BackupAssist v7 beta: Preview 2 – Central Administration

BackupAssist version 7 sees the first iteration of a great new central administration console  for remote control access.

Administrators can now manage all of their local network installations of BackupAssist through one single web interface hosted by a central nominated BackupAssist installation.

All backup jobs and reports from your various installations can be quickly monitored and remote control sessions can be launched to manage a specific installation for changes. In effect, administrators no longer need to remotely log in to a BackupAssist server to manage all of its settings.

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Configuring BackupAssist User Identities

Our Aussie friends over at BackupAssist developers Cortex IT have recently released two excellent short videos showing the best practices for configuring the BackupAssist user identity.

I often come across issues relating to rights associated with BackupAssist jobs. The BackupAssist user identity is key to correctly assigning these rights, so if you are using BackupAssist to back up a Windows Server we these are definitely worth a watch.

Creating Backup User Identities with BackupAssist

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BackupAssist’s Hyper-V backup Webinar recording now online

Hyper-V Youtube screengrabA little over a month ago, I announced our friends ‘down under’ at BackupAssist developer Cortex IT were hosting a webinar for a limited number of channel partners from around the globe – presented by Jason Schultz, one of the lead programmers.

There were a few of you who were busy with the day jobs and weren’t able to attend so the guys at Cortex have kindly uploaded the recorded version to YouTube, ready for viewing over a cuppa. Perhaps a few cuppas actually – it’s a long one at a just under an hour but it really is worth sitting through if you’ve got any interest in using BackupAssist in a Hyper-V environment.

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Support queries shared: The pitfalls of bare metal backups that include multiple disks

I came across an issue on a support call the other day I thought worth sharing as it’s bound to be something a few of you will see too.

The customer I was talking to was using the Windows imaging engine in BackupAssist to back up both their system drive ‘C:’ and a large data drive ‘D:’ (used for every day document storage etc.).

This was working just as expected and backups were updating quickly to a local USB hard drive when the inevitable happened – they had a local hard drive failure and of course wanted to perform a bare metal recovery from the last good image backup.

RecoverAssist (BackupAssist 6.4) – beta testers needed!

You may have picked up on the grapevine (or the phone when talking to us!), that there’s an exciting new version of BackupAssist in the offing.

Well, I can confirm the rumours, version 6.4 is due to include both advanced iSCSI support and RecoverAssist, which will make life considerably easier for those of you performing image backups and bare metal restores on 2008/R2/SBS/Hyper-V/Win7/Vista.

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