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WinBackup Pro

As a small or medium sized business, you may probably find selecting an adequate data protection solution a challenging if not daunting task. WinBackup 2.0 allows users to run backup and restore functions at the click of a button.
Published: Nov 8, 2005
Author: Michael E, Callahan
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Backup and restore
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WinBackup Standard 2.1.2
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Data can be lost because of a variety of reasons including hardware failure and human error. At times, the data is retrievable and as a business you will only suffer the cost of downtime. However when the data is irretrievable, many companies go bankrupt because they never took the necessary precautions to protect their data. As a Small and medium sized business you are not immune to data loss and the need for data protection is just as strong as for large organizations. However, where do you start looking?

As a small or medium sized business, you may probably find selecting an adequate data protection solution a challenging if not daunting task. You probably find that the most pressing issue is to select a backup software that is easy deploy and use, that is reliable and that notches up excellent performance ratings. At the same time, such a solution should minimize costs and not be an overall burden on profits.

WinBackup 2.0 Professional drives business continuity to the next level for small and medium sized businesses. Featuring a highly intuitive, exceptionally simple graphical user interface, WinBackup 2.0 allows users to run backup and restore functions at the click of a button. WinBackup 2.0 delivers complete data protection through a comprehensive and powerful set of enterprise-level features.

The following are some of the features of WinBackup 2.0 Professional:

Easy to Use and User Friendly Graphical User Interface

The features of WinBackup 2.0 Pro are set in a Windows-familiar environment. Technical and non-technical users alike will quickly learn to use the intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) designed specifically to ensure the highest degree of user-friendliness and to allow step-by-step backups and restores.

The GUI is divided into three areas with the top bar showing the steps that you have to follow to conduct your backup or restore. Following these sequences will help you make sure that you are backing up all the necessary files and restoring what you need.

Easy to Configure and Learn

Designed to minimize the time and effort required for installation, configuration and implementation, WinBackup 2.0 Pro will help you complete the first backup in less than ten minutes. Subsequent backups may either be performed automatically through scheduling or effected at a click of a button. Backup and restore management is "exceptionally simple" with WinBackup 2.0 Pro.

The WinBackup 2.0 Pro built-in help and documentation describe the software functions comprehensively and in plain English - all instructions given are easy to follow allowing users to perform backups and restores effectively and efficiently. WinBackup 2.0 Pro is very easy to learn and system administrators or employees don't need to attend lengthy and costly training courses to leverage the full features of this powerful and reliable solution.

Shortcuts

WinBackup 2.0 also has a set of default Shortcuts which link automatically to the more popular Windows applications including all common Web browsers, bookmarks and e-mail programs, and to the several settings folders. In this way, non-technical users are able to backup all their important data instantly at the click of a button.

These Shortcuts include dynamic links to Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Outlook, Outlook Express, Exchange mailbox database files, Eudora, and the �Documents and Settings� Folders of Windows which have shortcuts to all your templates and specific settings within the Windows environment. These Shortcuts will be continually updated to include over 100 automatic links to applications. Backup and restore involves you by simply ticking a checkbox next to the application you want to have backed up or restored.

Selecting Files for Backup and Restore

If you think using Windows Explorer is the simplest way to see what data you own, then you haven't experienced selecting files for backup or restore through WinBackup 2.0 Professional! In the same fashion as this easy functionality provided by Windows, WinBackup 2.0 Pro allows you to browse through your hard drive, USB drives, CD/DVD and network drives selecting files by ticking check boxes. You can perform simple and advanced searches to locate the files you need and you can combine these searches with the advanced scheduler to automate your backup process.

Taking E-mail Backup to the Next Level

Most backup products take a file-centric approach. If that file gets corrupt, you will never be able to retrieve any of the hundreds (or thousands) of e-mails that are stored therein.

In addition, file-centric backup requires you to make daily backups of incremental changes to make sure that you have an exact replica of what is transpiring. This takes up a great deal of storage space. Restores are replacement of files. So if you lose your PST today, you'd have to replace today's file with the last backed up PST file. This is ok if you lost your data today, but what would happen if you deleted a particular e-mail 5 days ago? In this case, you would have to make a total backup of today's PST, replace the PST file dated five days ago, export the deleted e-mail, restore today's backup and import the deleted e-mail into today's backup.

WinBackup 2.0 Professional takes e-mail backup to the next level. You can backup your PST files on a weekly basis with Shortcuts and then use the WinBackup Outlook Agent to backup the e-mails added during the week. The Outlook Agent is an advanced feature that allows you to backup and restore single e-mails. Through the WinBackup interface you can browse in your mailbox and select the e-mails you want backed up. You can also set up an automatic search for all the e-mails that you've received and sent - WinBackup will then do the rest.

Restores are then a matter of loading up WinBackup and simply browsing around the archive of single e-mails and then restoring the e-mail directly into Outlook.

Security

Using the highest levels of encryption available today (256 AES), WinBackup 2.0 Pro makes it impossible for anyone to open a backup archive without appropriate permissions. WinBackup 2.0 also allows administrators to vary encryption levels to suit the needs of the business. The advanced reporting functionality of WinBackup 2.0 also provides administrators reliability since the features ensure immediate feedback when running backups and restores.

Validating Your Files and Storage Medium

WinBackup 2.0 Pro uses advanced bit-level" validation algorithms for data integrity and full restore. In contrast to other data validation methods such as the Cyclical Redundancy Check (CRC), the bit-level validation supported by WinBackup 2.0 Pro verifies all files down to bit level. This ensures 100% accurate restores. The data restore function of WinBackup 2.0 Pro allows restores of any data block or file to any target. These features provide small and medium sized businesses with true 100% business continuity.

Scripting

This feature allows you to execute certain VB or DOS Prompt commands before and after backup. Scripted Actions can make life so much easier and more practical in the task of automating Backups. Shutting down Outlook automatically so as to ensure all e-mails are backed up, restarting Outlook once you are finished or performing backup and then shutting down your PC are the default script templates included in WinBackup 2.0 Professional. However, you can write your own commands on the WinBackup 2.0 Pro dash board.

Breadth and Media Coverage

With its wealth of functionality, WinBackup 2.0 ensures that all notebooks and workstations are backed up to any chosen media including:

  • Hard Drives
  • Network
  • Zip/Jazz/REV drives
  • CD-R/RW
  • DVD-R/RW +/-
  • Portable drives (Firewire and USB)
  • NAS Drives

WinBackup 2.0 Professional is "...the business backup solution that guarantees 100% reliability and superior performance, while minimizing total cost of ownership!"


About The Author...

"Uniblue Systems develops and markets protection and recovery solutionsfor small and medium sized businesses, large enterprises, home-basedbusinesses and home users. Since 1999, Uniblue has been creatingintuitive, innovative, and flexible data protection and recoverysoftware to ensure that business data assets are valued and protected.Uniblue Systems is a leader of backup and recovery management solutions.Small and medium sized businesses all throughout the globe are deployingits powerful software to help protect their data assets reliably whileminimizing their total cost of ownership. Uniblue delivers a similarsuite of products to home users".



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About Michael E, Callahan

Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.

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