This section containes guidelines for the most common task required by the users; also links to technical resources are also provided.

How to Activate Zextras Backup

Once you have finished your servers setup, you need a few more steps to configure the Backup module and have all your data automatically backed up.

  • Mount a storage device (like e.g., a NAS) in you desired path. We will use the default /opt/zimbra/backup/zextras throughout this section; remember to replace it with the path you chose.

The size of the device should be at least 80% of primary + secondary volume size.
  • Set the correct permission on the backup path: chown zimbra:zimbra /opt/zimbra/backup/zextras

  • Set the full path for backups, either from the admin console (see screenshot of Figure Zextras Backup Admin Console), or the command line:

zxsuite config server set $(zmhostname) attribute ZxBackup_DestPath value /opt/zimbra-backup
backup ui
Figure 1. Zextras Backup Admin Console
  • Once you have specified the backup path, it must be initialised, an operation that can be done either from the admin console or the command line. In the first case, click on the btn:[Initialize NOW!] button on the top right corner of Figure Zextras Backup Admin Console screenshot. From the CLI, initialization is done by simply starting SmartScan for the first time: zxsuite backup doSmartScan start

To avoid a flood of notifications about running operations, it is suggested to lower the default Notification level from Information to one of Warning, Error, or Critical
backup notification level
Figure 2. Zextras Backup Notification Level