Best of Both Worlds: Connecting AetherStore’s Onsite Backup Capabilities to Your Cloud Backup Solution – part 2

A cloud copy ensures you can access your data from anywhere with an internet connection, while your local copy in AetherStore guarantees fast and easy access even without one.

Welcome back to the second part of our “Best of Both Worlds” series. In the previous post of our series, we covered why the 3-2-1 backup strategy is a good idea, as well as how to combine AetherStore with Carbonite to conform to the 3-2-1 backup strategy. In this post, I’ll be demonstrating how we can connect to another major player in the cloud-backup industry: CrashPlan.

CrashPlan comes with a number of robust backup features, one of which is CrashPlan Central, CrashPlan’s online backup destination. CrashPlan and AetherStore work together seamlessly, with AetherStore taking care of local-backups and CrashPlan Central filling the online-backup role of a 3-2-1 backup strategy. Below, you can read about how you can set up CrashPlan to work with AetherStore.

Connecting AetherStore & CrashPlan:

As you can see, I still have my old AetherStore deployment up and running from my previous guide. If you need help setting up a Store, check out Shannon’s guide here.


1. Copy your important files into AetherStore

My Store already contains all the files that I want backed up. If yours doesn’t already, be sure to move your important files into your Store first.


2. Change CrashPlan’s backup location

If you haven’t done so yet, go ahead and install and run CrashPlan. We’ll need to change the backup location on CrashPlan. You can do so by going to the Backup tab and pressing the ‘Change’ button.


3. Set AetherStore as the primary backup location

You’ll see a list of drives that you can set as your primary backup location. Select AetherStore, then save.


4. Start the backup process

Press the gray ‘Play’ button near the top-right corner of CrashPlan to start your backup process.


AetherStore can also work as an add-on to your existing CrashPlan setup. If you already have your files backed up into CrashPlan Central, you can restore the backup directly into AetherStore so that you’ll have encrypted, redundant, and self-replicating copies of your files locally as well now. Here’s how:

1. Change CrashPlan’s restore location

Open up CrashPlan and click the Restore tab.  From there, select all the files that you want to restore, then manually set the restore location. By default, the restore location should be set as your Desktop. You can change it by clicking the location the orange arrow is pointing at in the picture below.


2. Set AetherStore as the restore location

You’ll see a list of drives that you can set as your restore location. Select AetherStore, then save.


3. Start the restore process

Press the ‘Restore’ button to start the restore process.


And that’s it! You now have a redundant self-healing drive that regularly makes backups of itself in the Cloud.