|Developer(s)||Cortex IT Labs|
|Stable release||v7.3.1 latest release date = 29 October 2013|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows Server 2012/2008/2008 R2/2003; Microsoft Small Business Server 2011/2008/2003; Microsoft Windows 8/7/Vista/XP|
|Type||Windows Server Backup software|
BackupAssist is a backup software product created for use with the Microsoft Windows environments. Developed by Australian company Cortex I.T Labs, it is aimed primarily at the small to medium business market and provides protection for Microsoft Windows Server, Windows Small Business Server, Hyper-V, Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SQL Server.
The main distinguishing feature of BackupAssist is that it integrates and enhances the existing backup tools present in the Windows operating system (such as Wbadmin, Rsync, Ntbackup, ZIP (file format) and exmerge).
- Version 7.3.1 – 29 October 2013 - NEW; Allow Exchange Granular Restore for Exchange databases from within backups of Hyper-V guests.
- Version 7.3 – 25 September 2013 - NEW; Direct Exchange Injection: Restore mail items directly into a live Exchange Server.
- Version 7.2 – 22 July 2013 - New Exchange Granular Restore and support for Exchange 2013, launch hyper-v and SQL restore consoles from Central Administration, better support for data containers
- Version 7.1 – 20 June 2013 - Exchange Granular Restore in beta, improved server 2012 support, data container as a backup destination, enhancements to Central Monitoring Console
- Version 7.0.0 – 25 February 2013 - New and enhanced User Interface, New Central Administration, Support for Server 2012 and Windows 8, Upgraded VHD Support, Improved VSS Diagnostics
- Version 6.4.0 – 3 April 2012 - Added support for iSCSI backups and now also includes RecoverAssist recovery environment.
- Version 6.3.1 – 8 March 2012 - Fixes for HyperV backups using Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV).
- Version 6.3.0 – 7 February 2012 - Maintenance release fixing some minor issues with Hyper-V, Mailbox restore & Zip-to-Tape.
- Version 6.2.8 – 15 December 2011 - Maintenance release fixing some minor issues with Zip-to-tape, Truecrypt and Zip backups.
- Version 6.2.7 – 17 November 2011 - Important maintenance release with a significant fix to the Zip and File Replication engines.
- Version 6.2.6 – 20 October 2011 - Fixes to some known issues within the Zip engine and also the UI of the software.
- Version 6.2.5 – 13 September 2011 - Improvements to System State backups, the Hyper-V Granular Restore Console and support for Microsoft Exchange 2010 Client Access Server.
- Version 6.2.4 – 28 June 2011 - Fixes and improvements, including SBS Performance Report Integration for SBS 2011.
- Version 6.2.3 – 1 June 2011 - Important fixes for anyone running Windows Imaging backups.
- Version 6.2.2 – 28 April 2011 - Introduced fixes and Italian language support.
- Version 6.1 – 21 October 2010 - Added SBS2008 Report Integration feature.
- Version 6 – 9 September 2010 - VSS application and System State backup added. Disk Imaging support for Server 2008 R2. Support for Exchange Server 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2.
- Version 5.4 – 31 December 2009 - Added support for one-pass Hyper-V backup. Granular restore of VM and files added.
- Version 5.3 – 23 September 2009 - ZIP (file format) Multi-threading Engine added. Is Zip64 compliant, VSS Aware, AES 256 encryption and supports NTFS Stream greater than 64Kb.
- Version 5.1 – 15 December 2008 - Rsync Internet Backup Engine added
- Version 5 – 13 October 2008 – File Replication Engine added. Disk Imaging support for Server 2008 (Wbadmin).
- Version 4 – 8 May 2007 – application rewritten in .NET Framework, 64 bit OS support
- Version 3.5 – 8 November 2006 – Exchange mailbox backups
- Version 3 – 16 July 2004 – SQL Server backups
- Version 2 – 24 October 2003
- Version 1 – 28 August 2002
BackupAssist started as a small project designed to help a system administrator use NTBackup on Windows NT and 2000. Due to the many shortcomings with certain features of NTBackup (scheduling, media rotation and monitoring), the purpose of BackupAssist was to provide users software that could back up their servers as per their requirements.
When BackupAssist was initially released in 2002, a basic website was created to help support the software. Over the next few years, extra features were implemented that allowed users to choose from a variety of backup destinations such as tape drives, NAS, REV drives, external hard drives and CD/DVDs. Add-ons for Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange Server mailboxes were introduced in 2006.
By 2007, a totally rewritten version of the software was released with a new architecture based around "Backup Engine Independence".
In February 2008, a solution for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 was released, featuring drive imaging capabilities.
When version 5 was released in October 2008, BackupAssist enabled people to create copies of their data on their Local Area Network (LAN) and on the Internet. With multiple copies of data stored in different locations, users of BackupAssist have a better chance when recovering from computer, Office, Network and Regional disaster. For example: 1) File Replication Engine with VSS Snaphots mirrors a second copy of their working folders from their server to anywhere on their LAN. Only a fraction of the space is required at the new location because BackupAssist uses the Single Instance Store. 2) For people who are interested to keep a copy of their data on the Internet, use BackupAssist for Rsync.
For system administrators managing a dozen or more servers, use the Centralized Monitoring Console to reduce backup management to less than an hour a week. Receive all backup results in one email, monitor results from anywhere around the world, drill down to investigate individual failed backups and analyze monthly backup statistics (success, failures, data growth,etc.). The Centralized Monitoring Console is "Cloud" hosted solution that processes all the backup reports and produces meaningful data for better management.
Also in February 2009, BackupAssist released a solution for Exchange Server 2007 backups on Windows Server 2008. This solution overcomes the limitation in the Windows Server Backup application (wbadmin) on Windows Server 2008 that does not allow for live streaming backups of Exchange Server 2007.
The concept of "Backup Engine Independence" is a key differentiating factor between BackupAssist and other similar products. By designing BackupAssist to be able to interface with any backend engine, it is possible to add extra capabilities to BackupAssist easily. This is done by interfacing with existing, well known, popular engines – such as the Microsoft Block Level Backup engine (drive imaging) on Windows Server 2008, Rsync, Ntbackup, ZIP (file format), Exmerge and Stsadm.
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