DeltaCopy is not the usual Windows backup software that you encounter when searching for backup solutions for the Windows plattform. It uses a server client based concept to backup files from a number of clients on a central backup server. This means that the main application for DeltaCopy are home networks and small business network with the need for a central backup system.
DeltaCopy is an Open Source portable Windows backup software that supports incremental backups, email notifications, one-click restore options and a task scheduler in an easy to use interface. It will run on any Windows NT based operating systems. The developers have not listed Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 on their web pages.
Interestingly enough it can connect to rsync daemons running on Linux systems since it basically is a Windows wrapper around rsync. SSH Tunneling is available if the destination server is a Linux / Unix system running rsync.
How does the Windows backup software work?
The administrator installs the server version of Deltacopy on one machine. The backup software installs itself as a Windows Service. Once the server is up and running so called virtual directories can be created. This is a similar procedure to setting up an ftp server. The admin picks a folder on a hard drive on the server with the option to create multiple virtual directories on the server.
The client is then executed on a client machine. Profiles manage the backup jobs on the client machine. This is the place where the user selects the files and folders that should be backed up regularly. The backup server will be entered during that configuration as well. The server can be identified by entering the IP or hostname of the server running the backup software.
Authentication is possible. This has to be enabled during server setup and the client computer has to use the same login credentials that have been created on the server to be able to perform the backup.
Backups can be initiated either manually or by using the Windows Task Scheduler. Files can be restored from the client interface if the need should arise.
DeltaCopy is a sophisticated but not overly complicated Windows backup software that works best for small home and company networks.
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