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Destination: Amazon S3


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Mar 22, 2022
Backup4all 9.x
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Backup4all supports backing up to Amazon S3 storage. This is a practical backup destination because the backed up data can be easily accessed from any other computer with an Internet connection.



Use existing configuration
Use this option if you want to use an already defined Amazon S3 location in File->Options->Online connections->Amazon S3. From the drop-down list, select the Amazon S3 location you want to use.
The advantage is that if you use the same Amazon S3 destination for multiple backup jobs and a modification is needed for destination, you can change only the Amazon S3 configuration from File->Options->Online connections->Amazon S3 and all backup jobs destinations will be updated.

Custom configuration
Use this option to add a new Amazon S3 location or to edit an existing one by pressing the Edit configuration button.

Here you can see a listing of the Amazon S3 settings.
If you configured a new Amazon S3 location or you edit an existing one, you should use the Test connection button to see if the Amazon S3 settings are correct. If the test was successful, The Amazon S3 connection was tested successfully message will be displayed.
Once you press the OK button, Backup4all will try to connect to the Amazon S3 server to see if a backup catalog already exists on the destination. If the Amazon S3 destination is not available, a Cannot connect to the Amazon S3 server message is displayed in the status bar (bottom of the main window).
Amazon S3 Configuration
This window is shown when selecting Edit configuration from the Destination->Amazon S3 window.



Existing configuration
If you want to add a new Amazon S3 location, the <New> option should be selected. To edit an existing Amazon S3 location, select it from the drop-down list. All fields will be filled with the values of the selected Amazon S3 configuration.

  • Access Key ID - In this field you have to enter the access key ID for your Amazon S3 account
  • Secret Access Key - In this field you have to enter the Secret Access Key for your Amazon S3 account
  • Region - select a region from the list, where your backups will be stored
  • Bucket - In this field you need to enter the bucket to be used as destination. You can also create a new bucket if you type its name and press Create button. If you already have the bucket created outside Backup4all, please make sure you also select the correct region for it.
  • Folder - In this field you have to enter the folder where you want to store the backups. If the folder does not exist, it will be created.
  • Storage class
  • Standard - this option offers high durability, availability, and performance object storage for frequently accessed data.
  • Standard - Infrequent Access Storage - is an Amazon S3 storage class for data that is accessed less frequently, but requires rapid access when needed.
  • Reduced redundancy (not recommended) - enables customers to store noncritical, reproducible data at lower levels of redundancy than Amazon S3’s standard storage. It provides a highly available solution for distributing or sharing content that is durably stored elsewhere, or for storing thumbnails, transcoded media, or other processed data that can be easily reproduced.
Transfer acceleration - this option enables fast, easy, and secure transfers of files over long distances between Backup4all and the S3 bucket. Transfer Acceleration takes advantage of Amazon CloudFront’s globally distributed edge locations. As the data arrives at an edge location, data is routed to Amazon S3 over an optimized network path. Please note it takes about 20 minutes since the bucket creation until the acceleration is enabled for that bucket.