Genie Backup Manager provides a simple yet powerful and

Genie Backup Manager provides a simple yet powerful and
Genie Backup Manager
Home 7.0
User Guide
Introduction
Product Overview
Since the late 1990's, computer users are becoming increasingly conscience to the
importance of data protection in general and data backup in specific. Losing data is one
of the most serious disasters a business could encounter; a recent study says that
around half of the companies that lose their data and fail to recover it go out of
business.
Enter Genie Backup Manager™ (GBM), a very easy to use yet powerful and flexible
software that can backup and restore files, documents, emails, settings, programs and
more to virtually any local or remote location, including internal and external hard
disks, FTP locations, across network, CD/DVD discs, removable media, memory
sticks and to our remote online storage..
GBM is the only backup software on the market that offers unlimited FREE Plugins ,
which the user can download or create to extend the capabilities of Genie Backup
Manager™.
GBM is perfect for users of all computer comfort levels. Novice users will find it easy
to create their first backup job in matter of minutes after installing the software, thanks
to its intuitive wizard-based user interface, while advanced users will appreciate the
software's extended scalability and flexibility, and features such as preserving NTFS
ADS, Email notification, Self restorable backups, and scripting capabilities (
GRunScript and GScript ).
GBM also caters for the data protection needs of business enterprises, by offering
mission critical features such as backing up using File Access Manager (FAM), for
businesses operating around the hour that cannot afford to shutdown its running
applications during backup, highly secure encryption, for sensitive documents that
must not fall into the wrong hands and scheduling unattended backup jobs for regularly
safeguarding constantly changing data.
Online backup is our latest offering for users who wish to safeguard their data, without
the hassle of maintaining shelves of backup media sets, by performing true offsite
backups to Genie-Soft's backup servers. Our online backup solutions are highly secure,
through username and password encryption, as well as 128- bit Secure Socket Layer
(SSL) data transmission, certified by the leading global provider of SSL certificates,
Thawte.
Finally, GBM enables users to restore one, several, or all backed up files and items.
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Product Overview
As we introduce GBM, we are confident that it can efficiently and effectively address
all your data protection needs. Let GBM work for you and never again worry about
losing that which you have spent years building or collecting..
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What’s New?
What's New in GBM 7.0
Online Backup
Upload you backups to Genie-Soft servers to seamlessly safeguard your files against all
potential data-damaging threats from viruses to natural disasters. Our online backup
solution is secure, reliable, and ridiculously easy to use.
Added support for backing up Outlook 2000
Due to the requests from many of our customers, we've added backup support for
Outlook 2000 data.
New 64-bit ZIP compression
Now, your data will be compressed faster and "smaller" during backups, with our new
nonproprietary 64-bit ZIP compression. You can still access your compressed files
using any ZIP compatible decompressor, and your backups can break the 4GB
boundary without being split.
Backup your favorite media files
Let Genie Backup Manager search for and backup your media files (MPEG, AVI,
MOV, etc.) no matter where they are on your computer.
Backup photos and images
Automatically scan your computer for images and back them up.
Backup My Documents
Backing up the My Documents folder is now done form the My Profile section, which
means Genie Backup Manager will automatically restore it to its proper location for
the current user regardless of the Windows version.
Added SSL support for email notifications
You can now send backup email notifications with SSL (Secure Sockets Layer)
protection. This means email notification now supports HTTP email servers such as
Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail.
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What’s New?
Enhanced optical media backup engine
Added support for more CD/DVD drives and media types, including dual-layerDVD's.
New System Tray agent
Genie Backup Manager is now in your system tray, giving you helpful alerts about the
status of your backups, and waiting to take your orders.
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Copyrights
Copyrights
Copyright© Genie-Soft Corporation 2002-2007. All rights reserved.
Warning: This computer program is protected by copyright law and international
treaties. Unauthorized production or distribution of this program, or any portion of it
that's owned by Genie-Soft, may result in severe civil and criminal penalties, and will
be prosecuted to the maximum extent possible under the law.
Outlook Express®, Outlook®,Internet Explorer®, Windows® and Microsoft® are
Registered Trademarks of Microsoft® Corporation
All trademarks and registered trademarks used in this documentation are property of
their respective owners..
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End User License Agreement
End User License Agreement
END LICENSE AGREEMENT
PLEASE READ THIS DOCUMENT (THIS "AGREEMENT") CAREFULLY
BEFORE USING THE SOFTWARE PROVIDED ALONG WITH THIS
AGREEMENT (THE "SOFTWARE"). BY CLICKING "I ACCEPT THE TERMS
IN THE LICENSE AGREEMENT", YOU AGREE TO THE TERMS OF THIS
AGREEMENT AND TO THE GENIE-SOFT PRIVACY POLICY, WHICH IS
INCORPORATED IN THIS AGREEMENT AND CAN BE FOUND AT GENIESOFT’S WEBSITE (HTTP://WWW.GENIESOFT.COM/ABOUTUS/PRIVACY.HTML). IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THE
TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT, IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THE TERMS OF
THIS AGREEMENT, PROMPTLY DELETE AND DESTROY ALL COPIES OF
THE SOFTWARE.
Versions of the Software
There are two versions of GENIE BACKUP MANAGER PROFESSIONAL
(registered and evaluation), each of which is subject to this Agreement. UPON
ORDERING, DOWNLOADING, INSTALLING OR USING ANY VERSION OF
THE SOFTWARE, YOU ARE REAFFIRMING THAT YOU ARE BOUND TO
THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT.
The registered version requires registration with Genie-Soft.com Corp., Which
includes payment of the then current license fee. The evaluation version is the only
version that is provided without charge; however, the evaluation version is not free
software. All rights and licenses to the evaluation version automatically expire 15 days
after first installation, after which you must register with Genie-Soft.com Corp. and
pay the then current license fee. Payment must be in US dollars drawn on a US bank.
For details on registration methods, please refer to the help file in the software, or
contact Genie-Soft.com Corp.
License to Use
One copy of the evaluation version of GENIE BACKUP MANAGER HOME may be
used by a single person for evaluation purposes without charge up to 15 days.
Subsequent downloads of the evaluation version by or for the same user do not extend,
renew, or otherwise restart the term of the license for the evaluation version.
One copy of the registered version of GENIE BACKUP MANAGER HOME may be
used by a single person who uses the software personally. The registered version of
GENIE BACKUP MANAGER HOME may not be rented, loaned, leased, licensed,
or otherwise used, by anyone other than the individual who has registered the software.
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End User License Agreement
Site licenses for GENIE BACKUP MANAGER HOME may be obtained from GenieSoft.com Corp which cover multiple users at one location or multiple users within a
business entity.
You may make a reasonable number of copies of the registered version of the software
for backup and archival purposes. You also agree that you may not reverse assemble,
reverse compile, or otherwise translate the Program.
No Additional Licenses
All rights to the GENIE BACKUP MANAGER HOME software and documentation
not expressly granted under this Agreement are reserved to Genie-Soft.com Corp. You
may not translate, decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer the GENIE BACKUP
MANAGER HOME software or documentation.
Costs of Litigation.
If any action is brought by either party to this License Agreement against the other
party regarding the subject matter hereof, the prevailing party shall be entitled to
recover, in addition to any other relief granted, reasonable attorney fees and expenses
of litigation.
Disclaimer of Warranty
THIS SOFTWARE AND ACCOMPANYING DOCUMENTATION ARE
PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES AS TO PERFORMANCE
OF MERCHANTABILITY OR ANY OTHER WARRANTIES WHETHER
EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED. BECAUSE OF THE VARIOUS HARDWARE AND
SOFTWARE ENVIRONMENTS INTO WHICH GENIE BACKUP MANAGER
HOME MAY BE USED, NO WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE IS OFFERED. IN PARTICULAR, GENIE-SOFT.COM CORP SHALL
HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ANY DATA STORED OR PROCESSED WITH THIS
SOFTWARE, INCLUDING THE COSTS OF RECOVERING SUCH DATA. THE
USER MUST ASSUME THE ENTIRE RISK OF USING THIS PROGRAM. ANY
LIABILITY OF GENIE-SOFT.COM CORP. WILL BE LIMITED EXCLUSIVELY
TO PRODUCT EPLACEMENT OR REFUND OF PURCHASE PRICE.
NO LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. TO THE MAXIMUM
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INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING,
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INFORMATION OR ANY OTHER PECUNIARY LOSS) REGARDLESS OF
CAUSE OR FORM OF ACTION, INCLUDING CONTRACT, TORT OR
NEGLIGENCE, ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE
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LIABILITY OF CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE
ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
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CONTENTS.
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WARRANTIES SO THIS LANGUAGE MAY NOT APPLY. IN SUCH CASE,
GENIE-SOFT.COM INC'S LIABILITIES WILL BE LIMITED BY THE ABOVE
LIMITATION OF REMEDIES PROVISION.
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Use, duplication, or disclosure by the Government is subject to restrictions as set forth
in subdivision (b)(3)(ii) of the Rights in Technical Data and Computer Software clause
at 25 2.227-7013.
Copyright (c) 2006 Genie-Soft, Corp. All rights reserved.
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Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION ........................................................................... II
PRODUCT OVERVIEW .......................................................................
II
WHAT'S NEW IN GBM 7.0 ................................................................
IV
COPYRIGHTS .................................................................................
VI
END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT ......................................................
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TABLE OF CONTENTS .................................................................
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INSTALLING GBM ......................................................................... 1
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS ................................................................... 1
INSTALLING GBM ........................................................................... 2
GETTING STARTED ...................................................................... 3
STARTING GENIE BACKUP MANAGER™ ............................................... 3
THE GRAND TOUR ........................................................................... 3
USING GBM HOME ........................................................................ 5
GETTING TO KNOW THE USER INTERFACE ............................................. 5
The Welcome Screen ..................................................................... 5
Wizards ...................................................................................... 5
The Toolbar Menu ........................................................................ 5
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Shortcuts
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Selection Panes ............................................................................ 9
Job Summary .............................................................................. 10
ACCESSIBILITY .............................................................................. 12
REGISTERING GBM ........................................................................ 12
WINDOWS AND DIALOGS .................................................................. 13
GETTING HELP ............................................................................... 14
Online Help ................................................................................ 14
Genie-Soft Knowledge Base ........................................................... 15
Genie-Soft Community Forums ...................................................... 15
EXITING GBM ............................................................................... 16
CHECKING FOR UPDATES ................................................................. 16
SYSTEM TRAY AGENT ................................................................. 17
GLOBAL PREFERENCES .............................................................. 19
GLOBAL PREFERENCES: GENERAL ...................................................... 20
GLOBAL PREFERENCES: GENERAL - ADVANCED .................................... 21
GLOBAL PREFERENCES: GENERAL – SOUND ALERTS .............................. 22
GLOBAL PREFERENCES: BACKUP SETTINGS .......................................... 23
GLOBAL PREFERENCES: ADVANCED SETTINGS ..................................... 23
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GLOBAL PREFERENCES: DVD/CD SETTINGS ........................................ 24
GLOBAL PREFERENCES: ONLINE ........................................................ 25
GLOBAL PREFERENCES: FAM ........................................................... 26
GLOBAL PREFERENCES: RESTORE SETTINGS ......................................... 27
GLOBAL PREFERENCES: TESTING DATA INTEGRITY ............................... 28
GLOBAL PREFERENCES: EMAIL NOTIFICATION SETTINGS ........................ 28
GLOBAL PREFERENCES: AUTO-EXCLUDE ............................................. 31
GLOBAL PREFERENCES: CATALOGING ................................................. 31
BACKING UP DATA ...................................................................... 33
HOW TO BACKUP ............................................................................ 34
ABOUT THE BACKUP WIZARDS .......................................................... 36
Opening the Backup Wizard .......................................................... 36
Moving between wizard windows .................................................... 36
Wizard Functions ........................................................................ 36
Changing the Backup Wizard Layout ............................................... 37
About the Easy Wizard Layout ....................................................... 37
About the Normal Wizard Layout .................................................... 37
ABOUT BACKUP JOBS ...................................................................... 39
Jobs Manager ............................................................................. 39
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Editing an Existing Backup Job ...................................................... 40
Saving a Backup Job .................................................................... 40
Adding Timestamps ...................................................................... 40
Renaming a Backup Job
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41
Deleting a Backup Job .................................................................. 42
Changing the Backup File/Folder Name .......................................... 42
Creating a Desktop Shortcut for the Backup Job ................................ 42
STORAGE MEDIA ............................................................................ 43
Changing the Default Backup Destination ........................................ 43
Media ID ................................................................................... 44
Backup to Hard Disk Drives .......................................................... 45
Backup to Network Locations
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47
Backup to Removable Media Devices .............................................. 48
Backup to a Remote Machine Using FTP ......................................... 49
Backup to CD/DVD Media ............................................................ 52
SELECTING DATA TO BACKUP ........................................................... 60
Selecting Files and Folders for Backup ............................................ 61
Backing Up Email Clients Data ...................................................... 68
Windows Registry ........................................................................ 73
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Backing Up Desktop Items
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75
Backing Up My Documents Folder Items ......................................... 76
Windows Address Book
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77
Favorites ................................................................................... 78
Internet Explorer Settings ............................................................. 79
Windows Fonts ........................................................................... 80
Backing Up Media Files ............................................................... 81
Backing Up Windows Settings ........................................................ 83
UNDERSTANDING BACKUP TYPES ...................................................... 84
Normal (Full) backup ................................................................... 85
Increment Backup ........................................................................ 86
Mirror backup ............................................................................ 88
Understanding Backup Sets and Purging
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89
Understanding the Archive bit and Backup Types .............................. 93
Understanding the Modified Date and Time Stamp and Backup Types ... 94
COMPRESSION ................................................................................ 95
SECURITY OPTIONS ......................................................................... 96
Zip Password Protection ............................................................... 96
Encryption ................................................................................. 96
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CREATING A SELF-RESTORABLE BACKUP ARCHIVE (SWIFTRESTORE) ...... 100
One-File SwiftRestore ................................................................ 100
MANAGING OPEN FILES ................................................................. 102
File Access Manager .................................................................. 102
Volume Shadow Copy Service ...................................................... 103
COMMAND LINE OPTIONS .............................................................. 105
ALERTS AND NOTIFICATIONS .......................................................... 106
Email Notification ..................................................................... 106
Sound Alerts ............................................................................. 108
DATA INTEGRITY VERIFICATION ...................................................... 110
Verification Methods .................................................................. 110
Verifying New and Changed Files ................................................. 111
Data Verification Settings ........................................................... 111
QUICK BACKUP ............................................................................ 112
ONLINE BACKUP ....................................................................... 113
INTRODUCTION ............................................................................ 113
SECURITY DURING ONLINE BACKUPS ............................................... 116
SCHEDULING BACKUP TASKS .................................................. 118
RESTORING DATA ..................................................................... 123
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SELECTING A BACKUP SET FOR RESTORE ........................................... 124
Disk-Based Restore .................................................................... 124
Online Restore .......................................................................... 126
SELECTING DATA TO RESTORE ........................................................ 127
Restoring Files and Folders
........................................................
127
Restoring Data Backed Up Using Plugins ...................................... 129
Restoring Outlook Data .............................................................. 129
Restoring Outlook Express Data ................................................... 130
Restoring Windows Registry ........................................................ 133
Restoring Windows Settings ......................................................... 133
Restoring Favorites
...................................................................
134
Restoring Windows Address Book (WAB) ....................................... 134
Restoring Media Files ................................................................ 135
Restoring Desktop Items ............................................................. 135
Restoring Windows Fonts ............................................................ 136
Restoring Internet Explorer Settings .............................................. 136
CATALOGING ............................................................................ 137
The Catalog Window .................................................................. 137
SEARCHING THE CATALOG ............................................................. 143
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Using the Search Dialog ............................................................. 143
Filtering the File List View .......................................................... 144
LOGS AND REPORTS ................................................................. 144
THE BACKUP SUMMARY ................................................................ 145
THE BACKUP LOG ......................................................................... 147
SKIPPED FILES REPORT .................................................................. 149
THE RESTORE JOB LOG .................................................................. 150
DATA VERIFICATION LOG .............................................................. 150
PLUGINS .................................................................................... 151
ABOUT SCRIPTING IN GBM ....................................................... 153
OBTAINING TECHNICAL SUPPORT .......................................... 154
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Installing GBM
System Requirements
Windows 2000:
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Hard drive with at least 25MB free disk space for installation
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64 RAM
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IE 5 or higher
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133 MHz processor or faster
Windows XP:
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Hard drive with at least 25MB free disk space for installation
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128 RAM
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IE 5 or higher
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233 MHz processor or faster
Installing GBM
Installing GBM
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Installing from the downloaded file:
Run the downloaded .exe setup file and follow the onscreen instructions to install the
GBM program.
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To install from CD:
1.
Insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive. Setup.exe will automatically be run.
(If this fails to work, double click the.exe setup file on the CD).
2.
Follow onscreen instructions.
Getting Started
Starting Genie Backup Manager™
Before you start, make sure that your backup devices have been detected and
configured correctly without conflicts.
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To start Genie Backup Manager™...
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Click Start, point to Programs > Genie-Soft, and then click Genie Backup
Manager Home 7.0.
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If you have selected the option to add an icon to your Quick Launch bar when
you installed the software, you can click that icon to start Genie Backup
Manager™.
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If the system tray agent is running, double click the Genie Backup Manager
icon in the system tray to start GBM.
The Grand Tour
If you are a first time user of Genie Backup Manager™, it is recommended that you
watch the backup tutorial to get familiar with the software and its interface. The
tutorial will simulate the creation of a backup job and guide you through the backup
wizard screens.
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To View the Genie Backup Manager Flash Tutorials:
1.
From the toolbar click Help then select Welcome Screen
2.
Select one of the listed tutorials
The Grand Tour
Failing to View the Tutorial
If the tutorial fails to play, you might need to install the latest version of the
Macromedia Flash Player. You can download the latest version of Flash Player from
the Macromedia website by clicking the link below:
http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Versio
n=ShockwaveFlash
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Using GBM Home
Getting to Know the User Interface
The Welcome Screen
The welcome screen is the first window that opens when the user runs GBM. This
window contains links to tutorials and helpful information for novice GBM users,
including Tip of the Day.
♦
To suppress the welcome screen remove the checkmark next to
Show this dialog at startup.
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To open the welcome screen at any time go click Help in the toolbar
then select Welcome Screen.
Wizards
GBM adopts wizard-like interfaces for its three main functions: Backup, Restore, and
Scheduling unattended backups, each of these will be described in details later on.
Each wizard is comprised of a series of dialog boxes guiding the user through the steps
required to perform the task, all the user has to do is choose the appropriate options in
each dialog and then click Next to proceed to the following step. At any point, the user
can click the Previous button to correct or modify selections made in previous dialogs.
The Toolbar Menu
The toolbar contains three menus: File, Tools, and Help. These menus are accessible
from almost any window in GBM.
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To access a program menu item using the keyboard
1.
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Press <ALT>. This will highlight the File menu in the toolbar menu.
Getting to Know the User Interface
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2.
Use the right and left arrow keys to move horizontally between menus and the
up and down arrow keys to move between items inside each menu.
3.
Press <ENTER> to activate the selection.
Getting to Know the User Interface
Menu
Item
Description
Backup Wizard:
Open the backup wizard
Restore Wizard:
Open the restore wizard
Online Restore Wizard:
Restore backups stored on the GenieSoft online backup server.
Scheduling Wizard:
Schedule an unattended backup job
File
Cataloging:
Open the backup Catalog library
Default Backup Folder:
Browse the default location used by
GBM for storing backups
Import Previous Jobs:
Import backup jobs created by
version 6.0 of Genie Backup
Manager.
Version 6.0 External Restore
Utilities:
Open an external utility for restoring
backups created using Genie Backup
Manager 6.0.
Test Backup:
Test a backup set's data integrity to
ensure it can be restored reliably
Advanced Search:
Search the catalog library or a
backup archive for previously backed
up files
Jobs Manager:
Open the backup jobs manager
window, to manage your backup jobs
(rename, copy, remove etc …)
Online Login:
Open a dialog to enter your GenieSoft's online backup credentials.
Tools
Extract Archive from .exe File: Extract a backup set from a selfrestorable backup.
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Start GBM Agent:
Run the Genie Backup Manager
monitoring agent in the system tray.
Format Re-Writable
CD/DVD:
Erase or fully format CD/DVD
media.
Undo Plugin Restore:
Uninstall programs previously
restored from My Plug-ins
Genie Script Compiler
Compile plugins created using
GenieScript.
Global Preferences
Open the Global Preferences window
to configure general and advanced
Genie Backup Manager settings
Getting to Know the User Interface
Help
Contents:
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Open the Genie Backup Manager
online help documentation
Welcome Screen:
Open the welcome screen
Genie-Soft Home Page:
Opens an internet browser window
to the Genie-Soft web site
Check for Updates:
Use Internet connection to check for
new fixes and upgrades for the
software.
About:
Credits and basic information about
the product.
Registration:
Open the Genie Backup Manager
registration dialog to enter your serial
number and unlock the software.
Register FAM Plugin...
Open a dialog to insert your File
Access Manager serial key.
Technical Support – Contact
Us:
Contact information for acquiring
technical assistance.
How-To:
A list of links to the most important
how-to help pages
Getting to Know the User Interface
Shortcuts
The most important functions in GBM are assigned keyboard shortcuts for increased
accessibility. The following is a table of used shortcuts:
Backup Wizard
Shortcuts
Next
Previous
Ctrl+1
Ctrl+2
Ctrl+3
Ctrl+6
Ctrl+7
Ctrl+4
Ctrl+S
Ctrl+5
Alt+Right Arrow
Alt+Left Arrow
Job Info
Where to Backup
What to Backup My Profile
What to Backup MY Folders
What to Backup My Plug-ins
Settings
Save
Start Backup
Startup Page
Shortcuts
Alt+B
Alt+R
Alt+C
Alt+E
Alt+S
Alt+Q
Backup
Restore
Catalog
Edit
Schedule
Quick Backup
Miscellaneous
Shortcuts
F1
Help
Ctrl+P Preferences
Ctrl+T Test Data
Integrity
Ctrl+G Update
Selection Panes
Selecting data to backup or restore in GBM is done using a very user-friendly
Windows-Explorer-like interface. Selection panes are used to select or deselect files,
folders, and various items and settings.
When an item from the left-hand pane is highlighted its contents will be displayed in
the right-hand pane, to refine the selection if necessary.
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Getting to Know the User Interface
A plus sign means that the listing can be expanded to display additional items.
A minus sign means that the listing can be collapsed to hide displayed items
included in it.
An empty check box means that the item can be selected but is currently not.
A check box with a blue or green check mark means that the item is selected
with all its contents.
A gray check mark means that some but not all of the item's contents have
been selected.
A grayed out check box means that the item is not available or not selectable; if
the item has an Expand/Collapse box then the user needs to expand the listing
to be able to select its contents.
My Folders selection options:
Right-clicking on any item (file or folder) in the right-hand pane in My Folders tab and
selecting Selection Options presents the user with several options for selecting files and
folders, these are:
Select all items in the pane
Select All:
Deselect all items in the pane
Clear All:
Only select files appearing in the current view
Select Files Only:
Select Folders Only: Only select folders appearing in the current view
Invert the selection in the current view (unselected
Invert Selection:
items will be selected, and selected items will be
deselected)
Job Summary
During the creation or modification of a backup job, the lower left corner of the backup
wizard will provide a summary of the backup job's information, this includes:
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Getting to Know the User Interface
Name assigned to the backup job
Media selected for storing the backup
Normal, increment, and Mirror (backup all selected files or new
and changed files)
Compression setting (with or without compression)
Compression:
Security Type: Type of security setting used (None, zip password protection or
encryption)
Estimated size: The total estimated size of selected items
Estimated items: The estimated number of files selected for backup
Job name:
Media Type:
Backup Type:
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Using GBM Pro
Accessibility
Microsoft Windows offers "Accessibility Options" that make it more eye-friendly for
people with visual disabilities. They allow you to modify the display to make it easier
to work with the computer.
GBM supports visual accessibility options; changing Windows appearance will change
GBM's GUI making the software more readable for people with color blindness, weak
vision etc...
Note: GBM needs to be restarted before changes in visual accessibility options are applied
Registering GBM
Registering your copy of GBM
Upon purchasing a license for GBM, the user will receive an email containing a serial
number for unlocking the software and removing the trial period limitation.
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To register GBM before the end of the trial period:
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2.
3.
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To register GBM at a later date (15+ days after installation):
1.
2.
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Start GBM Home.
From the toolbar, click Help then select Registration .
Type or copy-paste the serial number into its designated field then select
OK.
Open GBM.
A dialog will appear instructing you to register your software. Click Enter
Serial Number then insert your registration code.
Using GBM Pro
Online Registration
Registering your copy of GBM online after purchase will entitle you to receive free
minor upgrades, prioritized technical assistance via email (within 24 hours), MSN
messenger and ICQ live online support and special discounts on other Genie-Soft
software titles and future releases.
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How to register GBM online?
1.
Open GBM.
2.
From the left navigation menu in the main screen click Online Registration.
3.
Follow the instructions on the registration page.
Windows and Dialogs
Most windows and dialogs in Genie Backup Manager can be resized to fit the users
preference. The minimum dimensions for the main window is 720X540, hence it is
recommended to set the display resolution to 800X600 or more in order to be able see
the entire contents of any window.
When a pane or window is not resizable and part of its contents is hidden, scroll bars
will appear enabling the user to view the concealed parts.
Saving window size and location upon exiting
GBM by default remembers the location and size of the main window upon exiting the
application so that these attributes would be retained the next time GBM is started.
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To disable remembering window size and location
1.
From the toolbar, click Tools, then select Global Preferences
2.
Select General
3.
Remove the checkmark next to Save window location on exit
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Using GBM Pro
Getting Help
GBM users can seek in-depth information about the various functions and features of
the software using several different help sources, which include:
Online Help
GBM's desktop help documentation provides assistance in using the many functions of
the software in the form of detailed descriptions and step-by-step tutorials.
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To access GBM's help documentation do one of the following:
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From the toolbar click Help, then select Contents
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Press <F1>
Using help
The following is a explanation of the help window interface.
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The Contents tab displays a list of categorized help topics
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The Index tab lists help-related keywords alphabetically; enter a keyword for a
help topic, as you type the letters, the highlight will close in on the closest
match, once you reach the desired topic double click it
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The Search tab provides a full-text search utility for any word or phrase in the
GBM help window. Enter the string you wish to find and press search, a list of
topics containing that string will be displayed in the pane below.
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A book represents a topic category, you can double-click the book or click the
plus sign box next to it to expand the list of topics it holds.
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An open book represents a topic category with its topic list expanded, doubleclick the book or press the minus sign box to hide the topic list.
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A page represents a help topic select the page to display the topic in the righthand pane.
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Keywords with a comma at the end signify a topic group. Upon double-clicking
such keyword you will be presented with a popup window containing a list of
related topics to choose from.
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Genie-Soft Knowledge Base
A growing searchable database of questions and answers about Genie-Soft software.
The Genie-Soft support team regularly updates this online database with new articles.
http://www.genie-soft.com/asp/Community/KnowledgeSearch.asp
Genie-Soft Community Forums
The Genie-Soft web site hosts a community forum where Genie-Soft software users
can communicate, exchange views and request assistance from each other.
http://www.genie-soft.com/forum.html
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Exiting GBM
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To exit GBM do one of the following:
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From the File menu in the toolbar select Exit.
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Press <ALT + F4>
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Click the X button on the top right corner of the program
Attempting to exit will open a dialog asking the user to confirm the request
Suppressing the confirmation dialog
Registered users can suppress the confirm quit dialog. To do so:
1.
From the toolbar, click Tools, then select Global Preferences
2.
Select General
3.
Remove the checkmark next to Confirm quit dialog box
Checking for Updates
The Genie-Soft support team regularly post updated builds of GBM with minor
enhancement and fixes for known issues. Registered users of GBM can use the GenieUpdate tool to download and automatically install new updates for the software.
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To check for updates
1.
From the Tools menu in the main screen, select Genie Update
2.
Click Next
3.
Follow the onscreen instructions
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System Tray Agent
The System Tray Agent is a service that runs in the background and displays an icon in
Windows System Tray to allow quick access to the following Genie Backup Manager
functions:
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Starting Genie Backup Manager.
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Obtaining status reports on your recently performed backups.
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Creating a new backup job.
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Editing an existing backup job by selecting one from a list.
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Silently running a backup job (quick backup).
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Running a backup job and shutdown the computer automatically immediately
after backup is completed.
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Checking for updates for Genie Backup Manager.
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Enabling and disabling open-file backup support.
The Controls
Right-clicking the GBM System Tray agent will display a menu with the following
options:
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Open GBM: If Genie Backup Manager is not running clicking this option will
start GBM, otherwise, it will maximize GBM and switch focus to it.
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Analyze my Backup Status: Open a window displaying information about the
most recently performed backup.
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Create Backup Job: Run Genie Backup Manager and open the Backup
Wizard.
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Edit Job: Open the backup wizard and load selected backup job.
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Quick Backup: Run selected backup job in silent mode.
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Shutdown: Open a dialog from which the user can set GBM to automatically
shut down his machine or put it in hibernate/stand-by mode, immediately after
a backup job has been run.
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File Access Manager: Control Genie-Soft's File Access Manager.
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Start: Start File Access Manager to ensure a skipped-files-free
backup.
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Pause: Pause File Access Manager. Warning: Pausing FAM will
prevent Genie Backup Manager from successfully backing up open
files.
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Settings: Open File Access Manager's settings dialog.
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Check for Update: Open the Genie Update tool and check for new updates for
Genie Backup Manager.
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Settings: Open the GBM agent settings dialog.
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Exit: Close the System Tray agent.
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To set the GBM system tray agent to run at startup.
1.
2.
3.
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Go to Start > Genie-Soft > Genie Backup Manager Home 7.0 Tools >
then click Genie Agent.
Right click the Genie Agent icon in the system tray then select Settings.
Make sure Start Agent when my computer start is checked.
Global Preferences
The Preferences window houses the settings, preferences and configurations for GBM.
Each section's checkboxes, buttons and radio buttons are listed along with a brief
explanation.
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To open the Global Preferences window, do one of the following:
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From the toolbar click Tools, then select Global Preferences
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From the Tools left-hand menu in the main screen, select Global Preferences
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Press <CTRL+ P>
Note: Settings customized in the preferences dialog will apply to all created backup jobs.
Global Preferences Windows
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General
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Advanced
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Sounds
Backup Settings
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Advanced Settings
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CD/DVD Settings
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Online
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FAM
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Restore Settings
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Test Data Integrity
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Email Notification Settings
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Auto-Exclude
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Cataloging
Global Preferences: General
General Genie Backup Manager settings
Select the frequency at which GBM should automatically check for
software updates.
Do not automatically check for updates, the user will do so manually
Check for updates every week
Check for updates every month
Causes GBM to prompt the user to confirm before quitting the application.
Associate the extension ( .gbp) with Genie Backup ManagerTM in
Windows
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Remember the size and location of the GBM main window the next time
the user starts the application.
Specify a local folder for storing temporary files created by GBM during its
various operations.
GBM will scan local drives for the drive with the most free disk space and
select it for storing temporary files.
Select a custom temporary folder (Make sure the drive contains enough free
disk space).
Global Preferences: General - Advanced
Enable advanced logging. Used for trouble shooting purposes by the GenieSoft technical support team.
Log location: \Documents and Settings\%User%\Application
Data\Genie-Soft\GBMHome7\logs
Open the folder containing Genie Backup Manager's advanced debugging
logs.
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Global Preferences
The higher the thread priority the faster GBM runs and more resources it
consumes (on the expense of other running applications) and vise-versa.
Global Preferences: General – Sound
Alerts
Enable associating sounds with Genie Backup Manager™ events.
A list of GBM events that the user can add sound alerts to, these include:
Enable playing sound alert for the selected event.
Specify a sound file to be associated with the selected event.
Play selected sound file for preview.
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Global Preferences: Backup Settings
Automatically display the backup activity log after each backup run.
Automatically display summary of results after each backup run.
Display files with hidden/system attribute in the file selection panes in My
Folders tab.
After GBM confirms selections, wait X seconds before starting backup.
The default folder used for storing backups when a new backup job is
created.
Global Preferences: Advanced Settings
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Global Preferences
When self-restorable backup sets is enabled with compression and the size
of the data after compression is less than the amount specified, the entire
backup set will be contained within a self-executable file (.exe).
When a filename is in Unicode, rename the file using a unique GUID, to
avoid problems restoring the data on platforms that do not support Unicode
filenames. GBM will restore the files' original name upon restore.
Let Genie Backup Manager copy selected data to a temporary location
before compressing it.
Global Preferences: DVD/CD Settings
Settings and preferences related to CD/DVD media backup
Select this option if you want to use filenames that contain up to 64 characters
in length, including spaces. This is the default option and is used to record
most CDs/DVDs. Joliet also records the associated DOS-standard name (8+3
characters) for each file so that the disk may be read on DOS systems or earlier
versions of Windows.
This option increases the speed of writing data to the CD by creating a
temporary file on the hard disc.
Close the CD/DVD media so that further writing to it is not possible.
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Global Preferences
This technology helps prevent bad burns and CD/DVD creation errors,
including buffer underrun and trackwriter errors. This option might not be
supported by all CD/DVD drives.
If the CD contains more than one session, the most recent session is
automatically imported so that it could be updated with the new data.
If the CD contains more than one session, the most recent session is
automatically imported so that it could be updated with the new
data.
Do a backup simulation before burning data to disc to ensure that data can be
written successfully.
When backup to optical media is performed, eject the last disk in the media set
to alert user that backup is finished.
Global Preferences: Online
If this option is disabled Genie Backup Manager will cache the entire
backup set to file in a temporary local location, and then upload it to the
Genie-Soft Online Backup Servers. Otherwise, GBM will cache and upload
chunks of data according to the size limit specified in the option below.
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Global Preferences
Set the size for local temporary cache created before uploading data. Make
sure your hard drive has enough disk space for the cache file to be created.
Global Preferences: FAM
Allow Volume Shadow copy service to copy open files during backups.
Allow Genie File Access Manager to copy open files during backups.
Runs File Access Manager as a process in the background.
Stops File Access Manager. It is recommended to always keep FAM
running to ensure skipped-files-free backups.
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Global Preferences
Global Preferences: Restore Settings
Instructs GBM what to do when a file with the same name as the one being
restored exists in the destination folder, options are:
Automatically open the restore log after each restore job.
Remember each backed up file's attributes (hidden, read-only, system,
archived) and modified date and time stamp, to insure they are retained
when files are restored.
Settings to be used when restoring Microsoft Outlook data
Always restore Outlook file to the default Outlook PST storage folder
(Typically Drive:\Documents and Settings\%User name%\Local
Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook).
Restore Outlook files to a folder selected by the user.
Rename existing PST files in the destination folder before restoring so that
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they are not overwritten.
Apply selections made in this dialog to all restore jobs.
Global Preferences: Testing Data Integrity
Run data integrity test automatically after backup is complete.
Prompt me for action after backup is finished.
Do not perform data integrity testing after backup.
When performing increment or mirror backups, verify only files that have
been newly appended to the backup set.
Global Preferences: Email Notification
Settings
Allow the user to be notified through e-mail after backup is complete.
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Global Preferences
SMTP server hostname or IP address.
SMTP port number. Default value is 25.
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a security protocol that provides
communication privacy. Select this option if your SMTP server supports
SSL.
Email address to appear in the sender (From) line.
Email address of the recipient of the notification.
Text to appear in the Subject line of the notification email
Select this option to include the backup log with every notification email.
Open a dialog for configuring advanced email sending options.
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Global Preferences
By default, SMTP clients send the password to the server in an insecure
format; which may be undesirable in some cases. GBM provides the
following secure login options to avoid sending the password insecurely:
None: Send the password to the server in an insecure format.
AUTH LOGIN: Most common authentication method.
CRAM MD5: (Challenge Response Authentication Mode), most secure
authentication method.
LOGIN PLAIN: Moderate security.
If no connection to the internet is already active, automatically connect to
the Internet using the default connection.
If your email server uses IP Binding, select a specific IP from the list.
Default setting is "Any-IP-Address".
Send dummy notification email to test the entered settings.
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Global Preferences
Global Preferences: Auto-Exclude
Some system files and folder on the computer are not made to be moved or copied, and
are accessed only by the Windows system, trying to backup these files will cause an
error in GBM. To avoid running into backup problems, GBM by default skips these
files and folders in all the backup jobs created by the user. This preferences window
enables the user to add/remove files and folders from the 'Auto-Exclude' list.
Automatically exclude the files and folders specified in the list whenever a
backup is performed.
List of files and folders to be automatically excluded from all backup jobs.
Remove an item form the list.
Add an item to the auto-exclude list.
Global Preferences: Cataloging
Allow GBM to create a library containing history of backup jobs/runs.
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Global Preferences
Enable user to choose a backup set from the catalog and open it within the
restore wizard to browse and select files for restore, even if the media set is
still not loaded.
Allow GBM to do an increment or mirror backup run by referring to the
backup job index saved in the catalog, instead of the one on the storage
media. This is needed when the user is trying to store the data from a new
backup run on a new media volume, other than the one containing the data
from the previous run.
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Backing Up Data
Backup is crucial for safeguarding personal and business-critical data. Genie Backup
Manager offers many choices for creating backup jobs to protect your data, including:
Backup
Wizards:
Backup using two different wizard modes: Easy and Normal.
Using the backup wizards, users move through screens allowing
them to set where to backup, what to backup and how to backup.
Editing existing Quickly modify settings and selections in previously created
backup jobs:
backup jobs.
Scheduling
backup jobs:
Schedule backup tasks to run unattended.
Quick Backup:
Run existing backup jobs with a click of a button
Scripting:
Use scripting to create backup jobs or add plug-ins that extend the
capabilities of Genie Backup Manager.
Self Executable
Backups:
Create backup sets that can be restored on machines that do not
have GBM installed.
Testing Data
Integrity:
Read and test backed up data to make sure it can be restored
reliably and correctly.
Purging Old
Backups:
Automatically delete old files created by a backup job to conserve
space.
Multi-drive
Spanning:
Span backed up data over multiple hard disk drives, partitions or
networked locations for maximum flexibility and space utilization.
File Filtering:
Automatically screen selected data and include/exclude certain
files or file types.
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How to Backup?
How to Backup
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To backup using the Easy Backup Wizard Layout:
1.
Open the backup wizard. The Backup Settings wizard screen will open.
2.
In Backup Filename type the name you wish to assign to the output backup
file(s).
3.
Click Browse to select a location for storing the backup set.
Note: From this window you can also choose password protection to restrict access to your
backup files.
4.
Click Next to move on to the What to Backup wizard screen.
5.
Go through the three data tabs (My Profile, My Folders and My Plugins) to
select the data you wish to backup.
6.
Click Next, then click Backup Now.
7.
Wait until Selection Confirmation is over then click Start Backup.
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To backup using the Normal Backup Wizard Layout:
1.
Open the backup wizard. The Job Info wizard screen will open.
2.
In the Backup Job Name field type a name to be assigned to backup job you
wish to create
3.
Hit Next to move to the Where to Backup window.
4.
Choose the desired backup storage media.
Selecting any of the radio buttons will display a different dialog in the lower
box from which the user can configure settings related to the chosen storage
media.
5.
Hit Next to move to the What to Backup window.
6.
Go though the three tabs My Profiles, My Folders and My Plugins to select
the items that you wish to backup
7.
Hit Next
The Backup Settings window will be displayed. From this window you get to
configure various job-specific settings.
8.
Hit Next then select Backup Now.
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9.
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Wait until Selection Confirmation is over then click Start Backup.
Backup Wizards
About the Backup Wizards
Users can create backup job in Genie Backup Manager TM using one of two different
wizard layouts:
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Easy Layout: A 2-step simple wizard, with most advanced backup setting set
to default. This layout is recommended for novice computer users.
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Normal Layout: A 4-step wizard that gives users more control over the backup
job and its settings.
Opening the Backup Wizard
To start the backup wizard, do one of the following:
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From the startup screen click the Backup button or press <ALT + B>
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From the Files drop down menu in the toolbar, select Backup Wizard
Moving between wizard windows
The user can move between the wizard screens using one of the following ways:
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Clicking the Next button in the lower right corner, to go through all the wizard
screens one at a time. Clicking the Previous button takes the user one step back.
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Holding the <ALT> key and pressing the right arrow to go to the next screen,
and the left arrow to go back to the previous screen.
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By choosing the desired wizard screen from the Backup Steps menu on the left
side of the screen. This allows the user to skip steps that have been set before.
Wizard Functions
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Start Backup: Start backing up data
Backup Wizards
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Save: Save workflow
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Schedule: Schedule the backup job to run unattended
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Online Backup: Opens a menu of online-backup-related settings
Changing the Backup Wizard Layout
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To switch from one backup wizard layout to another:
From the main screen, click the Switch to Easy Mode or Switch to Normal Mode
button in the lower-right corner of the screen.
About the Easy Wizard Layout
The Easy Wizard Layout is a 2-step simplified wizard, with advanced backup options
set to their most commonly used settings, to accommodate the needs of novice users.
Notes: When using the Easy Wizard Layout, users can only define one backup job.
Easy Layout Windows
The Easy Backup Wizard Layout consists of the following two steps:
1.
Backup Settings: Basic backup job settings
2.
What to backup: Select what data to backup
About the Normal Wizard Layout
The Normal backup wizard consists of 4 screens (steps). Each step allows the user to
choose a set of related options before moving on to the next screen.
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Backup Wizards
The wizard screens are:
1.
Job Info: Basic information about the backup job (name, description etc ...)
2.
Where to Backup: Select the storage media for backup.
3.
What to Backup: Select data to backup.
4.
Settings: Set various backup-job-related settings that defines "How" the
backup should be run, including (backup type, compression, security, and selfrestorable backups.)
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About Backup Jobs
A backup job is a collection of files/folders that you select within GBM along with
associated settings that are saved to a particular filename. This allows you to quickly
back up files without having to select them manually every time.
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Backup jobs store the following information:
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Backup Job information: (Name, description, output file/folder name
including timestamps, old backup sets purging settings)
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Backup storage device selection and settings (Where to backup)
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Data selection (What to backup)
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Backup Settings:
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Backup Type: All selected files, or new and changed files
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Security Settings: None, Zip password protection or encryption
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Compression Settings: With or without compression
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Self-Restorable Backups (SwiftRestore): Create backup media
sets that can be restore even when Genie Backup Manager is not
installed on the target machine.
Jobs Manager
Users can view the list of created backup jobs and manage them (rename, remove, view
details etc ...) using Jobs Manager
To open Jobs Manager select Tools from the toolbar then click Jobs Manager.
Backup Job:
A list of all available backup jobs.
Remove:
Delete selected backup job.
Remove All:
Clear backup jobs list (delete all backup jobs).
Create Shortcut: Create a shortcut for the backup job on the Desktop. Users can run
the backup job without going through the backup wizard by
double-clicking this shortcut.
Show Log File:
Display the log of the latest backup run for this backup job.
Rename:
Assign a new name to the backup job.
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Clone job:
Duplicate selected job.
Help:
Open this help page.
Done:
Close Jobs Manager.
Editing an Existing Backup Job
To modify the selections and settings of an existing backup job do one of the following:
From the main screen click Edit Previous Job and then choose a job from the
list.
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Or ...
1.
From the startup screen click Backup
2.
Select the Edit Existing Backup Job radio button
3.
Select a job from the list then click Load Job
4.
Click Next
Saving a Backup Job
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Save
Adding Timestamps
A timestamp is a combination of date + time that is appended at the end of the backup
filename to indicate when the backup run was performed
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To attach a timestamp to the backup set:
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Job Info
2.
Click Advanced Options
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3.
Select Attach timestamp to backup set
4.
From the Timestamp format combo box choose preferred date/time format
5.
Click Ok
Notes: This option is only available in the Normal Backup Wizard Layout.
Timestamp formats
Timestamp formats are:
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Month dd, [email protected]:mm:ss AM/PM
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Day of the week, Month dd, yyyy
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Month dd, yyyy
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yyyy-mm,dd
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Month dd
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[email protected] AM/PM
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[email protected] AM/PM
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hh.mm.dd AM/PM
Renaming a Backup Job
1.
Open Jobs Manager
2.
Select a backup job and click Rename
3.
Type a new name and click OK
Note: When a backup job name is renamed, scheduled backup tasks for that backup job
might not run, the user will need to edit the scheduled backup tasks to reflect the name
change.
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Deleting a Backup Job
1.
Open Jobs Manager
2.
Select a backup job
3.
Click Remove
Changing the Backup File/Folder Name
The name of the output backup file/folder is by default linked to the job name; it can
be given a different name by doing the following:
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Job Info
2.
Click Advanced Options
3.
Make sure Link filename with job name is ticked off
4.
Type a new filename
Creating a Desktop Shortcut for the Backup
Job
Users can create shortcuts on the desktop area for created backup jobs for easy access.
Shortcuts also run backup jobs without the need to go through the backup wizard.
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To create a shortcut for a backup job:
1.
Open Jobs Manager
2.
Select a backup job
3.
Click Create Shortcut
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Storage Media
Storage Media
GBM can backup to a wide range of storage device, this includes:
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External and Internal hard disks
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Across network (Shared network locations, SAN devices and NAS devices)
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Remote locations using FTP service
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CD/DVD media
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Online backup
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Removable disk devices, such as (floppy disks etc…)
To choose a storage device during backup job creation/editing select Where to backup
from the left navigation menu in the backup wizard.
Changing the Default Backup Destination
GBM by default stores backup output files in My Documents\My Backups, this is the
default backup location.
To view the contents of the default backup folder click File in the toolbar then select
Default Backup Folder.
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To change the default backup folder:
1.
Go to Tools then select Global Preferences
2.
Select Backup Settings
3.
From Default backup destination click the browse button to choose a new
location
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Storage Media
Media ID
Media ID is a unique internal label assigned by GBM to individual media volumes
used to keep statistics on each media. This is the name GBM will use when it prompts
the user to insert the media during restore...
GBM names each disk using the following naming scheme:
<Backup Job Name> + Disk Number <Volume Number>
Wherein:
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Backup Job Name: is the name assigned to the backup job.
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Volume Number: indicates the disk's number in the sequence during backup.
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To change the Media ID:
1.
2.
3.
4.
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From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Settings
Click Advanced Settings
Make sure Change labeling convention is selected
Type a new name to be used instead of the backup job name.
Backup to Hard Disk Drives
Backup to Hard Disk Drives
To backup to internal or external hard disks:
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Where to Backup
2.
Select Local/LAN Location
3.
In the lower box click Browse
4.
Browse to the location you wish to backup to then click Ok
Multi-Drive Data Spanning
Many people have more than one partition defined on their hard drive, others have
more than one drive that they use to store backups on. Most backup solutions allow the
user to select only one partition/drive as a target for storing data for each backup job,
when that drive is full, backup will cease to run, unless the user manually frees more
disk space, or automatically sets the software to erase the contents of the media. Genie
Backup Manager offers a novel way for handling these scenarios, using multi-drive
data spanning.
Multi-drive data spanning is a feature that enables users to span backed up data onto
more than one local/LAN location, this includes multiple partitions, hard disks, shared
and mapped networked locations, SAN and NAS devices etc...
Multi-drive spanning locations can either be preset, i.e. the user gets to predefine an
ordered list of storage locations for GBM to use. Or, the user can set GBM to prompt
him for a new location, once the drive currently being used for backup is full.
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Enabling multi-drive data spanning
To allow GBM to span backed up data onto more that one local/LAN location:
1.
From the left-hand navigation menu in the backup wizard select Where to
Backup.
2.
Select Local/LAN location.
3.
Select Allow multi-drive spanning.
4.
Choose one of the following options:
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5.
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Use all available Space: Write until current location is full before
moving on to the next one.
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Use fixed split size: Use a fixed amount of disk space from the
current location then move on to the next one, even if the previous
one still has free disk space.
Click Drive List to create a list of predefine locations for GBM to use. If no list
is defined, GBM will prompt the user to enter a new backup location once the
one currently being used is full.
Splitting Backup Files
Using the new 64-bit Zip compression, Genie Backup Manager compresses backed up
data to one file that can reach up to about 18 million terabytes in size ( more precisely,
264 -1 bytes) - provided that this is supported by the file system being used - However,
the user might want to split the compressed backup file into multiple smaller chunks,
for instance in order to copy them later to removable media, or when the file system,
such as FAT 16, does not allow large files etc.
GBM can split the backup set into multiple linked files with sequentially numbered
extensions (e.g. .001 .002 .003 etc ...) with the last file in the series assigned the main
(.gbp) extension.
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To split compressed backup files:
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Where to Backup
2.
Select Local/LAN Location
3.
Select Enable multi-drive spanning
4.
Select Use fixed split size, then enter the desired split size value.
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Backup to Network Locations
Backup to Network Locations
To backup to across network (Shared network locations, SAN devices and NAS
devices):
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Where to Backup
2.
Select
3.
In the lower box click Browse
4.
Browse to the location you wish to backup to then click Ok
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Local/LAN Location
Backup to Removable Media Devices
Backup to Removable Media Devices
GBM supports backup to removable media devices, these include floppy disks, JAZ
drives, ZIP drives, memory sticks, etc ...
Using removable media devices is a practical backup destination, because it allows
multiple-disk spanning for he backed up data, i.e. GBM would backup to the inserted
disk until all available space has been consumed then prompt the user to insert a new
disk, and so on, until the entire data has been backed up.
Note
External hard disk drives are not considered removable media devices, to use external
hard disk drives, see Backup to Local/LAN locations.
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To Backup to a removable storage media:
1.
2.
3.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Where to
Backup
Select Multiple Disks (Removable Media Devices)
From the Drive Letter combo box, choose the drive letter of the desired
removable media device
Automatically Erasing Removable Media Disks
To save time, you can instruct GBM to automatically erase each inserted disk during
backup
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To automatically erase removable media disks during backup:
1.
2.
3.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Where to Backup
Select Multiple Disks (Removable Media Devices)
Select Erase disk before backup
Warning
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GBM will erase the entire contents of each inserted disk.
Backup to Remote Locations Using FTP
Backup to a Remote Machine Using FTP
GBM supports backing up to a remote computer or device using FTP (File Transfer
Protocol). This is a practical backup destination since it serves as an off-site backup
destination, and because the backed up data can be accessed from any other computer
with an Internet connection easily.
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To set GBM to backup data to an FTP server:
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Where to Backup
2.
Select Remote FTP Location
3.
Type in the settings of your FTP server.
Notes
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Purging old backup files is not supported when backup to FTP server is selected
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When performing incremental backup to FTP Rollback will be forced
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Mirror backup to FTP is not supported
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Available space on FTP server will not be calculated/displayed during backup.
You will need to make sure the FTP account you are using has enough disk
space.
Auto-Resume
If the connection is dropped or interrupted during backup to a remote FTP server
GBM will keep retrying to resume backup from where it was interrupted every 60
seconds
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To enable upload auto resume:
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Where to Backup
2.
Select Remote FTP location
3.
Click Advanced Settings
4.
Select If disconnected retry X times, and enter the number of times GBM
should try to resume before aborting
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Connection timeout
If there is no upload activity for 30 seconds Genie Backup Manager will reset
connection and try to resume backup.
To change connection timeout setting:
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Where to Backup
2.
Select Remote FTP location
3.
Click Advanced Settings
4.
In Connection Timeout enter a new value (in seconds)
Connecting in Passive Mode
Some FTP servers require connection to be established in passive mode, i.e. your
computer establishes the connection. This may be necessary with some firewalls that
do not allow connections from outside.
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To set GBM to connect using Passive mode:
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Where to Backup
2.
Select Remote FTP location
3.
Click Advanced Settings
4.
Select Passive mode
Connecting through FTP Proxy
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To set GBM to backup to FTP through a proxy server:
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Where to Backup
2.
Select Remote FTP location
3.
Click Advanced Settings
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4.
Enter your FTP proxy server settings
Limiting Upload Bandwidth
The user may wish to restrict the transfer rate at which GBM uploads data to the FTP
server during backup, so as not to "hog" the connection's bandwidth.
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To limit upload transfer rate:
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Where to Backup
2.
Select Remote FTP location
3.
Click Advanced Settings
4.
In Limit Speed, type a value in KB/s for the desired transfer rate. Enter 0 for
maximum
Keeping a Local Copy of the Backup
When backing up to a remote machine using FTP, GBM first creates the backup files
locally on the machine then uploads them to the FTP server, these files are by default
deleted when backup to FTP is complete. The user can instruct GBM to keep these
temp files even after backup is done, to serve as a local second copy of the backup.
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To keep a local copy of the backup files on drive after FTP
backup is done:
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Where to Backup
2.
Select Remote FTP location
3.
Click Advanced Settings
4.
Select Keep backup file on hard disk after uploading
5.
Choose a local folder for storing the backup files
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Backup to CD/DVD Media
Backup to CD/DVD Media
Genie Backup Manager can write to CD/DVD media of any format
(DVD±RW/DVD±R/DVD-RAM/CD-R/CD-RW) using both burning -built-in
capability- and packet writing -with the aid of third party software-. The user can
backup an unlimited amount of data to CD/DVD media by spanning the backup files
over multiple disks.
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To backup to CD/DVD media:
1.
2.
3.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Where to
Backup
Select CD/DVD media ( DVD±RW/DVD±R/DVD-RAM/CD-R or
CD-RW)
From Drive letter choose a recorder from the list
Notes
™
When performing incremental/mirror backup runs on non re-writable
CD/DVD media rollback will be forced
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Purging old backup files is only supported when backing up to re-writable
CD/DVD media using Packet Writing.
Multiple Disk Spanning
By default, if selected data exceeds the available empty space on the destination
CD/DVD disk, GBM will write to the disk until its full then prompt the user to inset a
new disk to continue backup, and so on, until the entire data has been backed up.
Users can instruct GBM to use a fixed amount of space from each inserted disk, to do
so:
1.
2.
3.
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From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Where to
Backup
Select CD/DVD media ( DVD±RW/DVD±R/DVD-RAM/CD-R or
CD-RW)
Select Use fixed split size
Backup to CD/DVD Media
4.
From Size per disk, choose a value or type one directly into the box
Note
™
When using a fixed user defined split size, make sure to leave some space as a
safety margin for the table of contents written when closing the disc session.
Using Packet Writing
“Packet writing is a term for software that lets you record data onto a DVD/CD disk
directly from Windows Explorer, My Computer, or from the File/Save As section of
any computer program. Simply put, it lets you treat a CD as though it were a big
floppy disk.”
GBM supports burning as well as Packet Writing (with the aid of third party software)
for backing up data to CD/DVD disks.
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To backup using packet writing:
1.
2.
3.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Where to
Backup
Select CD/DVD media ( DVD±RW/DVD±R/DVD-RAM/CD-R or
CD-RW)
Select Use packet writing Software
Comparing Burning with Packet Writing:
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Issue
Burning
Packet Writing
Speed
Slower
Faster (Except when backup
without compression is used)
Compatibility
Readily readable on most
drives
In most cases the packet
writing software used to write
the data must be installed in
order to read from the disk
Incremental &
Mirror Backup
Rollback forced
Backup with rollback
disabled is supported (new
versions of files overwrite old
Backup to CD/DVD Media
versions)
Availability
Built in
Must use third party packet
writing software.
Note: Default Windows XP
writing component does not
use packet writing
Disk space
utilization
More disk capacity
Less disk capacity; Packet
Writing consumes more
space on the disc
Pre-use
formatting
Blank disks need not be
formatted before usage.
Disks previously used using
packet writing software
must be fully erased: Tools
> Erase Re-writable CD >
Full Erase
All disks must be formatted
at least once using the third
party software, to become
compatible for packet writing
Note: Disks formatted
using one packet writing
software must be reformatted
before being used with
another.
Backup Simulation
Backup to CD/DVD media can be somewhat tricky, a scratched disc or incompatible
writing speeds might render a backup media set useless or corrupt. Now, you can set
Genie Backup Manager to perform backup simulation to the inserted CD/DVD media
to test whether the backup task will be carried out successfully, before committing data
to the media.
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Setting GBM to do a backup simulation before burning data to
disc:
1.
2.
3.
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From the toolbar, click Tools , then select Global Preferences
Select CD/DVD settings
Mark the checkbox next to the option Simulate burning before backup
Backup to CD/DVD Media
Formatting CD/DVD Disks
Automatic Erase
To set GBM to automatically erase each inserted disk before backup:
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Where to
Backup
Select CD/DVD media ( DVD±RW/DVD±R/DVD-RAM/CD-R or
CD-RW)
Select Erase contents of re-writable DVD/CD before backup
1.
2.
3.
Note
™
Automatically erasing disks uses quick erase, not full format.
Manual Erase
GBM comes with a CD/DVD erasing tool that can perform both Quick and Full disc
format. New blank discs need not be formatted before burning a backup to disk,
however, if the disk has been used previously using a packet writing software then it
needs a full format before GBM can use it for backup.
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To manually erase a CD/DVD disc:
1.
2.
3.
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From the toolbar click Tools, then select Erase Re-Writable CD/DVD
From the Selected Drive Select the drive letter of he recorder containing
the disk you wish to erase.
Select one of the following
♦
Quick Erase: Quickly delete the contents of the disk (takes around
1-2 minutes to complete)
♦
Full Erase: Fully format disc (might take around 30 minutes or
more to complete)
Backup to CD/DVD Media
Notes
™
When using packet writing, make sure the disc you wish to backup to has been
formatted using the third party packet writing software.
™
Quick erasing re-writable disks might render them ‘stubborn’ after a number of
erases, it is recommended to perform a full erase every 7-10 quick erase sessions
to revitalize the disk
Choosing Burning Speed
GBM by default uses the maximum speed supported by both the recorder drive and the
inserted media for burning, however, for trouble shooting purposes the user can select a
custom writing speed.
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To select a custom burning speed:
1.
2.
3.
4.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Where to
Backup
Select CD/DVD media ( DVD±RW/DVD±R/DVD-RAM/CD-R or
CD-RW)
Click Advanced Settings
Select a burning speed
Tip
™
If no disk is inserted in the drive, GBM will load the list of speeds supported by
the recorder drive, inserting a disk in the drive would cause GBM to load the
list of speeds supported by both the recorder and inserted media.
CD-ROM Filesystems
CD-ROMs can be written to in one of two files systems, ISO9660 and Juliet. By
default, GBM uses the Juliet file system
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Juliet must be used if you want to use file names that contain up to 64 characters in
length, including spaces. This is the default option and is used to record most CDs.
Joliet also records the associated DOS-standard name (8+3 characters) for each file so
that the CD may be read on DOS systems or earlier versions of Windows.
ISO9660 is used if you want to be able to read the CD on different platforms including
DOS, Macintosh, OS/2, Windows and UNIX. Files and directories recorded to CD
based on the ISO 9660 standard must meet the following (8+3) requirements:
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A file name may not contain more than eight alphanumeric characters and the
underscore symbol [_]
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A file name extension may not contain more than three alphanumeric
characters
™
A directory name may not contain more than eight alphanumeric characters
and the underscore symbol [_]
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To switch to ISO9660 format:
1.
2.
3.
From the toolbar click Tools, then select Global Preferences
Select CD/DVD settings
Remove the checkmark next to Use Juliet file system
Note
™
Although using ISO is supported in GBM it is strongly recommended that the
user uses Juliet to avoid running into file/folder naming compatibility
problems.
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BURN Proof Technology
"BURN-Proof (Buffer Underrun Error Proof) is a technology developed by Sanyo that
allows compact disc recording to automatically stop in the event of an unplanned
interruption and then to resume recording. BURN-Proof is a registered trademark of
Sanyo.
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A Buffer Underrun occurs when the PC cannot deliver data fast enough to the drive's
buffer. If the drive's buffer empties because of the lack of data, the laser will turn off.
The resulting gap on the media usually renders a CD-R disc unusable"
The BURN-Proof feature is effective only for Buffer Under Run error. Therefore this
feature does not cover the following cases
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Power outage or power disconnection
™
Malfunction or abnormality in PC / Application software
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Impact on the drives or inferior condition of the media
GBM by default uses BURN-Proof technology if it is supported by the recorder drive
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To enable using BURN-Proof during backup:
1.
2.
3.
From the toolbar click Tools, then select Global Preferences
Select CD/DVD settings
Make sure Use BURN Proof technology is selected
Caching (CD only)
GBM uses a procedure called caching to create a temporary file (image) on the hard
disk containing all the selected data before copying it to the CD disk. This makes
writing data to the CD faster and more reliable, in part due to the fact that data is being
copied from one location instead of its original scattered locations on the machine.
Caching, however, means that GBM will first copy the data to a temporary local drive
and then onto the CD, which adds a few minutes to the total backup time for each
disk.
If GBM couldn't detect enough space to perform caching, data will be copied directly
to the CD.
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To disable caching:
1.
2.
3.
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From toolbar click Tools then select Global Preferences.
Select CD/DVD settings.
Remove the check mark next to Cache disk image before burning
Backup to CD/DVD Media
Handling Multiple Sessions
Each time data is written to a CD/DVD disk a table of contents is written at the end of
the session in order to make the disk readable. This procedure is called session closing;
data can still be appended to the disk after a session is closed. This is different from
finalizing disk in which no data can be written to the disk after it is closed.
Genie Backup Manager will by default import previous sessions on the inserted disk
before writing to it so as not to lose any previously written data. If a file with the same
name as the backup file already exists on the CD, GBM will rename the new file by
appending a number to it.
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To set GBM to finalize discs after backup:
1.
2.
3.
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To disable importing old CD/DVD sessions:
1.
2.
3.
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From the toolbar, click Tools then select Global Preferences
Select CD/DVD settings
Select Finalize disk
From the toolbar, click Tools then select Global Preferences
Select CD/DVD settings
Remove the checkmark next to Import previous sessions on disk
Selecting Data to Backup
Selecting Data to Backup
User data is divided into three categories to make it more manageable during backup
and restore.
My Profile
This user data group contains various built-in plugins that you can use to
backup some of the most important items on your computer; this
includes Emails, Favorites, Windows Settings, Desktop files and folders
etc…
Plugins are system independent, i.e. one can backup his favorites, for
instance, from a Windows XP machine and restore them on a Windows
2000 machine, without having to worry about the changed Windows
environment, and GBM would know exactly where to copy the files.
The items in this group were selected to include the most commonly
backed up data types during system formats.
My Folders This user data group allows you to backup files and folders from any
location readily accessible from My Computer using an easy to use
Windows-Explorer-like interface.
Use this group when you know where your files and folders are located
and need to be able to access/restore files individually.
My Plugins This group lists plugins that can be used to back up various items, such
as programs, program settings, saved games, databases etc ...
These plugins are different from those in MY Profile in that users can
download free plugins to extend the capabilities of GBM, or create their
own custom plugins and share them with other users.
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Selecting Files and Folders for Backup
Selecting Files and Folders for Backup
Files and folders in Genie Backup Manager are selected in a Windows-Explorer-like
interface. To browse your computer's files and folders and select the ones you wish to
backup:
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select What to Backup.
2.
Select My Folders tab.
The My Folders window is divided into two panes; the left-hand pane lists drives and
folders, where as, the right-hand pane lists the contents of the highlighted drive or
folder form the left-hand pane.
Legend:
A plus sign means that the listing can be expanded to display additional items.
A minus sign means that the listing can be collapsed to hide displayed items
beneath it.
An empty check box means that the item can be selected but is currently not.
A check box with a blue or green check mark means that the item is selected
with all its contents.
A gray check mark means that some but not all of the item's contents have been
selected.
A grayed out check box means that the item is not available or not selectable; if
the item has an Expand/Collapse box then the user needs to expand the listing
to be able to select its contents.
Handling New Files and Folders
When running repetitive backup tasks, especially scheduled unattended backups, the
user would normally want files that are newly created in, or moved to a selected folder
to be included in the backup automatically, without having to manually select them
each time before running the backup task.
Genie Backup Manager automatically detects files and subfolders that have been added
to a selected folder after the date of most the recent backup, provided that the parent
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folder was originally selected, i.e. the check box next to folder containing the newly
added files and folder was ticked when the backup job was created (or edited).
Example:
Lets assume Jack has a folder called Week that has three files, Saturday, Sunday, and
Monday. Jack first creates a backup job, and selects the contents of the folder Week for
backup. The next day, Jack adds several new files and folders to the folder Week.
Scenario: When Jack created the backup job he selected folder Week for backup by
ticking its check box, marking all its files for backup.
Result: All new files and folders will be appended to the backup.
Scenario: Jack selected the three files by ticking folder Week's check box, but before
saving the backup job he deselected files Sunday and Monday.
Result: All new files and folders will be appended to the backup.
Scenario: Jack selected the three files by ticking each file's checkbox individually.
Result: New files and folders won't be appended to backup.
Hidden and System Files
GBM by default displays files with hidden or system attributes in My Folders selection
panes. The user can opt to hide these files so as not to be included in the backup
selection.
1.
From the toolbar, click Tools, then select Global Preferences
2.
Select Backup Settings
3.
Remove the check mark next to Show hidden files/folders in My Folders
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File Filtering
Filtering Files
Users can filter selected files in My Folders using filename masks, for instance users
can choose to backup only .doc files in a certain folder or exclude all files that start
with the letters (sa). For more information about using filename masks see wildcards.
Notes on file filtering
™
A rule is attached to a folder but is only applied if the folder was selected for
backup
™
File filters are not reflected during the selection process, they are applied in realtime during actual backup of files
™
Only one rule can be attached to a folder (include or exclude)
™
If a user creates a rule for a folder, for instance (c:\m1), and another different
rule for a subfolder (c:\m1\m2), Genie Backup Manager will use the subfolder
(m2)'s distinct rule regardless of the rule of parent folder (m1)
Creating New File Filters
1.
From the navigation menu of the backup wizard select What to Backup
2.
Select My Folders tab
3.
Click File Filters
4.
Click Create Rule
5.
Select one of the following three options:
♦
All data: Apply created filter to all selected files and folders in the
backup job.
♦
Selected folder: Apply created filter to the folder that was
highlighted prior to opening the File Filters dialog.
♦
Browse for folder: Select a folder to attach the created file filter to.
6.
Click Ok to return to the File Filters main dialog
7.
Select one of the following options:
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♦
Include only file with the following mask: Only files matching
the specified file mask will be backed up
♦
Exclude files with the following mask: File matching the
specified file mask will not be backed up
8.
Type the name or part of the name of files you wish to filter. You can use
wildcard characters to filter files that include a certain part of the name. For
instance *.doc will filter all files with the extension doc. You can add more than
one file mask per rule, use a semicolon ( ; ) as a separator.
9.
If you wish to apply the created rule to the sub folders of the selected folder, tick
the checkbox Include Sub folders
Quickly Adding a File Extension to a Previously Created
Filter
From the My Folders tab in the What to Backup wizard screen right-click on the
folder then choose Add rule to this folder
Exporting and Importing File Filters
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Exporting File Filtering Rules to File
1.
From the navigation menu of the backup wizard select What to Backup
2.
Select My Folders tab
3.
Click File Filters
4.
Choose Export. A browse dialog will open
5.
Choose a location to save the file to
6.
Hit Save
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Importing File Filtering Rules from File
File Filtering
1.
From the navigation menu of the backup wizard select What to Backup
2.
Select My Folders tab
3.
Click File Filters
4.
Select Import > Import from File, a browse window will open
5.
Browse to the location of the .gix file and select it then press OK
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Importing File Filtering Rules from Another Backup Job:
1.
From the navigation menu of the backup wizard select What to Backup
2.
Select My Folders tab
3.
Click File Filtering Rules
4.
Select Import > Import from Backup Job, then choose a backup job from the
list
AutoExclude
Some system files and folders on the computer are not made to be moved or copied,
and are accessed only by the Windows system, trying to backup these files will cause
an error in GBM Home, so, to avoid running into backup problems, GBM Home by
default skips these files and folders in all the backup jobs created by the user, this is
called Auto Exclude. Users can also add custom AutoExclude rules...
Note:
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You can use wildcards when adding files/folders to the AutoExclude list.
™
Files/folders listed in the AutoExclude list will be skipped in all backup
jobs.
Adding an AutoExclude item:
File Filtering
1.
Click Tools in the toolbar, then select Global Preferences
2.
Select Auto Exclude
3.
Make sure Enable Auto Exclude is selected
4.
Click Add
5.
Type the full path of the file/folder to be excluded. You can use wildcards here.
6.
Type a description for the added item
7.
Restart GBM Home
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Removing an item from the AutoExclude list:
1.
Click Tools in the toolbar, then select Global Preferences
2.
Select Auto Exclude
3.
Make sure Enable Auto Exclude is selected
4.
Select an item from the list
5.
Click Remove.
Using Wildcards
A wildcard character is a keyboard character such as an asterisk (*) or a question mark
(?) that is used to represent one or more characters when referring to files and folder
Wildcard Characters Uses
Asterisk (*)
Use the asterisk as a substitute for zero or more characters. If you are
looking for a file that you know starts with "gloss" but you cannot
remember the rest of the file name, type the following:
gloss*
This locates all files of any file type that begin with "gloss" including
Glossary.txt, Glossary.doc, and Glossy.doc. To narrow the search to a
specific type of file, type:
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gloss*.doc
This locates all files that begin with "gloss" but have the file name
extension .doc, such as Glossary.doc and Glossy.doc.
Question
mark (?)
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Use the question mark as a substitute for a single character in a name.
For example, if you type gloss?.doc , you will locate the file Glossy.doc
or Gloss1.doc but not Glossary.doc.
Backing Up Email Clients Data
Backing Up Email Clients Data
The My Profile tab houses options for backing the data and settings of the four most
commonly used email clients, these are:
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MS Outlook (2000, 2002 and 2003)
™
Outlook Express
For other email clients, users can either check for plugins in the My Plugins tab, or
search the Genie-Soft database to download a plugin for any item that is not currently
supported in your copy of the software. If you still can't locate the plugin you need, you
can use Genie-Script to create your own custom plugin
Microsoft Outlook (2000, 2002 and 2003)
GBM will backup and restore all Microsoft Outlook (2000, 2002, and 2003) emails and
settings.
GBM can backup a single or multiple Outlook profiles, as long as they all belong to the
same Windows user. An Outlook Profile is a set of registry entries that define how
Outlook should behave and which services it will use. Multiple users can define
multiple personalized profiles.
PST Files:
Main data files (Outlook.pst, Archive.pst) and additional data files
created by the user.
Data files store your messages and other items on your computer,
including appointments, contacts, tasks, journal entries, notes,
posted items, and documents.
Personal
Files and Data
Folder:
Settings
and Control
Information:
Outlook
Signatures:
Outlook
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Stores a reference to which extensions (addins) you have loaded.
Microsoft Outlook settings and preferences, including Customized
toolbar settings, contacts and nicknames, send and receive settings,
navigation pane settings, rules etc ...
The blocks of formatted text and/or graphics that appear at the end
of e-mails you send that identify yourself and your contact
information.
Stationery and themes are a set of unified design elements and
Microsoft Outlook
Stationery:
Outlook
Custom Forms:
color schemes you want to apply to messages. They specify fonts,
bullets, background color, horizontal lines, images, and other
design elements you want to include in outgoing e-mail messages.
Custom forms created by outlook users. Forms are an easy way to
distribute and collect information electronically.
Outlook
Settings
Internet e- POP3, IMAP and HTTP e-mail accounts
mail accounts:
Miscellaneous options set by the user while
Outlook
using Microsoft Outlook such as: notifications,
Options:
displays, read receipts, sending options and
formats, maintenance preferences, etc...
Any Microsoft Outlook item can be assigned to
one or more categories. Consistent use of
Categories:
categories makes it easier to locate specific items
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How to Backup Outlook Data?
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select What to Backup
2.
Select My Profile tab
3.
Expand the Outlook 2000, 2002, 2003 tree to view available profiles
4.
Select the checkboxes next to the profiles you wish to backup
5.
From the right-hand pane select the desired Outlook data items for each profile
6.
Select Automatically close Outlook before backup
7.
If you wish to let GBM run outlook again after backup, select Reopen Outlook
after backup
8.
Enter how many minutes GBM should wait for Outlook to close before
aborting
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Microsoft Outlook
Outlook Data Files
Description
Stored in
File Location
Outlook data files
(.pst)
drive:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local
Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
Offline Folders file
(.ost)
drive:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local
Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
Personal Address
Book
(.pab)
drive:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local
Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
Offline Address Books
(.oab)
drive:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local
Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
Command bar and
menu
customizations (.dat)
(.dat)
drive:\Documents and
Settings\<user>\Application
Data\Microsoft\Outlook
Navigation Pane
settings.
This file includes
Shortcuts,
Calendar, and Contact
links.
(.xml)
drive:\Documents and
Settings\<user>\Application
Data\Microsoft\Outlook\Outlook.xml
Outlook contacts
nicknames
(.nk2)
drive:\Documents and
Settings\<user>\Application
Data\Microsoft\Outlook
Rules
(.pst)
drive:\Documents and
Settings\<user>\Application
Data\Microsoft\Outlook
Note: If you upgraded from a version of
Outlook prior to Outlook 2002, you may have
a .rwz file on your computer hard disk drive.
The file is no longer needed and the rules
information is now kept on the server for
Microsoft Exchange e-mail accounts, and
within the personal folders file (.pst) for POP3
and IMAP e-mail accounts. You can delete the
file.
Print styles
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(Outlprnt
with no
extension)
drive:\Documents and
Settings\<user>\Application
Data\Microsoft\Outlook
Microsoft Outlook
Signatures
(.rtf, .txt,
.htm)
drive:\Documents and
Settings\<user>\Application
Data\Microsoft\Signatures
Stationary
(.htm)
drive:\Documents and
Settings\<user>\Application
Data\Microsoft\Stationary
Custom forms
drive:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local
Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Forms
Dictionary
(.dic)
drive:\Documents and
Settings\<user>\Application
Data\Microsoft\Proof
Templates
(.oft)
drive:\Documents and
Settings\<user>\Application
Data\Microsoft\Templates
Send/Receive settings
(.srs)
drive:\Documents and
Settings\<user>\Application
Data\Microsoft\Outlook
Message
(.msg,
.htm, .rtf)
drive:\Documents and Settings\<user>\My
Documents
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Windows Registry
Outlook Express
With GBM users can backup and restore Outlook Express emails, and settings.
Outlook Express makes it easy for two or more users on the same PC to keep their mail
separate using identities. GBM can backup a single or multiple Outlook Express
identities.
Also, GBM is the first and ONLY Outlook Express backup utility that allows users to
view, read, print, and extract emails directly from the backup set without restoring
them first.
Outlook
Express Root:
Outlook
Express
accounts:
Outlook
Express Rules:
Block
Senders:
Preferences:
Stationary:
Signatures:
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This tree displays the email folders hierarchy in Outlook Express,
you can browse through the tree to select or deselect any folder to
be included in backup. There is no limit to the depth the user can
have his email folders nested at in order to be able to back them
up.
E-mail accounts, Internet news accounts and Directory Service
accounts.
Message rules created in Microsoft Outlook Express.
List of addresses blocked by the user.
This includes the options the user selects and sets while using
Microsoft Outlook Express such as: notifications, displays,
send/receive message options, read receipts, sending options and
formats, maintenance preferences, etc...
Stationery and themes are a set of unified design elements and
color schemes you want to apply to messages. They specify fonts,
bullets, background color, horizontal lines, images, and other
design elements you want to include in outgoing e-mail messages.
The blocks of formatted text and/or graphics that appear at the
end of e-mails you send that identify yourself and your contact
information.
How to Backup Outlook Express Data?
1.
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From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Where to Backup
Windows Registry
2.
Select My Profile tab
3.
Expand the Outlook Express tree to view available identities
4.
Select the checkboxes next to the identities you wish to backup
5.
From the right-hand pane select the desired Outlook Express data items for
each identity
Notes on Selecting Email Folders
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Selecting an Outlook Express mail folder will automatically select all its
subfolders.
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To select an Outlook Express mail folder without its subfolders or to deselect a
folder without deselecting its subfolders, right-click on the checkbox next to it.
Windows Registry
Windows Registry is a database that holds the settings and options in your windows
system. Whenever you make changes to your hardware configurations, software, users
settings or PC preferences on your computer these changes are reflected in and stored
in windows registry.
Using Genie Backup Manager, you can backup your entire registry or just a few
selected keys. If you are the kind of person who likes to fiddle with registry to tweak
settings or if you're a software experimenting fan, then backing up your registry is a
necessity.
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How to Backup the Entire Registry?
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select What to Backup
2.
Select My Profile tab
3.
In the left-hand pane Select the checkbox next to Registry
4.
Select Backup Entire Registry
Warning:
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Windows Registry
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Backing up the entire registry is not recommended except for advanced users.
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Restoring the entire registry must NOT be performed except on the same
machine and under the same Windows installation. Restoring the entired
registry under a different Windows installation (for example after a system
format) or to another machine WILL corrupt yours system.
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How to Backup Selected Registry Keys?
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Where to Backup
2.
Select My Profile tab
3.
In the left-hand pane Select the checkbox next to Registry
4.
Select Backup selected registry keys
5.
Click Add Registry Keys
6.
Select a registry key then hit Add. Repeat this step to backup all desired registry
keys
7.
Click Done to confirm selection
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Backing Up Desktop Items
Backing Up Desktop Items
The Desktop area is the preferred location for storing files that the user needs to be
readily available and accessible, however, the actual Desktop folder is nested in the
drive in a location not obvious to most people. Genie Backup Manager will backup
and restore Desktop items to their correct locations on the target computer regardless
of the Windows version installed or the user account under which you are logged on.
Note:
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Shortcut files on the Desktop area will be excluded from backup.
How to Backup Desktop files and folders
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select What to Backup.
2.
Select My Profile tab
3.
Select Desktop
4.
From the right-hand pane select one of the following two options:
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All desktop: backup the entire Desktop area with all its files and
subfolders. The desktop area will be automatically re-scanned each
time backup is performed to include newly added files and folders.
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Selected files and folders: backup only selected set of files and
folders. Selection will not be re-scanned for new files in subsequent
backups.
Backing Up My Documents Folder Items
Backing Up My Documents Folder Items
Most applications, including VS.NET, and the Microsoft Office suite etc … consider
‘My Documents’ as the default location for any user's work. However, this folder is
mapped differently for each user on the same computer.
Genie Backup Manager enables you to backup 'My Documents' folder quickly and
easily, over and over again, each time making sure that new and changed files are
always backed up. Moreover, GBM will always restore 'My Documents' to its correct
path on the target computer regardless of the Windows version installed or the user
account under which you are logged on.
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To Backup Files Under 'My Documents' Folder
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select What to Backup.
2.
Select My Profile tab.
3.
Select My Documents.
4.
From the right-hand pane, select one of the following two options:
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All My Documents: Backup the entire 'My Documents' folder.
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Selected Files/Folders: Select specific files and folders to be
backed up from within the 'My Documents' folder.
Notes
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Genie Backup Manager will automatically re-scan the 'My Documents' folder
for newly added files each time the backup job is run if and only if the user
selects the All My Documents option. Otherwise, Genie Backup Manager will
only backup the original set of selected files each time.
Windows Address Book
Windows Address Book
Windows Address Book is where contact information is stored. This information is
used by programs such as Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Outlook Express, Microsoft
Internet Explorer, Microsoft NetMeeting, and Microsoft Phone System.
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How to backup Windows Address Book
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select What to Backup
2.
Select My Profile tab
3.
Select Windows Address Book
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Favorites
Favorites
In Microsoft Internet Explorer you can tell the program to remember a list of your
"favorite" Web pages, so that you can go back to them easily, without having to type in
the address (URL) again.
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How to backup Favorites?
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select What to Backup
2.
Select My Profile tab
3.
Select Favorites
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Internet Explorer Settings
Internet Explorer Settings
GBM enables the user to backup the following items that define the way Internet
Explorer functions:
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Internet Explorer Settings: Home page, security, privacy, content,
connections, programs, and advanced settings.
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Internet Explorer Cookies: Cookies are small text files that some web sites
use to store information on your PC, among other reasons they are used
sometimes to grant you access next time around to the web site or for
customization features.
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How to backup Internet Explorer settings?
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select What to Backup
2.
Select My Profile tab
3.
Select Internet Explorer
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Windows Fonts
Windows Fonts
Windows Fonts are the files used by your operating system to display and print text.
These fonts come in many different styles and types, and their location is usually
unknown to users.
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How to Backup Windows Fonts?
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select What to Backup
2.
Select My Profile tab
3.
Select Windows Fonts
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Backing Up Media Files
Backing Up Media Files
Media files are music and video playback files of all formats including: MP3, MPEG,
DAT, WAV, RealPLayer files, MediaPlayer files, QuickTime files etc...
Genie Backup Manager offers two easy methods for locating and backing up media
files on your computer, these are:
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Automatic scan for media files.
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Backing up favorite media files using playlists.
Backing Up Favorite Media Files Using Playlists
A media playlist is a table of your favorite media files -or more commonly, mp3s- that
you have currently loaded into a media player to play in a specific order, by saving this
list to file you can reuse it to play the same songs without having to reselect them each
time.
Since most users already have their favorite songs on their machines organized in
playlists, GBM Pro offers a novel way of backing up media files using these playlists to
locate favorite songs and copy them to the backup destination.
GBM will also backup the playlist itself and regenerate it in the same original order at
restore time so as to play the same songs even if they were restored to a different
location.
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How to use playlists to backup media files?
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select What to Backup.
2.
Select My Profile tab
3.
Select Media Playlist
4.
From the right-hand pane click Add media playlist
5.
Browse to and select a media playlist file then click open
Note
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Backing Up Media Files
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GBM currently supports 3 playlist formats: m3u, pls and wpl.
Automatic Search for Media Files
You can set Genie Backup Manager to automatically locate and backup media files
scattered on your hard drive. By default, when this option is selected, GBM will search
for media files under the 'My Media' folder located in 'My Documents', however, the
user can include new folders/drives to be scanned each time the backup job is run.
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Using Automatic Scan to Back Up Media Files?
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select What to Backup
2.
Select My Profile tab
3.
Select My Media
4.
From the right-hand pane click Add Folder, if you wish include new folders to
be scanned for media files.
5.
Click Scan
6.
When the media files list is populated, expand the three, to select the files that
you wish to be backed up.
Notes
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Genie Backup Manager will automatically re-scan the default media folders,
defined in Genie Backup Manager, for new media files each time the backup
job is run. However, new custom folders added by the user won't be re-scanned,
unless the user clicks the Scan button in backup job editing mode.
Windows Settings
Backing Up Windows Settings
GBM gives users the ability to backup a selection of important Windows settings and
configurations that they previously personalized, these are:
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Desktop Wallpapers: Desktop wallpaper settings and background image.
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Visual Appearance: Shapes, sizes and colors of windows, buttons and fonts.
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International settings: Regional settings, Time, Date, Currency and Number
formats.
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Mouse Preferences: Mouse pointer behavior settings.
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Mouse Cursors: Preferred mouse cursor scheme.
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Connection Settings: Network connection accounts.
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Power Settings: PC power options properties located in the control panel.
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Consol Settings: Windows command prompt settings, options, colors, font
and layout.
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Multimedia: For storing favorite sound, audio, and video settings plus the
sounds scheme; sounds associated with events in the windows system.
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Advanced Settings: Saves Windows Explorer advanced view settings, such
as hide extensions, show system files etc ...
Note: Backing up Dialup Preferences will only backup network connection settings; needed
protocols should already be present and the modem should already be configured.
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How to Backup Windows Settings?
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select What to Backup
2.
Select My Profile tab
3.
Select Windows Settings
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Understanding Backup Types
Understanding Backup Types
There are four types of backups supported by GBM that depend on whether the user
wants to backup all the selected data, whenever the backup job is run, or just new and
changed files, these are:
Normal Backup Backup all selected files and folders every time.
Increment
Includes all files that have changed since the last normal (full) or
incremental backup using the files' last modified date and time
stamp.
Mirror
Includes all files that have changed since the last normal (full) or
incremental backup using the files' last modified date and time
stamp. This backup type does not support rollback, so old versions
of files will be replaces with newer ones and missing files will be
deleted from the backup set.
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Increment Backup
Normal (Full) backup
When a user selects Normal backup, GBM will back up all the selected files each time
the backup job is run. New files will also be appended to the selection. On consecutive
runs, in general, this backup type is more time and space consuming than the other
three backup types, but is more user friendly.
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To set GBM to backup all selected data:
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Settings
2.
From the Backup Type group select Normal
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Increment Backup
Increment Backup
When choosing Incremental Backup, the first run will automatically backup all
selected files and folders (i.e. run as if Normal Backup was selected), subsequent runs
will only backup files that have been added/modified since the previous run. Files that
were deleted, renamed or moved from the source machine will not be deleted from the
backup set.
Incremental backup, by default, uses the files' "modified date and time" attribute to
determine which files have been modified since the previous backup run.
To restore data from an incremental backup set, all files produced by the most recent
"full" backup run and subsequent increments must be available..
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To set GBM to perform an increment backup:
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Settings
2.
From Backup Type select Increment
Rollback
Enabling rollback during increment backup will cause GBM to keep old versions of
modified files backed up in previous runs (revisioning), this way the user can still
restore (rollback to) any backed up version of a certain file to protect against losing data
by mistake.
With rollback enabled, each backup run will create a new file/folder on the storage
media containing new and changed files. A number appended at the end of the
filename will be incremented by one, to denote a new backup run, starting with zero
(0). For example:
Backup Job.gbp…
Normal Backup
Backup Job.0.gbp… First increment backup run
Backup Job.1.gbp… Second increment backup run
Backup Job.2.gbp...
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Third increment backup run
Increment Backup
Note: Disabling rollback in a backup job will also disable cataloging.
Disabling Rollback
Disabling rollback means that GBM will append new files to the main backup
file/folder. Changed files will overwrite older versions stored within the backup set.
Notes about disabling rollback:
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Disabling rollback is not supported when backed up data is forced to split.
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No catalog entries will be recorded when rollback is disabled.
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Disabling rollback is not supported when backup to remote locations using FTP
is selected.
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Backup without rollback is not supported when media is not rewritable, or if the
user does not have delete permission on the storage location.
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To backup to CD/DVD with rollback disabled, media needs to be rewritable
and packet writing enabled.
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Mirror Backup
Mirror backup
Mirror backup is one of four supported backup types (methods) supported in GBM, it
is only supported when rollback is disabled.
Mirror backup includes all files that have changed since the last normal (full) or mirror
backup using the files' last modified date and time stamp, missing files are also be
deleted from the backup set. The resulting backup archive consists of either one
compressed file or one folder.
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To set GBM to perform a mirror backup:
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Settings
2.
From Backup Type select Mirror
Limitations of Mirror Backup
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When backup using compression is selected, a maximum size limitation of 2GB
applies to data after compression.
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Only one catalog entry will be recorded when mirror backup is enabled.
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Mirror backup is not supported when backup to remote locations using FTP is
selected.
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Mirror backup is not supported when media is write protected, not rewritable,
or if user does not have delete permission on the storage location.
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To use mirror backup to CD/DVD, the media needs to be rewritable and
packet writing enabled.
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Understanding Backup Sets and Purging
Understanding Backup Sets and Purging
When the storage media is re-writable, and the user has the right folder privileges,
Genie Backup Manager can be set to delete old backup files created by the backup job,
to save space. The way purging old backups works varies depending on the backup
type used.
Backup Sets
To understand how purging works in Genie Backup Manager, the user needs to be
familiar with the concept of Backup Sets. For the purpose of this help documentation,
a backup set is the minimum collection of backup files "or folders, in the case of backup
without compression" that are needed to successfully perform a restore. For example, if
the user wishes to restore files that were backed up using an incremental backup job on
March 23rd, then every backup file created by this backup job since that date and back
to the most recent full backup before that date should be present and are considered a
backup set.
Purging works with backup sets and not backup runs. if the user chooses to "keep the
last 5 backups", that means that Genie Backup Manager will always keep the most
recent 5 backup sets created by that job.
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To set GBM to purge old backup files created by a backup job:
1.
From the left menu in the Backup Wizard, select Settings
2.
Click Purge Settings
3.
Select one of the following options:
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Keep old backups: Do no delete old backups
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Keep only last X backups: Keep only the last X backup files and
delete files produced by older backups
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Keep old backups for a period of X days: Delete any backup file
older than X day
Understanding Backup Sets and Purging
Purging with Normal Backup
Normal "Full" backup copies all the selected files each time the backup is performed.
Each time a normal backup is performed, a new backup set is created, and a bracketed
number after the backup job name is incremented by one, to denote the backup run
number.
Since each backup run creates a backup set, keeping the last X backup sets means
keeping the backup files produced by the most recent X backup runs.
Ex:
A normal backup is performed, job name is "My_backup", and purging option selected
is "keep only last 4 backups".
1st run
My_backup.gbp is created
2nd run
My_backup(1).gbp is created
3rd run
My_backup(2).gbp is created
4th run
My_backup(3).gbp is created
5th run
My_backup(4).gbp is created and My backup.gbp is deleted
6th run
My_backup(5).gbp is created and My Backup(1).gbp is deleted
7th run
My_backup(6).gbp is created and My Backup(2).gbp is deleted
Purging with Incremental Backup
During incremental backups, the first backup run performed after the backup job is
created is a Full backup, subsequent backup runs are all incremental until the user
elects to reset the backup job to normal, either manually or automatically using the
"Limiting increments" feature. GBM treats each normal backup and all subsequent
increments until the next normal run as a complete backup set.
For each backup run that is performed, a number after the backup job name is
incremented by one, when backup is switched to normal, that number is reset and
another bracketed number is incremented by one to denote the number of normal
backups performed since the backup job was created.
When purging is selected, backup rotation is forced, which means that after a certain
number of incremental backups, Genie Backup Manager will automatically reset the
backup type to Normal for one backup run, then performs another set of incremental
backup runs, then resets to normal again, and so on.
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Understanding Backup Sets and Purging
If the user enables purging with the option to "Keep only last X backups", Genie
Backup Manager will reset backup type to normal "full" X time, and on the X+1 run, it
will delete the oldest backup set.
Ex.
An incremental backup is performed.
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Job name: "My_backup"
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Purging option: "keep only last 3 backups"
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Backup rotation: 2 increments.
* Bold denotes the creation of a new backup set.
st
1 run
My_backup.gbp is created (Full backup) .
2nd run
My_backup.0.gbp is created (increment).
3rd run
My_backup.1.gbp is created (increment).
4th run
My_backup(1).gbp is created (Full backup) .
5th run
My_backup(1).0.gbp is created (increment).
6th run
My_backup(1).1.gbp is created (increment).
7th run
My_backup(2).gbp is created (Full backup) .
8th run
My_backup(2).0.gbp is created (increment).
9th run
My_backup(2).1.gbp is created (increment).
10th run
My_backup(3).gbp is created (Full).
My_backup.gbp, My_backup.0.gbp &
My_backup.1.gbp are deleted
11th run
My_backup(3).0.gbp is created (increment).
12th run
My_backup(3).1.gbp is created (increment).
13th run
My_backup(4).gbp is created (Full).
My_backup(1).gbp, My_backup(1).0.gbp &
My_backup(1).1.gbp are deleted
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Backup Set
Backup Set
Backup Set
Backup Set
Understanding Backup Sets and Purging
Purging with Mirror Backup
Purging is not supported when Mirror Backup is used.
Rotating Backups
When increment backup is used, the user can set GBM to automatically switch to
normal backup after a specific number of increments. Each normal backup and its
subsequent increments are treated by GBM as one backup set, enabling the user to
purge old backup sets safely.
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To set GBM to limit the number of increments for each backup
set:
1.
From the left menu in the Backup Wizard, select Settings
2.
Click Purge Settings
3.
Select the Limit increments option
4.
In Number of increments, type the number of increments you wish GBM to
perform before switching to normal backup
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Understanding the Archive bit and Backup Types
Understanding the Archive bit and Backup
Types
The archive bit is a file attribute that is set whenever a file is modified. For backups that
use archive bits, this bit is turned off after the backup completes, indicating to the
system that the file has been backed up. If the file is changed again before the next
backup, the bit will be turned on and Genie Backup Manager will back up the file.
Whenever a file is created or changed, the operating system activates the Archive Bit or
modified bit . By default, unless you specifically select to use the archive bit, Genie
Backup Manager uses the last modified date and time stamp to determine whether a
file has been backed up.
Using the archive bit in determining changed files, however, can cause confusion if the
user is not careful, if the data selection for more than one backup job overlap. To
explain this, consider this scenario: Jack has two backup jobs that he has scheduled to
run consecutively, named Documents and Work . The folder Monthly Reports was
selected to be backed up by both backup jobs. Come backup time, the job Documents,
will backup the folder the turn off the archive bit. When its time for the job Work to
run, it will find that the folder has already been backed up and skips the folder.
When the archive bit method is used with normal, increment or mirror backup, GBM
will turn off the archive bit after each backup run.
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To set GBM to reset the archive bit after backup:
1.
From the left menu in the Backup Wizard Select Settings
2.
Click More Settings
3.
Click Advanced Settings
4.
Select Reset Archive Bit
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To use the archive bit in determining changed files:
1.
Click the Start menu in the Windows toolbar, then select Run
2.
Type regedit
3.
Browse the registry until you reach the following key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Genie-Soft\GBMHome7\Main\
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Understanding the Modified Date and Time Stamp and Backup Types
4.
Double-click the value CompareMethod
5.
Set the value to 0 (zero)
Understanding the Modified Date and Time
Stamp and Backup Types
When Genie Backup Manager runs a backup, the time the backup launches is recorded
in the GBM database. The next time an incremental or mirror backup launches, GBM
compares the file system time to the backup time recorded in the database. If the
database time is older than the file system time, the file is backed up, and a new backup
time is recorded in the database.
By default, unless you specifically select to use the archive bit, Genie Backup Manager
uses the last modified data and time stamp to determine whether a file has been backed
up.
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To use the modified date and time stamp in determining changed
files:
1.
Click the Start menu in the Windows toolbar, then select Run
2.
Type regedit
3.
Brose the registry until you reach the following key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Genie-Soft\GBMHome7\Main\
4.
Double-click the value CompareMethod
5.
Set the value to 1 (one)
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Compression
Compression
Genie Backup Manager uses non-proprietary ZIP64 compatible compression to reduce
backed up data size and save space, supporting up to 264 -1 files within a zip archive as
well as files that have a size greater than 4GB, for a zip file size that can reach up to
about 18 million terabytes ( more precisely, 264 -1 bytes).
The Genie Backup Manager compression engine offers fast performance and low
memory usage. Speed improvements reach 25%-75% in certain contexts. It also
provides 15 to 20% better compression than other formats on many popular file types,
especially XML data.
Users can choose between 9 levels of compression ranging form no-compression, to
best.
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To set GBM to compress backed up data:
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Settings
2.
Select Use Compression
3.
Select a suitable Compression level from the combo box
Backup without Compression
Selecting to backup data without compression would cause GBM to copy the data to a
folder on the storage device while preserving the original file/folder structure, this
makes data more accessible and less susceptible to corruption
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Security Options
Security Options
GBM offers two choices for restricting access to backed up data, and protecting it from
prying eyes:
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Zip Password protection: Moderate security, works only when using backup
with compression
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AES encryption: High security, works with or without compression
Zip Password Protection
Genie Backup Manager uses standard zip format compression, and thus can add a
standard zip compression password to the created backup set; using this protection
method would still allow the user to access his compressed backed up data using
compression utility that supports zip format
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To add zip password protection to a backup job:
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Settings
2.
From the Security box select Zip Password Protection
3.
Type a password twice in the Password and Confirm Password fields
Note: Passwords cannot be less than 6 characters long
Encryption
Encryption is encoding data to prevent any non-authorized party from reading or
changing it. The level of protection provided by encryption is determined by an
encryption algorithm. The contents of the data that you want to protect are encrypted
based on a password that you specify. In order for GBM later restore the original
contents of the encrypted files, the correct password must be supplied
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AES Encryption
GBM uses AES encryption. AES is the Advanced Encryption Standard. This
encryption method, has been adopted by NIST as an FIPS-approved (Federal
Information Processing Standard) symmetric encryption algorithm that may be used by
U.S. Government organizations (and others) to protect sensitive information
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GBM supports 128-bit AES encryption .
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The strength of encryption does not depend only on the length of the encryption
key used but also on the password supplied by the user. Please read more about
Encryption Passwords.
Note: GBM requires that the correct password be supplied before the contents of an encrypted
backup set can be viewed or restored to its original unencrypted form. The password is not
required, however, for actions that do not require access to the unencrypted contents of the
file. In particular, encrypted files can be deleted from backup set, or can be replaced within
the backup set, without a password
Notes on encryption safety
Encryption can be a very effective measure for protecting your sensitive data; however,
even encrypted documents can be compromised. The following is a list of some of the
ways in which the safety provided by encryption can be compromised. Note that these
are not GBM related risks but rather risks that arise from mishandling the password or
a file in its unencrypted form
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If a keystroke monitor (key-logger) or other malicious code (such as a trojan
horse) is running on your computer, your password may be recorded when you
type it. Be sure to check frequently for viruses and follow other recommended
computer safety procedures.
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If you extract an encrypted file and then delete it, it may be possible for
someone to later "undelete" the file using file recovery software or the Recycle
Bin.
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When you extract, open or view a file directly from the backup set (using
Catalog or from the Restore Wizard), GBM must extract the file to a temporary
location so that the associated program can open it. If you subsequently close
GBM without first closing the program that is using the file, GBM may not be
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able to delete the temporary copy of the file, thereby leaving it on disk in
unencrypted form. The associated program may also make one or more backup
copies of the decrypted file, and GBM will not be able to delete these.
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After backing up or restoring encrypted files, some or all of the unencrypted file
contents may remain in your computer's memory or the page swap files on disk.
A malicious user may be able to retrieve this unencrypted information.
Using Encryption in Backup
GBM can protect backed up data from being accessed by unauthorized people using
AES encryption. GBM encrypts data on-the-fly, meaning that it encrypts files as they
are being copied to the backup storage device instead of first encrypting the entire data
then backing it up.
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To add AES encryption protection to a backup job:
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Settings
2.
Select AES Encryption
3.
Type a password twice in the Password and Confirm Password text input
boxes
Note: Encryption applies only to the contents of backed up files. Information about an
encrypted file, such as its name, date, size, and attributes, can be viewed, without a
password, by anyone who has access to the backup set.
Decrypting data during restore
Upon selecting a backup set with encryption protection for restore, GBM will request
the encryption password. The user will not be allowed to browse, view, extract or
restore data unless the correct password is supplied.
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Encryption Passwords
The security of your data depends not only on the strength of the encryption method
but also on the strength of your password, including factors such as length and
composition of the password, and the measures you take to ensure that your password
is not disclosed to unauthorized third parties.
You should keep the following considerations in mind when choosing passwords for
your files:
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Encryption password cannot be less than 6 characters long
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In general, longer passwords are more secure than shorter passwords. To take
maximum advantage of the full strength of AES encryption passwords lengths
must be approximately15 characters
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Passwords that contain a combination of upper and lower case letters, digits,
and punctuation are more secure than passwords containing only letters.
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Because you can use spaces and punctuation, you can create "pass phrases" that
are long enough but still easy to remember and type.
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Avoid using easily guessed passwords such as names, birthdays, Social Security
numbers, addresses, telephone numbers, etc...
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Avoid storing the password on the same volume on which the encryption data
is located
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Keep a record of the passwords you use and to keep this record in a secure
place. GBM Home has no way to access the contents of an encrypted file unless
you supply the correct password.
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Creating a Self-Restorable Backup
Archive (SwiftRestore)
Genie Backup Manager offers users a feature that enables them to restore their backed
up data to any machine regardless of whether GBM is installed on it. Choosing the
Express Restore option creates a standalone self-executable .exe file on the storage
media, which can be used to browse backed up data and restore it on any machine,
even if GBM is not installed on it.
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How to Create a Self-Restorable Backup Archive?
1.
Open the backup wizard
2.
From the left navigation select Settings
3.
Select
Enable Self-Restorable Backup
One-File SwiftRestore
If the data is backed up using compression, and is less than 200MB after compression,
Genie Backup Manager will turn the entire backup set into one self-executable file.
Otherwise, the software will create a separate .exe file in the same folder as the backup
set.
1.
Go to Tools, then select Global Preferences
2.
Click the plus icon next to Backup Settings then select Advanced Settings
3.
Make sure Enable one-file self-restorable backups is selected
4.
Select a preferred size from the drop-down menu, or type a custom value
(maximum 2 GB)
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One-file self-restorable backups is not supported when backup data is
spanned over multiple volumes or forced to split
Extracting the Backup Archive from a SwiftRestore File
If the SwiftRestore .exe file got corrupted, users can extract the backup archive from
the self-executable file:
1.
From the toolbar click Tools, then select Extract archive from .exe file
2.
Click Browse to locate and select the desired self-executable backup file
3.
Click Extract. The extracted backup set will be stored in the same folder as the
original express restore .exe file
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Managing Open Files
Open files are files that are being used by the system or an application, these files are
usually locked so that no other application can gain access to them or copy them, since
they are constantly changing. Open files can render a backup incomplete, as they can
not be copied along with the rest of the data
These days few companies can afford to close their running software to create a
"backup window" for backup software to be able to archive data reliably and
successfully, and most standard backup solutions are not equipped to handle files that
are being used by other applications, resulting in the failure of these solutions in
performing the very task they were bought to perform
This problem can be avoided in GBM Home by using File Access Manager (FAM).
File Access Manager
File Access Manager was designed to ensure business continuity of all their mission
critical data. Many companies are at risk because their backup software can't backup
exclusive, in use or open files, leaving security holes in their backup strategy. With
Genie Backup Manager and File Access Manager, these worries are no more.
File Access Manager is a utility that helps GBM Home capture files that are open, even
if they are changing during the backup, without locking users out of the applications or
forcing them to log off the network
Giving your backup software the ability to protect ALL your mission critical data by
giving it access to exclusive, open or in use files. And ensuring business continuity by
protecting your data in real time without causing interruptions.
FAM will run silently in the background to help you protect ALL your data in case of
system failure or disaster without interrupting day to day operations, 24 hours a day, 7
days a week.
Using File Access Manager
File Access Manager is easy to use, once activated, it will work in the background
without the need for user interaction.
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Checking whether FAM is installed:
1.
From the toolbar click Tools, then select Global Preferences
2.
Select FAM
3.
The FAM status field will display the status of whether FAM is installed or not.
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Checking whether FAM is running:
1.
Press <Ctr + Alt + Del> to open the Task Manager dialog.
2.
Select the Processes tab.
3.
Make sure "File Access Manager.exe" is running.
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Allowing FAM to handle backup of open files:
1.
From the toolbar click Tools, then select Global Preferences
2.
Select FAM
3.
Click Start
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To stop FAM from handling open files:
1.
From the toolbar click Tools, then select Global Preferences
2.
Select FAM
3.
Click Pause
Volume Shadow Copy Service
The Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) provides the backup infrastructure for the
Microsoft Windows XP operating system, serving a mechanism for creating consistent
point-in-time copies of data known as shadow copies.
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Managing Open Files
VSS is a Microsoft component which allows GBM to backup opened files resulting in a
skipped-files free backup.
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Allowing VSS to handle backup of open files
1.
From the toolbar click Tools, then select Global Preferences
2.
Select FAM
3.
Select Use Volume Shadow Copy
Limitation of Volume Shadow Copy Service:
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Works only with NTFS formatted partition.
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FAM must be installed
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Supported only under Windows XP and Windows Server 2003
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Command Line Options
Command Line Options
Backup Command Line Options
The Backup Command Line Options are ideal for quick backups and for automating
repetitive tasks using batch files or scripts.
GBMHome [-e] [-job "backup job name"] [-q] [-noexit] [-showlogfile] [-novalidate] [bt|1 2 3 4] [-shutdown| 1 2 3 4]
Command
Result
-e
Activate the Command Line engine.
-job "job name"
Name of the backup job to be performed.
-novalidate
Do not verify backed up data after backup.
-q
Run the backup monitor minimized when backup starts.
-showlogfile
Display backup log when backup is complete.
-noexit
Do not exist Genie Backup Manager after backup.
-bt
Specify backup type to be used with this backup run.
-shutdown
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-bt1
Force running the backup job in normal mode (backup
all selected files).
-bt2
Force running the backup job in increment mode.
-bt3
Force running the backup job in mirror mode.
Choose power saving option to be executed when backup is
complete.
-shutdown1
Shutdown computer.
-shutdown2
Hibernate.
-shutdown3
Logoff.
-shutdown4
Standby.
Alerts and Notifications
Example:
GBMHome -e -job "my data 1" -bt1 : Run backup job (my data 1) using the normal
(Full) backup method.
Note: More elaborate non-GUI based backup functionality can be accessed using
GRunScript
Alerts and Notifications
Email Notification
If you are a network administrator who is always on the move, and you've scheduled
backup jobs to run while you're away, but still need to make sure everything goes
smoothly, then email notification is the feature you need.
E-mail notification is a nifty feature that enables GBM to send to the user information
about the status of the performed backup upon its completion via email.
Enabling Email Notification
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To enable email notification for all backup jobs:
1.
From the toolbar click Tools, then select Global Preferences
2.
Select Email Settings
3.
Select Enable e-mail notification
4.
Enter the following settings
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♦
SMTP server: The name or IP address of SMTP server to be used
for sending notification emails
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Port: SMTP sending port. (25 by default)
Alerts and Notifications
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SSL: SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a security protocol that provides
communication privacy. Select this option if your SMTP server
supports this protocol.
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From: The email address to appear in the From field of the sent
notification email
♦
To: The address of the recipient of the notification email
♦
Subject: Enter the description that will appear in the Subject field
on the sent email
How to Send Email Notifications?
1.
Make sure email notification is enabled
2.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Settings
3.
Click More Settings then select Notification
4.
Select Send e-mail notification
5.
Choose one of the following options:
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When backup is complete: Send notification email when backup is
over
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Only if error occurs: Send notification email only if GBM
encountered a problem during backup (skipped files, failed to create
backup file, etc...)
SMTP Authentication
GBM supports different SMTP authentication methods for sending email notifications.
SMTP authentication uses different methods of encryption to protect the user mail
account's name and password as they are being sent to the SMTP server.
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To choose an authentication method:
1.
From toolbar, click Tools, then select Global Preferences
2.
Select Email Notification Settings
3.
Click Authentication Method
4.
Choose one of the following authentication methods:
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NONE: Send the password to the server in an insecure format.
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AUTH LOGIN: Most common authentication method.
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CRAM MD5: (Challenge Response Authentication Mode), most
secure authentication method.
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LOGIN PLAIN
Sound Alerts
Genie Backup Manager can play sounds when specific events take place to alert the
user.
Events that support sound alerts are:
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Finishing backup successfully
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Finishing backup with errors
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Completing data verification
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Prompting the user to switch disks during a multi-disk backup
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Finishing data integrity testing
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How to Attach a Sound Alert to a GBM Event?
1.
From the toolbar click Tools, then select Global Preferences
2.
Select General then Sounds
3.
Make sure Enable sound alerts is selected
4.
Choose an event from the Events list
5.
Select Attach sound to selected event
6.
Click Browse to choose a sound file then click OK
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How to Disable Sound Alerts?
1.
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From the toolbar click Tools, then select Global Preferences
Alerts and Notifications
2.
Select General then Sounds
3.
Remove the check mark next to Enable sound alerts is selected
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Data Integrity Verification
Data Integrity Verification
Verification ensures that backed up data was successfully written on the storage media
and that it can be restored reliably. Genie Backup Manager will by default verify
backed up data immediately after the backup task is completed. But the user can also
choose to test data integrity of a backup archive at a later time using the Testing Data
Integrity tool.
Notes: Post-backup data verification is not supported when the backup storage media is a
remote machine using FTP. However, data is verified while it's being written to the media.
How to Test Data Integrity of a Backup Archive
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To verify backed up data, do one of the following:
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Right after backup completes, from the Backup Progress screen, click
Verify Backup
Or...
1.
From the toolbar, click Tools, then select Test Backup
2.
Select a backup job from the Backup Job list. If the backup job is not listed click
Browse and select the backup set manually
3.
Click Test Now
Verification Method
Bit-by-bit verification: This is the default method used by the software to verify
that a backup archive is restorable, and the data contained within it is not corrupt.
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This is done by reading every bit of each backed up file, however, this verification
method does not compare data to make sure that the backed up data and the original
data are exactly identical. This means that if the contents of a file in the backup
archive were modified after backup, Genie Backup Manager will not detect it.
Verifying New and Changed Files
By default, after an incremental or mirror backup run, Genie Backup Manager will
only verify new and changed files that have been added to the backup set. This saves a
lot of time, based on the assumption that the rest of the data was verified previously
when it was first backed up.
To set Genie Backup Manager to verify the entire backup archive (data created by most
recent normal backup along with all subsequent increments), you can do the following:
1.
From the tool bar, click Tools, then select Global Preferences
2.
Select Testing Data Integrity
3.
Make sure the option Test only new and changed files is marked
Data Verification Settings
Genie Backup Manager will automatically verify backed up data when the user closes
the backup summary dialog. To change this behavior:
1.
From the tool bar, click Tools, then select Global Preferences
2.
Select Testing Data Integrity
3.
Choose one of the following options:
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Automatically test data after backup: Always verify data after
backup without asking me
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Ask me: Ask me whether to verify data when backup is completed
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Do not test: Do not verify backed up data
Quick Backup
Quick Backup
Users can run a backup job without going through the backup wizard by doing one of
the following:
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From the Tools menu in the main page click Quick Backup and select a job to
run.
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Create a shortcut on the Desktop for the backup job and double-click it
whenever you wish to run a backup task.
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Introduction
to removable media such as DVDs, or CDs , although more secure than backup to a
local hard drive, can still be a risky undertaking for extra sensitive, mission-critical
data. since these media are still stored, in most cases, in locations not far from where
the original data resides, which, first, makes all the data (original and backup)
vulnerable to natural disasters that can affect a complete building or geographical
location, and thus damaging even the backups, and secondly, become an easy target for
theft.
Also, keeping a complete library of tapes/DVDs is no easy task when the frequency of
your system backups increases.
Genie Backup Manager now offers 100% secure and reliable off-site (remote) backups
for your files and documents. Backup your data to Genie-Soft's servers through a
regular internet connection, and restore them anytime and anywhere. No more tapes or
DVDs and no more hassle. All you need is an internet connection.
Genie-Soft's online backup service is integrated within Genie Backup Manager. Online
backup with GBM is as easy as backing up to any local hard drive.
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How to perform an online backup
1.
Make sure you have an online backup account with enough free space.
2.
Make sure you are using the Normal Backup Wizard Layout.
3.
Enter the backup wizard. The Job Info wizard screen will open.
4.
In the Backup Job Name field type a name to be assigned to backup job you
wish to create
5.
Hit Next to move to the Where to Backup window.
6.
Select Online backup.
7.
Click Login. The Genie-Soft online login window will open.
8.
Type your email address and password as were entered when you signed up to
the Genie-Soft online backup service, and click Done.
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9.
Hit Next to move to the What to Backup window.
10. Go though the three tabs My Profiles, My Folders and My Plugins to select
the items that you wish to backup
11. Hit Next
12. The Backup Settings window will be displayed. From this window you get to
configure various job-specific settings.
13. Hit Next then select Backup Now.
14. Wait until Selection Confirmation is over then click Start Backup.
Purchasing Extra Online Backup Space
If you wish to upgrade your online backup account to another plan that offers more
storage space or seats (users), do the following:
1.
Open your Internet browser.
2.
Go to http://online.genie-soft.com and login to your account.
3.
From the main page select Billing.
4.
Click Buy more space.
5.
A list of extra space/seats plans that you are eligible to upgrade to will be
displayed. Choose the plan that suites your needs.
Note:
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During backup if GBM determines that the user does not have enough online
backup space, it will notify the user and give him/her the option to purchase
more backup storage space.
Signing up for a Free Trial Online Backup Account
You can sign up to get a trial GBM Online Backup account free of charge to test our
online backup service. The trial account will grant you 50MB of free online backup
space.
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To sign up for a trial online backup account:
1.
From the toolbar, select Tools then Online login. The online backup login
dialog will open.
2.
Click the Sign up for a free trial account link.
3.
Follow the instructions.
Changing Online Backup Account User
T
To change the user account you use to log in to the Online
Backup service:
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Where to Backup
2.
Select Online Backup.
3.
Click the Change User button.
4.
Enter the new user account credentials .
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Security During Online Backups
High data security and privacy during online backups in Genie Backup Manager are
achieved through the application of the following data-security standards:
Securing Account Passwords:
This security measure is applicable even when secure online backup method is not
selected.
Passwords are encrypted using the SHA-256(Secure Hash Algorithm). This hash
encrypted algorithm is one of the required secure hash algorithms for use in U.S.
Federal applications, including use by other cryptographic algorithms and protocols,
for the protection of sensitive unclassified information. This standard is called secure
because, for a given algorithm, it is computationally infeasible to find a message that
corresponds to a given message digest, or to find two different messages that produce
the same message digest. Any change to a message will, with a very high probability,
results in a different message digest.
This Encryption methodology is a one way encryption; therefore it cannot be
decrypted at the server’s side and therefore there is not way recover a password from
the data base the server will only be able to reset the password and not recover it. The
reset process will be sent to the user’s personal email, this process prevents hackers
from resetting the user’s account, which is a great feature to prevent user
impersonation.
Securing Data transmission:
Genie Online Backup supports a 128- bit Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certified by the
leading global provider of SSL certificates Thawte. This protocol uses RSA encryption
algorithm in order to encrypt the data on the link and prevent hackers from
eavesdropping on personal information.
This Authentication is done to reassure the clients that they are sending their
information to the right source. In other words, the certificate based authentication
authenticates that we are who we say we are. This authentication is done by the SSL
certificate provided by Thawte. An SSL Web Server Certificate enables the Genie
Online Backup users to view the following information:
The domain for which the certificate was issued. This allows them to check that the
SSL Web Server Certificate was issued for your exact host and domain.
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The owner of the certificate. This acts as further reassurance, since customers are able
to see whom they are doing business with.
The physical location of the owner. Once again this reassures customers that they are
dealing with an actual entity.
The validity dates of the certificate. This is extremely important, since it shows users
that your Digital Certificate is current.
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Enabling Data Transmission Security:
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Where to Backup
2.
Select Online Backup.
3.
Click the Change User button.
4.
Make sure Secure is selected .
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Scheduling Backup Tasks
Backing up data can take a lot of time depending on the size of the data intended for
backup, during which a big part of the machine's resources are consumed by the
backup application. To avoid interrupting work or slowing down the machine while it
is being actively used, users can schedule backup tasks to run unattended at times that
guarantee no interruptions to their work. Scheduling also insure that the data is being
backed up on a regular basis without user interaction.
GBM uses Windows Scheduled Tasks agent to run unattended backup tasks.
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To open the scheduling wizard, do one of the following:
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Press <ALT + S>
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From the toolbar, click File, then select Scheduling Wizard
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From the main page click Schedule Wizard
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How to Schedule a Backup Task?
1.
Open the Scheduling Wizard
2.
Click Create New Schedule
3.
Select a backup job from the list and click Next
4.
Choose how often to run the backup task. Available options are daily, weekly,
monthly, once, or at logon.
5.
Click Next
6.
You might be requested to type your Windows login user name and password.
The user name must be in the form Domain\Username
Notes:
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If you are connected to a domain, the user name must be entered in the format
Domain\User
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If you do not enter a password log on to Windows, then try keeping the
password field empty, if the scheduler fails to create the task, then you do have
a password but Windows keeps it memorized for you.
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If your computer is not connected to a network, you probably do not need to
enter a username and password.
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You need to enter a logon user name and password, if you want the backup
task to run while Windows is logged off.
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Editing a Scheduled Backup Task
1.
Open the Scheduling Wizard
2.
Click Edit existing tasks, then select a backup job from the menu
This will take the user to the properties page of the backup job's scheduled task from
which the user can modify the scheduling settings. Command line options can also be
used.
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Deleting a scheduled backup task
1.
Open the Scheduling Wizard
2.
Click Delete schedule, then select a scheduled backup task from the menu
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Scheduling Unattended Backup Tasks
Changing Backup Type of the Scheduled Backup
Task
When you schedule a backup task to run unattended, it will be run using the default
backup type (Normal, increment, or mirror) that is set within the backup job. You can,
however, instruct GBM to run the backup task using a different backup type, that is, to
override the backup type setting in the backup job. This can come in handy if you
decide to schedule more than one instance of the backup job, for different days of the
week or the month, and have each scheduled task run with a different backup type.
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To over-ride the backup type setting for a scheduled backup
task...
During scheduled backup task creation:
1.
Open the Scheduling Wizard
2.
Click Create New Schedule
3.
Select a backup job from the list and click Next
4.
Click Backup Type
5.
Choose the backup type you wish this scheduled backup task to use
For an existing scheduled backup task:
1.
Open the Scheduling Wizard
2.
Click Edit existing tasks, then select the backup job from the menu
3.
In the Run text input area, append one of the following parameters at the end
of the string:
-bt1 Force running the backup job in normal mode (backup all selected files).
-bt2 Force running the backup job in increment mode.
-bt3 Force running the backup job in mirror mode.
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Scheduling Unattended Backup Tasks
The Backup Monitor
When running a backup job as a scheduled backup task or from a desktop shortcut the
task will be run in a small window called the Backup Monitor. This window will
display the status of the backup task along with a bar indicating progress.
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To run the backup monitor minimized during a scheduled backup
take:
1.
Create a scheduled backup task
2.
Open the Scheduling Wizard
3.
Click
4.
In the Run text input area, append the parameter ( -q ) at the end of the string
Edit existing tasks, then select the backup job from the menu
Power Options
Scheduled backup tasks are usually set to run after-hours or on weekends; when the
machine being backed up is most probably not being used by anyone. Genie Backup
Manager offers power options that allow the user to reduce his machine's power
consumption.
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To set power saving options:
1.
Open the Scheduling Wizard
2.
Select a backup job form the list then click Next
3.
Click Advanced Options
4.
Choose your preferred power management settings
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Scheduling Unattended Backup Tasks
Minimizing the Backup Screen During Unattended
Backups
1.
Open the Scheduling Wizard
2.
Select a backup job form the list then click Next
3.
Click Advanced Options
4.
Make sure Minimize Window is checked
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Restoring Data
This chapter explains how to use GBM to restore files, folders, emails, programs and
settings to their original location on your hard disk or to an alternative location. You
can restore one file, several files, or the entire set of backed up data.
Topics:
The Restore Wizard:
Two easy steps to restore your backed up data.
Selecting The Backup Archive: Instructions on how to select a backup archive to
restore data from.
Selecting Data to Restore:
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Information about the various data items in Genie
Backup Manager, with detailed instructions on
how to restore them.
How to Open the Restore Wizard?
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From the main window, click Restore
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From the toolbar click Files, then select Restore Wizard
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Press <ALT + R>
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How to Restore?
1.
Open the restore wizard
2.
Select the backup set you wish to restore data from
3.
Click Next
4.
Go through My Profile, My Folders and My Plugins tabs to select items to be
restored then click Next
5.
Click Restore Now
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Selecting a Backup Set for Restore (Disk-based restore)
Selecting a Backup Set for Restore
In order to browse and restore backed up data the user needs to select the backup index
file with extension (.gbp) that is created at the end of each backup run. Without this file
the user won't be able to restore his data using GBM Home -although the data itself
would still be accessible manually.
Disk-Based Restore
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Selecting a Backup Set Using the Catalog
1.
Open the Restore Wizard
2.
In the backup job list, expand the tree below the backup job you wish to restore
from
3.
Select a backup run, then click Next
4.
If the volume containing the backup set was not present you will be prompted
to insert it
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Selecting a Backup Set from the Restore Wizard
1.
Open the Restore Wizard
2.
Click Browse
3.
Browse to the location where the backup set is stored and locate the main index
(.gbp) file, then click OK
Locating the Main Index (.gbp) File
In order to browse and restore backed up data the user needs to select the backup index
file with extension (.gbp) that is created at the end of each backup run. Without this file
the user won't be able to restore his data using GBM Home -although the data itself
would still be accessible manually.
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Selecting a Backup Set for Restore (Disk-based restore)
The location of the main file containing the backup index (.gbp) depends on the type of
backup that was performed:
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If you choose backup without compression, then the backed up data will be
stored in one or more folders carrying the backup filename on the storage
media, and the main backup file –in this case named main.gbp- will be stored
directly inside this folder.
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If the backed up data was split, whether stored on a single backup destination
or spanned over multiple volumes, the produced linked files will be given
sequentially numbered extensions (.000, .001, .002, etc …), and the last file will
be given the .gbp extension.
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Genie Backup Manager will append a number before the file extension to
indicate the number of the backup run: e.g. backup.gbp, backup.0.gbp,
backup.1.gbp etc ... 0 - means the first increment in the series, 1 - is the second
run, and so on...
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When rotating backups is used, each time the backup job converts to normal
(full) backup, Genie Backup Manager will increment a number between
parenthesis, that is placed between the backup job name and the backup run
number. The second normal backup run will be (0), the third (1), and so on..
Example:
backup.gbp
backup.0.gbp
backup.1.gbp
backup(0).3.gbp
backup(0).4.gbp
backup(0).5.gbp
backup(1).6.gbp
backup(1).7.gbp ...
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Online Restore
Restoring data stored online in Genie Backup Manager is an easy and seamless
process.
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Restoring data from an online backup account.
1.
Open the Restore Wizard
2.
From the left navigation menu select Online Restore.
3.
If your online backup account is not already displayed, click Change User and
enter your Genie Online Backup account credentials, then click Done.
4.
Click Login to my account and wait for Genie Backup Manager to list all the
backups available online.
5.
Select a backup job from the list, or select My Vault, to restore files that were
uploaded manually.
6.
Click Next to continue with selecting data to restore.
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Selecting Data to Restore
Restoring Files and Folders
Restoring backed up files and folders is done from the MY Folders tab in the restore
wizard. Users can browse files and folders in a Windows Explorer-like interface where
they can select one, several, or all backed up files and folders for restore.
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To restore files and folders:
1.
Open the restore wizard
2.
Select the backup set, then click Next
3.
Click the My Folders tab
4.
Choose the files and folders you wish to restore, for more information, see
Selection Panes
Restoring File Attributes
During backup, files attributes, including the modified date and time stamp, might
change depending on the storage device being used, file splitting, file system etc ...
GBM saves this information during backup and reassigns each file its correct attribute
during restore.
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To disable restoring file attributes:
1.
Open the restore wizard
2.
Select the backup set, then click Next
3.
Select My Folders tab
4.
Click Advanced
5.
Remove the check mark next to Restore file modified dates and attributes
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Selecting Data to Restore
Changing the Restore Destination
Restore can be done to copy all files and folders to the original paths they were backed
up from, or to an alternative user-specified location.
1.
Open the restore wizard
2.
Select the backup set, then click Next
3.
Select My Folders tab
4.
From the Restore file to combo box, choose one of the following options:
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Original location: Restore each file and folder to its original path.
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Alternative: Restore all data selected to a user specified folder.
Folder structure will be preserved.
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Single folder: Restore all data selected to a user specified folder.
Folder structure will be lost.
Replacing Existing Files
By default, when a file being restored already exists in the destination folder, GBM will
compare the two files' modified date and time stamps and overwrite the existing file
only if it was older than the one being restored.
To change this behavior:
1.
Open the restore wizard
2.
Select the backup set, then click Next
3.
Select My Folders tab
4.
Click Advanced
5.
Choose one of the following options:
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Do not replace existing files
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Replace if restored file is newer
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Always replace files
Selecting Data to Restore
Restoring Data Backed Up Using Plugins
1.
Open the restore wizard
2.
Select the backup set, then click Next
3.
Click the My Plugins tab
4.
Choose the items you wish to restore.
The data will, by default, be restored to its original location. However should
you want to restore an item to an alternative folder, mark the option Restore to
an Alternate Location, then click Browse, to specify the new folder.
Notes: Restoring a My Plugins item to an alternative location will reflect the path change in
all needed settings and registry keys.
Restoring Outlook Data
GBM can backup a single or multiple Outlook profiles. An Outlook Profile is a set of
registry entries that define how Outlook should behave and which services it will use.
Multiple users can define multiple personalized profiles. Users can restore only one
Outlook profile at a time.
1.
Open the restore wizard
2.
Select the backup set to restore from, then click Next
3.
Make sure the My Profile tab is selected
4.
From the left-hand pane select, expand the tree under Outlook (2000, 2002 and
2003), then select the profile you wish to profile.
5.
From the items list pane select the Outlook Data Items you wish to restore
6.
Choose one of the following options:
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Create a new profile: When a profile being restored already exists,
create a new profile, and leave the old one intact.
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Overwrite existing profile: Overwrite existing profile with the one
being restored.
Selecting Data to Restore
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7.
Append to Existing profile: Merge restored profile with existing
one. PSTs file will be appended as additional PSTs not
synchronized.
If you wish to restore another Outlook profile, run Outlook once, then close it
and repeat steps 1 through 6.
Restoring Outlook Express Data
How to Restore Outlook Express Data?
1.
Open the restore wizard
2.
Select the backup set, then click Next
3.
Make sure the My Profile tab is selected
4.
From the left-hand pane, select the identity you wish to restore
5.
From the items list pane select the Outlook Express data items you wish to
restore
6.
Click Select identity
7.
Choose an identity from the list and hit Select
8.
Click Back to Restore
9.
Finish select other backup items and click Next to begin restore
10. Repeat steps 4 through 9 to restore additional Outlook Express identities
Note: If you are restoring to a new Windows installation, you must start Outlook Express
once before attempting to restore
Synchronizing Outlook Express Email Folders?
Genie Backup Manager isn't an Outlook Express synchronization tool per se, however,
to GBM offers a work around, by restoring data to a dummy temporary identity, from
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there the user can use Outlook Express's import functionality to synchronize emails
form the existing identity with emails from the restored identity.
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To synchronize Outlook Express Emails:
1.
Open the restore wizard
2.
Select the backup set, then click Next
3.
Make sure the My Profile tab is selected
4.
From the left-hand pane, select the identity you wish to restore
5.
From the items list pane select the Outlook Express data items you wish to
restore
6.
Click Select identity
7.
Choose an identity from the list and hit Select
8.
Select Synchronize my emails
9.
Click Ok and complete the restore process
10. When restore is complete, run Outlook Express
11. From the File menu select Import then Messages
12. Select Microsoft Outlook Express
13. Select Genie Backup Identity and click Next until you reach the Select Folders
window
14. Choose one of the following options
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Import all
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Selected Folders
Synchronizing Outlook Express Settings
To synchronize backed up settings and email accounts with an existing Outlook
Express identity do the following:
1.
Open the restore wizard
2.
Select the backup set, then click Next
3.
Make sure the My Profile tab is selected
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4.
From the left-hand pane, expand the Outlook Express list, then select an
identity
5.
From the item list pane, make sure Outlook Express Root is deselected, and
Outlook Express Data is selected
6.
Click Select identity
7.
Choose an identity from the list and hit Select
8.
Click Back to Restore
Extracting an Outlook Express Mail Folder from the Backup
Set
1.
Open the restore wizard
2.
Select the backup set, then click Next
3.
Make sure the My Profile tab is selected
4.
From the left-hand pane, select an identity
5.
From the items list pane, expand the Outlook Express Root tree, and select an
email folder.
6.
Click Extract
7.
Select a folder then click Save
Viewing Backed Up Outlook Express Emails?
Genie Backup Manager is the first and only backup software that allows users to access
Outlook Express emails while they are backed up, to view, extract and even print them.
1.
Open the restore wizard
2.
Select the backup set, then click Next
3.
Make sure the My Profile tab is selected
4.
From the left-hand pane, select an identity
5.
From the items list pane, expand the Outlook Express Root tree, and select an
email folder.
6.
Click View Emails
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Restoring Windows Registry
Windows Registry is a database that holds the settings and options in your windows
system. Whenever you make changes to your hardware configurations, software, users
settings or PC preferences on your computer these changes are reflected in and stored
in windows registry.
Users can only restore a backed up registry key with all its subkeys.
Note: Arbitrary restoring registry keys may have unpredictable consequences and cause your
system to crash or corrupt installed programs. It is recommended not to restore registry keys
unless the user knows exactly what the keys are for.
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To restore backed up registry keys:
1.
Select the backup file and click Next
2.
Select My Profile tab
3.
Select the checkbox next to Registry
4.
From the right-hand pane, select the registry key(s) you wish to restore
Restoring Windows Settings
1.
Open the restore wizard
2.
Select the backup set, then click Next
3.
Make sure the My Profile tab is selected
4.
From the left-hand pane, select Windows Settings
5.
From the item list pane select Windows Settings you wish to restore
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Restoring Favorites
1.
Open the restore wizard
2.
Select the backup set, then click Next
3.
Make sure the My Profile tab is selected
4.
From the left-hand pane, select Favorites
Restoring Windows Address Book (WAB)
1.
Open the restore wizard
2.
Select the backup set, then click Next
3.
Make sure the My Profile tab is selected
4.
From the left-hand pane, select Windows Address Book
Note: Windows Address Book contacts are listed according to Outlook Express identities, to
be able to view the restored Windows Address Book contact make sure restored Outlook
Express identities keep their old names. Otherwise synchronize you address Windows
Address Book data
Synchronizing Windows Address Book Contacts
Restoring Windows Address Book will replace the existing WAB file on the machine.
The user can manually synchronize the existing address book with the backed up
version by doing the following:
1.
Open the restore wizard
2.
Select the backup set, then click Next
3.
Make sure the My Profile tab is selected
4.
From the left-hand pane, select Windows Address Book
5.
Click View backed Up Windows Address Book
6.
From the toolbar click File, then select Export
7.
Select WAB Address Book, and save the WAB file in a temporary location
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8.
Run Outlook Express
9.
From the toolbar click File, then select Import
10. Select Address Book
11. Browse to the location of the saved WAB file and select it then click Ok
Restoring Media Files
1.
Open the restore wizard
2.
Select the backup set, then click Next
3.
Make sure the My Profile tab is selected
4.
From the left-hand pane, select Media Playlist
5.
From the right-hand pane select the media files you wish to restore by ticking
the checkmark next to each file.
6.
From the Restore files to drop down menu, select one of these options
7.
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Original location: Restore files to the same location they were
backed up from.
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Alternate: Restore files to an alternative location specified by the
user.
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Single folder: Restore all selected files to a single folder, disregarding
previous folder structure.
To regenerate a new media playlist according to the new locations to which
files were restored to, tick the option Regenerate playlist
Restoring Desktop Items
1.
Open the restore wizard
2.
Select the backup set, then click Next
3.
Make sure the My Profile tab is selected
4.
From the left-hand pane, select Desktop
5.
From the right-hand pane, select the Desktop items you wish to restore
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6.
Select one of the following options:
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Restore to Desktop
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Restore to alternate location
Restoring Windows Fonts
1.
Open the restore wizard
2.
Select the backup set, then click Next
3.
Make sure the My Profile tab is selected
4.
From the left-hand pane, select Windows Fonts
5.
From the right-hand pane select the fonts you wish to be restored
Restoring Internet Explorer Settings
1.
Open the restore wizard
2.
Select the backup set, then click Next
3.
Make sure the My Profile tab is selected
4.
From the left-hand pane, select Internet Explorer
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Cataloging
The catalog is a library containing a history of backup jobs and the files backed up
during each backup run. With this utility, users can keep track of file versions, and run,
view search for and extract files directly from the backup set without going through the
restore wizard.
The catalog is also the only place from which the user can view the log for any
recorded backup run, whereas the jobs manager only allows the user to view the log for
the most recent backup run.
Using the catalog to browse backed up files is more convenient than using the restore
wizard since the backup set itself need not be present to browse the files, the catalog
index is stored locally on the drive. If the user wants to extract, run or view a file form
a backup set, he/she will be prompted to insert the volume containing the set or browse
to its new location.
The Catalog Window
The catalog window is divided into 2 panes:
Left-hand pane
This pane displays a tree listing backup jobs and backup runs performed for each job.
Each backup run is sectioned into the following:
All files
All files selected by the backup job
New files
Files that were added by the selected backup run
Unchanged files
Files that were not changed since the previous backup run and
were not backed up in the currently selected one (increment and
mirror runs only)
Modified files
Files that were present in the previous backup run but were since
modified (increment and mirror backups only)
Deleted files
Files that were backed up in the previous run and had since been
moved or deleted (increment and mirror backups only)
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The Catalog
Right-hand pane
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Clicking on the backup run's name would display basic information about the
job in the right-hand pane
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Clicking on one of the sections: all, new, unchanged, modified and deleted,
would list the files contained in that section, the following columns are
available in the file list view, which can also be used for sorting:
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Filename
Name of listed file.
Size
Size of listed file -before compression if backup set was
compressed-
Date Modified
Date of the most recent change made to the file before it was
backed up.
GBM Data Type
My Profile, My Folders or My Plugins.
Extension
The filename extension (file type) of the backed up file.
Original Path
The original path in which the backed up files was located.
Right-Click Options
Right clicking an object from the panes in the Genie Backup Manager Catalog will
open a menu with options related to the clicked item.
Right-Clicking a Backup Job:
Delete Job:
Delete all catalog entries for the currently selected job
Expand All:
Fully expand the tree beneath the selected backup job
Collapse All:
Collapse the tree of backup runs below the selected backup job
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The Catalog
Right-Clicking a Backup Run:
Restore:
open the restore wizard to restore data from the selected backup
run
Show log:
Show backup log for the selected backup run
Delete:
Delete the catalog entry for the selected backup run
Delete All:
Delete all catalog entries for the currently selected job.
Right-Clicking a File:
Restore selected
file:
Extract the selected file to a location specified by the user
Restore checked
files:
Restore all file with ticked checkboxes to a location specified by
the user
Mark all:
Mark all files as selected
Clear all:
Deselect all files
Run selected file:
Open the selected file using the application associated by
Windows with its file type
View with
Notepad:
View the selected file using Notepad
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Accessing the Catalog
To access the catalog do one of the following:
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From the main page select Catalog or press <Alt+C>
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From the toolbar, click File then select Catalog.
Enabling/Disabling Cataloging
Its recommended to always enable cataloging to keep a complete history library of all
backed up files.
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To enable/disable cataloging:
1.
Go to Tools the click Global Preferences
2.
Select Cataloging
3.
Select the check mark next to Enable Cataloging
Extracting/Running Files Using the Catalog
Using the catalog you can run an executable file, view an image, listen to a media file,
etc ... directly from the backup archive without going through the restore wizard.
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To extract or run a file from a backup archive using the catalog:
1.
Open the Catalog
2.
Right-click a file
3.
Select one of the following options:
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Restore selected file
The Catalog
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Run selected file
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View with Notepad
Note: Running a file from Catalog will open the selected file using the application associated
with its file type, if no file type association was set, the file will not run.
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To extract a collection of files from a backup archive using the
catalog:
1.
Open the Catalog
2.
Mark the checkbox next to each file you desire to extract
3.
Right-click any of the selected files then select Restore Checked Files
Deleting a Catalog Entry
To delete a backup job or backup run entry, right-click the item then select delete
Note: Deleting a catalog backup job entry will not delete the actual backup job, to delete a
backup job use Jobs Manager
Backing Up the Catalog
The catalog is normally small enough to fit on one floppy disk depending on the total
number of files listed in the catalog.
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To backup the catalog
1.
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From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select What to Backup
The Catalog
2.
Select My Plugins tab
3.
Select GBMHome 7.0 Preferences, Jobs, Scripts and Catalogs
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Searching the Catalog
Searching the Catalog
Genie Backup Manger offers two ways to find backed up files using the catalog library.
The file Search dialog offers the most direct way to locate a backed up file. Use the
Search dialog if you are looking for common file types, if you remember all or part of
the name of the file you want to find, If you recall the size of the file you wish to locate,
or if you know when you last changed a file. The Search dialog can search within all
performed backup runs to locate revisions of files.
If you know only part of the name, you can use wildcard characters to locate all files
that include that part in the name. For example, *map.* will find road map.jpg, tech
map.doc, and tech map.txt. You can also search for files which names contain a
sequence of adjacent letters. For example, ost will find most wanted.doc, host.txt, and
outlook.ost.
The catalog provides a quick way to see all the files that have been backed up during
any backup run.
If you know which backup job/run has the file you wish to locate, you can also use the
Filter function to narrow down the list of files in the right-hand pane for the selected
backup run to point to the file you are searching for. Wildcard characters can also be
used here.
Using the Search Dialog
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To search for a file within the catalog:
1.
Open the Catalog.
2.
Click Files in the toolbar then select Search.
3.
From the Search In menu select one of the following:
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Selected Backup Run: Search for file within the highlighted backup
run
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Selected Backup Job: Search for file within the selected backup job
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All Backup Jobs: Search the entire catalog
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Browse for Backup Job: Open a list of backup jobs/runs to choose
from
Searching the Catalog
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Browse for Backup Set: Specify a backup set to search within, useful
when there is no catalog entry is available for that backup set.
4.
From the GBM Data Type menu, select the GBM data type under which the
file falls.
5.
Type part or the entire name of the file, or type a word or phrase that is in the
file. Wildcard characters can be used here.
6.
If you do not know either piece of information or want to narrow your search
further, click the More Options tab and select one or more of the remaining
options:
7.
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Click Search by Date to look for files that were created or modified
on or between specific dates.
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Click Search by Size to look for files of a specific size.
Click Search.
Notes: If you get too many results, try using additional search criteria to make your search
more specific.
Filtering the File List View
If you know which backup job/run has the file you wish to locate, you can use the
Filter function to narrow down the list of files in the right-hand pane to point to the file
you are searching for. Wildcard characters can be used here.
Logs and Reports
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Logs and Reports
The Backup Summary
Immediately after the backup task is complete, Genie Backup Manager will open a
popup window displaying a performance summary for the backup task. This window
contains the following information:
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Backup Status: Displays the general status for the completed backup tasks.
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Files Processed: Number of files proceeded by Genie Backup Manager during
backup, if the backup task was not interrupted, it should be equal to the number
of files selected for backup.
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New Files: Number of files that were newly added to the backup archive.
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Unmodified files: Number of files that have been backed up in a previous
backup run and were not added to the archive in the current backup task.
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Updated files: Number of files that have already been backed up in a previous
backup run but were updated with new versions.
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Missing files: Number of files that have been moved, removed or renamed
since the last backup run.
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Skipped files: Number of files that Genie Backup Manager failed to add to the
backup archive.
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Hard Errors: Fatal errors that result in a corrupt or an incomplete backup.
These errors mean that the backed up data might not be recoverable using the
restore wizard. However, the user can still manually access the data in the
backup archive.
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Backup Started: Time and date of the beginning of the backup task.
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Backup Ended: Time and date of he
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Total Backup Time: Total time that the backup task took to complete.
Other controls
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Test Data Integrity: Perform data verification on the backup archive when the
user closes the Backup Summary window
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Show complete backup log: Automatically display the backup log when
backup is complete.
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Do not display this window after backup: Do not display the backup
summary window when backup is complete.
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Logs and Reports
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To disable the backup summary window:
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From the toolbar, click Tools, then select Global Preferences
Select Backup Settings
Make sure the option Always display backup summary is ticked off
Logs and Reports
The Backup Log
When a backup run is complete, GBM Home will create two activity logs with
information about the status of the performed backup, and detailed information about
backed up files and errors encountered during backup - if any.
Genie Backup Manager stores the logs of all performed backups for every backup Job
listed in the Jobs Manager. The logs manager provides users with a graphical user
interface for browsing, viewing, printing and exporting backup logs and reports.
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Viewing the Backup Log
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Normal log: a summary report for the selected backup run.
Detailed log: a list of all the files processed during backup and their
status (i.e. backed up successfully or skipped).
From the toolbar click Tools, then select logs manager.
Select a backup run from the Backup Jobs list. Backup runs are sorted
either by backup job name, date performed, or result.
Select the Normal Log tab.
Click the Print button.
Exporting List of Backed Up Files in Text Format
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2.
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Printing the Backup Log
1.
2.
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From the toolbar click Tools, then select Logs manager
Select a backup run from the Backup Jobs list. Backup runs are sorted
either by backup job name, date performed, or result.
Select one of the following two tabs:
From the toolbar click Tools, then select logs manager .
Select a backup run from the Backup Jobs list. Backup runs are sorted
either by backup job name, date performed, or result.
Select the Detailed Log tab.
Click the Export button.
Choose the name and location for the exported file, then click Save.
Setting GBM Home to Display Backup Log After Each Backup
Logs and Reports
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2.
3.
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From the toolbar click Tools, then select Global Preferences
Select Backup Settings
Make sure Always show backup log is ticked
Logs and Reports
Skipped Files Report
Files that are being used by the system or other applications during backup are usually
locked so that only the application using the file has access to it. This sometimes
prevents Genie Backup Manager from successfully backing up the files, thus reporting
them in the backup log as Skipped Files.
To be able to make a more informed decisions regarding your backup's skipped files,
and whether it would be necessary to redo the backup or take other actions, you can
view the skipped files report offered by Genie Backup Manager after each backup task.
This report offers information about each skipped file, regarding the level of
importance of the file, and advice regarding the best action to take in order to ensure
that the file gets copied correctly the next time around.
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To view the skipped files report for a backup task:
Click the more info link next to the skipped section in the Backup Progress screen after
the backup has finished.
The Skipped Files Report Windows
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Skipped files information: List of skipped file for the performed backup task.
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File Details: Information about the skipped file including importance level,
description and action advice.
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Skipped file Path: The full path to the skipped file on the machine.
Download latest skipped file definitions: Connect to the Genie-Soft website and
download the latest skipped file definitions list (For registered users only).
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Logs and Reports
The Restore Job Log
To view the log file containing details about GBM's activity during restore click View
Restore Log at the last screen of the restore wizard.
The restore log is overwritten every time a restore is performed. The Restore log file is
located in the following folder:
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Windows 2000/XP/2003: Drive:\Documents and
Settings\%Username%\Application Data\GenieSoft\GBMHome7\Jobs\restore.html
Data Verification Log
After using the Data Integrity Test tool to perform data verification on a backup
archive, you can clicking the View Test Log button to display an HTML file
containing the test results. Any encountered errors will be listed in the log.
For a complete list of backed up files and the status of each tested file, select Click here
for a more detailed log.
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Plugins
Ever had to reinstall your Windows system? Remember what a hassle it was to reinstall
all those big and small applications that you had all over again? What about their
settings and preferences? Now, GBM offers you a novel solution with this exciting new
feature.
Other backup software charge users extra for downloading plugins that allow them to
backup more items, such as email clients, applications settings, instant messengers,
etc... Genie Backup Manager, however, offers its users unlimited free plugins. Meaning
that users can download any plugin available in the Genie-Soft database free of charge,
and that the database is continuously growing to include more plugins.
Users can also, use GenieScript -XML based scripting language- to create new plugins,
and share them with friends, colleague, and other GBM users.
My Plugins tab lists various items that the can backed up using GBM, including
programs, program settings, saved games, databases etc ...
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How to Select Plugins for Backup?
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select What to Backup
2.
Select My Plugins tab
3.
Select items you wish to backup
Getting New Plugins
The list of available plugins in My Plugins is not static; users can add more supported
backup items by doing one of the following:
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Searching for and downloading new plugins in the Genie-Soft database
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Create a custom plugins using GenieScript
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Visit the Genie-Soft community forums, and request a new script for the
program/item you wish to backup, Genie-Soft support team and other GBM
users would do their best to help you
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Plugins
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How to Search for Plugins?
1.
From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select What to Backup.
2.
Select My Plugins tab.
3.
In the Search for Plugin text input area, type the name, or part of the name, of
the application or item you wish to be able to backup.
4.
From the list of results, click the Download button next to the plugin you wish
to install.
Uninstalling Data Restored Using Plugins
Restore of data backed using plugins can be reversed with the help of the Genie Backup
Manager plugin uninstall utility.
1.
From the toolbar, click Tools, then select Undo Plugin Restore. A list of all
restored My Plugins items will open
2.
Select an item from the list and click Uninstall
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About Scripting in GBM
GBM offers two powerful scripting environments that can help users take control of
what and how they backup
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GenieScript: GenieScript is an easy to learn XML based scripting provided with
GBM to create custom plugins and extend the capability of GBM. This is done
by creating scripts that can backup registry keys, files and folders, and ini file
entries and combine them as one item that the user can at any time select from
the My Plugins tab in the backup wizard. USing GenieScript allows you to
create plugins that can backup applications and program settings or act as
shortcuts for backing up various items with one click of a button. This feature
is only supported in GBM Pro 7.0
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GRunScript: Most backup software offer complex command line options to
allow users to perform backups without using the application's graphical user
interface, a feature which is intended to provide extended flexibility for
advanced users who wish for instance to create batch files that can be shared
with other network users to perform standardized backup tasks. Genie Backup
Manager takes this a step further by allowing users to create complete backup
jobs using XML based scripting.
For more information about scripting capabilities of Genie Backup Manager see the
GBM Home 7.0 online help documentation.
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Prompt me: The user will be prompted to choose an action for each
encountered file with that attribute.
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Always Wipe: Wipe all instances of files with that attribute.
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Never Wipe: Skip any file encountered with that attribute.
Important note
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It is strongly recommended not to wipe system and hidden files unless you are
sure they are not used by the system or applications on the machine.
Obtaining Technical Support
Genie-Soft is committed to providing you with the best overall product experience.
This includes intuitive products with clean, sleek interfaces and flexible options to fit
your needs. Our products are designed with superior quality and ease of use in mind,
but we understand that issues do arise from time to time that need the backing of our
support resources.
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For current hours of operation and details about all support offerings, please
visit our website:
http://www.genie-soft.com/support
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For 24-hour support resources that include a knowledge base and forums,
please visit the Genie-Soft community by following the links below:
http://www.genie-soft.com/asp/Community/KnowledgeSearch.asp
http://www.genie-soft.com/forum.html
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