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How to backup Hyper-V: beginner’s guide to turning pro

August 21st, 2014 by Luke Parsons

How to backup Hyper-V

Hyper-V backups can be a little overwhelming if you don’t know where to start.  Don’t feel bad about it.  We understand.  That’s why we’ve put together some pointers on where to start when learning how to backup Hyper-V servers that will have you protecting VMs like a pro in no time.

Want to know how to backup Hyper-V? Here’s where to begin.

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6 server backups fails and how your business can avoid them

August 14th, 2014 by Luke Parsons

6  backup fails and how to avoid them

If you own or operate a small business, your server backups are your safety net.  They’re how you ensure that if something goes wrong, your business can get back on its feet and resume operating as usual.  So server backup fails are a pretty big deal.

Here are 6 common server backup fails and what your business can do to avoid them.

Plus, for good measure, we’ve thrown in an analogous internet fail for each.  Just to underline how much it’s going to hurt if this happens to you.

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3 reasons your SMB should pay attention to VM backups

August 12th, 2014 by Luke Parsons

pay attention to vm backups

So your business has made the change to virtual machines ( VMs).  Congratulations.  You’ve clearly weighed up the pros and cons and decided virtualizing is a good move for your business.  You’ve probably made the right choice, as there are some significant benefits to VMs that we’ve discussed previously.  But now the fun part starts.  Because when it comes to VM backups, there are some serious issues to consider.

VM backups should never be taken lightly.  If you don’t approach the task fully informed then your systems and data could be jeopardized.  And nobody wants that.

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Restoring Active Directory with BackupAssist

August 8th, 2014 by RickD


Active Directory is a dependent on Windows Server system files, and is restored as part of what is called a system state restore. This article looks at how to protect Active Directory using a BackupAssist System Protection backup and a Windows system state restore.

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BackupAssist v7.4.6 patch available

August 6th, 2014 by Luke Parsons


Version 7.4.6 introduces an important update if you are still using series 7 of our software and backing up with iSCSI.

A small number of v7 customers had reported that some historical iSCSI backups were being lost and corrupted. We fixed this problem with Version 8, but as some of our customers are still using v7 (mostly customers with Windows 2003 Server) we have included the patch into v7 as well.   You can download v7.4.6 today.

If you’re using Windows Server 2008 or newer, we strongly recommend you upgrade to v8.  However, if your OS won’t allow you to upgrade the v7.4.6 patch will ensure your data and systems remain properly protected.

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It’s Friday: treat yourself to (data backup themed) viral videos

August 1st, 2014 by Luke Parsons

data backup viral videos

It’s the end of the week.  You’ve worked hard, we’re sure.  Splash out on some company time and crack a smile at these viral videos.  Don’t worry, you can rationalize it – they’re all (albeit vaguely) related to data backup.

Here’s why data backup is important, as explained by YouTube’s finest.
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Critical questions for mission-critical business backups

July 30th, 2014 by Luke Parsons

mission-critical business backups

If you’re starting to hammer out a strategy for business backup, STOP!  Stop what you’re doing right now.  Because when it comes to your business’s mission-critical systems and data, there are some core questions you need to address right away.

Trust us, if something goes wrong you don’t want to be asking yourself these questions in hindsight.

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Backup solutions: Top 5 features IT Pros look for

July 24th, 2014 by Luke Parsons

backup solution IT pros

Struggling to decide on the ideal backup solution for your business?  It’s understandable.  Backing up your mission-critical systems, applications and data is no laughing matter and it makes choosing between backup solutions a difficult task.

As with most things in life, following the lead of professionals can be a big help when it comes to choosing the right backup solution to fit your business.  Luckily, SpiceWorks has you covered.

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10 tips for best practice Hyper-V backups

July 22nd, 2014 by RickD

hyper-v backup best practice


Backing up Hyper-V virtual machines can become complicated once you factor in host data, volumes, domains, disks, VSS writers, services and the resulting issues that can arise. To keep the backups of your virtual machines as simple and robust as the environments themselves, we’ve put together a list of 10 tips for best practice Hyper-V backups.

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5 ways cloud backup is like your flaky friend

July 17th, 2014 by Luke Parsons

Cloud backup is like your flaky friend

We all have one.  That buddy we’re not really sure should be a buddy.  We haven’t known them for that long, but we spend more time with them than with people we’ve known for years. Because even though we’re not entirely certain they’ll really be there when we need them, they’re exciting and new and they push the boundaries. Okay, they have some downsides, but we like them anyway – and so does everyone else. In the world of storage and backup, we’re talking about cloud backup.

In this article, we’re going to take a look over the 5 most striking similarities between cloud backup and your flaky friend.  Both the good and the bad.  Let’s kick things off with a positive.

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