Backup for Workgroups - Version 7.0 Upgrade Information

We encourage you to take a few minutes today and update your existing Backup for Workgroups installation to the new Version 7.0.  Should you need to contact us for support, we can only help you if you are running the new Version 7.0. Please note that you MAY NEED to PAY for the UPGRADE, see below for details.

What is new in BFW version 7.0?

  • Includes support for Windows Server 2012

  • Includes support for Windows 8

  • Includes support for SSL and TLS email

  • Optional fee based add-on to restore individual
    Exchange email messages is now available

How do I upgrade?

What is Included in the Version 7.0 upgrade?

Backup for Workgroups 7.0 adds support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.

Version 7.0 also adds support for SSL and TLS 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 465 instead of the standard port 25 for SMTP.  When you use the SMTP port 465, this instructs Backup for Workgroups to use SSL/TLS when sending email to your server.

Version 7.0 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 6.0 you would get the features that were added in version 6.0 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 7!

Optional fee based add-on - Exchange Message Restore (EMR)

When you purchase the Exchange Message Restore Add-On license, Backup for Workgroups 7.0 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 v7 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 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 Exchange Message Restore capability is a fee-based add-on that requires you to be running Backup for Workgroups version 7.0.  You will need to both upgrade to 7.0 and purchase the EMR Add-on license in order to restore individual Exchange Messages.

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 v7 of course, you need one EMR license. If you have multiple Exchange Servers, you need multiple EMR licenses.

Is there a cost to upgrade to version 7.0?

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 have purchased an upgrade to version 6.0 you can upgrade to 7.0 for free.  If you purchased backup client licenses of Backup for Workgroups after April 22, 2011, you have version 6.0 license keys and can upgrade at no charge.

To look at your license keys, go to the computer that is running the Backup for Workgroups Backup Server.  Open Backup for Workgroups and go to Tools > License.  At the Backup for Workgroups Licensing dialog, look at the list of license keys.  Look for license keys that start with "BFW600".  If you see at least one license key that starts with BFW600, you can upgrade to Backup for Workgroups 7.0 for free.  If you do not have any license keys that start with BFW600 you will need to purchase an upgrade key.

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

  • No reboot is necessary at any point during the upgrade process.
  • All existing Backup Client configurations, settings and backup data remain unchanged during the upgrade process.
  • Update your Backup Server FIRST.
    The Update will take approximately 2 minutes to download and update the Backup Server.
  • Once the Backup Server is running Version 7.0, you can let the "Auto Client Update" feature automatically upgrade the backup client computers over the course of the next morning.  Or you can go to any Backup Client and go to "Tools -> Check for Updates" to force that Client to immediately update itself by pulling the update from the Backup Server at your location.

What are the steps to obtain the upgrade ?

Customers with existing BFW 6.0 license key(s)

If you already have a BFW 6.0 license key, then you can download and upgrade to BFW 7.0 for free.

Please provide the information below so we can update your customer record to reflect that you are upgrading your BFW installation to Version 7.

Then download the BFW Setup program.  Go to the computer that is running the Backup for Workgroups Backup Server and run the setup program to upgrade your Backup Server to version 7.0.  Once you update the backup server you are done.

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Customers without an existing BFW 6.0 license key

If your license key(s) is/are version 1.x through 5.x, you need to purchase an upgrade key to upgrade your Backup for Workgroups installation to the new Version 7.0. While you are at it, consider purchasing the Exchange Message Restore Add-on too!

After placing your upgrade order you will receive an email with and upgrade key and instructions on how to download the 7.0 setup program and how to use the setup program to upgrade your installation and apply your upgrade key. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.  Here are example videos to show the how fast the entire process is to upgrade to version 7.0. We have videos that are specific to the highest (most recent) LICENSE KEY that you are running - please note that this is different than the version of the software that you are running. 

Look at your Backup for Workgroups License Key list.  To look at your license keys, go to the computer that is running the Backup for Workgroups Backup Server.  Open Backup for Workgroups and go to Tools > License.  At the Backup for Workgroups Licensing dialog, look at the list of license keys.  Look for license keys that start with "BFW600".  If you see at least one license key that starts with BFW600, you can upgrade to Backup for Workgroups 7.0 for free. 

Watch this video if you have an existing Backup for Workgroups Version 6.0 license.

Take a look at your existing Backup for Workgroups license keys (at the Backup Server, go to Tools>License) and if you have at least one license key that starts with BFW600 - watch this video to get familiar with the upgrade process - which is fast and simple!

 


 

Watch this video if you are Running BFW Version 5 or 6 - AND - you do not have a Version 6 License Key

Take a look at your existing Backup for Workgroups license keys (at the Backup Server, go to Tools>License) and you do not have any license key that starts with BFW600 - AND - you are running Backup for Workgroups software version 5 or 6, then watch this video.

 


 

Watch this this video if you are Running BFW Version 4 or Older

 

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