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BackupAssist v6 End of Life announced

September 1st, 2014 by Luke Parsons

BackupAssist v6 EOL

This is an announcement to all of our customers that the End of Life (EOL) for BackupAssist v6 will occur on the 31st of March 2015.  If you’re a v6 user, while you’ll still be able to continue using v6 after this date, you will no longer be able to receive technical support for the product.  In addition to this, we will no longer be releasing any updates, fixes or patches to the software.

As such, it is strongly recommended you upgrade to the latest version of BackupAssist before this date.

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Is your DR strategy ZOMBIE PROOF?

August 27th, 2014 by Luke Parsons

Is your DR strategy zombie proof?

So, you’ve survived the zombie apocalypse with your brains intact.  But can you say the same for your systems and data?  In the aftermath of an undead disaster, imagine the advantage your business could leverage by being up and running while your competitors are still clutching shotguns in their basements.  It’s doable.   But you’ll need a darned good DR strategy. Read the rest of this entry »

US office closed Monday 1st of September – Labor Day

August 26th, 2014 by Luke Parsons

closed for labor day 2014

Our US support office will be closed for Labor Day on Monday 1st of September 2014.  As such, our US support team will be unavailable on this day.  However, Australian support will continue to operate as normal.

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It’s official: BA certified for Windows Server 2012 and 2012R2!

August 25th, 2014 by Luke Parsons

BackupAssist windows server 2012

Are you running Windows Server 2012 or 2012R2?  Well, we’ve got some good news for you.  You can backup your systems and data using BackupAssist v8 with full confidence of optimal efficacy.

Okay, we hear you.  You already knew this.  You’ve been backing up your Server 2012 and R2 with ease ever since v8 launched  back in June.  In fact, you’ve been backing up Windows Server 2012 like a dream since way back in February 2013 with v7. Well, now Mircosoft is on board too, because BA v8 is officially certified.

So what exactly does Windows Server certification mean?

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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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