by August 14, 2006 0 comments

Small or big, every business requires a backup solution to safeguard critical
data residing on a user’s desktop. Here is a small network backup and restore
tool, which automatically takes backups of this data on to a network server.
NovaNet-WEB is an online software to back up and restore data efficiently across
your LAN, Internet, or even across a dial-up. Its features include 448 bit
encryption, a backup scheduler, firewall support and FastBIT Binary Patching.
All you need is a machine running on Windows 2000 or 2003 Server with plenty of
disk space. The software is bifurcated into two components-server and client.

IT managers
Lets you back up and restore data efficiently across LAN, Internet, and on a Dial-Up
Network backup

Server setup
Install the server component first and configure it according to your needs.
Open NovaNet-WEB backup server configuration from Start>programs>NovaNet-WEB
Backup Server. Its configuration manager has eight tabs (General, Accounts,
Notification, Performance, Directories, Security Logging and Licensing).

Here, select the Security tab and set the Authentication mode of your backup
server. You can set Windows local authentication, Windows domain authentication
and LDAP authentication.

Select any one according to your organization setup.

Step 1 (Adding user): Next come to the Accounts tab and add all the
Windows accounts, which are being used by the desktop. These accounts must be a
part of an existing Windows NT users database either configured locally, on the
primary domain controller or on Microsoft Site Server.

To use the backup software, you need to create a user first

While adding the users, you also need to specify the account backup location.

Step 2 (Setting up user functionality): Every account will have its
individual folder where no one can view the data, because of encryption.
It can also be configured to restrict user accounts from accessing the backup
application. For example, you can block a part of the functionality of the
application which is not needed by a normal user. Plus, in the same window you
can even set disk backup quota for the users. With this your backup server is

Configuring Account settings 

Step 3 (Backing up data): On the Windows client install the NovaNet-WEB
client component and launch Start>programs>NovaNet-WEB Backup. This will
open a client interface with a wizard to configure it. The wizard will ask you
the IP address of your backup server and the user account and password that you
added during server setup.

To take backup select the time for backup and click on Backup Now 

It also lets you configure the scheduling of backup of snapshot sets
(pre-defined data backup objects that need to be backed up frequently). Once you’re
through with it, your client gets ready to backup or restore data. In order to
take instant backup, select the Backup tab and the items from the left window
panel, and click on the Backup Now button given just above the right Window

Step 4 (Network backup): This will start the backup process. If you
have huge data it will take some time. Reason being, while
taking backup it first encrypts the data and then backs it on the network

See the status of backup being taken on the network

Similarly, to restore data, double click on the network connection icon in
the left window panel. This will enable the client to search your data backup on
the network server and pull a snap shot of your backup. In the snapshot, select
the items that you need to restore on the machine. To start instant recovery,
click on the Restore Now button.

Step 5 (Setting user storage quota): If you have limited space on the
network or you want to conserve space, then you need to set up a detailed quota
policy for each user account. This is done by selecting a particular account and
clicking on its Quota tab. Configure the account quota as per your requirements.
This process enables the network administrator to prohibit wastage of network
storage by users.

You can also set up storage quota for users on the network

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