This article explains how to configure the built-in Windows Backup and Restore utility to back up to a ReadyNAS OS 6 system. The information in this guide applies to the following Windows versions:
Windows 8 (For Windows 8.1, you need to use Windows File History.
Windows 7 (Professional, Enterprise & Ultimate)
Windows Vista (Business, Enterprise & Ultimate)
If you are using Windows 10 or Windows 8, you must lower the SMB protocol version on the ReadyNAS to version 2.0. See ReadyNAS OS 6 - SMB Plus App
Create the destination share on the ReadyNAS:
1. Log in to the ReadyNAS admin page.
2. Go to Shares and click the New Share button.
3. Enter a name for the share.
4. Ensure that Bit Rot Protection is disabled.
5. Set Snapshot Schedule to Never.
6. Enable the SMB protocol.
7. Click the Create button.
Restrict SMB access on the share on the ReadyNAS:
In this example, we allow access to the share for only one user, called John.
1. Click on the newly created share and press Settings.
2. Click the Network Access tab.
3. Go to the SMB section.
4. Remove read/write access for Everyone (uncheck the box).
5. Enable read/write access for the user (check the box). In this example, enable read/write access for the user called John.
6. Click OK.
Note: You may also use the ReadyNAS admin user to access the share.
Configure the backup job on Windows:
1. Open the Windows Backup configuration screen for your version of Windows.
On Windows 10, search for and open the Control Panel. From there, open Backup and Restore (Windows 7).
On Windows 8, search for and open the Control Panel. From there, open Windows 7 File Recovery.
On Windows 7 and Vista, click Start - Control Panel - System and Security - Backup and Restore.
2. Click the Set up backup button.
3. When prompted for where to save the backup, click the Save on a network button.
4. In the network location field, enter the path to the share. This will be in the form IP_ADDRESSSHARE_NAME. In this example, it is 192.168.1.111WindowsBackup
5. Enter the credentials of the user. In this example, we can use the john user configured earlier or we can use the ReadyNAS admin user.
6. Click the OK button.
7. Highlight the backup destination and click the Next button.
8. Decide whether to "Let Windows choose" or "Let me choose" what to back up. In this example, we let Windows choose.
9. Click the Next button.
10. (Optional) To edit the schedule on which the backup runs, click the Change Schedule button.
11. Click the Save settings and run backup button.
The backup job is now configured and running. Windows will notify you when it is complete.