WholesaleBackup Getting Started Guide for using Google Cloud Storage to Host Backup Data
Welcome to WholesaleBackup’s guide to getting started hosting online backups with Google’s Interoperable Cloud Storage. Our goal is to make the setup and deployment process as quick and easy as possible. If you find anything in this guide unclear, please send your questions, comments, and feedback to ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ and we will revise the guide accordingly. Ok! Let’s get started!
Step 1: Sign up for an Google Cloud Platform account .
Step 2a: Create a project, (If you don’t have a project name you will be prompted for one before you can proceed, if you have an existing project name you can use that.)
Step 2b: Next Setup your Free Trial & Billing with Google Cloud Platform: https://console.cloud.google.com/billing, this step is needed to generate an active cloud storage location.
Step 3: Click the triple stacked line (Burger menu icon) in the top left corner, scroll down to the Storage menu item. Here is the direct link for quicker access: https://console.cloud.google.com/storage/
Step 4: In the left sidebar of the Storage page click ‘Settings’. Next click on the ‘INTEROPERABILITY‘ link along the top, click on the ‘Enable interoperability access‘ and click to ‘Create a new key’.
Step 4: Your project is now the default for ‘interoperable access’. Copy and keep safe and secure the ACCESS KEY and SECRET key (the latter is like a password). you will use them to build a custom branded WholesaleBackup client which backs up to your Google Cloud Storage.
Step 5a: Register and get instant access to your (free) Backup Management Web Console now to build your custom branded backup client that connects to your Google Cloud Storage
(The Backup Management Web Console is your central location for building, managing, and running your backup business)
5b: Login to your new Backup Management Web Console: https://dash.backupops.com (You will also receive a welcome email with next steps and link.)
5c: Fill out the build form and configure the backup client to use your ACCESS KEY and SECRET key you generated in the prior step. You should have those saved somewhere. There is also the option to set the “Google Storage Region“. This will define in which geographical region your backup storage bucket is created. You cannot change the bucket region once it is created. For more information see the Google Documentation on regions. There are some advantages to choosing a bucket that is located closer to your backup customers. However, if you do not have a specific reason to change the region then I suggest that you use the default “US (United States)” region. (Build form is located under the “Your Brands” tab if needed.)
Step 6: Download your new client from the link in the email that will be sent to you when the build process is complete, in addition you can always download your client installer directly from the “Your Brands” page in the Web Console.
Step 7: Install the new backup client on a computer and set it up to start running backups using this guide here. Run your first backup!
Step 8: Use the Web Console to monitor this or any backup account that uses your software. Just go to https://dash.backupops.com and log in using the email address and password you used in Web Console sign-up form. If you forget the password, no problem, just click the “Forgot your password?” link under the sign in form.
Step 9: Check out our guides for using the WholesaleBackup Console here: