Backup Server Installation

The backup server works with the ZMC control plane to run backups. This section reviews installing the backup server and the ZMC control plane on your Linux OS.

Installation Architecture

Zmanda uses a star topology where the backup server is the central hub that connects multiple backup agents. When you scale Zmanda within your organization, numerous backup servers can be connected to one ZMC control plane, enabling a cluster tree like the diagram below.
Backup architecture, with multiple backup servers running from one ZMC control plane.
To help you scale effectively with Zmanda, we use two main control components, the backup server and the ZMC control plane, each running on a standalone REST server. Backup servers are reachable via port 8002 and the ZMC control plane via port 8008.
Individual backup installation architecture.
This decoupling is visible in Docker and Linux installation process, as you run separate installers for the backup server and the ZMC control plane. However, if you install Zmanda via the .ova or the cloud marketplace image, the backup server and the ZMC control plane are auto-configured to communicate with each other.

Zmanda's Compatibility

You can install the backup server or the ZMC control plane on the below Linux systems. You can refer to the compatibility matrix for more details about version numbers.
CentOS 8, 7
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, 7
Debian 10, 9, 8
Suse Linux 15.2, 12.5
Fedora 32, 31, 30, 29, 28
Ubuntu 20.10, 20.04, 18.04, 16.04
Oracle Enterprise Linux 8, 7

Installation Overview

The first three options are the quickest way to install the backup server. We recommend the Linux installation in complex configurations where data boundaries, black sites, air-gapped networks, etc., are needed.
Ways to install Zmanda