Whelp, today I’m enjoying a nice slice of humble pie after losing three years worth of backup versions. While admitting failure is hard, I believe in owning mistakes and learning from them.
As I’ve slowly built out my home lab, I realized that while none of it is mission-critical, I’ve invested a lot of time educating myself and getting everything configured. Therefore – it should be backed up.
I began searching r/homelab for solutions and came across plenty of notable options (GhettoVCB, Veeam, Vertical Backup) until one, almost too obvious, recommendation slapped me in the face: Synology Active Backup for Business. I’ve become quite the fan of Synology products over the past few years. I’ve successfully deployed a fully-automated Synology powered backup solution for my personal and small business use. Admittedly, I’m a borderline fanboy at this point.
The Synology DSM gives administrators the ability to utilize Dynamic DNS (DDNS) services to access your devices with vanity/custom domains. However, the list of compatible Service Providers is fairly limited. Luckily, we can do a little DNS trickery (CNAME record) to get around the issue for any domain.