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Drive Imaging Backup using Windows Server Backup
BackupAssist schedules and manages the block-level backup features in Microsoft Windows Server 2008 family; Windows Small Business Server 2011/2008 family; Exchange Server 2010/2007; SQL Server 2008/2005; plus Windows 7/8 Professional and Ultimate editions; and Windows Vista Business and Ultimate editions. Read more: http://www.backupassist.com/BackupAssist/tour_Imaging.html#ixzz2ZQLFlkKC , providing excellent data protection and disaster recovery capabilities. The hardware independent restore (HIR) features allow you to completely recover a server to dissimilar hardware, at fast hard-drive speeds (70-90 Gig/hr).
Combined with BackupAssist’s easy to configure UI, extended hardware support and powerful email reporting, you’ve got a complete drive imaging solution at the fraction of the price of the competitors, and with none of the hassles of manual scripting or scheduling wbadmin.exe.
Benefit from Microsoft’s new backup engine
BackupAssist builds upon Microsoft’s block level backup engine, meaning that you can benefit from the features already present in the operating system:
However, BackupAssist also adds significant functionality and overcomes numerous limitations as described below.
Full reporting and monitoring
BackupAssist’s reporting gives you confidence that your backups are working and notifies you whenever problems occur. This means that you’ll never be left with silent failures. Reports can be emailed to administrator(s), showing:
Extended hardware support
Whereas the in-built wizards in Server 2008 only support USB HDD, BackupAssist supports USB HDD as well as NAS, Local disk, eSata disk, rdx drives (such as the RD1000 and QuikStor) and Iomega REV.
Media rotation and device checking
The concept of media rotation involves having multiple backup devices in a "pool", and swapping these devices onsite and offsite. The purpose is to have a variety of restore points, and to have them stored in different physical locations. Unfortunately, the Microsoft wizards provide you with absolutely no help in managing this process.
In contrast, BackupAssist contains numerous important features that help maximize your backup’s effectiveness by minimizing human error and enhances the reliability and effectiveness of the entire system.
File based backups
Finally, as the new Windows Server Backup infrastructure is image based, it does not support backing up specific files and directories, whether they be local or remote (via network share).
However, BackupAssist provides a solution for this - within the product (and at no extra cost) is our File Replication Engine - a separate backup method that allows you to copy files, complete with VSS support and full NTFS security / extended data stream support, from any location to any other location.
Restoring your Windows Server 2008 system
There are two methods of restoring data from a Windows 2008 system.
The first method is to use the Windows Server Backup Recovery Wizard to mount an image and restore individual files or entire volumes. A simple wizard (pictured to the right) is provided to make this process easy.
The second method is for a bare metal restore - use the Windows DVD (or a recovery CD) to perform a restore from your image. This is an automated process - simply configure a few simple options and Windows will automatically rebuild the system.
Download the 30-day FREE trial version and test it out for yourself.
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