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Topic # 8281 17-Jun-2006 16:13
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I have been using the Iomega QuickSync software that come with the 100MB (snigger) ZIP discs, which has been good, as the function that keeps a user controlled number of copies is excellent, but now 100MB is no longer enough (I’m rotating discs twice a week). Does anyone know of software with the same functionality, ideally installs as a service monitoring the file system for changes and making versioned backups on a user defined target?


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  Reply # 38840 17-Jun-2006 16:47
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I use HandyBackup Pro. The standard version runs as a program, the Pro version as a service. It can ZIP files before copying, and maintain versions with automatic deletion of older archives.






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  Reply # 38841 17-Jun-2006 18:12
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I've downloaded and installed version 4.0 (evaluation). I can not find how to set it to update when files change or a new file is created?



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  Reply # 38842 17-Jun-2006 18:27
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lyonrouge: I've downloaded and installed version 4.0 (evaluation). I can not find how to set it to update when files change or a new file is created?


Maybe I should put this in context. Currently the Iomega EasySync software runs on the file server and backs up users “My Documents” when they sign off and their roaming profile is written back to the file server. EasySync keeps the last five copies of their files. This has been fine (on 100MB disks), but I want to add “Outlook.pst” to the backed up files, which will fill the 100MB disk every day, hence I’m seeking another application which can preferably copy to a network drive without user intervention and not using incremental backups (not easy to extract a file which may not have been changed for months).


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Reply # 38843 17-Jun-2006 18:32
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Hmmm. Maybe you should look into GoodSync then (our GoodSync review here)?

I use this for synchronisation between my desktop, server and tablet PC.







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  Reply # 38844 17-Jun-2006 18:40
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freitasm: Hmmm. Maybe you should look into GoodSync then (our GoodSync review here)?

I use this for synchronisation between my desktop, server and tablet PC.



No, just automatic one way synchronisation for backup purposes (using PC Suit & Hot Sync for mobile requirements).

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Reply # 38845 17-Jun-2006 18:59
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GoodSync is not for mobile - it's a file synchronisation software. It can be used for backup if you setup synchronisation to be one way only.





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  Reply # 38847 17-Jun-2006 19:16
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How about Cobian Backup? Cobian 8 is in Beta but seems to work a treat. Used Cobian 7 for a few months prior to 8. And the price is right!



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  Reply # 38848 17-Jun-2006 19:16
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Does it monitor file system changes or schedule only?

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  Reply # 38849 17-Jun-2006 19:21
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You can set it to only backup changed files, but not to do a backup as soon as you change a file. Based on file attributes.



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  Reply # 38868 18-Jun-2006 11:26
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Thanks for your help everyone. Here is some feedback on the applications.

HandyBackup Pro is similar to the Windows backup, which I will continue to use for system back-up and restore.

GoodSync (a.k.a. Allsync) has similar functionality to Windows briefcase, but much more informative and easier to review the activity to be performed, I shall continue to use this for Laptop/Server file sync of non-critical data, i.e. music.

Cobian Backup is the final choice to replace QuickSync. A warning to Terminal Services (in this case Server2003 R2) users, the console is available to non-admin users who can then control the backups using the saved credentials of the service user. So impliment this on an Admin only server.

Note: Software tests only performed on NT based O/S (Win2KAS, Win XP Pro SP2 and Server 2003 R2)

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Reply # 38869 18-Jun-2006 11:28
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HandyBackup is a bit more than Windows Backup. It can create a ZIP file (single, multiple span), backup to FTP server, manage number of backup versions stored, e-mail status at end of backup, run as a service and much more.





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  Reply # 38892 18-Jun-2006 15:36
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lyonrouge: A warning to Terminal Services (in this case Server2003 R2) users, the console is available to non-admin users who can then control the backups using the saved credentials of the service user. So impliment this on an Admin only server.


You can password protect the the user interface (job details) and the main window. I haven't tried it, but does this not protect the console from access via terminal services?



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  Reply # 38895 18-Jun-2006 16:04
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lyonrouge: A warning to Terminal Services (in this case Server2003 R2) users, the console is available to non-admin users who can then control the backups using the saved credentials of the service user. So impliment this on an Admin only server.


You can password protect the the user interface (job details) and the main window. I haven't tried it, but does this not protect the console from access via terminal services?

No, but it is common fo rapplications to non-compliant to a multi user environment. I have installed it on the file server, so the multi-user issue is not a problem, I just noted this on my test environment. It is very good as a free application.

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