Documentation

Want to know more about Noovolari Smart backup features? Noovolari team is here to help!

 

Register a new account

You can register a new account on Noovolari.com platform by providing a valid email address (verification required) and by creating a secure password.

Sign in link

Click on “Don’t have an account? Sign up” link at the bottom of the login screen;

Provide a valid email address and a secure password;

Click “create account” button, check your email and confirm your account.

Your account has been successfully created!

Please, read carefully our “Terms of services” and “Private Policy” pages.

Sign in – Login with Google

Select “Login with Google” and choose the google account you want to use.

You are now logged in!

Login

You can easily login by filling the form with your email address and your secure password or by choosing “login with google”.

Forgot your password?

Recover it by clicking on “Forgot password” link. Provide the email address associated to your Noovolari account and check your email to recover your password.

First login

If you are new on Noovolari Platform, you first need to register a new Cloud Account.

Choose your Cloud provider and click “next”.

Cloud Account Registration

AWS – Automatic Registration

To proceed with an automatic registration:

provide an account name for the account you are creating and your AWS account number*. Then click “next”.

Provide admin access key and admin secret key**.

Select “attach existing policy”, choose “administrator access”, click on “Review” and then click on “create user”. From this view, you can visualize Access key value and secret key value; you are now able to copy them to the Noovolari account registration page. Click “register”. The registration of your Noovolari account is completed.

(Note: after the creation of your account on Noovolari Platform is completed, the user created on AWS and all the credentials associated to it can be deleted. We don’t store your credentials at any time).

*AWS account number is a numeric 12-Digit long value associated to your AWS account. To get it, login to your AWS console and check “my account” section from the dropdown menu placed on the right top of the screen.
**Admin access key is an alphanumeric value placed in the IAM section of your AWS account.  From IAM section, click on “user” link on the left side of the screen. Click on “add user” button and insert a name. In “access type” field, choose “programmatic access” and click “next”.

 AWS – Manual Registration (CLI)

If you want to register your account manually using CLI, click on “switch to manual mode” during the registration process and select “Command Line Interface”. Open your terminal and follow the step-by-step guide on Noovolari registration page.

Please, verify that your console is properly configured according to AWS CLI guidelines.

Manual registration with CLI policy

 

AWS – Manual Registration (IAM)

If you need to register your account manually using IAM, click on “switch to manual mode” and select “policy IAM”. First login to you AWS console and then follow the step-by-step guide on Noovolari registration page.

 

 

Register a new backup job

You can create a new backup job by clicking on “+” button on “backup job page”. After that, you will be able to associate instances to it (drag and drop). You can associate one or more virtual machine to the same backup job by dragging and dropping them to the backup job section.

Consistency

Backup jobs on running instances can be either agentfull (by installing our agent on your virtual machines, your instances will be freezed to a coherent state before snapshots are triggered) or agentless. You can choose

backup typology by selecting “yes” or “no” in “consistency” section.

Infrastructure Consistency 

Both associating all the instances of infrastructure to the same backup job and installing our agent on each of them ensure also a coherent recovery point of the whole infrastructure.

Activation

Select “yes” if you need to start up your backup job immediately after the creation of the new backup job. By selecting “no” you will be able to start it later.

Retention Rules

You can add retention rules (max 5) to backup jobs by choosing the frequency of backups and the number of backups you need to retain.

Note: each instance associated to the backup job you are creating will follow the rules you are setting up.

If you need to change/add retention rules, you can select a backup job from the backup jobs list and, by selecting “resources” tab, you can edit retention rules associated by clicking on “edit resources” button.

Retention Rule example

Cross-region replica

With the Cross-region replica feature, you can replicate a recovery point of a whole infrastructure across multiple AWS Regions.

The challenge is being able to move snapshots from one region to another in a safe, smart, secure, timely, automated way.

When creating a new backup job, choose first which instances your backup job will manage and then select “Region” to activate replica for every recovery point in the backup job:

By choosing region replica, Noovolari will search for you for encrypted volumes in any of the resources of the backup job, and then it will guide you in choosing the key-mapping to use to encrypt volumes in the new replica region. Noovolari is also able to manage encryption for you, if needed.

As shown above, at the end of the backup job creation process, you’ll get a summary with the region replica checked.

Cross-account replica

Noovolari Smart backup can now create a replica in an additional AWS account. This feature ensures protection for the recovery points by replicating them in a separate AWS account, even if the main account is corrupted.
At the fourth step of the backup job creation, you can choose to replicate each recovery point in another AWS account managed by Noovolari Smart backup.
Furthermore, you can also choose to replicate each recovery point in another AWS account managed by Noovolari Smart backup.
Noovolari will identify for you encrypted volumes and it will guide you in choosing a key mapping for new snapshots in the replica AWS account.
Please note that if one of the volumes is encrypted with the default region key of KMS, you won’t be able to use cross-account replication.
After the backup job creation, a snapshot replica will be created for each recovery point created based on the backup job retention rules.


Install agent on your instances

Noovolari Smart backup let you backup multiple Cloud instances together and get a single snapshot of your whole cloud infrastructure in a consistent state. That means all your instances (Ec2) will do a backup at the same moment to avoid data loss.

If you want that kind of consistency you have to install an agent on every Ec2 Instance you wants to include in your infrastructure.

Linux agent installation

Firstly you have to go to the resources view and click on the Actions tab in the row of the specified resource, and click on “Agent link”. Then:

  • log on your instance
  • Copy/paste the script
  • Follow instructions

Agent link for Linux

It’s smart to install agent in a Linux distros (Ubuntu, Amazon Linux, Centos, Debian, Red Hat, Suse), you just have to access to the instance and then copy the script in the terminal and follow the instructions.

In the installation the agent will ask you if you want the MySQL consistency (username and password needs to be provided). The agent will ask you consistency on every DBs on your server.

If MySQL server in consistent every time Noovolari Smart backup do a snapshot of the infrastructure the sever will be freeze for the duration of the snapshot.

At the end remember to paste the provided UUID and Api Key that you have received in the portal.

Windows agent installation

For a Windows instance, Noovolari will provide you a custom link.

Agent link for Windows

After accessing to your Windows instance, paste the given link in the browser, it will download an .exe installer.

Known issue: on older  windows server versions, there’s a known bug that will make the downloaded file lose extension .exe . Just rename and add the extension to the file.

Double click on the .exe file and the installer will start. During installation you will be prompted for UUID and Api Key, you can find them in the Agent Link action.

Recovery

Through the “recovery” function you can browse between backups made for a specific instance – created by manual backup or backup jobs – and, by restoring one of them, you can backing up to a previous state of your instances.

You can restore a backup from “backups” tab in “Resources” section.

Recovery instance example

File Level Recovery

FLR allows you to browse between files included in a backup in order to pick up a specific one.

You can do so by selecting “File Level Recovery” from the menu placed on the left and by choosing a specific backup of an instance.

Once you retrieved the file needed, close the Recovery Session by clicking “close session” button placed on the top right of the window.

When you start the Recovery Session you have 60 minutes to find the file you are looking for and to download it, anyway after 60 minutes you can start a new Recovery Session.

FIle Level Recovery example

Billing

From “billing” page you can visualize billing plans and choose the most suitable billing plan depending on your needs. Moreover, you can add or update your billing information such as Invoice Information and Credit Card Information.