Add a mapped SMB share

Backup and DR Service discovers Server Message Block (SMB), formerly known as CIFS, shares on a Windows host using Windows credentials. Before you can run application discovery to add the SMB shares to Backup and DR, you must have the following:

Windows server credentials

To discover SMB shares, you must have a valid Windows server credentials.

Use the following instructions to validate them:

  1. Log into the target Windows server as the user you intend to share with Backup and DR and ensure that all SMB shares that you want to back up are visible. This validates that you have the correct username and password.

  2. If the desired SMB shares are already mapped and present, then move to the next step. For all new SMB shares, use Windows Explorer to map the target SMB share to a local drive letter. Do not specify additional credentials when mapping the drive. Specify Reconnect at logon.

Install the Backup and DR agent and generate secret key

You need to have the secret key to provide access to the SMB host. If you haven't already done so, install the Backup and DR Agent using the agent install.

Add the SMB host

Use these instructions to add a new Windows Server host to the management console:

  1. In the management console, go to Manage > Hosts.

  2. Select + Add Host.

  3. In the Add Host form, enter the name and an optional friendly name. The name of a host must start with a letter, and can contain letters and digits (0-9). Underscore ('_') characters are not valid in host names.

  4. Enter the IP address of the host in IP Address. Click the plus sign + to add it.

  5. In the Appliances section, select the management console managed appliances that serve this host. If the list is long, you can use the search box to find a specific appliance or group of appliances.

  6. Leave Host Type as Generic.

  7. In the Backup and DR agent settings, complete the following steps:

    • Backup and DR agent port is normally port 5106. If it is anything else, enter the port number.

    • Add credentials for the host. For SMB shares that need to be discovered, you must supply a username and password that can access those SMB shares and validated in Windows server credentials section.

    • You need to supply a secret key generated on the Windows host servers by the Backup and DR agent, to initialize trusted communications between the host and Backup and DR agent. This only needs to be done once. If you don't have the secret key, generate one by Install the Backup and DR agent on a Windows host.

  8. Click Add.

Discover SMB shares

To add SMB shares, you must do the following:

  1. Discover the SMB application discovery using either of the following methods:

    • In the management console, click the Back up & Recover drop-down menu and select Back up, and then select All Apps.

    • Go to App Manager > Applications, select Add Applications and then select All Apps.

  2. Select the host that you added in Add SMB host section and click Discover.

    After the SMB shares are discovered, you can find them using the SMB filter in the Applications page.

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