With the release of CloudBerry Backup for Windows Home Server 1.3.3 we introduce a support for Drive Extender.
What is Drive Extender?
According to Wikipedia Windows Home Server Drive Extender is a file-based replication system that provides three key capabilities:
* Multi-disk redundancy so that if any given disk fails, data is not lost
* Arbitrary storage expansion by supporting any type of hard disk drive
* A single folder namespace (no drive letters)
If you translate it to less technical terms it means that you can add disks to your home server and it will automatically spread your data across them. What’s more you don’t have to deal with drive letters directly but with file shares managed by Drive Extender.
What about CloudBerry Backup
Previous version of CloudBerry Backup allowed you to refer to disks on the Home Server directly. This approach has a disadvantage in that under certain conditions backup would miss files residing on other disks on the server if you have not manually added all the drives. Newer version of CloudBerry Backup allows you to back up data on Shared Folders managed by Drive Extender and no data is missed.
As you can see on the screenshot below the Shared Folders are listed along with the drive letters now.
Note: you will still be able to backup disk drives directly, but this is not recommended and the option will be off by default.
Please note you should uninstall previous versions of CloudBerry Online Backup if you ever had it before.
CloudBerry S3 Backup for Windows Home Server is WHS add-on that automates data backup and restore to online storage powered by Amazon S3 cloud storage. It comes with onetime fee of $29.99 (US) and you can download fully functional 30 days evaluation version at http://www.cloudberrylab.com/default.aspx?page=backup-whs
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