Small Business System Backup Software

System backup software must provide the maximum possible level of precision, security and automation, as system backup is the key to overall business-level data security. Among the criteria of best system backup software are possibilities of image backup and scheduling tasks to be repeated.

Among the small business backup solutions capable for system backup, this is the program called Handy Backup Small Server edition, dedicated to provide security for any single business-level server or powerful workstation. Let us describe this product in some details.

Small Server: System Backup Software for Windows

Handy Backup Small Server can serve as the example of auto system backup software, as it equipped with image backup function, able to copy any type of drive or partition on a logical level, including MBR and different OS boot records.

The Small Server edition of Handy Backup executes under any modern version of Windows, both server-type or desktop-oriented. To use Handy Backup as system backup image software, the specialized feature called “Disk Image” is available out of the box in the Handy Backup Small Server solution.

Useful Features for System Backup

Image backup of the system disk can be created for emergency purposes or as the part of well-planned small business backup strategy. In both cases, system backup must precisely copy the content of the system drive, including settings, logs and boot records.

The “Disk Image” option provides the exact copy of the drive. It can be placed to almost any data storage, from other local drive to FTP to a cloud service. Operations with the “Disk Image” option are very simple; it copies a system (or data) disk sector by sector, creating an image perfect to the last bit.

Scheduling System Backups

Handy Backup Small Server includes an option of scheduling the system image backup, instead of creating it manually. It can be very useful if the system settings or the content of a system drive changes on a regular basis.

We are recommending always including some actions in the scheduled system image backup task, to save some efforts and to provide more convenience of the backup operation. Let us describe some of these steps:

  1. Use the versioned backup technique with timestamps, to create and keep at least 3 copies of the system image, marked with clearly-reading time stamps to select the needed version.
  1. Write a batch file for removing temporaries and garbage, and run it automatically with the task, using the “Run a program before running the task” feature of the Task Wizard.
  1. Create a different backup task to keep an off-site version of the disk image (e.g., on Amazon S3 cloud) with much less frequency, to ensure at least one copy will be placed in safety.

Restoration Techniques

User must be able to restore the backup drive image created once. Handy Backup provides two ways for this operation: a planned restoration using the same “Disk Image” option, and a dedicated system recovery tool called Handy Backup Disaster Recovery (HBDR).

  • The “Disk Image” restoration option can rewrite a system backup to any non-active system drive (i.e., the one not containing the system currently running this particular instance of Handy Backup).
  • The HBDR featured utility can install the copy of a system drive content to the empty drive (e.g., on the freshly assembled computer), or to the same machine from which the copy was created, after any irreparable logical or computational failure.

To receive a copy of Handy Backup Disaster Recovery, please call to the Handy Backup technical support; if you are the registered customer of Handy Backup Small Server, you can obtain this utility for no pay.

 

See also: Disk Image Backup Solution, Exchange Server BackupOffsite Backup