Support queries shared: Restore an NTBackup with Windows Server 2008

We’ve had a few customers asking about whether our backup software BackupAssist can be used to restore old backups originally created using NTBackup, to a new 2008 server.

This isn’t such a crazy idea when you consider that at the point that you upgrade to Server 2008 you may well have a large history of old backups from your old 2003 server and still need files from within them on your new server.

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BackupAssist Hyper-V backup product review on SearchServerVirtualisation (TechTarget)

SearchServerVirtualisation screenshotBackupAssist’s Hyper-V product has been featured in a recent review on the virtualisation pages of the TechTarget group Web site.

Acknowledged as one of the smaller players in the Hyper-V backup market, BackupAssist with it’s Hyper-V Granular Restore Console received praise as a product that –

“offers great value for small and medium-sized businesses” 

…and is “a good place to start if you’re an SMB”.

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Build your own NAS device for free using OpenMediaVault

For a long time now I’ve been experimenting with different hardware and software solutions, looking for an all purpose storage server I could use both at home and in the office. At home I’ve basically just been after a centralised store for my photos, movies and documents with a level of integration that would also allow me to stream content to various different devices. In the office we need a bit more, so support for technologies such as Rsync, SSH, iSCSI, RAID drives and NFS have all been on my wish list.

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Visit Zen Software @ InfoSecurity Europe (24th-26th April 2012)

Zen Software at Infosec

We’re but a few weeks away from the annual industry pilgrimage to Earls Court for the biggest of the IT and security shows in this country, InfoSecurity Europe. Each year IT professionals (and the not-so) gather at InfoSec to take in keynote talks from industry experts, strengthen relationships with customers and suppliers, keep an eye on the competition and of course, pick up plenty of promotional tat for the kids.

This year will be slightly different however, as visitors will notice that the show’s noticeably better than previous ones thanks to the addition of the Zen Software stand in the new exhibitor area. It’s possible I’m overestimating the impact we’ll have but in any case, we’re genuinely pleased to be a part of the show and that we’ll be down there unashamedly flogging our wares in our compact but charming booth (K94). Continue reading

BackupAssist’s rsync ‘seed’ function explained

If you’ve ever used BackupAssist to run an rsync job to a remote NAS device, you may be familiar with the built in ‘seed’ function. This bypasses the need to run a large backup for the first time over the network and instead uses a USB hard drive to move the data manually. After the seed job has completed, the drive is disconnected from the BackupAssist server and plugged directly into whatever is performing the role of the rsync server. Often it’s a NAS device, but I also talk to customers who choose to run either a Linux server which has native rsync support or even a Windows box using the free open source CWRsync service.

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