IDrive® BMR backup and recovery best practices

The IDrive BMR best practices guide is intended to be used as a to-do checklist by the IT admin managing the account for the business. It is also intended for professionals seeking suggestions on optimal management and the use of the IDrive BMR device. The guide is not intended to replace full documentations such as the user guide, FAQs, and the knowledge base but rather as an accompaniment to these documents.

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The best-practices pointers are action-based and do not go into detail on the theories. For operations-related information, check out our full documentations.

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6 best practices for IDrive® BMR

Here are 6 practices for improving data protection with IDrive BMR:

1. Review backups

Review your backup logs and email notifications every alternative day to ensure all backups are working as expected. Monitoring logs and notifications help identify problems such as incomplete backups and other concerns at an early stage.


View all the activity logs under the Logs tab and manage your backup notifications under Settings > Mail > Backup notification.

Review backup logs
Backup Report Notification


2. Restore data, as needed

Routinely perform data restores — file recovery, bare-metal system recovery, and virtual instances that are disconnected from the core network. Recovery via file restore and virtualization is recommended once or twice every week.


Manage data recovery under the Restore and Virtualization tab in the IDrive BMR device interface.

Restore data, as needed


3. Monitor storage utilization

Configure the retention settings to suit your business recovery plan and avoid over-utilization of the IDrive BMR storage.


Navigate to Backup > Computers > Settings and edit the Retention settings field. Use the slider to set the minimum and the maximum number of image backups the device should retain for a computer. The old backups will be removed during the cleanup operation.

Monitor storage utilization


4. Monitor system health status

Monitor the health of the RAID and OS hard drive every alternative day to ensure your business data is protected at all times.


From the RHS menu, navigate to Statistics > System health for comprehensive information on RAID and OS drive health status.

Monitor system health status


5. Optimize automated cleanup

Optimize the cleanup of old backups in the local storage by suitably configuring the global filesystem quota or storage-utilization limit at 80% or lesser.


On the RHS menu, click Cleanup and configure the Global filesystem quota or the storage utilization limit upon reaching which the device will initiate a cleanup.

Optimize automated cleanup


6. Monitor the firewall restrictions

Run a firewall check on the IDrive BMR device to ensure all the ports needed to run the services are open. Refer to firewall details.


On the RHS menu, click Firewall and run a firewall check for general, mail relay server, cloud replication, and remote manage configurations.

Monitor the firewall restrictions


7. Secure the device interface with 2FA

Enable phone number/email address based two-factor authentication to prevent unauthorized access and secure the connection to your device.


On the RHS menu, click Settings and navigate to Security > Two-factor Authentication > Enable Two-factor Authentication to configure two-factor authentication.