With cloudHQ, you can set up a real-time backup of all your Dropbox Business accounts to Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, or any other cloud storage service (Google Drive, etc.).

Real-time data backup will automatically make a backup copy of every change made to your Dropbox files. This means cloudHQ is essentially capturing every version of your Dropbox files and saving them to Amazon S3.

It allows the Dropbox administrator to restore data (or create a snapshot of your system) to any point in time. You can think about cloudHQ sync as very powerful version of Apple Time Machine.

Of course, you can back up your Dropbox to not only Amazon S3 but also to a Box folder, Google Drive, etc. The instructions are pretty much the same – just select a Google Drive account and folder instead of Amazon S3.

To set up real-time backup of Dropbox, you need to create backup sync pairs. Backup sync pairs define how cloudHQ will backup files for certain users. The backup sync pairs will back up each of your users’ Dropbox accounts to a dedicated folder. For example:

Dropbox (bob@acme.com)   -> Amazon S3/Backup_bucket/Dropbox (bob@acme.com)
Dropbox (alice@acme.com) -> Amazon S3/Backup_bucket/Dropbox (alice@acme.com)

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And here are step-by-step instructions for how to achieve that:

Dropbox for Business Preparation:

Amazon S3 Preparation:

Before we start the cloudHQ wizard to back up your Dropbox users, we first need to create an appropriate Amazon S3 bucket, Amazon AWS AIM user, and configure Amazon Glacier policies for your backup bucket (if needed).

Authorize cloudHQ to access your Amazon S3

In order to back up to Amazon S3, cloudHQ needs to be authorized to access your Amazon S3 bucket dedicated for backup.

To do that, you must provide a key ID and a secret access key of an AIM user with full read-write access to your backup bucket. If you don’t know what that is, please check here: https://support.cloudhq.net/how-to-figure-out-your-access-key-id-and-secret-key-in-amazon-s3/.

Authorize cloudHQ to access your Dropbox Business installation

  • Go to https://www.cloudHQ.net/services and click the “Dropbox for Business” icon:Users_and_Cloud_Accounts_-_cloudHQ
  • Authorize your Dropbox Business account and follow the wizard  steps:Dropbox for Business domainAdd Dropbox for Business accounts:
    Add Dropbox for Business accounts
    Dropbox for Business successfully authorized:
    Admin_console

 

Start cloudHQ wizard to create backup sync pairs

  1. Go to https://www.cloudhq.net/multi_setup_wizard?prompt_auth=true:
    Multiple Users
  2. Select “Back up or Sync for Multiple Users”:
    it_admin_sync_or_share_wizard_-_cloudhq
  3. Select Dropbox as your primary user directory:Multiple Users
  4. Click the Dropbox icon:Dropbox
  5. Select users and click “Next”:Select users
  6. Click the Amazon S3 icon (since we are backing up to Amazon S3):Amazon S3
  7. Sync will automatically switch to backup:Backup
  8. Select folder or bucket where you want you backup:Bucket
  9. Review sync pairs:
    Sync pairs
  10. Click “Finish” to create sync pairs and start the backup.