Setting up eazyBackup

This article outlines the steps to create a scheduled file backup job with eazyBackup

Log into the eazyBackup client

Open eazyBackup and login to the client user interface with your chosen account username.

If you do not know the account username you can find it listed in your client account under "Your Active Protected Items"

 

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Backing up (Files and Folders)

The first step in backing up your files is to create a protected item.

Go to the "Backup" tab and click "+ Add Protected Item", name this protected item and choose the Files and Folders backup type.

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Select items to be backed up

Add the items you would like to have backed up.

Click the arrow next to the + for a choice of items to backup. You can choose as many items as needed from local drives and network locations.

Take filesystem snapshot

On Windows, the "Take filesystem snapshot" option creates a VSS snapshot. This enables eazyBackup to backup files that are currently in-use.

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Schedules

eazyBackup can run backup jobs automatically on a schedule. It is strongly recommended to automate your backups on a regular schedule.

Click the plus button to add a new schedule.

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General Schedule options

When a schedule is due to run, the backup job will run automatically to the selected Storage Vault.

You can also configure advanced backup runtime options:

  • Skip if already running. If this option is enabled, and another backup job is known by the Server to exist for the same Protected Item and Storage Vault in "Running" status, then this backup job will be skipped. Skipping a backup job creates a log entry for the job in "Skipped" status.
  • Cancel if still running after. If the backup job exceeds this time limit, the backup job would be cancelled.
  • Limit Storage Vault Speed. This option allows you to limit the total speed to the Storage Vault. The speed limit applies to the total combined read/write bandwidth.
  • Limit backup to use only 1 disk thread. eazyBackup uses multithreading to improve performance. On some machines, this can impact PC performance. If you are experiencing low system performance while the backup job is running, you can try to enable this option.
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Schedule times

You can configure the times when this schedule will be executed. You can add multiple times to the same schedule.

The available time-based schedule frequencies are:

  • Hourly. The schedule would run every hour. You can choose the minutes past the hour.
  • Daily. The schedule would run every day. You can choose the time of day (hours/minutes). The hours are specified in 24-hour time, from 0 to 23.
  • Weekly. The schedule would run every week. You can choose the day of the week, and the time of day (hours/minutes).
  • Monthly. The schedule would run every month.
  • Once only. The schedule would run only when the specified date and time is reached.

The available event-based schedule frequencies are:

  • Also run when PC starts. The schedule would be initiated immediately after the PC boots.
  • Also run when PC starts, if the last job was Missed. The schedule would be initiated immediately after the PC boots if the last backup job for this Protected Item and Storage Vault pair was in Missed status. This allows you to "catch up" missed backups for PCs that are only online at irregular intervals (e.g. laptops).
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Retention

"Retention" is the concept of classifying backed-up data, to determine what data should be kept, and what data can be safely removed

eazyBackup will by default keep all backup data forever.

However, you may choose to keep the last 30 days of backed-up data, or all data from the last 100 backup jobs; but any data older than this is unlikely to be useful and can be safely removed.

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Run your first backup

Click finish to complete the setup wizard. Optionally check the box to run your first backup immediately.

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