Backup for Workgroups - Version 8.1 Upgrade Information
We encourage you to take a few minutes today and update your existing Backup for Workgroups installation to the new Version 8.1. Should you need to contact us for support, we can only help you if you are running the new Version 8.1. Please note that you MAY NEED to PAY for the UPGRADE, see below for details.
What is Included in the Version 8.1 upgrade?
The primary change in Backup for Workgroups version 8.1 is speed. Some of our users have reported that backups that had been taking hours are now taking minutes to complete.
And version 8.1 contains all the items listed below contained in Version 8.0.
What is Included in the Version 8.0 upgrade?
Backup for Workgroups 8.0 adds support for Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10.
Version 8.0 also adds support for UNICODE file names and long file names up to 512 characters.
Version 8.0 also adds support for TLS 1.4 and START TLS (SMTP Port 587) email. Backup for Workgroups can send reports and email messages to you though an SMTP email server such as Exchange or Internet provided email servers. If your email server requires SSL/TLS, you can now specify the SSL port 587 (START TLS) or 465 (SMTP-S) instead of the standard port 25 for SMTP. When you use the SMTP port 587/465, this instructs Backup for Workgroups to use SSL/TLS when sending email to your server.
Version 8.0 also includes all the updates for all past versions of Backup for Workgroups. For example if you are currently running a version of Backup for Workgroups prior to version 8.0 you would get the features that were added in version 8.0 such as the Block Delta Engine that reduces backup time when backing up over the Internet. So if you have not upgraded in a while, we encourage you to upgrade to BFW version 8.0!
Optional fee based add-on - Exchange Message Restore (EMR)
When you purchase the Exchange Message Restore Add-On license, Backup for Workgroups 8.1 can restore individual email messages from Exchange 2010, 2007 and 2003 message stores without interrupting your production Exchange Server. The key thing to note here is if you would like this feature - you have to do 2 things - (1) upgrade your installation to BFW version 7.0 or higher and (2) purchase the Exchange Message Restore Add-on License.
How does the Exchange Message Restore Add-On restore messages?
Backup for Workgroups 7.0 and higher uses the Exchange Message Restore (EMR) add-on to extract the email from its backup copies of the Exchange Message Stores. The Backup Client running on the Exchange Server can read the message stores directly and displays your email messages. With the EMR Add-On, you can select the message you want to restore and the restore process will send the selected messages to the inbox of the email recipient that you specify. This process does not interrupt your production Exchange Server and does not stop the normal operation of Exchange during this restore. Also, your existing Exchange environment is not altered, in other words, the restore does not create a restore group nor does it add / remove any existing message stores at your Exchange Server. The entire process uses a backup copy of your message store that is read directly by Backup for Workgroups, so that your Exchange Server is not altered in any way during the restore process.
The price for the Exchange Message Restore (EMR) Add-On is $149 each. If you have one Exchange Server that you are already backing up with BFW version 7.0 or higher, you need one EMR license. If you have multiple Exchange Servers, you need multiple EMR licenses.
Is there a cost to upgrade to version 8.1?
The price to upgrade your installation of Backup for Workgroups is based on your license keys and the number of Backup Servers you are running. The upgrade fee is not based on the current version of the software you are running.
If you purchased backup client licenses of Backup for Workgroups or an upgrade license after Jan 1, 2017, you can upgrade to version 8.1 at no charge.
The number of upgrades you need is based on the number of Backup Servers you are running. To make the upgrade simple, we are not basing the upgrade on the number of Backup Clients, but instead basing it on the number of Backup Servers. If all of your Backup Clients backup to a single Backup Server, then you would need just one (1) upgrade license. If you have multiple Backup Servers, you need an upgrade license for each Backup Server you are running.
The price for the upgrade is $149 per Backup Server.
General Backup for Workgroups Update/Upgrade Information
What are the steps to obtain the upgrade ?
Its very easy and fast to upgrade Backup for Workgroups. The total time to upgrade is under 1 minute and you never need to reboot your computer. The process to upgrade is simple.
That is it. The backup clients will self upgrade then next morning after you update the backup server.