With any cloud-first backup solution, the first backup is the largest. In this video, learn about an optional seeding procedure to get your first backup to the SolarWinds private cloud.
While daily backups with SolarWinds are small and fast, your very first backup will take longer to complete. If you have locations with low bandwidth, that initial data transfer may be more than can be completed in a reasonable time. In that case, you may want to consider self-service cloud seeding with SolarWinds Backup.
In order to do this, you'll need to redirect the initial backup to removable disk media:
Start by opening the local Backup Manager client on the device you are seeding.
Select Preferences, and then Seeding.
Enter a path to external media or to an open network share, and click 'Enable Seeding.'
Note: if you plan to use a Local SpeedVault, it should be configured before performing your initial seed backup.
With seeding enabled, open the backup tab, choose your data sources, and make your selections before clicking 'Run seeding.' Once the Seed loading backup completes, click 'Complete seeding' to finish the process.
Now, transport the seed drive to a location with a high-speed internet connection. Perform a seed upload using the SolarWinds Backup Server Tool utility found in the Downloads section of the Backup management console.
With the initial deployment and first backups completed, you are ready to monitor backups, manage by exception, and create custom reports with SolarWinds Backup.