Amazon S3 buckets have long been leveraged by SoftNAS to provide affordable and easy to manage storage. These buckets of data are resilient, and can survive the failure of a hosting service, such as SoftNAS. Should your existing instance be compromised, SoftNAS makes it easy to recover your S3 bucket by allowing you to retrieve it by importing it to a new instance. This solution limits downtime, and allows you to recover mission critical data quickly and easily.
- To access SoftNAS' import S3 functionality, first create a new SoftNAS VM to serve as host to the imported data.
- Record the name, bucket information etc, from your previous SoftNAS (or other) instance. If your previous instance cannot be opened, this can be retrieved from the AWS console, under S3.
- Login to the SoftNAS instance, using the default credentials (unless you have already changed them).
- Once logged in, go to the Storage Administration pane and select Disk Devices.
- Once in Disk Devices, select Import Disk. Click Next on opening frame of the Import DiskDevice wizard.
- Here you can retrieve your S3 bucket by providing the required information.
- AWS Access and Secret key
- Device Name - once AWS credentials have been entered, the device names available to that account will be listed. Select the desired device.
- Bucket Name
- NFS/CIFS if applicable.
Note: The size specified in the SoftNAS Cloud UI must match the size of the object storage disk being imported.
- Click Import when done.
If there is an error regarding GPT, click ok and run the wizard again. Then, SSH into the SoftNAS instance, and run this command:
'sudo /var/www/softnas/scripts/s3disk.sh remount s3-X'
In the SoftNAS UI, the pools and vols imported from the S3 disk are now visible.