This tutorial shows how to backup your data from a local computer to a mapped network drive or a NAS device. Once installed, Backup2 NET lets you define a backup job and either run the backup to network manually or set it on automatic execution. The first step in backing your data to a network location is to download and install Backup2 NET.
Once Backup2 NET is installed you can define your backup job using the backup wizard (simply click on the main Backup button and follow the steps). You choose what to backup, define the network configuration, select the backup type and set it to run automatically (scheduled) or manually.
Network BackupBackup2 NET’s licensing system provides a network backup solution for large computer environments with a special focus on the network environment. Backup2 NET is designed to be reliable, easy-to-use and affordable. It can be used as a reliable network backup solution in networks with hundreds of computers connected.
Network administrators can install Backup2 NET on a single computer and enter a single network registration key. All workstations can run the application from there. For example if you have 25 users in a network environment, you will pay for 25 licenses and you will receive a single registration key valid for all 25 users.
Backup2 NET network licenses are a recommended solution for:
- Home users (two or more computers in a network environment; i.e. using Backup2 NET for laptop backups)
- Small and medium companies
- Large companies
- Education (schools/universities with large computer networks)
Case-studiesOne Source – Multiple Destinations:
- Backup sources are on one computer and the backup destination on other computers
- Applicable when important data is stored on a computer (server) and to ensure full security the data is backed up onto multiple computers from that network. Backup2 NET stores the configuration files on the backed up station (server) and on each of the destination stations, where it places (beside the zip files) the backup catalogs, so that even if it is uninstalled from the server (or the server encounters technical problems), the network backup is secured and the backup/restore process can easily be continued by installing Backup2 NET on another computer.
- Destination can be also removable media, like CDs/DVDs, HD-DVD or Blu-ray discs, USB drives, ZIP drives, that are connected to the destination stations.
- Backup sources are on one computer and destination is set to another computer in the same network. For example, you have your holiday pictures on your laptop (backup sources) and want those backed up to your desktop (network backup destination).
- Commonly usage is the laptop backup situation, where you backup emails, personal documents, pictures or other personal data from the laptop to desktop pc to increase the security of your data. When considering laptop data protection, a good strategy would be to backup the critical mobile data to your desktop pc every time you travel and carry the laptop with you. Even if this sounds time consuming, if you use Backup2 NET you will ease a lot the backup task because of its friendly design, administration, management and reporting benefits. Backup2 NET can perform incremental backups of your data (saving disk space this way) on a scheduled basis, thus saving you both time (since is unattended) and money. Remember that backup is critical, since even the most meticulous data protection system can’t prevent laptop theft or damage.
- Network backup destination will be on one computer, while the sources are located on several computers in the same network environment
- One example for this situation is companies with local area networks. There is a central server where all the other computers store the backed up data. Network administrators can install Backup2 NET only on the server to ease the process of administration and management.
Backup2 NET can be scheduled to backup the data from the other computers in the network and at the end of each backup job it can be configured to send an email with the network backup log results.
Backup to networkSteps to follow:
- Open Backup2 NET and select File->New Backup (Ctrl+N).
- On the first page, enter a name for the backup in the Backup Name field.
- In the Where do you want to save the backup? section, select the network drive as backup destination. Press Next.
- On the What do you want to backup page, add the backup sources. Press Next.
- On the third page, you can choose the backup type and the encryption.
- Press Save and run.