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Support Digest: August 2018

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Hello dear colleagues,

I'm happy to present the latest issue of MSP Support digest. In August, we've published Update 2 for Acronis Data Cloud 7.7 platform. With this update, the Acronis flagship cloud product offers enhancements and addresses the issues found in the previous releases. Apart from that, plugins for several cloud integration systems (WHM, cPanel, ConnectWise Automate) have also been updated.

Hot topics

As usual, in August we've reviewed all questions coming from Partners and prepared answers for 3 most common ones. Let's go through the questions and answers for them:

#1 Acronis Data Cloud maintenance impact and notifications

Each maintenance event that concerns Acronis Data Cloud platform, is being preceded by notification sent by Data center Monitoring team. Partner administrators can subscribe to those distributions by marking the "Maintenance notifications" checkbox under their account's settings. If the option is not visible, it's necessary to contact your reseller to have the notifications forwarded. Depending on upcoming maintenance type notification is being sent proactively. The table below shows dependence between email dispatch time and maintenance type:

Event type Notification time
Major release 1 week before release
Minor release 2 weeks before release
Hotfix 1 day (minimum) before release

 

The possible impact of each maintenance is always specified under the notification text. Some specific components may be unavailable during the time while works are in progress. In general, backup and recovery operations stay intact regardless of event type.

 

#2Application-aware backup

Acronis Backup Cloud provides 2 ways how Windows application (Exchange, SQL, Active Directory) can be protected:

  1. database backup
  2. using application-aware backup

Unlike simple entire machine or disk-level backup, application aware backup guarantees that applications are backed up in a consistent state and thus will be available immediately after the machine is recovered. This is achieved by backup of transaction log belonging to protected applications. Application aware backup allows to recover specific application items (SQL databases, Exchange databases, Exchange mailboxes) from entire machine backup.

Once application backup option is turned on, it's necessary to choose the applications that are needed to be protected and specify credentials for users who have required privileges for accessing the respective applications (see more).

In case some application is planned to be protected using application-aware backup, it's necessary to install the respective Acronis Backup Cloud agent inside the machine running application (Agent for AD/SQL/Exchange). If application is installed on a VMware virtual machine and application-aware backup is performed using Agent for VMware (agentless backup), it is not required to install Agent for AD/SQL/Exchange installed inside the VM.

Note: Application-aware disk-level backup is available for physical machines and for ESXi virtual machines.

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#3 ►Acronis Data Cloud API

Many Partners are interested in integrating Acronis Data Cloud into their own management and provisioning systems. Such operation can be achieved using API - application programming interface. Currently Acronis Data Cloud introduces 2 versions of API:

  • Version 1: Legacy API for basic account management operations
  • Version 2: New API for full functionality of Management portal

Detailed documentation for both versions is available under Acronis Data Cloud in Integrations tab under Settings menu. It can also be accessed directly after opening any of the links below:

  • https://[dc]-cloud.acronis.com/api/1/doc
  • https://[dc]-cloud.acronis.com/api/2/doc

where [DC] is the name of particular data center your organization belongs to. E.g. if your partner group belongs to EU2 data center, the URL will look like this: https://eu2-cloud.acronis.com/api/1/doc. Note that in order to access the page it's necessary to be logged in to Acronis Data Cloud (it is usually done in a separate tab of your web browser.)

Additional information regarding integration for certain business systems is available here.

 

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     https://support.acronis.com/msp/submit-ticket

Please use the following form to submit your request to MSP Support Team. Providing the full issue description will help us assist you faster.

 

New KB articles

Acronis Backup Cloud

KB 61698: Acronis Backup Cloud: backup fails with "Internal error: An expression test has failed"    
KB 61674: Acronis Backup Cloud: "The storage quota is exceeded. Further backups will fail." error    
KB 61668: Acronis Backup Cloud: local storage usage calculation    
KB 61650: Acronis Backup Cloud: "The activity has failed due to a restart of the service" error    
KB 61648: Acronis Backup Cloud Integration with ConnectWise Automate: alerts and ticket creation frequency    
KB 61628: Acronis Backup: activities of host-level backup plans are not shown for protected VM    

See all new KB articles here: https://kb.acronis.com/new

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Datacenter and agent updates

Current agent versions:

  • Backup Agent for Windows (v.12.5.10330)
  • Backup Agent for Mac (v.12.5.10330)
  • Backup Agent for Linux (v.12.5.10330)

 

Datacenter

Platform version

Available services

Strasbourg (BETA)

7.8

  • Backup
  • File Sync&Share

St. Louis (BETA2)

7.7 Update 2

  • Backup
  • Disaster Recovery
  • File Sync&Share

Strasbourg (EU1)

7.7 Update 2

  • Backup

Frankfurt (EU2)

7.7 Update 2

  • Backup
  • Disaster Recovery
  • File Sync&Share

Frankfurt (EU4)

7.7 Update 2

  • Backup

Zurich (EU5)

7.7 Update 2

  • Backup

Ashburn (US2)

7.7 Update 2

  • Backup
  • Disaster Recovery
  • File Sync&Share

Ashburn (US5)

7.7 Update 2

  • Backup
  • Disaster Recovery
  • File Sync&Share

Nagano (JP1)

7.7 Update 2

  • Backup
  • Disaster Recovery
  • File Sync&Share

Singapore (SG1)

7.7 Update 2

  • Backup

Sidney (AU1)

7.7 Update 2

  • Backup

Moscow (RU2)

7.7 Update 2

  • Backup

 

Release notes and documentation