Getting started with Hyper-V backups

April 14th, 2015

getting started

 

This is the first in a series of articles where we will take a closer look at Hyper-V backups and restores. In this article, we will just touch on a couple of common questions. What backup type to use and what data to back up. In the following weeks we will dig down a lot more and look at some of the scenarios we are often asked about, and highlight some of the important steps.

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4 signs you’re low-balling yourself out of recoverability

April 9th, 2015

4 signs you're lowballing on recoverability

So you’re shopping around for the best deal on your backup solution.  Nothing wrong with that.  In fact, it’s what you should be doing.  But there’s a very big difference between paying the lowest possible price for the capabilities your business needs, and undercutting the recoverability of crucial systems and data to save a few bucks.

At the end of the day, your business is going to lose a lot more money if it can’t recover its vital data and systems, than it ever would have paid for a decent backup solution.

Let’s take a look at 4 telltale signs that you might be compromising the recoverability your business may one day depend upon.

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What’s new in BackupAssist v8.4? Let’s find out!

April 8th, 2015

What's new in BackupAssist v8.4

We’ve got some great news for all BackupAssist users – the latest feature release of our solution is now available for download.  BackupAssist v8.4 offers some great new features to improve your backup and disaster recovery capabilities even further.  Protecting your data just keeps on getting easier.

Here’s what you gain by downloading BackupAssist v8.4 today.

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3-2-1…Happy World Backup Day! Now Get Planning

April 1st, 2015

3-2-1 rule of backup - Happy World Backup Day

Happy World Backup Day, fellow IT Pros!  It’s like the Birthday party of data protection.  The Thanksgiving of recoverability.  The Hanukkah of… OK, OK, we’ll stop.  The point is, World Backup Day is a great opportunity to take stock of what you’re doing to make sure your business continuity is in tip-top shape.  This year, we suggest focusing on that old staple of backup best practice – the 3-2-1 rule of backup!

But before we dive into the 3-2-1 rule, let’s quickly hit F5 on what World Backup Day is and why you should care about it.

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Australian office closed Friday 3rd April & Monday 6th April for Easter

March 27th, 2015

easter 2015

Our Australian Office will closed on Friday 3rd of April and Monday 6th of April 2015 due to the Easter Holiday long weekend.  As such, our Australian support and sales services will be unavailable on those days. However, US Support and Sales will both continue to operate as normal.

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Time to switch to SSD? Or HDD still king?

March 26th, 2015

switch to SSD?

 

Oh the times, they are a changing.  Solid State Drive (SSD) technology has been steadily improving over the last few years, to the point where they now offer some considerable advantages over their Hard Disk Drive (HDD) alternatives.  They’re faster.  They’re often more efficient.  They can be more resilient too.  But are they better overall?  Has the time come to switch to SSD entirely?

We’re going to take a look at the current state of solid state, and some core considerations when deciding to make the switch from HDD.

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BackupAssist Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) support

March 24th, 2015

csv support2

You’ve heard us talk a lot about BackupAssist’s support for Windows Hyper-V Servers. An important feature of many Hyper-V environments is the need for reliability and failover capability. For Hyper-V, this can be achieved by setting up clusters of hosts in Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) environments.

Let’s take a look at BackupAssist’s support of Hyper-V backups and restores in Cluster Shared Volume environments.

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Are you ready for the Windows Server 2003 EOL?

March 20th, 2015

are you ready for the Windows Server 2003 EOL

Windows Server 2003 has been a faithful workhorse.  But unfortunately, like it or not she just can’t pull the cart any longer.  That’s why as of July 14th 2015, Microsoft will be pulling the plug and enforcing a complete End of Life (EOL) for the software.  What does that mean for your business?  Well, if you’re still using Server 03 and intend to continue doing so after July, it’s not good news.

If you’re still using Windows Server 2003, let’s dive in and take a look at why you need to upgrade past it.  Sooner rather than later.

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Why test restores really matter! Check your backup history

March 17th, 2015

why test restores are so important!

Performing regular test restores is best practice.  End of story.  If you’re not doing it, you’re playing a dangerous game of chance when it comes time to recover.

This is important article for all BackupAssist users to read – for all owners and administrators of servers in general, for that matter!  We’re going to take a look at why performing regular test restores and recoveries is a crucial element of any good backup strategy.  Particularly examining one pertinent example where a small number of BackupAssist customers with unique environments inadvertently lost their backup history (but still maintained a safe most-recent backup) due to a rare VSS issue that has now been remedied.

In cases like this, test restores are vital!

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7 things Mom never told you, but your sysadmin definitely will!

March 6th, 2015

7 things mom never told you, but your sysadmin will

There’s just no advice like a Mom’s advice.  Well, except maybe when it comes to IT related stuff.  Can she stop your system getting locked up by malware? Or recover it once it has? Hey, who are we to make assumptions?  Maybe she sure as heck can.

But on the off-chance your Mom is like ours, for tech advice the average person should probably defer to the wisdom of their nearest sysadmin.  Here’s what sound parental advice sounds like when delivered by an IT professional.

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