This week, I’m diligently working a number of things here at Veeam but it dawned on me; I need to do some PC work with my family this weekend!
We’ve all been there. We go home over the holidays and get the questions from family. How do I do this or that with the computer, or heck, anything that is on the Internet or is using electricity these days! You know what I’m talking about! One thing I like to do is protect from problems and think ahead.
If you didn’t know, in April of this year Veeam released Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE.
FREE like no cost. Like the plan won’t change. Like this functionality will always be included in the free edition.
Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE works for Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and now Windows 10. It also is supported on Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012 and 2012 R2 platforms. It isn’t required to be a virtual machine either, so it can install on physical systems and back them up.
In regards to the restores, you can restore the entire volume, the entire computer, or individual files. I encourage you also to recreate a recovery media (a VeeamZIP USB drive sitting around anyone?) to go with the PC as well. The recovery media can be used to reset a local password (HANDY!), launch restores over WiFi and do perform some tools for the system outside of the bootable OS on the computer.
I am preparing to install Veeam Endpoint Backup on a number of my family’s computers to protect them from mishap and probably save myself time later on.
So here’s a quick rundown of steps you can take this holiday season:
• Gather a few USB drives (small for recovery media, large to hold backups)
• Download Veeam Endpoint Backup
• Install Veeam Endpoint Backup
• Do an update to the application (in case you have an old installation sitting around – see example below about new update available)
• Create the recovery media
• Set up a backup job. The job can go to a USB drive (removable storage) or a network share. A Veeam Backup & Replication repository is supported as well. Chances are you friends and family don’t have a B&R infrastructure in place at home; but if they do – that’s my kinda family!
• Tweak the rules for the scheduler, like time to backup and if the media is attached, etc. to the usage patterns of the computer.
• Maybe also do an explicit full backup and copy it to another folder (to ‘mark’ your progress as a known working state)
Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE is very easy to use, and this can help you avoid questions when family has issues with their home computers. Happy Holidays and hopefully Veeam Endpoint Backup can help.
Will this help you in your holiday endeavors? Share your comments below.