Using the ABE to back up a home/small office network
The Active Backup Expert offers you a number of advantages when you back up data from
one computer to another.
As a rule a home or small office network consists of a few computers connected into a
workgroup. Such small networks typically don't have a file server - a computer which only
use is storing common data. Such networks are also known as 'peer-to-peer' networks.
If you have a network with a file server please see our
suggestions on backing up a corporate network.
According to the general rule - to keep backups as far from the original files as
possible - we recommend the following backup strategy:
- Install the ABE on each computer.
- For each computer, create one or more projects that include important data (see our suggestions on files to include).
- As the Storage Folder for the project(s) select a folder of another PC.
- Set a schedule when to run automated backups (see our
suggestions on the schedule). Even if you plan to run your backups manually, a daily
automated incremental backup will take just a few minutes, but can be invaluable.
- Set the Locking Strategy (how the backup will handle the files that are in use).
- Set a password for your backups if you believe your computers aren't in a secure place.
Occasional exporting full backups to CDs and/or to a FTP server will be useful as well.
For further suggestions please install the 30-days trial version of the ABE(2Mb)
and see the "Backup Strategy" section of the help-file.