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    How To Backup Aurender Music Servers

    I've used various Aurender servers for roughly ten years, going back the the original S10 in 2011. In that time Aurender has continued to offer larger hard drives to accommodate expanding libraries. One item that remains outside the scope of music storage and playback at the highest levels is backing up these libraries. At first blush it seems like one's ripped and downloaded music is the valuable asset that drives this need for backup. However, there's nothing more valuable than one's time. The time it would take one to re-rip and re-download an entire music collection, followed by properly tagging and gathering the album art, is what really drives this need for backup. If readers are like me, they have hundreds of Mobile Fidelity, AudioWave, XRCD, XRCD24, Three Blind Mice, Ampex, DSD rips, etc... that all require oodles attention during the ripping process and none of them are available for download purchase or streaming. These items alone should be reason enough for readers to consider and implement a proper backup of their music servers. 

     

    During my decade of Aurender music server use, I've received many emails, texts, and phone calls about backing up Aurender servers. My answer has been the same since day one for every model Aurender has ever made, use a NAS. 

     

    My goal with this backup method is to leave the Aurender 100% unaffected by the process. In other words, make it so the Aurender has no idea it's being backed up, don't mess with anything on the actual music server or the Aurender Conductor app configuration, and above all, don't change the sound quality. 

     

    Here are my detailed instructions for backing up any Aurender server to either a QNAP or Synology NAS.

     


    Hardware

     

    Nearly any QNAP or Synology NAS will work perfect for backing up an Aurender, as long as it has enough storage for the backup. CPU and RAM performance isn't an issue on either platform. Spinning hard drives are fine and 1 gigabit network interfaces are just fine. If money isn't an issue, filling a NAS with SSDs would be nice, but again, it isn't necessary. 

     

    In this article I'm using a QNAP TVS-872XT with four Seagate 6TB IronWolf NAS drives (ST6000VN0033), and an old Synology DS1812+ (current model is DS1821+), also with Seagate 6TB IronWolf NAS drives (ST6000VN0033).*

     

    *Using our links gives us a tiny kickback and doesn't cost you anything. We're experimenting with this, so please no phone calls, facsimiles, or telegrams just yet. 

     

     

    Click either logo to go directly to that system's configuration. 

     

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    QNAP

     

    1. Create shared folder called ABackup from the QNAP Control Panel

     

    2. Install or open HBS 3 Hybrid Backup Sync

     

    3. Go to Sync on the left side, click the down arrow on the Sync Now button, and select Active Sync Job.

     

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    4. Select Remote CIFS/SMB Server in the Create Sync Job window.

     

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    5. Name the server Aurender, enter the IP address or name of your Aurender (Note: the IP address may change, so I use the name of the Aurender on my network. This usually is something like w20.local.). 

     

    Enter the username and password that's listed on the Aurender File Share tab in the Aurender Conductor application for iOS.

     

    For Destination folder, enter the name of the main folder on the Aurender. Mine is Music1, as can be seen by browsing to the Folder tab at the top of the Aurender Conductor tab in iOS, and looking at the listed folders. 

     

    Click Create

     

     

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    6. This should add the Aurender in the bottom of the following window. Make sure it's selected and click the Select button. 

     

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    7. Name the sync job Aurender Backup.

     

    Select the folder on your QNAP NAS that will contain the backed up data, but clicking the plus sign under the name of the NAS, then select the ABackup folder created in the first step. See second image below.

     

    Select the folder on the Aurender to be backed up to the QNAP by clicking the plus sign on the right. If you want to backup the entire Aurender, I suggest you do, just select Aurender at the top of the next window, as seen in the third image below.

     

    With both the source and destination listed (see fourth image below), select Next.

     

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    8. This is where I schedule the sync to run once per day, by clicking scheduler and clicking the plus sign to setup the schedule. On the next window I select the Daily tab, and use 3:00AM as my sync time. Then click OK, and Next.

     

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    9. ON the Rules page, click o Policies on the left and check the box to Remove additional files in destination folder. This will delete files that you've deleted from the Aurender. This option isn't required, but I use it so the sync copy is identical to the Aurender copy. Click Next.

     

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    10. On the last Summary page, click Create. 

     

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    11. On the main Sync page of HBS 3, click Sync now to run the synchronization now, if you don't want to wait until the scheduled time. I do this just to make sure it's going to work without any unforeseen issues. 

     

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    That's it. The Aurender will now be synchronized with a folder on the QNAP, without touching the Aurender configuration or having anything not audio related running on the Aurender.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Synology

     

    1. Create a shared folder called ABackup from the Synology Control Panel.

     

    2. Install Active Backup for Business in the Synology Package Center. 

     

    3. Open Active Backup and select File Server on the left side of the window, then select Select Add Server.

     

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    4. Make sure SMB Server is selected, then click Next.

     

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    5. Add ether the IP address of the Aurender or its name for Server Address. Leave the port at 445.

     

    Enter the username and password that's listed on the Aurender File Share tab in the Aurender Conductor application for iOS.

     

    Click Apply and Yes to the popup. 

     

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    6. On the Backup mode page, select Incremental then select Next. 

     

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    7. Select the Aurender folder(s) you wish to backup. I selected the top level folder, to backup everything. Click Next.

     

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    8. Name the task Aurender Backup, click browse to select the ABackup folder previously created, enable schedule, select the time you'd like it to backup, click Next, then Apply. 

     

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    9. You can backup now, or on the schedule. To see the status of the backup, look at the following screen. 

     

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    That's it for backing up Aurender Music Servers to either a QNAP or a Synology NAS. This same method can be used for other music servers. If you'd like to see instructions for other servers, let me know in the comments below. 

     

     

     

     



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    1 minute ago, michaelD said:

    How can I get a copy of this to have and to print future reference?

    There's no simple way other than using one's browser's print function. 

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    35 minutes ago, michaelD said:

    How can I get a copy of this to have and to print future reference?

     

    Evernote with the Web Clipper is a great way to save articles like this for future reference.

     

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    Chris,

     

    Do you also backup your Roon Database to the NAS?  

     

    That way the whole system is safer!

     

     

    I was looking at an rsync thing before but this is generic and I like it.  I wanted to use the NAS to keep the server up to date with new music.  Now I can just put the music on the server directly and let the NAS do its thing.

     

    Then you can go a step further and backup the NAS to the cloud or another remote NAS.

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    26 minutes ago, bobfa said:

    Do you also backup your Roon Database to the NAS?

    Oh yes. 
     

    26 minutes ago, bobfa said:

    was looking at an rsync thing before but this is generic and I like it.

    Agree. It’s totally vanilla and comes with the NAS without needing anything changed on the Aurender. 

     

    27 minutes ago, bobfa said:

    Then you can go a step further and backup the NAS to the cloud or another remote NAS.


    Yep. 

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    Easy setup with AudioLinux to my Synology NAS

     

    Follow Chris's instructions exactly.  Just use the right name/IP  for your server.  Also the correct user and password for SMB on Audiolinux

     

    Backup proceeding now.  4TB will take a while.  I will assume but verify success as time goes on.

     

    *** NOTE that some of the less expensive Synology NAS devices may not have Active Backup for Business.  ***

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    14 minutes ago, bobfa said:

    *** NOTE that some of the less expensive Synology NAS devices may not have Active Backup for Business.  ***

    Hi Bob, is Active Backup for Business not available on some models? Do you know how to tell which ones? Is it the ones with the Annapurna Labs / Amazon CPU?

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    17 minutes ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

    Hi Bob, is Active Backup for Business not available on some models? Do you know how to tell which ones? Is it the ones with the Annapurna Labs / Amazon CPU?

    Here is the list:

     

    https://www.synology.com/en-us/dsm/packages/ActiveBackup

     

     

     Please note that DS712+, RS2211RP+, RS2211+, DS411+II, DS411+, DS2411+, and DS1511+ are not compatible with Active Backup for Business since they do not support Btrfs. Only Active Backup for Server can be installed on these models.

     

     

    It is a great solution to back computers on the network.  I just never thought of it for the music server.  

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    2 minutes ago, bobfa said:

    Here is the list:

     

    https://www.synology.com/en-us/dsm/packages/ActiveBackup

     

     

     Please note that DS712+, RS2211RP+, RS2211+, DS411+II, DS411+, DS2411+, and DS1511+ are not compatible with Active Backup for Business since they do not support Btrfs. Only Active Backup for Server can be installed on these models.

     

     

    It is a great solution to back computers on the network.  I just never thought of it for the music server.  

    Thanks Bob. 

     

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    This is the problem with HiFI software today. Expensive hardware comes with sub par software. Roon is decent but will probably fail a quality test done by an established software company. We have to hope that that HiFi

    software continues to evolve and we don’t need a page long article on how to backup. Aurender need to create Software that should be able to backup in a single click like how we do for iCloud. Thanks Chris for the rest of Aurender users for whom this article will be useful. 

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    6 hours ago, firedog said:

    Wouldn't it be useful to have instructions how to backup to just another PC/server on the network, and not a branded NAS?

    Yes, it would be useful. 

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    Chris, my music server has no stored files on it. Rather, I use a Synology 1812+ with eight 8TB drives set up with Synology’s proprietary RAID system that will allow 2 of the drives to fail simultaneously and yet preserve all of the data of the bad drives if hot-swapped out. But, this is not really a backup because a failure of the Synology, or fire or flood in our home, would destroy the only copy of the data (about 38Tb now).  How would you back up a NAS with so much data, offsite?  JCR 

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    5 minutes ago, jrobbins50 said:

    Chris, my music server has no stored files on it. Rather, I use a Synology 1812+ with eight 8TB drives set up with Synology’s proprietary RAID system that will allow 2 of the drives to fail simultaneously and yet preserve all of the data of the bad drives if hot-swapped out. But, this is not really a backup because a failure of the Synology, or fire or flood in our home, would destroy the only copy of the data (about 38Tb now).  How would you back up a NAS with so much data, offsite?  JCR 

    This needs to answered in a nuanced way in another article. Many options, many pitfalls, many showstoppers. 

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    Thanks for sharing.  I like you have almost two decades into a digital library curation starting back with ripped FLACs on an Escient music server that I am sure most have never heard of at this point.  At end of day having a solid backup is most important and this is a reasonable approach.  

     

    My approach is a little different from a philosophy standpoint.  I view my library spread across two Aurenders as a copy not the source of truth.  There are many reasons for this but largely because I do some much editing on computer and often on massive scale with scripts and automation if I want to make some major change to improve the metadata.  I would never want to do these operations on the Aurender itself.  When I am happy, I copy the resultant delta changes over.  This means that my Aurender may change infrequently depending on music acquisition often just a few times in a month.  The other reason I do this as I don't want to do any unnecessary operations on the Aurender including backup of the music files from it since I have them stored elsewhere.  I do archive every 3 months the stars and playlists library from the Aurender which is very small.

     

    I have an external drive representing the on-disk layout I use on the Aurenders connected to my iMac.  This gets backed up on a normal time machine schedule (hourly, weekly, monthly etc.) to a Synology DS918+ with 4 IronWolf 8TB drives and two 512GB SSD NVme cache modules.  This leaves me with a copy direct connected to iMac, versioned backups on an hourly basis, and flexibility to utilize more sophisticated techniques like file system snapshots before a bulk operation for an easy and quick restore.  It's also nice that if mess something up can easily go back just a few hours and grab a file without ever touching Aurender.

     

    Lastly the solution described meets the case for backups but not does not address Disaster Recovery (DR).  I actually think I could reconstruct my personal life quicker than my music library at this point with so many things like contacts, photos, etc. already on cloud.  Accordingly, I backup my music library and other important data not already in cloud weekly to AWS Deep Glacier.  1TB is about $1 a month and Google Cloud and others like Wasabi have similar pricing tiers.  I use a program called ArqBackup mainly because it encrypts the data before transferring it to the cloud with your own local persisted keys.  In the incredibly unfortunate event that the house was destroyed including all the local copies/backups I could restore the library.  (Keys are in a cloud vault I can recover).

     

    I use a program called Chronosync to copy files to the Aurender when I decide I want to update them.  I use it mainly because it is macOS aware and will use APFS snapshots and I can easily prevent things that macOS Finder cares about like .DS_Store files from ever being copied to Aurender.  The Aurender would ignore them so this in some ways is just my own attention to fine detail being satisfied.

     

    Circling back to main point is that backups are critically important and many ways to accomplish them.  I am not in any criticizing the post here just offering another perspective including DR.

     

    I hope the community if nothing else finds this interesting :)  

     

    Cheers,

    Carlin Smith

     

     

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    48 minutes ago, SirAtilla said:

    Thanks for sharing.  I like you have almost two decades into a digital library curation starting back with ripped FLACs on an Escient music server that I am sure most have never heard of at this point.  At end of day having a solid backup is most important and this is a reasonable approach.  

     

    My approach is a little different from a philosophy standpoint.  I view my library spread across two Aurenders as a copy not the source of truth.  There are many reasons for this but largely because I do some much editing on computer and often on massive scale with scripts and automation if I want to make some major change to improve the metadata.  I would never want to do these operations on the Aurender itself.  When I am happy, I copy the resultant delta changes over.  This means that my Aurender may change infrequently depending on music acquisition often just a few times in a month.  The other reason I do this as I don't want to do any unnecessary operations on the Aurender including backup of the music files from it since I have them stored elsewhere.  I do archive every 3 months the stars and playlists library from the Aurender which is very small.

     

    I have an external drive representing the on-disk layout I use on the Aurenders connected to my iMac.  This gets backed up on a normal time machine schedule (hourly, weekly, monthly etc.) to a Synology DS918+ with 4 IronWolf 8TB drives and two 512GB SSD NVme cache modules.  This leaves me with a copy direct connected to iMac, versioned backups on an hourly basis, and flexibility to utilize more sophisticated techniques like file system snapshots before a bulk operation for an easy and quick restore.  It's also nice that if mess something up can easily go back just a few hours and grab a file without ever touching Aurender.

     

    Lastly the solution described meets the case for backups but not does not address Disaster Recovery (DR).  I actually think I could reconstruct my personal life quicker than my music library at this point with so many things like contacts, photos, etc. already on cloud.  Accordingly, I backup my music library and other important data not already in cloud weekly to AWS Deep Glacier.  1TB is about $1 a month and Google Cloud and others like Wasabi have similar pricing tiers.  I use a program called ArqBackup mainly because it encrypts the data before transferring it to the cloud with your own local persisted keys.  In the incredibly unfortunate event that the house was destroyed including all the local copies/backups I could restore the library.  (Keys are in a cloud vault I can recover).

     

    I use a program called Chronosync to copy files to the Aurender when I decide I want to update them.  I use it mainly because it is macOS aware and will use APFS snapshots and I can easily prevent things that macOS Finder cares about like .DS_Store files from ever being copied to Aurender.  The Aurender would ignore them so this in some ways is just my own attention to fine detail being satisfied.

     

    Circling back to main point is that backups are critically important and many ways to accomplish them.  I am not in any criticizing the post here just offering another perspective including DR.

     

    I hope the community if nothing else finds this interesting :)  

     

    Cheers,

    Carlin Smith

     

     

    Hi Carlin, I love your approach! Thanks so much for sharing it. You’ve given me some things to think about when crafting my next article about DR, which should address @jrobbins50 issue. 
     

    Wow, the good ole Escient music servers. Thankfully those are long gone. Similar to the early Request servers that couldn’t even rip bit perfect audio. 

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    3 hours ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

    Hi Carlin, I love your approach! Thanks so much for sharing it. You’ve given me some things to think about when crafting my next article about DR, which should address @jrobbins50 issue. 
     

    Wow, the good ole Escient music servers. Thankfully those are long gone. Similar to the early Request servers that couldn’t even rip bit perfect audio. 

     

    walk down memory lane with Escient Fireball, two Sony ES 777 400 disc changers connected to it, Sunfire processor and theatre grand amp, B&W 800 series of the time, Kimber cabling, 18 years ago roughly.  

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    Just now, SirAtilla said:

     

    walk down memory lane with Escient Fireball, two Sony ES 777 400 disc changers connected to it, Sunfire processor and theatre grand amp, B&W 800 series of the time, Kimber cabling, 18 years ago roughly.  

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    Wow! I love it.

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    Thank you for this.

     

    I noticed that some files are skipped. Looking at the log, the reason is "Unsupported file name".  Upon closer examination, it seems that file names with a "?" or ":" are failing synch.  Is anyone else experiencing this issue? 

     

    I am synching from W20SE to TVS-672XT

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