TAG: Backup

Automate VMware Converter 5 For Backups Or Disaster Recovery

VMWare Converter

Perhaps a daft move, but VMware Converter (sometimes called P2V or vCenter Converter) no longer allows you to script the creation of a machine image by way of the command line. This used to be possible in earlier versions of Converter, but was unceremoniously removed from version 5.0 and up. This has many confused, who used the tool as something of a “poor man’s disaster recovery tool”. In this article I’m going to go over a means of  automating Converter so you can again use it for a backup.

3 Ways To Automate The Backup Of TrueCrypt Containers

Truecrypt LogoFor some, 2013 has been the “year of encryption”. Leading the rise of all things security. Among the best of these, the tool TrueCrypt, allows you to create entire encrypted drives and “containers”, that may include one or more drive volumes. While the validity of TrueCrypt is currently being tested, many are flocking to TrueCrypt in an effort to keep their important files secure. With that, comes the challenge of keeping these secure files and containers backed up regularly. This isn’t exactly easy when the TrueCrypt file may actually be in use. I’ve compiled a list of things you can do to keep these files backed up.

DeltaCopy: Update DLLs To Solve Common Issues

DeltaCopyFix-2If you’re a Network Attached Storage (NAS) owner, and make use of backup tools included in most NAS devices, you’re probably using the rsync server component to do differential backups. One Windows, one of the more useful tools to synchronize files this way is using a free tool called DeltaCopy. I’ve previously gone over the process of setting up DeltaCopy to connect to an rsync server and backup. DeltaCopy has a number of issues that revolve around it’s use of Cgywin (problems with Windows hard links, file name references, long file names). Updating the core components used by DeltaCopy can fix some of these problems.

Review: Business Backup With Dell AppAsure

Dell-Appasure-01Looking for a nicer solution to backup, I came across AppAssure and decided to take a closer look. My previous exposure to Microsoft’s Data Protection Manager lead me to Dell’s offering based on features and performance.

Since most of our customers are smaller businesses (50 users or less), backups tend to be file synchronization, cloud or tape options. The small business is generally not served by the more enhanced power of bare metal restores and technologies like de-duplication. And it’s a shame, because there is a real market for these great tools if they’re at a reasonable price. In talks with Dell representatives, I learned that AppAssure was a little-known company, and Dell wanted to put some muscle behind this venture to help it take off. My first exposures to the product were through countless seminars and demonstrations. Great for an overview, but not so good if you want to understand how this works. I moved to a trial version (which you can download here – registration required) to see more about this.

Use Windows Easy Transfer To Automate User Backups

Windows-Easy-TransferI’m always looking for interesting challenges, and this one is no different. I came across this question in Microsoft’s Answers forum and I was intrigued. Windows Easy Transfer is actually pretty good for migrating user accounts and pulling out settings, but what if you wanted to use this tool to attempt a full user profile backup (to disk) at regular intervals? Is it even possible in any reliable way to do this?

How To Setup A Fast, Free, File Backup To A NAS That Only Transfers Changes [rsync]

Tapes. I’ve heard many say they aren’t dead. I say, if they aren’t dead, they’re probably zombies. A technology of an era when tapes represented a cheap medium of storage. Today, the best, fastest and cheapest way of backing up involve using inexpensive hard drives. Say, a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device connected to a local area network to backup enterprise data. That’s all great, but one of the core challenges is to create incremental backups to minimize network data transfer. Even better, how about backing up only data that changes (delta) to a NAS device? Let me show you how to do that for free (well, with the exception of having to buy the NAS).

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