Quick! Deals today on networking gear and home network storage

Relevant to our recently published articles on wifi, home networking and backup strategies are today’s deals on Amazon (here).  We’re writing about them today because in our reviews we mention some particular products and if you are quick, you can save some serious money on them.  This brief post is organised around the relevant themes we’ve covered in the past.

Windows 10 Backup (link: How to backup a Windows 10 PC; time machine for Windows)

In this article we discuss backup strategies for Windows 10 using the built in File History software.  We cover off how you can use a USB hard drive, or if you are on a home wifi network you can use a network backup storage.  We recommended the WD My Cloud devices and they are currently discounted:

WD 8TB My Cloud EX2 Network Attached Storage – This is a massive storage device, with 8TB of space to backup even the largest of PCs.  If you get to this deal soon you can save $137 off Amazon’s usual price.  Click here for the deal.

WD 12TB My Cloud Mirror Personal Network Attached Storage – The mirror part of the name is the key with this version of the My Cloud.  This is for the seriously backup conscious as it has two internal hard drives meaning that, if one fails, your data is still stored on the other one.  Click here for the deal.

Home Networking & Wifi (link: Answered: How do I extend the range of my home wifi?)

In this article we discuss the options for extending the range of your home wifi network, coming to the conclusion that a powerline device is the best route in most circumstances.  In the current Amazon deal there are some excellent mark downs, for example, checkout:

D-Link Powerline AV2 2000 Adapter Gigabit Extender Starter Kit – A great powerline starter kit which will extend your wired network across your home power network.  Save $50 today, click here for the deal.

TP-LINK AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender – A wifi range extender, with a saving of $50.  Click here for the deal.

There are many more networking related items in the Amazon sale which our readers may find very appealing (be quick, many run out today), so it’s worth checking it out here: Amazon Networking Deals.

How to backup a Windows 10 PC; time machine for Windows

A good backup strategy is critical. Your personal files, documents, photos and more are all stored on your PC, and you certainly don’t want to lose these. In this article we walk you through how to use the built in tools on Windows 10 to back up your files and automatically keep revision histories.

Apple’s OSX has had a backup utility as part of the operating system for some time now. This is actually a really good system that tends to just work. For a while Windows was lacking a simile tool, although 3rd party tools went quite some way to addressing that.

Windows 10 has a very effective backup solution built in, which is now comparable to Apple’s time machine. For most people Windows 10 is a free upgrade, click here to find out more.

File History is a Windows backup application, that comes as standard in Windows 10, and can be found in the Control Panel (search for Control Panel in Cortana, once in the Control Panel just search for File History in the top right search box).

File History does two things:

  1. Keeps a backup of your files – this is necessary incase your hard disk catastrophically fails.
  2. Keeps a revision history of your files (every hour or so) – this is important because it protects against you accidentally deleting files or making changes that you want to undo.

When you open up File History for the first time you will need to select a secondary hard disk to back your files up to. We’ve had success with two different options:

  1. A small hard disk that plugs into a USB socket. This is probably the fastest option but not great if you move around the home a lot. We use this in our office. It is worth selecting a good reliable brand. click here for the Western Digital USB drive we recommend.
  2. A network hard disk. This option connects to your network so that your laptop can back up over your wireless network. Most often you put the hard disk next to your router and plug them in together. We do this at home so we can move about the house. We like the Western Digital disks as they are reliable, but also if you want to use them as a media server then this is possible too. Click here for the Western Digital network drive we recommend.

The File History control panel allows you to select which files you want to backup (or exclude from the backup). Once you have configured your backup disk, File History will do an initial backup. From that point on (assuming your backup disk is plugged in or on the same network) it will monitors your files for changes and keep them backed up too.

If you want to access files from the backup, File History allows you to scroll back in time to find the version of the file you are after. You simply select this file and restore it to your primary hard disk.

It’s also worth noting, that this backup solution is often used in combination with cloud services such as Microsoft Onedrive. It is not one or the other. These give you a good option for off site backup, but you are not in control of it. We would recommend running both a cloud backup for smaller, important documents, but also keep your own backup for peace of mind and big files.

If you want to understand more about antivirus software for Windows 10, check out this post: Answered: Do I need anti-virus software for Windows 10?

IDrive Online Backup Announces VMware Backup

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — IDrive Online Backup, a leading cloud backup service, has launched VMware Backup, a cost efficient data protection solution for securing virtualization environments against disasters.

Traditional backup of virtualization machines can be costly, slow, and complicated. IDrive accelerates savings and backup times with incremental backups, simple restores, and disaster recovery for virtual machines. By backing up VM data incrementally, IDrive keeps the cost of storage and bandwidth usage down.

IDrive’s VMware Backup offers a host of features, including:

  • Backup unlimited virtual machines in VMware ESXi (5.5, 6.0), Vcenter
  • Incremental and scheduled backup
  • Zero downtime with hot backups of virtual machines
  • Use in conjunction with VMware vCenter

IDrive’s VMware backup protects virtual machines with military grade encryption 256-bit AES encryption, as the data is encrypted upon transfer and storage to ensure total security, along with an optional private key for another layer of protection.

“Virtualization allows you to run multiple different operating systems under one roof,” says Shane Bingham, Business Development Manager at IDrive. “If you experience a crash, the data loss can be massive. IDrive helps you secure all your virtual environments for less money. If a crash occurs, you can easily restore your OS and keep business operations running smoothly.”

About IDrive
IDrive Inc. is a privately held company specializing in cloud storage, online backup, file sharing, remote access, compliance and related technologies. Core services include IDrive®,IBackup®, and RemotePC™. The company’s services help over 3 million customers back up over 60 Petabytes of data.

For more information, please contact: Matthew Harvey, 818-251-4200 x127, matthew.harvey@idrive.com



Original Article: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/idrive-online-backup-announces-vmware-backup-300208532.html