaround:

Please note that the file name of the script must correspond to the path where you mounted the volume (/mnt/backups ⇒ mnt-backups.mount)

You need to create file /etc/systemd/system/mnt-backups.mount and make it executable.

You can use WinSCP  to create a script using the text below and make it executable; or you can create the script using NANO editor and make it executable with a Terminal command.

To create the script with NANO editor start by running the following command:

nano /etc/systemd/system/mnt-backups.mount

This command opens this file in NANO editor.
In opened NANO editor type the following:

[Unit]

Description=Mount Backup Volume at boot

[Mount]

What=UUID="16575a81-bb2c-46f3-9ad8-3bbe20157f7c"

Where=/mnt/backups

Type=ext4

Options=defaults

[Install]

WantedBy=multi-user.target

  • To find the UUID of your volume, you can type: blkid

16. Now press Ctrl+O and Enter to save changes and Ctrl+X to exit the editor.

17. Make the script executable: chmod +x /etc/systemd/system/mnt-backups.mount

18. Reload systemd by running the command: systemctl daemon-reload

19. Launch the script to mount the volume: systemctl start mnt-backups.mount

20. Finally enable the script to mount your volume automatically during boot: systemctl enable mnt-backups.mount

21. To make sure that you correctly added new volume to All-In-One Appliance and made mounting of this volume permanent it is a good idea to reboot All-In-One Appliance by running reboot command from commandline.

22. You can enter the Backup Console (http://IP:9877) and add a location for the newly mounted storage:
Click Backups (left side) -> Add location (top right corner) -> Select Local folder in Browse section -> expand folders tree by clicking "+" sign on the HDD icon -> expand mnt folder, where you mounted new volume -> select  newly mounted folder -> press the Done button

23. Now you can use this folder as a backup destination.

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