In this step-by-step installation guide, I will walk you through the process of setting up BDRSuite to help you protect your data effectively. Before installing BDRSuite, ensure that you have the following prerequisites in place:
- Hardware Requirements:
- RAM: 8 GB minimum, 16 GB recommended
- CPU: 4 CPU minimum, 8 CPU recommended
- Network: 1 Gbps & above
- Operating System:
- Windows Server 2022, 2019, 2016, 2012R2
- Linux Ubuntu 22.04, 20.04, 18.04
- Backup Storage:
- Prepare dedicated storage for storing backups. This can be local storage, network-attached storage (NAS), or cloud storage.
- The more IOPS the better with regards to performance
- Ensure there is 10% free space available in the DB metadata storage target.
- For example, if you want to backup VMs with 2TB used data, after storage reduction, approximately 1TB of data will be stored at storage targets. In this scenario, approximately 100GB of free space would be required to store the metadata files
- Download BDRSuite: Visit the official Vembu website and download the latest version of BDRSuite.
For more detailed info see See https://www.bdrsuite.com/guide/vembu-bdr-suite/5-6/en/bdr-backup-server.html and https://www.bdrsuite.com/guide/vembu-bdr-suite/5-6/en/vembu-bdr-backup-offsite-dr-server-sizing.html
Step1: Install a backup server
For this blog article I used a Windows 2022 Server with 2 drive partitions
- C: drive for the OS
- D: drive for the backup repository
Step 2: Download installation binaries
The latest BDRSuite installation binaries can be downloaded from https://www.bdrsuite.com/vembu-bdr-suite-download/
In this blog article the latest available GA version was 5.6.0 U2
Step 3: Installation
Select “I accept the terms in the license agreement”
Accept the default installation location
Select the products/modules you want to install (for this article I selected all products)
Choose your installation type
- Standalone installation
- Cluster installation
For this blog article I choose a standalone installation
Choose the location to store the PostgreSQL database components
For this blog article I choose to install the PostgreSQL database on the D: drive (=the drive foreseen as my backup repository)
Choose the Windows Service Accout, Web Coonsole username, web console Password, Wb Server Port and Backup Port
Click “Customize Settings”
Select the Windows Service Account to be used to run the BDRSuite Backup Service
For this blog article I choose to use the Local System Account, but you can obviously also use a dedicated user to run the BDRSuite Backup Service.
Specify the username, password and web server port to access the BDRSuite web console.
For this blog article I choose to change the password to something else then the default password (admin), all the other settings I left unchanged
Click “Advanced Port Configurations”.
A new windows pops-up where you can specify a non-default Backup port, Internal Service port and secure Web Server port and enable/disable HTTPS. For this blog article I choose to leave the defaults as is.
Click “Check Ports Availability” to verify that the chosen ports are available on your server
Click OK to close the “Check Port Availability” window
Click OK to close the “Backup Server Port Availability” window
Review the settings
Wait for the installation to finish (takes less then 5 minutes)
Uncheck “Open BDRSuite Backup Server Web Console”
Step 4: Check the Installation
A log file (BDRInstallationLogFile.txt) is created in the directory where the installation binary was located. This can be handy for troubleshooting purposes if the installation fails for whatever reason.
A shortcut is created on the desktop of the backup server to open the web console of the BDRsuite. This shortcut refers to http://localhost:6060
If you want to access the webconsole from another device then the backup server you should change the “localhost” reference of the above shortcut with the FQDN name of your backup server. If you have changed the default web server port 6060 with another port, this should also obviously be reflected in the URL.
When checking the services on the backup server you will see a number of additional services being deployed (depending on the products/modules you choose to install during the installation of BDRSuite)
In a next blog article I will discuss the configuration of BDRSuite