BackupAssist 10.3 Introduces WebDav Support – An Rsync Replacement?

BackupAssist version 10.3

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.

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Storage Wars: Which is the best backup media to choose for your business?

Storage WarsIf 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.

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Network shares stopped working in BackupAssist? It’s just a matter of time.

BackupAssist Technical Support InsightWe often get support queries where the PC clock has been the cause of an issue but never have I seen a few minutes of drift make such a difference.

This one isn’t actually specific to BackupAssist but it did rear its head with a customer who happened to be storing their backups on a local NAS. The backup job in question was a ‘file protection’ one, so the simple backup of files to a local network share as a destination. The job had run fine for many days without errors but suddenly overnight the job would fail with an error like the one below:-

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BackupAssist 7.2 now live – includes the new Exchange Granular Restore add-on

You may recall a little over a month ago us announcing the brand new major release of BackupAssist version 7.1.That included an impressive range of new features such as a beta of the new Exchange Granular Restore (EGR) add-on, support for Exchange 2013, enhanced support for Server 2012 and history for imaging backups on NAS and RDX drives.

Well, following up the great work on 7.1, Australian developer Cortex have completed the EGR add-on beta phase and have released the feature in full in this latest iteration of our favourite backup software for small businesses.

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BackupAssist “data containers” and how to use them

The ‘System Protection’ job in BackupAssist is the most widely used by the customers I come across. It’s fast, efficient and it creates a full image backup of your server ready for disaster recovery.

Despite its popularity, there were some limitations if you wanted to use anything other than a USB drive as your destination.

Enter the ‘data container’.

A little background

Prior to the release of data containers,  if you wanted to have an image backup history, created by doing a full backup and then subsequent differential updates, you’d have needed to choose a USB drive.

If you were using either a network share or even an RDX drive, you could only keep one backup, overwriting it every time. OK, but it would be slower because you’re backing up the whole server each time and you’d only have one restore point to work with.

Introducing data containers

Data containers are storage files the backup job creates on the destination media, that hold backups. The beauty of this approach is that a container can be automatically mounted as a local disk for backups and restores. This means your Windows Server will not see a strange or unexpected media, but a media that it understands and can work with.

Now, when you create an image backup to a network destination or RDX drive, using a container you’ll be able to benefit from both differential updates and multiple restore points.

This means your backup jobs run faster, storage requirements will be lower and you’ll always have a historical view of your data.

How to create a data container job

To get up and running, simply head over to the destination media section within the BackupAssist interface, and look for the check box option as shown below.

Next, specify where you’d like the data container to go and how big you want it to be:-

  • Enter the path into the field provided. The data container will be automatically created at that location the first time the backup job runs.
  • Set the size of the data container using the Container size up and down arrows (we recommend a size approximately 2.5 times the size of the data being backed up).

By default, RDX and External disk destinations will have Use all available space selected.

BackupAssist will automatically mount the data container each time the backup job runs and put the backups inside it.

Need to perform a bare-metal restore?

No problem!

During the backup selection step, RecoverAssist has a button called Search for Backup in a Container. Click the button, browse to the location of the data container and RecoverAssist will mount it for you. Nothing else changes.

That’s it! I hope you found this article useful – please feel free to let us know how you’re getting on via the comments field and for support with configuration you’re always welcome to get in touch via phone or email.

Note – Thanks to Rick over at BackupAssist for help with this article.

BackupAssist 7.1 now available – new Exchange granular restore features, enhanced support for Server 2012 and more…

The brand new major release of BackupAssist, version 7.1 is now available to download, and brings many of the features you’ve been asking us for such as support for Exchange 2013, enhanced support for Server 2012 and history for imaging backups on NAS and RDX drives.

This is now the most stable release of BackupAssist v7 and we recommend that you download and install it straight away. If you already own a BackupAssist v7 license then you can download and update for free.

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BackupAssist and SecurityGateway maintenance releases now available

MDaemon maintenance releaseA couple of minor updates for you this morning – there are new versions available of both BackupAssist and SecurityGateway on our site now.

BackupAssist consists of fixes only while the SecurityGateway release sees a new licencing authentication system implemented and the withdrawal of support for Windows XP (versions prior to SP2 ) and Server 2003 (versions prior to SP1).

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YouTube video: What’s new in BackupAssist version 7?

Neil’s been running some 30 minute preview webinars of version 7 over the past few weeks and has made a recording of one of them available via our Youtube channel.

In this video he steps through all of the major features, including the new management and monitoring interface, job creation screens and the “OntheGo” Web application.

Take a few minutes to sit back and be briefed on exactly why this is the best version of BackupAssist yet!