TopTenREVIEWS - Bronze Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

Thanks to its wizard based interface, NovaBackup offers advanced server backup features that are easy to install and use, especially for those who might be running lean on skill and resources. It’s one of the best Windows server backup products we reviewed and that is why it has earned the TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award.

NovaBackup is a powerful disaster recovery solution based on disk imaging technology. Using an imaged format rather than a regular compression scheme to back up files offers greater stability for your system backups as they have less chance of returning corrupted files. Disk imaging also retains more details than standard compression. This software's additional features allow your imaged file to be updated with either incremental or differential updates. Individual files and folders can also be backup this way.

NovaStor’s support tools are comprehensive, with email and telephone contact options. Additional assistance features.

Management Tools
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The simple tab interface of NovaBackup helps you locate and organize all of your important tasks. The Home tab offers summaries of your recent and scheduled jobs. One-click functionality also lets you open, edit and run jobs, as well as importing media or adding a network-connected device.

Backup Features
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The Home tab includes access to other important features. The Express Wizard provides step-by-step methodology to creating and executing the most common backup-related activities. Its appearance is very much the same as the Express Wizard on the PC version, but it functions quite differently. The Server Express Wizard takes you right into scheduling your backup operations. You can set your backups to occur on specific days and times. Options for backup types include full system, incremental and differential.

The Cloud Backup button brings home servers end-to-end data protection for seamless access between connected devices and your cloud storage provider. NovaStor integrates well with several professional cloud storage providers, including Amazon S3 and FirstBackup. Many of NovaStor’s preferred providers are ones that can guarantee an SAS-70 audited data center to ensure your ISO 17799, HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley or Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act compliance requirements.

The basic NovaBackup package is missing a few features that some small businesses need. For example, you don't get data deduplication, and you cannot back up to Microsoft Exchange and SQL servers. These features are available only with the Business Essentials package.

Recovery Options
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The Disaster Recovery tool is excellent. Its Disaster Recovery Job Launcher gives you the option to create, run or schedule a disaster recovery script to recover your data from any of your local or network-connected devices. Boot media and restoration options are also available as is the ability to verify your existing backups so you never get caught with bad backup image.

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NovaBackup will ask you where you want to save the file once you’ve created your disaster recovery image. You can save your disaster recovery images to any part of your local network or have them written to a CD or DVD. Your options are only limited by the available devices on your network.

It is ideal that you save your disaster recovery files on an external device or secondary hard drive rather than storing them on the same drive that you backed up. This does include not storing them on a partition of the same drive since any type of drive failure could damage the GUID Partition Table and you could potentially lose your backup altogether.

Help & Support
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NovaCare Premium support is provided free for one year with every NovaBackup purchase. This service provides you with unrestricted access to updates and support from NovaStor's technical support engineers. Telephone and email support options are available in case you need help understanding the product documentation, some of which is poorly written.

NovaBACKUP Server Summary:
10/10

NovaBackup’s wizard-based interface simplifies backup and recovery for small business users who don't have a strong IT background. This software is not compatible with Microsoft SQL or Exchange servers, but powerful backup tools and responsive, knowledgeable support representatives make this one of the best server backup tools.

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Pros
NovaBackup's wizard-based interface is easy to use. The software backs up your data in images instead of compressed files.

Cons
Does not support data deduplication, nor does it support Microsoft Exchange and SQL servers.

The Verdict
: 9.95/10

NovaBackup is great for small businesses without a full IT department, as long as Microsoft SQL and Exchange servers are not a necessary part of your network.