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Deployment of Ahsay™ BackupBox Firmware (AhsayBBF)

Postby Development » Fri Oct 09, 2009 12:15 pm

Ahsay™ BackupBox Firmware (AhsayBBF) allows you to convert any bare computer into an Ahsay™ BackupBox enterprise backup server in two minutes. It is a FREE operating platform optimized for AhsayOBS, which saves you the time on installation and the money you need to pay when using other operating platforms.

We have made the AhsayBBF bootable from a compact flash (CF) card or a USB Dom. And AhsayOBS is already bundled within AhsayBBF. Therefore, you can simply plug the AhsayBBF CF card or USB Dom into a bare computer as a boot device. After booting up, AhsayOBS will be up and running and the bare computer is turned into an Ahsay™ BackupBox enterprise backup server.

The instructions on AhsayBBF's deployment, setup and administration are now available online. Click here to download these instructions.

If you have any technical questions related to AhsayBBF, feel free to discuss under this thread.
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Postby jhamilton » Fri Oct 09, 2009 5:49 pm

I like your idea of having your own operating system for running OBS. I'm struggling with choosing a correct NAS model for my own on-site backup appliance solution to smbs. Now it seems that this BBF solution opens more choice for me.

quick questions:
1. You mentioned bare computer. Will DELL's tower servers do? They are quite cheap here in UK.
2. I've read your guides already and couldn't find any section mentioning the deployment with USB DOM. How to do it?
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Postby jarmstrong5 » Sun Oct 11, 2009 4:47 am

Could this be used to build a Virtual server as well?
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Postby Scherring » Mon Oct 12, 2009 4:28 pm

Referring to the questions posted by jhamilton,

1. Yes, it is possible to run AhsayBBF on standard DELL/HP/IBM servers. With AhsayBBF, you no longer need to install an operating system before installing AhsayOBS/AhsayRPS. You get both the operating system and AhsayOBS/AhsayRPS configured when you use AhsayBBF. This saves you time to configure and tune an operating system of AhsayOBS/AhsayRPS.

Please refer to http://www.ahsay.com/en/partners/ahsay_ ... mware.html for more information.

2. The procedure to deploy AhsayBBF on USB DOM is the same as deploying AhsayBBF on a Compact Flash (CF) Card. Please refer to the instructions in the [Ahsay BackupBox v1.0.0.x Deployment Guide] in our documents which can be download http://www.ahsay.com/download/customer/ ... es_chm.zip

Referring to the questions posted by jarmstrong5,

Yes, this can be used to build a virtual server. We will make a VMWare image available on our website when we release v5.5.5.0 later this week. You can then simply play this image file to run an AhsayOBS server without installing an operating system and AhsayOBS instantly.
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Postby dgarner » Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:12 pm

Is the AhsayOBS blundled with AhsayBBF brandable?
Are we able to brand AhsayBBF before installing onto a machine?
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Postby Scherring » Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:19 pm

Yes, of course. It is brandable. Precisely, AhsayBBF is derived from FreeBSD 6.0. You can brand AhsayOBS running on AhsayBBF just as you brand AhsayOBS running on a PC running FreeBSD. You just won't need to configure out how to install and run FreeBSD and AhsayOBS using command line because a GUI web interface is available. Also, since kernel parameters have been optimized for the use of AhsayOBS, you can be sure that the OS is fully optimized without having to go through numerous rounds of trials and errors.

Of course, more importantly, AhsayBBF is free (except that a US$50 Java VM royalty is required to use Sun Java VM on non-standard setup). It is better than having to pay software licenses to use either Windows or Linux (Linux is not free if you need support).
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Postby jarmstrong5 » Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:31 pm

Thank you for this information. This sounds like a very interesting option. Are there limitation on what version it supports? We are unable to upgrade to 5.5.3.x due to instability and massive downtime. 5.5.1.6 is working quite well for us. Also, can RPS be run from this?
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Postby jarmstrong5 » Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:19 pm

Can you elaborate on what versions this will support? Also what is this 5.5.5.0 release? My understanding was that was being skipped in favor of 6.0.
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Postby Scherring » Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:43 am

v5.5.5.0 is a bug fix release of v5.5 series. It will be released by the latest next Monday. It contains lots of bug fixes, improvement and optimization routines. We will suggest everyone to upgrade to this release whenever they can. From our lab test, although it does add some delay to the first backup job after upgrade when on-the-fly index upgrade is being run, it shouldn't introduce massive downtime as in v5.5.3.x releases.

AhsayBBF contains both AhsayOBS and AhsayRPS by default. Of course, you can use AhsayRPS running on AhsayBBF.
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Postby jarmstrong5 » Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:31 am

Scherring--

Is the CF card / USB drive needed after the installation process? I can't quite tell from the documentation if the BBF firmware will be copied to the local hard disk or will always run from the USB drive.
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Postby Scherring » Wed Oct 14, 2009 3:10 am

CF card / USB drive is still needed to be attached to the machine in the coming release.

We are currently developing an installer that installs AhsayBBF to hard disk so that the CF card / USB drive is NOT required to be attached. We expect this to be available early next year.
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Postby avldwx » Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:26 am

I've imaged this to a blank 9GB scsi hard drive and it boots/runs fine like it is.
1GB 'read-only' partition.

- AhsayBBF is a customized FreeNAS build.
- It only 'supports' 1 hard drive, more if soft RAIDed together to 1 logical drive.
- Supports SMB for supporting OBS, and has SSH.

I've leased a license for it, and it won't take due to OBS JVM Royalty?
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Postby Scherring » Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:20 pm

Yes, Sun Microsystem requires a Java royalty (US$50) for using Java viritual machine on non-standard setup. You need to contact sales to add this option to your existing OBS license key.
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Postby jarmstrong5 » Sat Oct 17, 2009 11:15 am

Do you have any details on what type of system can be supported? Is it a 64 bit OS such that it can support more than 4 gig of RAM?
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Postby Scherring » Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:15 am

Theoretically, AhsayBBF can run on most standard PC / Server that have standard hardware. We have tested AhsayBBF on a number of DELL servers and can find no problems. I am sure that AhsayBBF runs on many other servers from different vendors as well. If you run into any problems when using AhsayBBF on any hardware, please let us know. We will try our best to find the correct hardware drivers for you.

AhsayBBF can run on x64 computers. This has been tested in our lab already but we haven't packaged them into the download version. We will make this available next week, along with the VM Server image which contains the same AhsayBBF.
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