Backup Set Wizard
Backup Set is the heart of the EaseBackup. It fully controls how your backup will work.
All Backup Set properties are concentrated in the Backup Set Wizard. You use it to add or edit Backup Sets. It walks you through an entire process of adding or editing of a Backup Set. There are 2 modes you can use: simple or advanced.
Each Backup Set must have an unique description that will be used to identify this Backup Set on a backup media. It has to contain up to 50 symbols, digits or spaces. Enter the description at the field.
To make your work easier with many Backup Sets, you can separate them into groups. That's a pure logical division and does not affect backup or restore operations. Just select your group at the combobox.
Click the Next button to accept the entered description and proceed.
Now you have to select folders and files you want to backup. Common places like Documents, Pictures or Mail can be selected using check boxes.
If you need to select more files, use Let me choose files button. When you add a new Backup Set, all boxes are white. You can include folders, registry keys, or files to backup by clicking on checkmarks near a folder or a file. Selected folders, files and registry keys have a white box with a red check. A gray box with a black check means that this folder will not be included in the backup, but it contains included files or folders. Use this state to find included folders in the tree. A gray box with a red check means that this folder will be included in the backup, but it contains a number of excluded subfolders.
EaseBackup works with many types of backup storages including hard and removable drives, FTP account, Amazon S3, Azure or Google cloud storages. Click one of links for more information how to configure storages.
Also you can select an encryption key that will be used to encrypt backup archives. For now, leave this combobox unchanged.
If you want to configure advanced properties like retension policy, external command, advanced schedule configuration, use Advanced button. Otherwise, click the Finish button to save the Backup Set.
Advanced mode gives you more ways to configure a Backup Set. The first page at this mode is a file selection screen.
It allows to include and exclude files, folders and registry keys to/from backup. When you add a new Backup Set, all boxes are white. You can include folders, registry keys, or files to backup by clicking on checkmarks near a folder or a file. The selected folders, files and registry keys have a white box with a red check.
To exclude folders or remove them from being included in the list, you simply have to click on the associated checkbox again.
A gray box with a black check means that this folder will not be included in the backup, but it contains included files or folders. Use this state to find included folders in the tree.
A gray box with a red check means that this folder will be included in the backup, but it contains a number of excluded subfolders.
You can backup network files and folders by specifying their UNC paths. Use "Add UNC path..." button to add a network folder at the tree. You can include or exclude network files and folders as you do that with local files.
To preview a list of the selected files, press the "Show list of files to backup" button. Click the Next button to accept the selected files and folders, and proceed.
EaseBackup works with many types of backup storages. Here you have to select a backup storage to store backed up data. Click on a storage type to see its description. Read it carefully to find out more information about the selected backup storage.
Also you can select an encryption key that will be used to encrypt backup archives. Use "Generate a new key..." button to generate a new key and "Manage of encryption keys" button to view all keys, import a new key, ...
Zip archive - A standard ZIP archive will be generated.
That's not a good decision because such backup is not very reliable:
if your hard disk is crashed you will lose everything. You can use this
option only if you use another physical hard disk to store the zip archive.
Removable or Hard disk - This option must be used for Disc-to-disc and CD/DVD backups. You have to select a CD/DVD Recorder or a folder on your hard or removable drive to store backup archives.
In this mode EaseBackup generates several backup archives (30MB each)
instead of making one backup archive. It does so
because each of archives can be restored independently even if
other archives are corrupted due media fault. It makes backup more reliable.
When current removable disk is filled, EaseBackup asks for a new disk.
Use this option to store backup archives on your FTP account of any standard FTP Server. EaseBackup works with FTP Server without using any external software!
You can specify a secondary backup server that will be used in case the primary is down. To do that you have to specify all addresses separated by semicolon (e.g. primary.server.com;secondary.server.com). The secondary server will be used only if EaseBackup cannot login to the primary server. EaseBackup does not restore files from the secondary server. That's why you have to resend all backup archives to the primary backup server when it's up again.
Standard FTP protocol does not encrypt FTP connections and that's why all information (username, password, file transfers) isn't encrypted. That gives a chance to hackers to steal your username and password and get access to your FTP account. To secure FTP connections you may use a standard SSL protocol (that uses to secure internet transactions). But not all FTP Servers support SSL protocol.
You can store your data on Amazon S3 account. To use that cost-effective remote storage you must have a valid Amazon Web Services account (You can create one here: http://aws.amazon.com) and be signed up to use Amazon S3 (You can sign up here: http://aws.amazon.com/s3).
Select Remote Storage option as a backup storage and press the Next button to enter preporties:
Use this option to store backup archives on your Azure cloud storage account. You need Microsoft.NET 4.0 installed on your system to use this option!
Host name is always azu://. Port field is ignored.
Username is a name of a storage account you want to use. You can get it at the Azure Console.
Password is a secret access key of the account.
Use this option to store backup archives on your Google cloud storage account. You need Microsoft.NET 4.0 installed on your system to use this option!
Host name is always gs://. Port field is ignored.
Username is an access key of the storage service. You can get it at the Google Console (Google Cloud Storage - Interoperable Access). Note that you have to active storage service to use it.
Password is a secret key of the account.
Tape - EaseBackup can backup on any Tape Unit that is recognized by the software.
Corporate version of EaseBackup makes you be able to backup on a remote Tape Unit through network. That allows you to have only one Tape Unit and backup many workstations directly on that Tape Unit. To share a Tape Unit you have to start "Storage Device Console" and share the unit.
Copy files - EaseBackup is able to copy files to another location without compression and encryption. This option is useful if you want to have a copy of your files but do not want to copy all files every day. Incremental backup will copy only new or modified files. Open files backup module allows to copy locked files too.
Now you have to specify how often you would like to start automatic backups of this Backup Set and how backups will work.
At the Start backup combobox you have to select one of the values. If you select "Every week", you can choose week days to start automatic backups. At the Time to start fields you have to set a time to start automatic backups.
Advanced properties allow specifying a type of automatic backup (full or incremental). By default all backups are incremental.
Enable patch backup - Enables patch backups for this Backup Set.
EaseBackup allows to customize the backup process through the use of external commands. External command is an external executable file that can process different operations with source and archive files before, during, and after backup.
Each external command can have arguments. You can use few special variables in the command line. EaseBackup replaces variables on real names before executing the external command.
EaseBackup uses the standard Windows scheduler to run scheduled backups. If you use Windows NT/2000/XP/2003, it's necessary to enter your Windows account username and password. If you make a mistake, Windows won't be able to run your scheduled backups.
Click the Continue button. EaseBackup will edit all necessary scheduled tasks by itself.