LocalSpeedVault (a local storage directory in Backup Manager)
By default, the Backup Manager saves your backups remotely in the cloud or at a private data center (depending on your terms of service). You can enable the LocalSpeedVault (a local storage directory) to have an additional copy on your own computer or in your local network.
Reasons to enable the LocalSpeedVault
When the LocalSpeedVault is on, scheduled backups continue running even if the Internet connection is down. Also restoring data to a local folder becomes faster and does not depend on your Internet connection.
The feature is supported on Windows, Mac and Linux devices.
What can be used as the LocalSpeedVault
You can create a LocalSpeedVault directory on a local disk, a removable disk or in a local network. All kinds of network resources are suitable: workstations, file servers or network-attached storage (NAS) devices.
If the LocalSpeedVault directory is on a local drive, it must meet the following requirements:
- It must have a sufficient amount of free space (your backup data will take the same amount of disk space as on the remote server).
- It must be open to the LocalSystem account (this is the account that the Backup Manager usually performs backups under). Read and write permissions are required.
If the LocalSpeedVault directory is in your local network, it must meet the following requirements:
- The local network must use the SMB protocol for file sharing.
- The network resource must have enough free space (your backup data will take the same amount of disk space as on the remote server).
- The network resource must be accessible during backups (it must not go into the sleep mode or get disconnected from the network).
- The network resource must be open (available without authorization), which is not recommended due to security reasons, or – preferably – it must have an account that coincides with the account on the client machine where the Backup Manager is installed (the same username and password). This can be an Active Directory account.
- If the computers in your local network are united into domains, the network resource must belong to the same domain as the client machine (otherwise there may be cross-domain authentication issues on Windows).
The network resource can be integrated with Active Directory or connected to a workgroup.
Security recommendations for network resources
If you manage the local network using Active Directory, the accounts from the client machines are suitable for access to the network resource (pass-through authentication). You can differentiate access to the network resource with the help of groups.
If the network resource is connected to a workgroup, we recommend creating a separate user account for backup purposes on each client machine where the Backup Manager is installed. The same account must be created on the network resource (this is necessary for access to the network resource).
- Use a unique username and password for each client machine.
- Do not use administrative logins/passwords.
- Limit access to the defined LocalSpeedVaultshare for all other users and groups.
Enabling the LocalSpeedVault
To enable the LocalSpeedVault, do the following:
- Go to Preferences > LocalSpeedVault.
- Select the LocalSpeedVault checkbox.
- Specify the location of the directory allocated for the LocalSpeedVault. This can be an existing or a new directory (the Backup Manager will create it for you automatically if it is not there yet).
- If the directory is on a network share, enter your access credentials for that network share.
- Save the changes you have made.
Monitoring the LocalSpeedVault
During a backup process, data is sent to the cloud and the LocalSpeedVault. If either of the two storage locations is temporary unavailable, it is updated later when the connection is re-established.
To check whether the local and remote storage locations have all necessary data, open the Overview tab in the Backup Manager or go to Preferences > LocalSpeedVault. There are three statuses altogether.
Status 1: Synchronized
The status means that a storage location has the same data as the other storage location, so it is up-to-date.
Status 2: Synchronizing
The status means that a storage location does not have all the latest data and is currently getting it from the other storage location.
When the local storage status is Synchronized and the remote storage status is Synchronizing, it means that one of your recent backups has been saved locally and is being copied to the remote server. The data is not fully protected until the synchronization is completed. While the synchronization is in progress, it is crucial to keep the LocalSpeedVault working and to avoid making changes to its settings. Otherwise the sessions that have been backed up to the LocalSpeedVault can be lost (you can identify them by the "L" mark in the session list). It is not necessary to watch for the statuses yourself though as there will be a warning message in case of possible issues.
Status 3: Failed
The status means that synchronization has failed and there is a risk of data loss.
Starting from version 18.4, the synchronization gets automatically disabled after the LocalSpeedVault has stayed in the "Failed" state for 14 days (learn more). The Backup Manager invalidates the data that has not fully synchronized with the cloud and tries to back it up again during the next session. A notification appears in the Backup Manager interface and an email alert is sent out in that case.
The default 14-day period can be customized for each backup device through the Backup Manager configuration file. Add the
LocalSpeedVaultUnavailabilityTimeoutInDays with an appropriate value to the
[General] section of the file.
Alerts on LocalSpeedVault failures are sent to the following emails:
- The email address specified for backup dashboards. In the Backup Manager, this can be found under Preferences > General > Backup dashboard settings.
- The technical-type contact person from the company the device belongs to. You can add such a contact person through the Backup Management Console (go to Customer management, click to edit the company you need, open the Contacts tab and click Add person).
Access is denied
Check your access credentials for the LocalSpeedVault storage and make sure the Backup Manager has read and write access to the LocalSpeedVault directory.
- If the LocalSpeedVault is on a local drive, check the LocalSystem user account.
- If the LocalSpeedVault is on a shared network resource, check the specified network user account.
Path is invalid
Check the specified LocalSpeedVault storage path and make sure the LocalSpeedVault directory is available. It might have been moved or deleted.
Not enough space
The LocalSpeedVault directory is full and cannot receive any new data. Possible solutions:
- Add more space to the directory (if your infrastructure allows it).
- Copy the files to another directory with a sufficient amount of space and update the LocalSpeedVault path in the Backup Manager after that.
- Disable the LocalSpeedVault and continue with the cloud storage alone. If you choose this option, make sure the remote storage is synchronized with the LocalSpeedVault.