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The term "Backup" means the methods and processes involved to copy computer data (system data as well as application data) to media other than the ones where the data originally live (disk, tape, optical, cloud). "Restore" in turn means the methods and processes involved in data recovery, i. e., bringing back copied computer data to their original location. Backup/Restore primarily serves as a means of protection against data loss, be it due to disaster, corruption or sabotage. It can also be used for recovering data from an earlier point in time and even for cloning machines or applications. There is a wide variety of backup/restore software available, from expensive commercial products to free or open source tools.

There are few things more disastrous than losing a device that has not been backed up (except losing an unencrypted device that has not been backed up). Here is how I resolved the problem of backing up USB devices in a HIPAA environment.
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by:Andrew Leniart
Good tip about backing up to multiple locations. I do this myself to my online Acronis Backup Storage space, Google Drive and other cloud drive sources I have with no effort required on my part. Simple, effective and safe.

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Meet modern IT demands with a scale-out, cost-efficient and multi-purpose solution for the Edge.
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Enterprise organizations are now responsible for more data than ever before. In fact, more data is now stored with enterprises than in all the world’s existing endpoints. This data arrives from a wide variety of sources around the world and around the clock in a wide variety of formats, and on a wide variety of platforms. The IT professionals in the industry today face unprecedented complexity, security, and cost challenges and need solutions that can help keep data protection and availability easy, efficient, and secure to ensure modern business success.


To achieve this level of data management and increase their operational efficiency, over 27,000 enterprises rely on SAP HANA databases. However, SAP HANA environments are performance-sensitive, feature in-memory architecture, and often are large, complex, and data-heavy. As a result, enterprises using SAP HANA often find reliable data protection a challenge.


With so much data filling these SAP HANA databases and real-time analysis constantly running, it’s vital for them to be comprehensively protected, with backups maintained regularly and available for recovery the instant they’re needed.


Today, that’s faster and easier through Acronis Backup’s new, verified support of SAP HANA backup and recovery.


How Acronis Defends SAP HANA Data


Acronis Backup extends it’s easy, efficient, and secure backup and recovery capabilities to SAP HANA data through ready-to-use pre-packaged scripts – which can be enabled by simply following the solution guide. As part of Acronis’ industry-leading image-based backup, this new support protects your entire database seamlessly without requiring any deep knowledge or expertise in SAP HANA technology. As a result, enterprise IT teams can safeguard their most critical data while minimizing system downtime. This saves enterprises valuable time and money.


These backups can be executed as often as needed with no impact on an enterprise’s overall data performance. Acronis Backup offers a wide variety of benefits for users, including:


  • Flexible local, cloud, or hybrid storage destinations
  • Rapid restores to VMware virtual machines
  • Automatic deduplication to save storage space and costs
  • Multi-level AES-256 encryption in Acronis data centers


For a full list of the features, your organization can find with Acronis’ new SAP HANA backup and recovery support, read our comprehensive solution brief.


When data recovery is needed, Acronis Backup enables enterprise IT teams to recover specific SAP HANA server data in mere minutes on bare metal, whether it’s the same or different hardware. Additionally, users can migrate data from a physical machine to a virtual machine and vice versa to minimize downtime and reduce business interruption.


The Newest Addition to Cyber Protection


SAP HANA is the latest platform to be supported by Acronis Backup, joining more than 20 platforms – physical, virtual, cloud, and mobile.


What’s more, this new SAP HANA backup and recovery support represents the first step toward greater connectivity between Acronis’ cyber protection services and SAP HANA’s globally recognized enterprise data management capabilities.


For Acronis, support for such a widely popular enterprise solution serves as further proof of their commitment to deliver easy, efficient, and secure cyber protection services that comprehensively offer safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security of data. For enterprise users, Acronis’ SAP HANA support means total data protection and availability is now easier than ever before.


Interested in learning more or trying SAP HANA data backup and recovery? Start your free trial today to learn how Acronis Backup can keep your SAP HANA data protected.

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I've tried most cloud storage offerings, and to me, they're all pretty much the same when it comes to performance and features. One that has impressed me enough to want to write a review and spread the word about though is pCloud. In this article and review, I explain why.
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While there were several headline-grabbing ransomware attacks during in 2017, another big threat started appearing at the same time that didn’t get the same coverage – illicit cryptomining.
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We’d all like to think our company’s data is well protected, but when you ask IT professionals they admit the data probably is not as safe as it could be.
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by:Andrew Leniart
Great article that explains the importance of not just relying on definitions based security solutions. Thanks for writing this. Interesting read!

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by:Channing Oliver
Great article, I have long thought about how an AI solution in this area could help reduce the time spent dealing with threats. At the speed AI is progress I think AI security is much closer than ever.
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Data loss can hit a business in any number of ways, from employees accidentally deleting information and hardware failure to natural disasters and cyberattacks wiping out your systems.
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Newly released Acronis True Image 2019 includes their battle-tested anti-ransomware defense
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by:William Fulks
Bagaudin - thanks for replying! This was with the 2015 version I purchased for work a while back. With previous versions we used to maintain a bank of system images and all that - for tech support - and with this new one because of the licensing it was limiting us to one machine. I also upgraded from a HD to an SSD and the process of making the image and restoring kept throwing errors even though both drives were fine. I eventually just quit using it and haven't in a couple of years.
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by:Bagaudin Satuev
Thanks for the detailed feedback, William!

I dearly hope that if (when) you consider our products again - you'll let me or any other Acronis vendor expert know.
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There is a very good article here on Experts Exchange on the 5 Reasons you should NOT fix a computer for free. That article is both articulate and for the most part true. But the other side is worth stating. Here is my experience...
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Email Backup Solution by SysTools to backup/export multiple Email Client's mailboxes and save it on the local system, network, hard drive or any other external storage media.
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by:mary james
recently used SysTools Google Apps Backup Solution demo version mentioned in the top email backup solution for creating backup, Software allowed me to create export only 100 emails. For 100 emails the speed of backup creation was perfect and all the file were converted to .pst format. but what if I want to back up more than 9,000 emails and hundreds of contacts using this software?
Will the speed of backup differ?

Since one of my employee is leaving the organisation and i wanted to create back up of all his emails and contacts data for future references. I was thinking about trying this tool as it gives delete after download option that will save my time of deleting the data from the account.

Please, Anyone here assist me for the same!!!

Regards
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Encountering issues like sudden system shutdown, damage in one or more files, or accidental deletion, is common in the Exchange environment. And while manual techniques like PowerShell commands and Exchange Management Shell are easily available, they often don’t prove to be accurate and effective.
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Check the reasons why Exchange Database failed due to Exchange 2013 Logs Drive Full?
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Running a bug-bash is a filthy mystery of software improvement. You won’t read about them in software engineering classes, or in coordinated strategy workshops.
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The article describes step by step how to validate the SRA software certificate once installed on the Site Recovery Manager server. I hope it will be very useful for all administrators of virtualized environments.
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Let us take a look at the scenario, you have a database that is corrupt and you run the ESEUTIL command only to find you are unable to repair it. How do you now get the data back?
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What is the biggest problem in managing an exchange environment today? It is the lack of backups, disaster recovery (DR) plan, testing of the DR plan or believing that it won’t happen to us.
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Office 365 has multiple features and services which are specially designed to help businesses to reduce their dependence on on-premises IT resources. It also offers great flexibility and enhanced security. But like any other data, Office 365 mailbox can also be backed up. Usually, this is done in PST format. And if you want to migrate Office 365 mailbox to Outlook, then also you need to save in PST format. However, there is no special feature available in the Office 365 for this need – but the Office 365 feature eDiscovery can be used to export the Office 365 mailbox to a PST file.


Step-by-step procedure to back up Office 365 mailbox to PST (using eDiscovery tool)


  1. Login to Office 365 and go to Admin center.
  2. In Admin center panel, go to Reports option and click Security & Compliance.
  3. In Security & Compliance center, click the Reports dashboard option which will take you to the dashboard.
  4. Click Permissions. It will have multiple tools listed. Among them is eDiscovery Manager tool which will export the Office 365 mailbox to PST. Check it, and then click Edit role group.
  5. Now, go to Choose eDiscovery Manager where you need to choose a single or multiple accounts which will have the authority to export the mailbox.
  6. Click Add.
  7. Choose accounts, and click Add.Click Done.
  8. Click Save.
  9. Now, go to Search & Investigation. Here, choose the Content search option. Click the (+) button to add new Search content.
  10. Input name of the search content, and choose the desired options from where you want to search the content.
  11. The next window will let you choose if you want to put a keyword in the search content. But if you want to search the whole content, then leave it empty.
  12. After the search process is completed, the user can easily export the search item in PST format. Click the Start Export option.
  13. In Exports search results window, choose the desired options among the available and click Start Export.
  14. The tool starts exporting data and you can download the download exported results to see the whole migration report.
  15. In Export search results, you can copy the URL which will be used in the eDiscovery PST export tool and paste it there.
  16. Copy the selected URL in eDiscovery PST Export tool, provide a destination to store the migrated data, and click Start Export. The migration will start.


Automated method


If you do not want to go through this tiresome, error-prone, or time taking the process of manually exporting the Office 365 mailbox to PST, then use Kernel Office 365 Backup & Restore which can easily access the Office 365 mailbox and save it in PST format at the user-defined location. Office 365 Backup tool has a highly simplified user-interface which any user with very office 365 credentials can use.


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Microsoft Jet database engine errors can crop up out of nowhere to disrupt the working of the Exchange server. Decoding why a particular error occurs goes a long way in determining the right solution for it.
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Among the most obnoxious of Exchange errors is error 1216 – Attached Database Mismatch error of the Jet Database Engine. When faced with this error, users may have to suffer from mailbox inaccessibility and in worst situations, permanent data loss.
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Dropbox has a relatively new feature called Smart Sync. This feature allows Dropbox Professional (not plus) and Dropbox Business (if enabled) users to store information in Dropbox WITHOUT storing any files on their computer.
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"Any files you do not have backed up in at least two [other] places are files you do not care about."
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Backups and Disaster RecoveryIn this post, we’ll look at strategies for backups and disaster recovery.
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Windows Server 2003 introduced persistent Volume Shadow Copies and made 2003 a must-do upgrade. Since then, it's been a must-implement feature for all servers doing any kind of file sharing.
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by:kevinhsieh
I would add that you REALLY SHOULD store snapshots on a separate volume. The reason is that Windows may DELETE your snapshots stored with the parent volume during high disk IO. Imagine you have a large restore to do on your file server, so you do a smaller test restore first. It works, but the act of restoring creates so much IO that the other snapshots get deleted...the same snapshots you were about to use to restore from. Ouch! I have heard about it happening. It's the first best practice Microsoft lists.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/previous-versions/windows/it-pro/windows-server-2008-R2-and-2008/cc753975(v=ws.11)
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@kevinhsieh
Actually, I do recommend this...
"BUT WAIT! Before enabling, if you want to place your copies on a different volume or better still different physical disk (recommended for heavily used file servers), you need to click on the settings button before any copies are created (enabling a volume will instantly create a copy)."
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In this article, I’ll look at how you can use a backup to start a secondary instance for MongoDB.
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This article shows how to use a free utility called 'Parkdale' to easily test the performance and benchmark any Hard Drive(s) installed in your computer. We also look at RAM Disks and their speed comparisons.
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Andrew - your article covered most of what needs to be covered but may need a little updating. I'll do that in a video if I can figure out how to in EE today. I would like to comment on Jackie Man's comments which seem to have come in-turn from Linus Sebastian who knows little about Ram Disks and has never (apparently) used one himself.

Jackie, your  "The best practice is NOT to use RAMDisk if you are using SSD for the primary disk of your OS." is not only wrong but terribly misleading. Personally, I would never locate the Ram Disk's image file on the boot drive if it's an SSD, my D-Drive would be OK, but I want to avoid writes to SSDs wherever and whenever possible.

SSDs have a half live - after they reach a milestone of so many terabytes written, they quit - no more writing although you'll be able to read from it for the next 10 years or more. If you allow your Ram Disk to take the punches (writes) for your SSD drives, the SSDs will last longer!

I have a Boot (C:\) and Data (D:\) SSD drives and use 3 year old, used, SATA 1-TB HGST HDD to host the image file. Most would question whether that's wise, but I assure it's best for me and likely for you to.

Most SSDs do not include a DRAM cache, so if you want the through-put advantage of cache, you enable Windows to cache the SSDs to RAM. A small problem does exist in that Windows often forgets to flush it (gets stuck issuing 50,000 clock cycle waits for a write to complete).
Have you ever clicked a quick launch or start icon and nothing happens? Click it again, nothing happens. Click it a 3rd time, you've just clued Windows into "oops I forgot" moment and it clears the cache and opens three instances of what you clicked! Windows doesn't allow me to flush drives manually so . .  I use Mark Russinovich's "sync.exe" from a batch file to flush all three drive, but the HDD doesn't need to - it has 128MB DRAM cache of it's own. My D:\ is an older Intel PCI mount that also has DRAM cache and doesn't allow Windows to cache it.
I should also note that "sync" must be executed off-drive, i.e. you can't flush the drive X is Sync.exe resides on drive x. Another great reason to own a Ram Disk - to host the flusher of all other drives.

I suspect Jackie's problems with the Ram Disk was of her own making, and too little RAM and/or to much set aside for Ram Disk. (I eliminated my pagefile.sys before installing Ram Disk on 16 of my 32 GB of RAM. And if I experience the slow of the century, I'll know I caused it by using not having enough RAM for Windows and the apps I launch.

Now, why do I put my image file on the slowest drive on my system (??) :
Putting it on an SSD, eliminates half of RamDisk's utility. I've tested dozens of scenario's and no matter where it is, if I update anything on my A:\ drive (my RamDisk) - it's driver immediately (<0.25 seconds) starts updating the RamDrive.img file.) When does the updating finish? I can't distinguish a difference using an M.2 NVMe SSD (> 3 GB/sec read and write) and the HGST HDD (~120MB/sec). I realize that may be part of the SSD cache issues, but I just don't create huge files on my A:\ drive. But if I do, as in video transcoding (Handbrake) a blue ray rip mkv file 20=40 GB of an mkv file on F:\ (HDD) to and mp4 file A:\HB - compressed to ~4GB with little loss of quality.

Left - RamDrive drive, center - data drive, right - HDD and Device Manager listing my drives.
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by:Andrew Leniart
Thanks for your excellent contribution Ed. For the record, I agree with your idea that the use of a RamDrive can be highly beneficial to the longevity of an SSD drive.

Please do let me know when you have created the video you spoke of.

Regards, Andrew
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The term "Backup" means the methods and processes involved to copy computer data (system data as well as application data) to media other than the ones where the data originally live (disk, tape, optical, cloud). "Restore" in turn means the methods and processes involved in data recovery, i. e., bringing back copied computer data to their original location. Backup/Restore primarily serves as a means of protection against data loss, be it due to disaster, corruption or sabotage. It can also be used for recovering data from an earlier point in time and even for cloning machines or applications. There is a wide variety of backup/restore software available, from expensive commercial products to free or open source tools.