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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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- SCSI and iSCSI.
- IEEE-1394 (FireWire).
- ATA (IDE, EIDE), ATAPI, SATA, SATAPI and eSATA.
- Any other storage media drives recognized by Microsoft Windows as fixed or removable drives, including internal and external drives, mobile racks and external enclosures.