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Zerto Integration Guide

Zerto Integration Guide #

Introduction #

Zerto brings together disaster recovery and data protection. It provides a single, scalable solution provides simple cloud data management and protection across on-premises, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments. You can use Zerto with Storj DCS S3-compatible storage.

Main site: https://www.zerto.com - You can download a free trial here.

Demo site: Zerto’s Hands on Labs

Configure Zerto to use Storj DCS #

Log into Zerto Virtual Manager (ZVM).

On the left-hand side of the ZVM dashboard, click the Setup button (icon looks like a wrench).

Tab over to Repositories and click New Repository.

On the New Repository wizard screen:

  • General:
    • Provide a name for the repository
    • Change Storage Type to S3-Compatible storage
    • Toggle whether to set this as your default LTR repo
  • Settings:

After populating all fields, click Save. You should now see the Storj Repo as part of your LTR repository list.

You may optionally verify Zerto’s connection via the Storj DCS website. To do so, please sign in to your Storj DCS account, click on Buckets on the left-hand side, then select your demo-bucket from the Buckets view, and provide the encryption passphrase. You will be taken to this bucket’s page where you will see a repository.config file, confirming the connection.

Once the repository is configured, return to the ZVM interface in Zerto.

On the left-hand side click VPGs. On the VPG management screen, tick the box next to the VPG you are looking to protect.

Check the following Long-Term Retention settings and click Done:

Returning to the VPG management page, click Actions then Run Retention Process. This will initiate an upload of a copy of the virtual machine to the Storj repository.

You may return to the Storj DCS website, to see a copy of the Windows File Server in the Storj demo-bucket.

Restoring a backup with Zerto #

Once the initial Retention Process has been completed, you may “accidentally” delete all the files in that recently copied file server in order to test functionality of restoring a backup.

Return to the ZVM console and start a File Level Restore. Click Restore then Search and Restore.

Search for the deleted file share and click on it. Then click Restore File.

Click the folder icon and select the Fileshare to restore it to the Windows File Servers (WinFS) as shown below. Click Restore.

A file restore task will kick-off, beginning the movement of that file share directory and all its contents backed up in Storj back to the Windows File Server. Once completed, you can find the recovered folder and its files restored in the directory.