nokuBT Backup Tools
nokuBT is designed to enhance the administration of backup systems with chained redundant backup drives.
Once the local backup system is designed and implemented, nokuBT eases overhead demands for creating and maintaining redundant off-site backups.
nokuBT has two primary variants used for a backup system. nokuBT WS manages backup drives at the Work Site, and nokuBT OS should be installed on the Off-Site computer.
By design, nokuBT is interactive, and functions through manual startup and results inspection by the user. This allows the user to be informed of expected and actual backup file transfer outcomes, ensuring that safe duplication and redundant backups storage is achieved. nokuBT function, by design, is not intended to be fully automated.
nokuBT is started by the user to transfer backup files from a source drive to a destination drive. If specified nokuBT criteria are met, nokuBT will automatically start the user's Drive Synchronization Application. It is up to the user to configure what the Drive Synchronization Application does automatically at startup, if anything. If pre-synchronization criteria are not met, nokuBT will block the startup of the Drive Synchronization Application, allowing the user to tend to any identified issues. nokuBT is a manual system, by design. Failures or issues are immediately presented to the user for remedial action, enhancing user confidence in the backup system and the quality, availability and reliability of stored backups.
nokuBT is a safe backup system management tool. It cannot create or delete backup files, and it cannot erase backup drives.
Most users are familiar with the dreaded "insufficient drive space" warning when either creating new backups, or when transferring backup files to off-site drives. Subsequently, insufficient drive space becomes a sudden crisis that interferes with normal tasks. Files may be lost or corrupted, and substantial and unanticipated time may be required to determine the transfer status of new backup files.
Access to log files output by third-party Windows backup software is consolidated in one location for fast reviews of backup operations and troubleshooting. Quickly check available space on backup drives. One-key access is provided for Windows disk management tools and nokuBT configuration settings.
Reliance on a single backup program is an open invitation to disappointment if, at a time of crisis, a backup fails to restore as needed. nokuBT accommodates the utilization of two third-party backup programs - a disk imaging program and file backup software. The combination of two backup programs optimizes the use of disk space on backup drives, while also ensuring that if one backup type (or file) becomes unusable, there is a second chance for recovery.
Quality backup programs allow for notifications and log files to be sent to a designated, and preferably dedicated, email address. Optionally, nokuBT WS (for the Work Site) provides one-key access to the emailed notifications and logs via webmail.
Even the most secure backup systems may be vulnerable to malware, particularly at the primary backup computer. Perhaps the greatest threat is from zero-day exploits where the attacker easily bypasses anti-malware and operating system security safeguards. Malicious alteration and/or encryption of all backup files on an attached backup drive is a primary goal of ransomware attackers.
nokuBT is designed to accommodate backup files from multiple work sites that are consolidated at a single Off-Site location. The backup file work flow can vary across Work Site locations while maintaining physical separation of the chained redundant backups at the Off-Site location and on alternative Safe-Site backup drives.
Please read the Requirements and Specifications in this Chapter 4 excerpt from the nokuBT Backup Tools Manual, including the section labeled "Special Features Requiring Third-Party Software".
Extensions add useful features to nokuBT Backup Tools, and are available to subscribing members at the nokuBT Forum. Currently, one extension is available.
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