You can use Hybrid Backup Recovery (HBR) clients to back up files from on-premises servers or virtual machines (VMs). You can also restore the files based on your business requirements. This topic describes how to prepare for a data backup.

Background information

You can use different HBR clients based on the actual scenarios. You can use the following methods to activate HBR clients:
  • HBR clients for Windows can only be manually activated.
  • HBR clients for Linux can be automatically or manually activated.

Prepare an AccessKey pair for a RAM user (Recommended)

Resource Access Management (RAM) is an Alibaba Cloud service that allows you to manage user identities and control access to resources. RAM allows you to create and manage multiple identities within an Alibaba Cloud account and grant different permissions to a single identity or a group of identities. This way, you can authorize different identities to access different Alibaba Cloud resources.

An AccessKey pair is required when you activate an HBR client. The AccessKey pair is an identity credential. If the AccessKey pair of your Alibaba Cloud account is leaked, all cloud resources that belong to the account are exposed to risks. Therefore, we recommend that you use the AccessKey pair of a RAM user to activate HBR clients. For information about how to create a RAM user and how to create an AccessKey pair for the RAM user, see Create a RAM user and Create an AccessKey pair for a RAM user.

Download and activate an HBR client for Windows

  1. Log on to the HBR console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, choose Backup > On-Premises Backup.
  3. In the top navigation bar, select a region.
  4. Select a file that you want to back up.
    • If you are not using the latest version of backup client, click File (New) on the On-Premises Backup page.
    • If you are using the latest version of backup client, click File on the On-Premises Backup page.
  5. In the upper-right corner of the page, click Add Client.
  6. Download the HBR client for Windows.
    You can download the installation package of the HBR client for Windows (64-bit) or Windows (32-bit). Record the activation code. The activation code is used to install and activate the client.
  7. Install and activate the HBR client for Windows.
    1. Double-click the installation package of the HBR client and select a language for installation.
    2. Select the path in which you want to install the client and click Next.
    3. Select Local client connecting to Alibaba Cloud, and then click Next.
    4. If you want to use a proxy server, enter the IP address of the proxy server. Click Next.
    5. In the Activation token field, enter the activation code that you recorded in Step 4. Then, click Next.
    6. Click Install.
      After the client is installed, Activated is displayed in the Client Status column on the Clients tab.

Download and activate an HBR client for Linux

  1. Log on to the HBR console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, choose Backup > On-Premises Backup.
  3. In the top navigation bar, select a region.
  4. Select a file that you want to back up.
    • If you are not using the latest version of backup client, click File (New) on the On-Premises Backup page.
    • If you are using the latest version of backup client, click File on the On-Premises Backup page.
  5. In the upper-right corner of the page, click Add Client.
  6. Download and decompress the HBR client for Linux.
    You can download the installation package of the HBR client for Linux (64-bit) or Linux (32-bit). Record the activation code. The activation code is used to install and activate the client.
  7. Manually or automatically activate the HBR client for Linux.

    In the following example, 05MUE877 indicates the dynamic activation code that is obtained from the HBR console.

    • Manually activate the HBR client for Linux.

      In the path to which the HBR client is decompressed, run the following command to activate the client: ./setup -t local -k 05MUE877.

    • Automatically activate the HBR client for Linux.

      In the Add Client panel, click Auto Active (Linux Only) and copy one of the commands based on your network. Then, paste and run the command that you copied on the client for Linux to activate the client.

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