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Today KeepVault have announced some new pricing for its backup service, along with some improvements.

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Here is the announcement:

KeepVault Pro

– new flat rate pricing of $0.15/GB/month (when paying yearly) and no per device/seat fees

– buy exactly the storage you need, eg no pricing tiers just buy what you need and upgrade at any time

– the new pricing and the increased flexibility makes KeepVault Pro very price/feature competitive in the Pro/Small Medium Business market

– enhanced backup reports web console showing details per device on the state of your backups

Both KV Pro and KeepVault

– web access available to both Pro and regular users

– new mobile enhanced website with WebApp for iOS users

– Live chat support in addition to our highly regarded email support

[button link=”http://www.keepvault.com/” window=”yes”]Learn more from the KeepVault website[/button]

One of the promises of Windows Home Server 2011 was the ability to backup your Mac to WHS 2011. Unfortunately that functionality wasn’t provided out of the box. There were hacks and workarounds to get it running, but Orbital Technologies have produced an add-in to get it to work.

Orbital have worked very closely with Microsoft to produce this add-in, and we have been using a beta all week and we can now share with you a preview.

Who Are Orbital Technologies?

From their website:

Orbital provides expert software development services to many of the world’s top software companies. We are a software outsourcing partner of choice for development on Windows, Mac, UNIX, Linux and many mobile device platforms.

Leveraging our expert development team, we design and develop a wide range of commercial-grade software products for many of the world’s foremost software companies, such as Adobe, Microsoft and others.

We specialize in developing innovative software for other software and technology companies, working as an outsourced extension of our clients’ in-house development teams. We have a vast technical skillset and extensive experience developing custom software solutions across a range of platforms and technologies, including Windows, Mac, UNIX, Linux, .Net, J2EE, J2SE, J2ME, Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Android, Windows Phone, Palm webOS, Symbian OS and other mobile embedded systems.

We provide solutions to extremely complex software problems that others cannot solve. We connect with our clients by understanding their needs and supporting them during the entire lifespan of a product. We believe that anything is possible and work with our clients to help them achieve their software objectives.

Installing the Add-in

Installing this add-in is no different to installing any other add-in with Windows Home Server 2011. You just start the install and follow the steps.

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If you already have the WHS 2011 Mac Connector installed on your Mac, then you will see a message telling you that an update is available, just click the button to update. If you haven’t yet installed the connector, now is the time to do so.

Do you have a PC that needs a Restore from Windows Home Server 2011 but the PC cannot find the network or the server? If you have another computer on the network, and a USB enclosure, you can perform the Restore and then put that drive in the PC that needed the new hard drive. Check out our video on the process!

Client Restore Wizard

Background

Fellow BYOB podcaster Michael Faucher called me a few weeks ago saying his new Sandy Bridge PC was not finding the network during a PC Restore. We had performed Restores before with the Client Restore Wizard in WHS v1, but he had backed up this PC to his Windows Home Server 2011. Since the motherboard was so new we figured there was an issue with drivers. Whatever the reason, it did not work. What’s a boy to do?

Again, Faucher and I had performed Client Restores before with WHS v1 but we had not done one with 2011. Since we could not locate the 2011 Wizard on the client we tried a Restore with the Dashboard. It failed. No System Reserved partition access. The disk was not bootable. Ugh.

As of 12-APR-2011, I have still not been able to create a bootable Restored disk with the 2011 Dashboard. If you have had the same results, a bug has been filed so vote it up!

https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/feedback/details/658491/restore-using-dashboard-does-not-create-bootable-system-disk

 

Client Restore Wizard Location

With Windows Home Server v1 the Client Restore Wizard was on the actual client PC. With Windows Home Server 2011 the Wizard is hidden on the Server. Thank you to WHS MVP Grey Lancaster for telling me the folder location!

Mental Note: You must copy the entire folder to your PC so you can perform the Restore. You must also copy the folders to a PC that is already “connected” to the WHS 2011.

Client Restore Wizard

Check out the short video to see how easy the process is.

Windows Home Server 2011 Client Restore Wizard

 

How Do I Connect A Hard Drive?

I have performed this type of Restore before with a Windows Home Server v1.

http://connecteddigitalworld.com/2010/01/20/pc-hard-drive-restore-from-windows-home-server-to-a-usb-drive/

It is an easy Restore with either version and I would strongly suggest that anyone interested in doing a Restore this way buy an enclosure ahead of time BEFORE you really need it!

One of the easiest and cheapest 2.5” enclosures I found is at:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817816015

Client Restore Wizard

Of course you can perform a Restore with a SATA dock or even by connecting the new hard drive directly to your motherboard.

 

Windows Home Server 2011

The installation of Windows Home Server 2011 has only a few basic requirements.

Windows Home Server 2011 is a 64-bit only operating system.

You can install the server software either manually or unattended.

System Requirements

  • 1.6 GHz (or higher) x64 processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • At least one 160 GB (or larger) hard drive
  • NTFS is the only supported file system

Supported networking configuration:

  1. Your server computer must be connected to a router via a network cable
  2. Windows Home Server works best with a UPnP certified device, but it is not required
  3. The router works best in the 192.168.x.x subnet, but it is not required

Our friends over at CloudBerry Labs have been in touch to tell us some news about their CloudBerry Backup product supporting new languages.

Tokyo AWS Region support

We are glad to announce that the newer version of CloudBerry Backup v 2.0.1 supports the new Tokyo region. Besides, CloudBerry Backup is now fully translated to Japanese.

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Other Languages Supported

Currently CloudBerry Backup is available in English, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Norwegian, Polish and Russian. To select the language you like just go to Tools | Languages:

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If you are using Windows Home Server Edition of CloudBerry Backup you can go to Settings, then CloudBerry Backup and click Options.

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This applies to CloudBerry Backup 2.0.1 and later.

Proxure have quietly released version 4 of the KeepVault Backup software for Windows Home Server V1, 2011 and Small Business Server 2011 Essentials.

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This new version includes:

  • Backward compatible with existing KeepVault storage accounts
  • New platform support for Windows Home Server 2011 (code name Vail), Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (code name Aurora) and Windows Storage Server (code name Breckenridge)
  • Protect multiple versions of files (pro version only).  Retain, at a minimum, the most recent 5 versions of your files.  KeepVault will automatically prune, and free your storage space, of older file versions.  KeepVault will never automatically prune a file younger than 24 hours old.
  • 256bit encryption (pro version only, the standard version continues to use 128bit encryption)
  • Updated web.keepvault.com download portal.  Easier navigation.  Faster downloads.  Restore multiple versions of any protected files from any browser on any network connected device.
  • Administrate your storage pool.  Allocate storage “sub-buckets” for family, friends, and co-workers (pro version only).  Log into the KeepVault portal administrate your storage http://business.keepvault.com
  • Optimized file deletion process.  Much quicker to delete old files and folders from your storage account
  • File queue viewer.  Prioritize your files.  View, order, and delete files before they are protected
  • New OSX Mac Client for KeepVault Connector
  • Small bug fixes and updates

We will be running a giveaway later this month with Proxure, so watch this space.

[button link=”http://www.keepvault.com/software” style=”download” window=”yes”]You can download the new version from here[/button]

We announced the launch of the iomega SuperHero device back in January at CES and we have been using it for a few weeks now, so we thought it was time to post our review.

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Here is how iomega describe it:

Your favorite people – family, friends, and business contacts and their photos are all stored on your iPhone®. What happens if it gets lost or stolen? The Iomega® SuperHero™ Backup and Charger for iPhone lets you secure your contacts and photos plus recharge your phone while you relax.

This compact device sits easily on your counter or desktop and plugs into your wall outlet. Just insert your phone at a convenient moment and it will automatically backup your contacts and camera roll photos and recharge your phone battery at the same time. A progress bar lets you know when your backup is complete.

It’s made for Apple iPhone 4, 3GS, 3G, and iPod touch (4th generation) so you know it will work seamlessly. If your iPhone is lost or stolen, you can easily restore your contacts and photos from the SD card (4GB capacity) included in the Iomega SuperHero and put them on your new iPhone. Plus, it charges & backs up contacts and photos from the latest generation of the iPod touch too!

SD card is upgradeable if you need more capacity.

The Iomega SuperHero is protected by a 3-year limited warranty when you register your product.

Features:
  • Secure—Backup your contacts and photos with 4GB of SD card capacity; Restore them to a new iPhone if yours is lost, stolen, or destroyed
  • Easy to Use—Just place your phone in the dock to backup and recharge your phone at the same time; When backup is included as part of your routine, your contacts and photos are more protected!
  • Convenient—A progress bar lets you know when your backup is complete; Set reminders so that you back up & recharge on a regular basis; Upgrade your SD card to a higher capacity if you need more backup storage in the future; Use with the iPod touch (4th gen) too!
  • Compact and Portable—So compact you can take it with you when you travel for business or pleasure
  • 3 Year Warranty—with product registration
Specifications:
  • Apple 30-pin connector
  • Supports iPod Touch® (4th generation) and iPhone® 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G
  • Mac OS 4.0 (to backup photos)
  • SuperHero Backup Application (free via download)

During the course of the review I tested it with both an iPhone 3GS and an iPhone 4.

What’s in the Box?

  • Iomega SuperHero Backup and Charger
  • Power supply and Cable
  • 4GB SD Card
  • Free iPhone Application (via download)
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Information Booklet

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The charger comes with a removable connector which just unclips.

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Earlier today we announced the launch of Synology’s new little DS411slim NAS box – now we have our hands on review of it.

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Synology DiskStation DS411slim is designed to provide users with a compact yet feature laden solution for easy file sharing and backup. Snap-in 2.5” hard drives design brings low power consumption, quiet operation, reliability and easy disk replacement in a compact size. The operating system, Synology DiskStation Manager 3.0, delivers rich features for multimedia enjoyments, Internet sharing, worry-free data protection and energy-saving options.

Highlights:

● Small Footprint
● Flexible RAID Data Protection
● Cross Platform File Sharing & Backup
● DLNA Certified Media Server
● Cool and Quiet
● Power-Saving (9W~16W)

The Synology DS411slim is designed to work with 2.5” hard drives. The low power consumption characteristic of 2.5” hard drives will lower your electricity bill, as well as reduce your carbon footprint. In addition, 2.5” hard drives have reduced vibration, increased MTBF (mean time before failure), and shock tolerance. It not only extends hard drive’s lifespan, but also provides better reliability. The smart fan design keeps the DS411slim’s fan off under normal operations and spinning up at a very low speed only when needed, thus minimizing the noise level.

Synology DiskStation is designed for data storage and sharing among Windows, Mac, and Linux. Seamless file sharing across different operation systems is an effortless process. Internet file access is simplified by the encrypted FTP server, the web-based File Browser and File Station. HTTPS, firewall, and IP auto-block support ensure file sharing over the Internet is protected at a high security level.

The Synology DS411slim offers a centralized backup target to consolidate fragmented and unstructured data across a network. PC Users can back up their data to the Synology DS411slim using the free Synology Data Replicator software, while Mac OS X users enjoy native Apple® Time Machine integration.

A web-based backup wizard is provided for backing up data in the Synology DS411slim to another Synology DiskStation or any rsync server via an encrypted transmission, or to an external hard drive via USB or eSATA connection. In addition, backing up to the cloud using Amazon® S3 service is also supported.

Download Station functions as a 24×7 BitTorrent, FTP, HTTP, eMule, and NZB download center without a PC. The eMule download engine allows search-n-download capability with a web-browser without installing additional desktop applications.

Audio Station supports music, Internet radio stations, and iPod playback with the optional speakers.

An optional direction-free Synology Remote allows you to freely enjoy your music. Streaming mode allows your music to be shared with multiple users over the Intranet or Internet.
DLNA/UPnP Compliant Media Sever allows you to stream multimedia files with an UPnP Digital Media Adapter (DMA) to a stereo system or a TV-set. Sony PS3 and Microsoft Xbox360 are also supported.

iTunes® Server is an easy way to share music with other iTunes clients over the network. Password protection prevents unauthorized sharing.

Synology DiskStation is designed and developed perpetually with the concept of energy saving. Compared with average PC counterparts, Synology DiskStation consumes a relatively low amount of power and hibernates when not in use. This not only helps to save energy but also extends the lifespan of the hard disk.

Synology DiskStation truly earns the title of “green product” because of the unique Scheduled Power On/Off feature.

Finally, all Synology products are produced with RoHS compliant parts and packed with recyclable packing materials. Synology recognizes its responsibility as a global citizen and is continually working to reduce the environmental impact of the products we create.

Specifications

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Today Synology have added another NAS box to it’s line up – this time it’s the DS411slim.

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Synology DiskStation DS411slim is designed to provide users with a compact yet feature laden solution for easy file sharing and backup. Snap-in 2.5” hard drives design brings low power consumption, quiet operation, reliability and easy disk replacement in a compact size. The operating system, Synology DiskStation Manager 3.0, delivers rich features for multimedia enjoyments, Internet sharing, worry-free data protection and energy-saving options.

Highlights:

● Small Footprint
● Flexible RAID Data Protection
● Cross Platform File Sharing & Backup
● DLNA Certified Media Server
● Cool and Quiet
● Power-Saving (9W~16W)

The Synology DS411slim is designed to work with 2.5” hard drives. The low power consumption characteristic of 2.5” hard drives will lower your electricity bill, as well as reduce your carbon footprint. In addition, 2.5” hard drives have reduced vibration, increased MTBF (mean time before failure), and shock tolerance. It not only extends hard drive’s lifespan, but also provides better reliability. The smart fan design keeps the DS411slim’s fan off under normal operations and spinning up at a very low speed only when needed, thus minimizing the noise level.

Synology DiskStation is designed for data storage and sharing among Windows, Mac, and Linux. Seamless file sharing across different operation systems is an effortless process. Internet file access is simplified by the encrypted FTP server, the web-based File Browser and File Station. HTTPS, firewall, and IP auto-block support ensure file sharing over the Internet is protected at a high security level.

The Synology DS411slim offers a centralized backup target to consolidate fragmented and unstructured data across a network. PC Users can back up their data to the Synology DS411slim using the free Synology Data Replicator software, while Mac OS X users enjoy native Apple® Time Machine integration.

A web-based backup wizard is provided for backing up data in the Synology DS411slim to another Synology DiskStation or any rsync server via an encrypted transmission, or to an external hard drive via USB or eSATA connection. In addition, backing up to the cloud using Amazon® S3 service is also supported.

Download Station functions as a 24×7 BitTorrent, FTP, HTTP, eMule, and NZB download center without a PC. The eMule download engine allows search-n-download capability with a web-browser without installing additional desktop applications.

Audio Station supports music, Internet radio stations, and iPod playback with the optional speakers.

An optional direction-free Synology Remote allows you to freely enjoy your music. Streaming mode allows your music to be shared with multiple users over the Intranet or Internet.
DLNA/UPnP Compliant Media Sever allows you to stream multimedia files with an UPnP Digital Media Adapter (DMA) to a stereo system or a TV-set. Sony PS3 and Microsoft Xbox360 are also supported.

iTunes® Server is an easy way to share music with other iTunes clients over the network. Password protection prevents unauthorized sharing.

You can learn more from the Synology website, and watch out later today for our hands-on review.

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Do you want to backup your contacts and photos from your Apple iPhone at the same time as charging it when you are not at your main computer? If the answer is yes, then look no further than the Superhero Backup and Charger for iPhone from Iomega.

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I am often on the road, and because I don’t have my main computer with me that I usually sync my iPhone with I don’t often back it up, other than to manually copy the photos over to the computer I may have with me. Now, with this new little device from Iomega I can charge my iPhone and backup everything all at the same time. Certainly this device would be of more use to me when I am on the road rather than at home, but for those of us who are on the road a lot, it could be a lifesaver!

Here is how Iomega describe it:

Your favorite people – family, friends, and business contacts and their photos are all stored on your iPhone. What happens if it gets lost or stolen? The Iomega® SuperHero™ Backup and Charger for iPhone lets you secure your stuff plus recharge your phone in a convenient docking station while you relax.

This compact device sits easily on your counter or desktop and plugs into your wall outlet. Just insert your phone at a convenient moment and it will automatically backup your contacts and camera roll photos** and recharge your phone battery.

It’s made for iPhone so you know it will work seamlessly with your phone. If your iPhone is lost or stolen, you can easily restore your contacts and photos from the SD card (4GB capacity) included in the Iomega SuperHero and put them on your new iPhone. Plus, it charges & backs up contacts and photos from the latest generation of the iPod touch too!

The Iomega® SuperHero™ Backup and Charger for iPhone is a true lifesaver. It lets you secure your stuff plus recharge your phone in a convenient docking station. When backup becomes part of your daily routine, your contacts and photos are secure. First, download the free SuperHero iPhone Backup App from the Apple Store. Then dock your phone. The simple interface lets you select detailed options for what to backup and restore. Then just place your phone in the dock to recharge. Your contacts and photos will be backed up to the SD card at the same time. A progress bar lets you know when it’s ready to go.

You can learn more from the Iomega website, and we will find out some more later this week at CES when we sit down with Iomega.

Our friends at CloudBerry Labs have been in touch to say that they have just released a beta for their CloudBerry Backup Add-In for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (formally Aurora).

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Here is what CloudBerry say:

Just about one week ago we announced the beta availability of CloudBerry Backup add-in for Windows Home Server code name Vail. Today we are pleased to announce the beta availability of CloudBerry Backup add-in for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials code name Aurora. It comes with all the functionality available in our backup product line.

Features:

CloudBerry Backup for SBS 2011 Essentials code name Aurora will be priced along with our Server Edition product line and will cost $69.99 per installation. Existing customers can upgrade by paying the balance.

And if you have Windows Home Server Code Name Vail you can try the Vail beta version.

The guys over at CloudBerry Labs have been in touch to let us know that their CloudBerry Backup Add-in for Windows Home Server has been released in beta for Windows Home Server Code Name Vail.

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Here is what they told us:

It comes with exactly the same feature set as the previous version of CloudBerry Backup add-in:

* Easy installation and configuration
* Seemlesly integrates with WHS control panel
* Default backup plan is designed to quickly start WHS data backup
* Scheduling capabilities
* Data encryption
* Data retention schedule
* Secure online storage
* Data versioning
* Differential backup
* The ability to restore to a particular date
* Backup verification
* Backup Window
* Automatically delete files from online storage if the were deleted locally
* Backup to Multiple S3 accounts/buckets

Here is a direct download link

All existing customers will be able to upgrade their existing add-ins for free.

We are also going to make an add-in for the next version of Windows Small Business Server code name Aurora which is based on the same WHS technology.

A few weeks ago we reported on the release of a beta version of the KeepVault Connector for the Apple Mac. I’ve been using it for a little while now and so thought I would do a quick walk-through.

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Here is what KeepVault say about the Connector for the Mac:

KeepVault is proud to announce the open beta for KeepVault Connector for Mac OSX.  The KeepVault Connector will allow Mac users to simplify the process of sync’ing files from their Mac to their WHS.

The Connector client for Mac has all of the features and simplicity as our Connector client for Windows.  You can find more details on setup, requirements, and a download link in our forms (see links to our forums below).

Highlights:

· Automatically sync file from your Intel-based Mac to your Windows Home Server

· Automatically protect sync’d files to your KeepVault online storage account for replicated protection (requires a KeepVault subscription)

· Connector automatically watches for new and changed files

Before you download and install the Connector for the Mac, you need to have already installed and configured both the KeepVault Backup add-in for Windows Home Server, and also the KeepVault Connector add-in for Windows Home Server.

If you are not sure how to do that, you can take a look at our review and walk-through here.

The next step is to then download the beta Connector for the Mac, and you can do that from here. In my case I downloaded it on my PC as you can see, then copied it over to my Mac (not sure why I did it that why, I just did – old habits I suppose….)

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Then you just run the Connector software on your Mac.

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This will bring up the KeepVault Connector application, as show below. As you can see the server information and password has not yet been set.

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All you have to do is click on the Change button and enter the server name of your Windows Home Server or the IP address, followed by your password. For some reason I couldn’t get it to work with the server name, but I think that was more down to my set up than the application, and the IP address worked perfectly fine. It will either say Available, which means its working, or Failed, which, surprise surprise, means it isn’t. If that happens, just try again, and confirm that your Windows Home Server is running and can be seen from the Mac.

You also need to decide if you want to sync to your Local Network Only (your Mac will only sync when connected to your home network) or from the Internet and Local (if you are away from home but connected to the Internet, this is a useful option). You will need Remote Access enabled on your Windows Home Server for this to work.

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Now that I have configured that part, the next step is to decide what folders I want to sync. Just click the drop down box and then select a folder, followed by the Open button and then the Add Folder button.

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Keep repeating this task until all the folders you want to sync are added, and then just sit back and wait while it syncs for you.

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In case you were wondering, the version of the beta Connector shows up as 1.0 (1).

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And that is it – the selected folders on the Mac are syncing.

I really like the Connector for the Mac, it is very simple and quick to install and configure, and it just works – exactly what I wanted and needed!

You can learn more about KeepVault from  here, it is really worth looking at. And if you haven’t signed up yet for an account, you can get a 10% discount for being a UWHS reader. That’s a cool offer!

Proxure have been in touch to let us know about a new Mac OSX Beta of their KeepVault Connector for Windows Home Server.

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Here is what they said:

KeepVault is proud to announce the open beta for KeepVault Connector for Mac OSX.  The KeepVault Connector will allow Mac users to simplify the process of sync’ing files from their Mac to their WHS.

The Connector client for Mac has all of the features and simplicity as our Connector client for Windows.  You can find more details on setup, requirements, and a download link in our forms (see links to our forums below).

Highlights:

· Automatically sync file from your Intel-based Mac to your Windows Home Server

· Automatically protect sync’d files to your KeepVault online storage account for replicated protection (requires a KeepVault subscription)

· Connector automatically watches for new and changed files

· Sync from within your LAN http://forums.proxure.com/viewtopic.php?t=4365

· Sync from anywhere on the internet http://forums.proxure.com/viewtopic.php?t=4366

Look out for an in-depth walk-though soon.

In the mean time, you can download the Mac beta client from here and you can learn more about KeepVault here..

And you can read our review we did last year on KeepVault  for Windows Home Server.

Yesterday CloudBerry Labs announced that they are working on a version of their CloudBerry Backup add-in for Windows Home Server Code Name Vail.

Here is that that said:

 

We are excited to announce that we are working on CloudBerry Backup add-in for Windows Home Server code name Vail. Here is a screenshot of what we are doing.

 

 

We are also going to make an add-in for the next version of Windows Small Business Server code name Aurora which is based on the same WHS technology. All existing customers will be able to upgrade their existing add-ins for free.

 

You can learn more about CloudBerry Backup by clicking here.

 

And it is very good to see that they will be giving the update to existing customers for free – I think that this is the first company to offer this, so well done CloudBerry!

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