BackupAssist version 8 The Aussie developers over at BackupAssist have been hard at work on the latest major release of their popular backup software for small businesses, and I'm pleased to be letting you know it's now available for download. This release is packed with new features and in this post we'll pick out both the highlights and a couple of important notes you should be aware of.

You've probably picked up in the IT press that the developers of TrueCrypt, currently integrated within BackupAssist, are no longer actively developing the software. A recent independent audit published by iSEC has not identified any security flaws in TrueCrypt, however at some point in the future, it's likely vulnerabilities may creep into it. DISCLAIMER: We're not suggesting you need to switch away immediately and ultimately fully expect to see a new encryption application integrated into BackupAssist. However....I like to tinker...

There's a new minor BackupAssist release today and if you run system protection jobs on Hyper-V host machines, it's one you'll want to make sure you download. Following a Microsoft update to Server 2012 R2, some new error messages had been appearing in the job reports. I'm pleased to report that as always, BackupAssist have been quick to respond and within a couple of days we now have this fix. Download BackupAssist 7.4.5 (including the Hyper-V fix) More details and link to the release notes are available below...

I'm a little ashamed to admit that the public launch of Microsoft's SQL Server 2014, on any Product Manager's dream launch date of April 1st, managed to somehow completely pass me by.  This did however, make it all the more impressive when our friends over at BackupAssist announced they've already implemented support for it in their latest version of their fantastic backup software for small businesses. This now officially expands BackupAssist SQL support to include: SQL 2014, SQL 2012, SQL 2008/R2 and SQL 2005.

If you're not already familiar with Rsync, it's the method (or 'protocol' to be posh about it) that BackupAssist uses to send data off-site to locations such as NAS boxes or to other servers. QNAP make a NAS device that's popular with our customers and this week I came across an issue with backing up via Rsync to it that I've seen before... ...cue helpful (hopefully) blog post!