Introduction to Zmanda Backup and Recovery Solutions

How To | Create a Backup Set and Configure it to the Media

Amanda Enterprise, a Zmanda product, uses a key policy concept of “Backup Set”. It simplifies and optimizes an enterprise-wide backup system with multiple clients protected equally. A Backup Set is a group of one or more DLE’s (Disk List Entries). A DLE is a combination of clients and their respective partitions like C: Drive or D: Drive in Windows or /var, /root in Linux, application, file system, or subdirectories. The backup set also comprises the backup target (Physical Tape Device, Virtual Tape, or Disk), full or incremental backup, scheduling the backup feature and staging area for tape storage.

To watch the How To  Create a Backup Set and Configure it to the Media video click here. 

Backup Sets allows an administrator to define a set of Backup Policies like What, Where, How, When to different DLE’s.    

For Example:

We have a Linux server mentioned below that we wish to backup, and then below listed two are considered as two DLE’s. : /home : /var

  • Backup Sets are created in Admin -> Backup Sets page in ZMC, as shown below.

Backup Sets are created in Admin

To Configure the Media:

In Zmanda Enterprise, backup sets are configured for backing up the data. It can use a broad range of media devices like Disk, Tape Drive, NDMP tape changer, Google Cloud Storage, or Amazon(S3). Zmanda Enterprise uses native archival tools and can back up a large number of workstations and servers running various versions of Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, or Microsoft Windows operating systems. We ensure that our customers can always recover their data while making backup simple, secure, and cost-effective.

You can select and configure the target device for Backup in Admin -> Devices page as shown below.

Disk Device:

In Disk Device Media, ZMC fills the data in /var/lib/amanda/disk/ by default. You can adjust this path to your server’s requirements.

  • The amandabackup user must have permission to write to this directory.
  • Multiple Backup Sets can use same disk target directory i.e (/var/lib/amanda/disk). The backup sets will be stored in a directory of the same name as the Backup Set.

Below image shows Disk Storage selected as media:

Amazon S3 Device:

Amazon S3 storage device requires Access key and Secret Key of your Amazon S3 Account as described in Setting up an Amazon S3 Account for Use with Amanda access keys allow you to securely control access to AWS services and resources for your users.



Secret access key example: wJalrXUtnFEMI/K7MDENG/bPxRfiCYEXAMPLEKEY

Tape Changer Device:

In tape Changer Device, a list of tape changers sensed by the operating system and the ZMC are displayed. When you choose one changer, the number of drives in the changer and tape storage slots are also displayed. The devices must be readable and writeable by amandabackup user. Tape Size must also be specified.

The below image show, tape changer selected as media.

Please follow the above steps to create a backup set and configure it to the media.

To watch the tutorial video please click here.


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A New User Interface is Coming to the Zmanda Network

Zmanda is pleased to announce that we will be rolling out a new user interface for users on January, 11th 2020.

You can get a preview of the new UI at

We are committed to making sure that every user has a great experience using Zmanda Backup Solutions.  This new UI is meant to improve the customer experience, simplify site navigation, and make it faster to log in to your Zmanda account.

Updates to the New User Interface

One of our main priorities is to make the user experience as easy as possible. We want to take the guesswork out of backup.  We have updated the look and feel to the site by incorporating Zmanda brand colors and graphics. This updated look gives the site a more modern look while still being easy to use.

Changes to Login Screen

The first major change that you will notice is the login screens. See the side by side comparisons below.

Updates to Navigation

Our major priority was to make things easier to find. In the new UI, all of your important information is right there upon logging in. You are able to quickly see what licenses are downloaded and being used, as well as any important notifications that may require your immediate attention. We also made locating license downloads easier than ever by dedicating an entire section titled “Downloads”. In this section, you can easily find information on all of your license downloads; including expiration dates.

Your Feedback is Important to Us

Please share your feedback with us clicking the feedback icon or here. For any other queries, please feel free to write to us at or call us on 888-496-2632 (US) or 408-732-3208 (INTL).

To stay up-to-date with new announcements and software updates be sure to check out the Zmanda blog. We have some big updates coming in 2020!

New Linux Versions Supported by Zmanda Backup and Recovery Software

Following the 3.6 release, we have updated our Linux client systems to support new operating system versions for CentOS, Fedora, Ubuntu, and Debian. The Zmanda Linux Client provides a reliable, cost-effective solution to protect your Linux systems against data loss. Zmanda Linux Clients interface seamlessly with the Zmanda Management Console, enabling administrators to use one intuitive, point-and-click interface to back up your infrastructure.

Please refer to the documentation for supported platforms and installation guide for new client binaries.

A few highlights of our most popular capabilities we are bringing onto the new operating clients:

  • Flexible Media Options 
    • Choose from a wide range of media for backup, including tape, tape libraries, disks (DAS, NAS, SAN, RAID), optical jukeboxes, and online storage including Amazons S3.
  • Backup Fault Tolerance 
    • Zmanda gracefully skips systems (e.g. laptops) that cannot be backed up in a particular run and adds them to the next backup run.
  • Intelligent Scheduler 
    • A unique scheduler automatically determines backup levels to optimize network and storage usage.

A more comprehensive review is here.

Alongside these new capabilities, our open source development and distribution model enables us to deliver the highest quality backup software such as Amanda Enterprise and Zmanda Recovery Manager for MySQL at a fraction of the cost of software from proprietary vendors. Our simple-to-use yet feature-rich backup software is complemented by top-notch services and support expected by enterprise customers.

Given the ever-evolving nature of today’s cyber-threats, Zmanda is also constantly enhancing data retention policies.

Together these planned enhancements underscore Zmanda’s drive to deliver complete cyber protection for partners and customers alike – ensuring the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security of data (Five Vectors of Cyber Protection). Zmanda helps their service providers, customers overcome ever-evolving backup requirements, and the rising costs associated with those trends.  In short, Zmanda focuses on delivering secure, easy and efficient cyber protection solutions.


Also, be sure to check out our other helpful installation guide, Zmanda Recovery Manager- Quick Start-Up Guide

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