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Firestreamer-RM is an add-on that allows the existing tape backup software, such as the Microsoft Backup Utility (NTBackup), to access a wide range of non-tape storage media, making possible long-term and off-site retention of data without the need for tape drives. Firestreamer-RM can use HDD, Blu-ray, DVD, Iomega REV, network file systems and other types of media as underlying storage, exposing the pieces of media as virtual tape to the backup software.

Main Features

Features for Scheduled Backups

  • Automatic preparation of blank or unrecognized media.
  • Ability to append to previous backups.
  • Write protection for unexpired backups.
  • Ability to select the types of storage media on a per task basis.
  • Support for media and drive spanning.
  • Support for scheduled ASR backups.
  • SMTP email notifications with log file attachments.
  • Custom prolog and epilog scripts to support multi-step backup scenarios.
  • Customizable parser for the Microsoft Backup Utility's log files.
  • Scheduled tasks status report.
  • Detailed Firestreamer-RM log file.

Advantages over BKF Files

  • Simplified media management. No more hassles with file names and drive letters.
  • Easy scheduled backups with email notifications.
  • Data compression and encryption.
  • Media and drive spanning.
  • Faster backups with less CPU usage to optical and Iomega REV media.

Supported Software

  • Microsoft Backup Utility (NTBackup).
  • Microsoft SQL Server 6.5, 7.0, 2000 and 2005.
  • Microsoft Exchange Server (indirectly supported via NTBackup).
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4 or newer (both Workstation and Server).
  • Microsoft Windows XP (all 32 and 64 bit editions).
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (all 32 and 64 bit editions, including R2).
  • Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 and 2003 (all 32 and 64 bit editions, including R2).
  • Symantec Backup Exec 10d.

Supported Media

  • Hard disk drives (HDD).
  • Blu-ray (BD-RW, BD-R, BD-RW DL, BD-R DL).
  • HD DVD (experimental support for HD DVD-RAM and HD DVD-R).
  • DVD (DVD-RAM, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL). Note that DVD-R/RW is not supported.
  • Iomega REV (both 35 and 70 GB).
  • Flash memory, including pen drives, CompactFlash and SecureDigital.
  • Files on any file system supported by Microsoft Windows, including network shares, NAS and WebDAV.
  • Any other storage media recognized by Microsoft Windows as direct-access media.

Supported Drives

  • USB.
  • SCSI and iSCSI.
  • IEEE-1394 (FireWire).
  • Any other storage media drives recognized by Microsoft Windows as fixed or removable drives, including internal and external drives, mobile racks and external enclosures.


What's New

Firestreamer-RM 2.7.1

Enhancements and fixes

White Paper

Using Firestreamer-RM with Microsoft Backup (NTBackup)

This white paper contains answers to many of your questions and includes step-by-step instructions for typical backups.


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