BackupAssist v10 Featuring Direct to Cloud Backup for Amazon and Azure

BackupAssist version 10

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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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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BackupAssist 7 Beta now available

You may have picked up from our subtle marketing that something new is on the horizon with the next release of BackupAssist, Version 7.

Now the public Beta is here I’m excited to be able to finally tell you all about the new features, which include a completely reworked interface design.

First off, let me introduce the completely new simplified interface and layout…

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Continuous off-site backup of our hosted SQL database using BackupAssist

As part of ongoing improvements to our own network, I recently revised the way we approach backing up the SQL database that underpins our main company Web site. We currently host the web and SQL server in a local data centre and were taking off-site daily backups using a combination of BackupAssist and the Rsync add-on. This was adequate for restoring a snapshot of the website or database to the previous day, but I wanted to improve the frequency of our backups given how often the database is changing as we take orders throughout the day. Luckily BackupAssist was there to help!

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MailStore 7 Beta now available

MailStore Beta

Over the past 12 months we’ve been actively involved in passing feature requests back to MailStore on behalf of our customers, and its great to see how many of these have made it to this early preview of version 7.

There are two features that really stand out for me. The first is the new archive store concept, which amongst other things will enable the reorganising of archive folders between users. Second is the speed improvements that have come from multi-threading, and the different back end database store options for Microsoft SQL and PostgreSQL which provide more options to help those larger site installations.

For a full list of the new features Version 7 brings along with a link to the Beta download simply follow this link.

How to back up Microsoft Hyper-V servers using BackupAssist

One of the key benefits of using BackupAssist in a Hyper-V environment is that only one licence is required on the physical host server in order to perform file level backups across all of the guest machines.

In this post I’m going to step through a Hyper-V scenario I come across quite frequently, and show you how to configure a single backup job to provide the following:

  1. Bare metal backup
  2. Recovery of a guest machine in its entirety
  3. Recovery of files from a guest
  4. Exchange mailboxes and near-continuous SQL backup

For this scenario the following set of licences must be purchased for one installation of BackupAssist on the Hyper-V host server.

1 x BackupAssist with Upgrade Protection
1 X Hyper-V Granular Restore Console
1 x Exchange Mailbox add-on
1 x SQL add-on

Scenario 1 – Server configuration2008-server.jpg

In this example I’ll be backing up a single 2008 Hyper-V server running two 2008 guests.

VM 1 – 2008 SBS including Exchange

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