Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 backup technologies bases on two approaches: utilizing native tools or using third-party solutions. Each method has some advantages, but user may want to select the most effective tool that can save all SBS 2011 backup information without an effort.
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SBS 2011 backup software is a next level of evolution compared to previous editions such as SBS 2003 or 2008. Microsoft advances for the needs of small business, simplifying the process of SBS 2011 backup operations and including some extra features such as multiple target dives.
The SBS 2011 backup utility, based on well-trusted SBS 2008 backup tool, is an integral part of SBS 2011 software package. It is readily available for immediate use and has a sufficient speed and stability for business-level tasks.
The problem of SBS 2011 is a limited selection of data to be backed up. These data are strongly linked with Microsoft products, you are able to backup Exchange data, MS SQL and MS Access but not MySQL, Oracle, websites or other server products.
Note: This native backup utility has one minor flaw not fixed yet. SBS 2011 fails utilizing Volume Shadow Copying service (VSS) adequately, and this does it prone to crash in some crucial situations, especially when performing hot backups of database structures or virtual machines.
Handy Backup Small Business tool is dedicated to suit the needs of small business or home office. It can automatically create SBS 2011 backup to network drive or commercial cloud, as well as to FTP, SFTP or FTPS server or to any type of local drives and other storage media.
All data types existed, not only Microsoft-based, may be backed up and restored automatically. Data are stored in native format for using it without restore of backups. Scheduling, E-mail notification, encryption and compression complete the list of feats.
Note: Handy Backup Small Business does not scratch backup destinations, using the free space available on these devices for backups instead.
Handy Backup Small Business is not a part of any other package, and must be installed and used separately (but it contains the feature of executing some other pograms or scripts before or after the particular task, allowing linking it in a workflow).
Differences between the native tool and Handy Backup Small Business summarized in the table.
|Feature / Product||SBS 2011 Backup Tool||Handy Backup Small Business|
|What to backup?||
Microsoft-based application data (MS SQL, Exchange, Access etc.)
Windows system files
Entire Windows volumes
Virtual machine data
User-defined folders and files
Windows system files
Entire disk images
Different databases including Oracle, MS SQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL and any ODBC-based engine
FTP / SFTP / FTPS content
|Where to backup?|
Empty external drive (formatted before backup)
Local and external drives
Backup to NAS
FTP / SFTP / FTPS servers
Other commercial cloud services
Dedicated Handy Backup storage service (HBdrive)
|How to backup?|
Full or incremental backup
Full, incremental or differential backup
"Hot" backup information from any products allowing it
Running tasks as Windows service
Running other utilities before or after backup
Compressing and encrypting data if needed
Using time stamps
Creating backup logs
|How to restore?|
Full restoration only
Start the restoration process
Full or incremental restoration
Selecting data needed to restore
Running other utilities before or after restoration
Ability to select and copy some data from backups manually
|How to use backup data?|
Data are saved in original form and can be used in backups directly
Operating with data via file manager or script
Table 1. Differences between the native SBS 2011 backup software and the Handy Backup Small Business solution.
The difference list shows that SBS 2011 backup fails to satisfy the needs of user when matters touch the big, complex infrastructure based on not only Microsoft products and solutions.
Alternatively, Handy Backup Small Business edition extends the possibilities, allowing user backing up any data – anywhere!
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