Learning BackupAssist: Cloud Backup (Azure Example)


In addition to supporting local destination media such as USB hard drives, network shares and RDX, BackupAssist also provides a way to back up important files and folders to a public cloud provider such as Amazon or Microsoft.

Designed to be an additional layer of protection to your local backup routine, the Cloud Backup Add-on is ideal for disaster recovery scenarios and popular with Hyper-V users who want an off-site location for Guest VM’s.

In the second instalment of a new series where we focus on specific features, Neil walks you through setting up a job using the Cloud Backup Add-on, showing both the steps required in BackupAssist and what’s needed in Azure.

Over to you Neil!

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Learning BackupAssist: System Protection Jobs (Bare metal/Imaging)


System Protection is ‘BackupAssist speak’ for what you’ll probably know as a bare metal backup or image of your server. It’s also the backup type of choice for the vast majority of our customers.

It’s a popular option because it’s a safe one. It guarantees your entire system is backed up in one hit with nothing left behind, but also still provides you with the ability to restore granular data should you wish, such as files, folders or mailbox items.

In the first of a new series of videos designed to help new users get started, and existing ones brush up their knowledge, Neil gets behind the camera to walk you through the process of creating a job, explaining both the benefits and limitations as he goes.

Over to you Neil!

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Coming Soon: CryptoSafeGuard Ransomware Protection for BackupAssist

When the Australian development team at BackupAssist let me know there would be an anti-ransomware feature available so soon after the recent high profile cryptolocker attacks, I have to admit, the timing seemed almost a little too convenient.

Until any concrete evidence comes to light, we’ll work on the basis they just know the market, but my investigations will continue nonetheless ūüôā

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Backing Up To Microsoft Azure Using BackupAssist

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.

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BackupAssist v10 Featuring Direct to Cloud Backup for Amazon and Azure

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We’re thrilled to announce that there’s a new version of BackupAssist available today, and with it, new features for backing up your data to the wonderfully reliable and ultra-secure data centres of cloud hosting juggernauts, Amazon and Microsoft (with more to follow).

While you’ll find enhancements to the base product too, the headliner for version 10 is undoubtedly the all-new backup engine that’s behind the new Cloud Backup features.

Brimming with potential, this new technology offers a simple, secure and efficient way to automate getting your important data off-site.

Don’t feel like reading? Check out my ‘Early Heads Up’ video from last week which also tells you everything you need to know about v10.

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Free Back Up Of Your Orange (EE), Freeserve And Wanadoo Email With MailStore Home

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Users of Orange (EE), Freeserve or Wanadoo email accounts will need to start thinking about moving to an alternative email provider, following Orange’s recent announcement to close the Orange Email service on 31st May 2017.

If you’re an Orange Email customer and looking for a simple way to take a copy of your historic email before the service terminates, look no further than¬†MailStore Home, the completely free version of our paid product aimed at¬†businesses.

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BackupAssist v9.3.0 – Important Exchange Backup Fix, and New Restore Search Feature

BackupAssist v9.3.0Developer Cortex I.T. have just announced the latest point release of BackupAssist, and it’s a version we’re highly recommending you¬†upgrade to.

In addition to the usual minor tweaks and improvements, there are two particularly good reasons we recommend you upgrade…

  • FIX: An important fix for Exchange backups – this release fixes a recently discovered issue concerning Exchange backups.
  • NEW: Great new restore search feature –¬†a brand new feature to make even lighter work of locating your backed up files and folders.

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BackupAssist v9 – Faster Backups, Rapid VM Recovery, VHDX Support and more…

BackupAssist v9.0Exciting stuff this morning – the latest major version¬†of the ever-popular¬†BackupAssist has been made live on our site and there’s lots in it to talk about.

A couple of notes before I go in to the highlights…

  • If your current licence is expired, you have¬†until precisely¬†Midnight tonight to take advantage of our renewals promotion!
  • Thanks so much to all who participated in the beta test phase – we had a great response and it’s been a huge help in ensuring this release is the best it possibly can be.

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The Great BackupAssist Renewal Sale

BackupAssist renewal promotionIf you, or one of your customers,¬†own a copy of BackupAssist with expired upgrade cover (you can check here), for the next four weeks, we’re offering a brilliant opportunity to bring it up to date (which also reinstates the free technical support cover).

Renewing an expired licence would normally be £95.00 + VAT, but up to and including Monday 14th September, it will be available to you at the non-expired rate of £66.00 + VAT.

**Now extended to 30th September 2015**

The reason for this sudden turn of generosity is two-fold…

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The Difference Between Archiving and Backup

If¬†you’re already backing up your email as part of¬†a¬†standard routine, you could be forgiven for thinking that adding archiving¬†to the mix¬†would needlessly be doubling up.

I should mention at this point, if you’re not doing anything at all, then¬†you really need to be rectifying that situation rather than reading our blog (as nice as it is to have you).

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