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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New video added: BackupAssist in 75 seconds

BackupAssist Backup Software - New VideoJust a quick one to let you know I’ve just added a video with the shortest possible explanation I can manage of why BackupAssist should be of interest if you’re a small business (or work with one).

I hope you enjoy this latest addition to our Youtube channel – please hit the subscribe button if you’d like to be notified of future updates.

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BackupAssist – Minor update now live (v7.2.1)

BackupAssist Maintenance Release

BackupAssist have made a minor update of their fantastic backup software live today and as always, it’s available on our Web site for download.

This release consists mostly of minor fixes and there’s couple of small feature updates in there for good measure too.

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BackupAssist and Outlook Connector maintenance releases now available

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

BackupAssist consists of two small fixes only while the Outlook Connector release sees new official support for Outlook 2013 clients.

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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 Advanced Open File Addon – End of Life

Just a quick note to let you know we’ve now retired the Open File Addon for BackupAssist.

The add-on was required only for Windows 2000 machines or for bespoke applications that couldn’t offer VSS support but the market has signalled that it’s no longer a popular module and we’re adjusting accordingly by withdrawing it from the product set.

If you have any questions relating to this announcement please feel free to get in touch.