Back in May of last year, there was a veritable buzz in the office as BackupAssist released v10, and with it their shiny new ‘Cloud Backup’ engine, designed at the time to work only with public cloud giants AWS and Azure.
The buzz was partly around the potential for the new technology. Here was a backup engine that could happily back up large files over a WAN, that would encrypt, deduplicate and compress, and that could also be set up with very little effort.
We mentioned then that this was the first iteration and in the newly released 10.3 you’re seeing the next step. In this latest release, the Cloud Backup engine has been expanded to include support for WebDAV destinations, unlocking a wide variety of destinations including Windows machines, NAS devices, and third-party hosting companies.
Alright, so it’s time to log in to that site you’ve not used in a while.
Username and password? Yep, no problem…
….okay, what about B1ngoWozH1sNamo21?
It’s a familiar tale in this wonderful digital age in which we live – we’re surrounded by a bottomless pool of amazing websites and services, all climbing over one another to improve our lives, however, every one of the darned things requires a registration.
It’s been a couple of months since we announced the launch of BackupAssist v10 and its super efficient new cloud backup engine. The significance of the new engine is that it unlocks the possibility of using public cloud giants AWS and Azure as backup destination options.
While the BackupAssist side of things is typically easy to configure, I’ve had a few requests for help navigating Azure’s configuration options, so in this article, I’ll be walking through the steps as they are today.
We love the fact MailStore is such a versatile beast.
It’s able to work with pretty much every mail platform on the market and satisfy the vast majority of requirements users throw at it.
However, if you’ve got a large mail server running multiple jobs, or lots of hosted mail accounts, for example, it’s possible at some point that you could find yourself pushing the limits of your hardware or bandwidth.
Optimising it isn’t difficult and largely boils down to how fast and how often you need your new email added to the archive. The temptation when setting it up for the first time is to opt for the ‘as fast as possible’ approach, when in reality you may be hammering your resources unnecessarily.
In this post, I’ll look at that and provide some simple tips for optimising your MailStore installation around your business needs.
Straight out of the box, when you perform searches of your archived email as a MailStore user, it looks for your keywords in the header, body and subject of your messages. What you may not know, however, is that it also has the ability to search within some attachment types too if you enable the feature.
I’ve found this to be incredibly helpful when looking back over conversations with customers, helping me find invoice or project references for example, and I’m sure you’ll find it useful in your working day too.
Attachment searching is actually enabled by default, but it’s limited to only .txt and .HTML file extensions, so you’re not using its full potential.
In this short post, I’ll show you how to enable the feature and get MailStore to re-index your historic email so it works for that too.
Last week we let you know about the release of MailStore v10.1, the centrepiece of which was a simple but useful feature we’ve been asked for quite a bit – scheduled email reporting.
You may be thinking, MailStore is German so there won’t be any issues to report on!? Well, not everything about your email is under MailStore’s control, so as an administrator, it’s still nice to see confirmation that your ‘Enten in einer Reihe’ occasionally.
In this blog post, I’ll show you how to enable the delightful HTML report email, and let you know how to get the most from it.
If you read my post on ‘spear phishing’ you’ll be aware that the hijacking of email accounts is on the rise. These attacks generally revolve around the attacker already knowing the login details for the account somehow.
When I speak to customers they often wonder how the attacker knew their seemingly complex password. Did they simply guess it?
The simple answer is no, in my opinion, that’s very unlikely.
It’s much more likely that the email address and password were used on another site/ service which has led to them being compromised or ‘pwned’.
Last year I wrote this article that described how you could use a combination of MailStore email archiver’s auditing features, the Windows task manager and a PowerShell script to send you email alerts in the event an archiving job failed.
This worked well but it was a little on the keen side, occasionally being triggered by a job failing that would actually just go on to run fine again shortly afterwards.
If you’re considering a backup strategy for your business, it won’t be long before you need to start thinking about storage media, and which of the various types is best suited to your needs.
In this post, I attempt to help by doing my best, to sum up the strengths and weaknesses of each as I see them, from my experience of working with customers using BackupAssist for Windows (which we’re distributors of).
I hope this will be of some use to you regardless of the software you’re using, however, this is written with BackupAssist users in mind.
First up….USB drives.