Backup server1 from server2

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Backup server1 from server2

by andyka1a » Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:23 pm

Hi support,

I am trying BAv8 and have 2 questions.
1: How do i backup (system Protection) a server across the lan from the server where BA is installed? I can see how to backup our exchange and SQL servers but not a second file server. BA options only shows local data

2: I have 2 backup jobs setup (System Protection and File backup) and working to Drive H: I wish to change the backup location to Drive F: for the file backup only, and it allows me to do this but then still backs up to Drive H: Shal i just delete the files backup and recreate to the Drive F:?
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Re: Backup server1 from server2

by michael.jones » Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:54 am


It's Michael from support. I'm afraid there is no way to do a System Protection backup of a remote entity.

You would need a licensed copy of BackupAssist installed locally.

BackupAssist should be installed and separately licensed on each server you want to backup. The following backup engines can be used with a BackupAssist license:

System Protection
File Archiving
File Protection

You can backup files on remote shares using the File Archiving and File Protection and engines. However the files cannot be open during the backup. If this is an issue, then you will need to install and license BackupAssist on the server that hosts the open files. Remote system state backups are not supported. Even though you might be able to backup files off a remote server, we recommend installing BackupAssist on each server and perform System Protection backups. This way if the server needed to be rebuilt, it can be done quickly compared to the added cost in man hours to rebuild a server from scratch. In almost every case, you would of saved monies by properly protecting each server.

When BackupAssist is installed on a SQL, SharePoint, Hyper-V or Exchange server, you can use the VSS application backup and restore feature to backup the information stores and databases. This feature is available when using the following backup engines:

System Protection (imaging engine only)
File Protection
File Archiving

No additional licenses are usually required to use this feature besides a BackupAssist license with the exceptions mentioned below. For additional details on the VSS application backup and restore feature, just go here .

In many instances you will find that a server only requires a BackupAssist license. However we do offer additional features for advanced backup and restoration requirements. BackupAssist has been designed to serve small and medium businesses. It’s modular, meaning you can add capabilities as your business changes and grows. Below are details of optional add-ons you might want to consider when implementing a backup strategy for servers.

BackupAssist is capable of backing up VSS aware Microsoft SQL servers using the VSS application backup and restore feature. Our SQL add-on is only required when you have the following SQL backup requirements.

Backup remote SQL server's databases
Perform transactional backups of your SQL databases throughout the day
Your SQL databases are mission critical and you want a second tier backup of these databases in case the primary backup had failed or you want to use the SQL studio manager to restore your SQL databases.

Please take our SQL backup product tour for additional details.

The Exchange Granular Restore add-on allows use of the Exchange Granular restore console when running Exchange 2007, 2010 or 2013. When you select Exchange Granular Restore, BackupAssist will provide a list of all the backups you can use, and a selection of filters to help you find what you need. When you select a backup, the Exchange Granular Restore console will launch and open the database that contains your mailboxes. This powerful tool will allow you to perform a search of the database, browse individual mailboxes and preview the contents of mail items such as emails, contacts, notes, tasks and appointments. The console will then restore your selection to a location of your choice.

Although you do not need a special backup type to back up and restore individual emails, BackupAssist retains this earlier technology for those who want to create dedicated mailbox-only backups. This requires a dedicated mailbox backup job and supports Exchange 2003, 2007 and Exchange 2010.

For some additional information on how the BackupAssist exchange backups work, please take our Exchange backup product tour.

BackupAssist can easily and cost efficiently backup your Hyper-V server. While virtualization generally saves time and money, protecting virtual machines can be expensive if you need to purchase a separate backup software license for each Guest Virtual Machine. Because BackupAssist is fully Hyper-V Server aware, you can backup an unlimited number of virtual machines on the same physical Host using just one license of BackupAssist. And no additional software or agents are required on any of your Guest Virtual Machines!

Granular restore technology allows you dig into a Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) file and retrieve files from within. Without granular restore technology, you can only restore individual files and folders from a particular backup created from each Guest VM, which is traditionally what makes Hyper-V backup and recovery procedures so complicated. Using the BackupAssist Hyper-V Granular Restore Console Add-on you can retrieve any file, folder or document of any Guest VM from an image backup of the Host (Excludes backups to NAS and rdx / REV drives). It offers you simple wizards for every restore scenario, reducing them to simple steps that take just minutes to complete. It's literally a 2 minute, 2 step process.

The Hyper-V Granular Restore console add-on also allows use of the BackupAssist Hyper-V Config reporter. Best practice backup standards require you to document the configurations of every important server so you can recreate or reconfigure it in the event of a major disaster. With Hyper-V, if you need to migrate a guest machine from one host to another, or restore a guest to a new host, you need the configuration settings of the relevant guest(s) so you can manually create new guest machines that match the original configuration. To fully document the setup of a Hyper-V Server, you need to include the setup of each guest machine and the configuration of the host. The BackupAssist Hyper-V Config Reporter (included with the Hyper-V Granular Restore Console Add-on) simplifies and automates this task by creating an HTML report of the configuration settings for each Hyper-V guest VM, and the Hyper-V host settings. The report contains everything needed to recreate the host, migrate a guest from one host to another, or restore a guest to a new host.

You can take our Hyper-V backup product tour for additional details.

Our File Protection RSync destination allows you to backup mission critical data over the Internet to a remote server using the RSync protocol. RSync is not designed to backup the system state or image backups taken from other jobs. It is primarily used to backup mission critical data offsite automatically.

The RSync option has two licensing models. To backup to a RSync host, you need one of the following licenses:

The RSync add-on requires a BackupAssist license be present.

The RSync standalone license does not require a BackupAssist license. However when using the standalone licensing model, only a file protection job using the RSync destination can be used. This license type is provided for clients who already have a backup solution in place and only require the RSync engine. For additional details, please take our RSync backup product tour.

Starting with Server 2008, Microsoft ceased support of backing up to a tape drive. However we do have an option in the File Archiving engine that allows backups to tape. Only standalone tape drives installed on the same machine as BackupAssist are supported (excluding Travan tape drives). You cannot use an autoloader device, or a tape drive located on another machine. The tape drive you use must ship with its own set of drivers, or Windows compatible drivers must be available for download from the manufacturer's website.

A BackupAssist license allows you to use the File Archiving engine. However if you want to use the File Archiving engine to backup to a tape drive, the zip to tape add-on is required. This add-on is not required if you are using the NTBackup engine to backup to a tape drive.

For the second question, I would go with your idea; create a new job.
Should you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact me - I'd be glad to assist you.

Thank You,
Michael R. Jones
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US Support New Albany, IN
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Re: Backup server1 from server2

by andyka1a » Wed Dec 10, 2014 1:31 am

Hello Michael,

Many thanks for your reply.
So to be clear if i have Servers Data1, Data2, SQL, Exchange and Terminal Server all Win 2008R2 i would need 5 x BA license, 1 installed on each server to be able to use system protection on each. I would also need an SQL and Exchange addon license. If so this is not so cost effective. Do you not have a single domain license which would cover all?

As for point 2 i will do this


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Re: Backup server1 from server2

by TimN » Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:57 pm

Hi Andy,

As you have mentioned, if you run to run a full System protection backup of each server then you will need 5 BackupAssist base licence keys.

The Exchange add-on can be installed on one of the servers.

If backing up SQL, you will need to activate the SQL add-on on the SQL server alongside the BackupAssist base licence.

Unfortunately we do not offer domain licences.



Re: Backup server1 from server2

by andyka1a » Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:37 pm

Thanks Tim
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