Create a Group for the Partner API
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    Create a Group for the Partner API

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    Article summary

    The Backblaze Groups feature lets you manage, pay for, and administrate several users. Groups allow several people to have individual accounts that all fall under one credit card and renew on the same date. If the Group is managed, the administrators also have access to manage user's accounts, create restores, and perform any action a user can typically perform on their account. Groups is a great feature for all sizes of business or families who want to be able to manage payment for multiple members.

    A Group can contain:

    • 5,000 accounts

    Accounts can contain:

    • Up to 100 Backblaze B2 buckets
    • Up to 1,000 Backblaze Computer Backups

    If you are a small business and you want to manage all of your computers under one account, or you do not have a need for multiple users, then a Group is not necessary.

    You do not need a Group to back up a computer that you use for business reasons because the Backblaze Computer Backup service installs easily on any Mac or PC. If you need to back up a server or network-attached storage (NAS), view our Backblaze B2 Integrations for options such as MSP360 or Synology.

    You can create a Group, invite members to your Group, and manage your Group in the Backblaze web console.

    Additionally, administrators can use Backblaze Enterprise Control to manage Backblaze Computer Backup for your organization. Enterprise Control lets you control a group member's backed-up data, as well as which options that group members can control, such as restoring and removing backups.

    Group Types

    You can select the following options when you create a Group:

    • Backblaze Service
      Group members can use the following services:
      • Backblaze Computer Backup
      • Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage
      • Both Computer Backup and B2 Cloud Storage
    • Managed or Unmanaged
      Group Administrators can select the following levels of oversight over a member’s Backblaze account:
      • Managed: Administrators can “manage” a member’s Backblaze account, including: browsing data; creating restores; and updating account information for a user. A user must “opt-in” by acknowledging the administrative rights to join a Managed Group.
      • Unmanaged: Administrators are responsible for paying for the Backblaze service that the Group provides, but they are otherwise unable to manage a member’s account.
    • Restrictions
      When you create a Group, you can select how you want members to join that group:
      • Restricted: Administrators must invite users through an email or a unique invitation link. Anyone who attempts to join the group must be accepted by the Administrator.
      • Automatically Accepted Domains: Anyone within a certain domain (for example, is automatically accepted into the Group. Anyone else who attempts to join must be accepted by the Administrator.
      • Automatic Approval Policy: Anyone with the unique invitation link can join the Group without Administrator approval.
    For all of the Backblaze API operations and their corresponding documentation, see API Documentation.

    All Group admins have the same permissions and can change Group settings and add or remove other administrators. Additional Group admins will need to be specifically authorized by the Backblaze sales for them to access the Partner API. 

    Create a Group

    To use the Partner API, you must select Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage as the product.

    You must also set Administrative Privileges to on to enable the Backblaze Partner API.

    After creating your group, you will use the Partner API b2_create_group_member operation to add Group members.

    1. Sign in to your Backblaze account.
    2. In the left navigation menu under Business Groups, click Group Management.
    3. Click Create a New Group, and enter a name for your group.
      Backblaze recommends that you use a naming convention that identifies the Group members who are in a specific Group, for example, “Initech Staff."
    4. Select Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage as the product.
      You can add products to a Group at any time, but after you add them, you cannot remove them.
    5. Select your administrative privileges.
      After you create a Group, you cannot change this setting.
      1. Select On to enable managing rights including accessing Backblaze B2 content, creating restores, and changing account settings.
      2. Select Off to enable Group administrators to pay for Backblaze services, but they cannot view or restore files, delete a backup, or change account settings on a Group member's behalf.
    6. Click Create Group.
    7. Enter your payment information and click Purchase, or click Skip Payment & Try for Free and continue with the 10 GB of free storage that comes with your account.
      You do not need to enter any information to skip this step.
    8. To finish creating your Group, click I'll Invite Later.

    Your new Group is displayed on the Group Management page.

    For accounts with Computer Backup enabled, Backblaze can trigger emails to Group admins including regular summaries of all of the backups in their Group. You can choose to have the User Stats CSV report attached to this automatic email. This report can be accessed and downloaded at any time by visiting the Users/Computers page within the “Business Groups” menu on your Account Overview page.

    If you are interested in being charged via invoice or other methods, contact the Backblaze Sales team for more information.

    Group Single Sign-On (SSO)

    Backblaze currently allows users in the following authentication domains to use SSO:

    • Google GSuite
    • Microsoft Office 365

    SSO credentials that work with the providers above can also enable access to Backblaze. For more information about using SSO with Backblaze, visit our SSO FAQ.

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