[TUTORIAL] Connect automatically to SFTP Remote Storage and use it for Backup (e.g Strato HiDrive)


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Jul 28, 2021

for my case I've been looking for a workaround to bring out my backup data weekly without creating a new pbs server remotly. For this workaround and my solution I'm using my existing external SFTP Storage from a german company Strato (Product "HiDrive). So let's rock ...

1. Login your pve shell (inside gui shell or PuTTY)
apt -y update && apt install -y sshfs
mkdir /mnt/hidrive
4. Choose your public key
5. e.g
cat /root/.ssh/id_rsa.pub
6. Save this output to a new file on your computer and upload this key to your provider (e.g Strato HiDrive Settigs) this is mandantory for mount this storage automatically at pve booting.​
sshfs username@sftp.yourhost.com:/path/to/your/remote /mnt/hidrive

Now your storage is connected. For automatically connect edit your /etc/fstab file.

nano /etc/fstab
9. And insert in end of the file in one line the following code.

sshfs#sshfs username@sftp.yourhost.com:/path/to/your/remote /mnt/hidrive fuse uid=1002,gid=100,umask=0,allow_other,_netdev 0 0

Please be sure, that from the code above is in one line from the fstab file.

10. Now - just for clean - reboot your pve. Your sftp storage should be connected at boot.
11. Relogin into your gui and navigate to Datacenter > Storage > Add > Directory
12. Insert ID (your storage name), Directory (/mnt/hidrive), Content (VZDump Backup File)
13. Next Tab > Backup Retention (set what ever you want)​
14. Add

Now your backup storage is in pve. You can do this for your pbs (remotly sync) as well.
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