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A standard file backup is simply an archive of data that may be restored in the event of data loss. This archive is generally made from the files which you select as being important (or an entire file system) and may be encrypted, or compressed.
File backup is a primary backup that runs one or more times per day to back up all business-critical data.
Image Backup (Disaster Recovery)
An image backup is different from a standard file backup. It is intended to back up the underlying data structures of a computer including the operating system and applications for emergency restoration in the event of a disaster. In this case, your destination may be a completely different computer or set of hardware.
The image-based backup is usually performed once a week.
System configuration changes rarely occur, however, if they do, we always recommend that you perform a full image backup, which offers the safest and fastest method for recovery.
Different Types of Backup Jobs:
Depending on the system, NovaBACKUP can be installed in just a few minutes and consists of just 3 steps. The following step-by-step guide was created based on NovaBACKUP Business Essentials.
IMPORTANT: NovaBACKUP is always installed on the system that contains the data to be backed up. The backup memory to be used must be available locally on the system and recognized by Windows. If you store your backup on a NAS, you must ensure that the NAS is appropriately available over the network. Hidden network drives or directories are currently not supported by NovaBACKUP.
Each installation is independent and therefore requires its own license.
STEP 1: Start Installation
STEP 2: Activate License
STEP 3: Launch the Program
If you would like to back up to the NovaBACKUP-hosted cloud, your NovaBACKUP license must have cloud storage. If you did not purchase cloud storage, contact email@example.com to add cloud storage.
This guide will help you to connect your NovaBACKIUP software to NovaBACKUP-hosted Cloud Storage for the first time so that you can back up to the cloud.
Set up a network device (NAS) for data backup.
In order to simplify the process of backing up to a NAS storage device, a "NAS device" is set up once.
After that, the NAS device can be selected as the target in each backup job with a click. The NAS device automatically provides all necessary permissions for communication between Windows and the NAS storage.
Backup Files and Microsoft SQL/Exchange to a NAS device
To create a scheduled backup job for business-critical data such as files, folders, and an MS SQL database or an Exchange Server, click on the [Backup].tab in the top menu or click the [Start] button.
In the Backup tab, please perform the following steps:
Next, please click the [Settings] button to configure the following things:
Next, set up a backup schedule using the [Schedule] button at the bottom.
Perform a file backup for files on your PC.
NOTE: The Machine must be on, and a user "logged In", for a scheduled job to run.
Backup retention for automatic cleanup of backup jobs
Backup retention helps you automatically clean up any backup jobs so that your storage medium does not fill up with countless backups.
If you select by the number of backups, instead of by age, it is advisable to define separate storage for each backup job. Each completed backup is saved with the media name defined in the backup job and can be cleaned up individually. For a more detailed description of backup retention, see our Knowledge Base.
Set up logs/reports and send them to e-mail/printer
The reporting functions in NovaBACKUP offer significant added value. They ensure more transparency in data backup. Easy-to-understand e-mail reports can be set up with just one click.
As with the logs, only the email address is required for the setup and can therefore also be carried out by a layperson. An additional setup of an SMTP is possible, but not necessary. If necessary, the report can also be output directly to a printer. You can choose between daily, weekly, or monthly reports (also to multiple recipients).
The reports can be sent in addition to the detailed logs. The reports give a very quick and uncomplicated overview of the status of all jobs that were executed by NovaBACKUP in the selected report period.
View of a sample report. This can not only be sent to one or more e-mail addresses but also to a printer.
To set up email logs, please follow the steps below:
Create an image-level backup of your entire system including your operating system.
Creating a Disaster Recovery Boot Disc (Boot Media).
Perform system recovery using Disaster Recovery Boot Disc.
These image recovery steps are for version 19.2 or newer, as a new Disaster Recovery boot disk (DRBoot) for restoring an Image Backup of a System Partition was released with that version.
IMPORTANT: Before you get started with your disaster recovery using your Boot Disc, please look up the required F Key for your computer model. This is needed for step 2.
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