Migrating Backup Data to CloudBerry MBS


Many of CloudBerry's customers start backing up their data with CloudBerry Backup and then later move to MBS for more convenient and centralized user management. The biggest obstacle in the migration process is to modify the structure of the data in the backup storage to fit the structure of the MBS backup data.

Before You Begin

Before you proceed to transfer the data from CloudBerry Backup to CloudBerry MBS, ensure that the following requirements are met:

  • You have created an MBS user with an assigned backup storage;
  • Both CloudBerry Backup and CloudBerry MBS are installed on the computer;
  • CloudBerry MBS supports the backup storage you use in CloudBerry Backup.

Migrating Backup & Restore Plans

The first step is to manually transfer the backup and restore plans from CloudBerry Backup to CloudBerry MBS. You can either create new plans from scratch or export them in a configuration file.

Launch CloudBerry Backup. Under Tools, click Export Configuration. Select the required plans, remove encryption passwords if necessary, and click Export.

The configuration will be saved as a .cbbconfiguration file to the specified location.

Next, launch CloudBerry MBS. Under Tools, click Import Configuration.

Enter the decryption passwords if your plans contain them and click Import.

Only local backup storage targets will be imported. Cloud storage credentials should be added in the MBS Web Console manually.

It is recommended to inspect the imported plans and ensure that all of the options are properly configured, as configuration import is sometimes malfunctioning.

Migrating Backup Data

For the purpose of data migration, CloudBerry Backup features a CLI tool that can restructure the existing backup data and even move it to a different backup storage. This tool essentially prompts you to specify the source backup storage, user ID of the target MBS user and the target storage bucket.

Now let's proceed to transfer the backup data. First, you need to get the name of the source storage from which the data will be transferred. Launch CloudBerry Backup, click on the CloudBerry icon on the main toolbar and click on the account that contains the data.

The display name is what you need, write it down somewhere.

The second parameter you need is the MBS user ID. It is displayed in the MBS Web Console, under the Users tab. Click on the little green or yellow icon and to the left of email address and then copy the user ID.

The final parameter required for data transfer is the target bucket. You can get it in the same MBS Web Console, in the Storage settings.

Now let's proceed to migrate the data. Navigate back to the CloudBerry Backup installation folder and execute the following command that will migrate the data:

cbb migrationstandalonetombs -a sourceStorageName -uid mbsUserID -b targetStorageBucket


Parameter Description Value
-a Name of the source storage (first parameter) String
-uid Target MBS User ID (second parameter) String
-b Target storage bucket (third parameter) String

The migration process will start and might take a while depending on the size of your data.

When done, you can continue backing up your data using CloudBerry MBS exactly as you did with CloudBerry Backup.