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|Backup Tasks View|
The Backup Tasks View is used to display, add, remove, select and edit backup tasks and invoke the context menu commands on the backup tasks.
In addition to the add and remove buttons, you can use the standard clipboard, drag and drop and keyboard operations. However new backup tasks
are always added via the Compress Files functionality of the Compressor module.
|Selected Backup Task Context Menu|
These commands perform actions on the Backup Task on which the context menu was invoked.
|Locate||Locate the selected item: (1) In Container - open the backup container using the Open Archive functionality and locate and select the backup item in it; (2) In File System - Open the Windows Explorer and locate and select the backup target item in it.|
|Add Tasks||Open the Compress Files functionality window to create new backup items.
Show/Hide help for the Add Backup Tasks.
|Remove||Delete the selected backup task. The backup data remains intact at the respective backup containers.|
|Backup Now||Manually backup the target item. Update the backup container with a fresh copy of the target backup item.|
|Restore||Decompress the selected backup item at an appointed location..|
|Copy||Copy the backup target item to the clipboard.|
|Paste As Task(s)||Paste the selected files and folders. This will initiate the creation of new backup tasks or edit the existing ones.|
|Open||Execute Shell Operation "Open" on the target backup item.|
|Edit||Execute Shell Operation "Edit" on the target backup item.|
|Explore||Execute Shell Operation "Explore" on the target backup item.|
|Refresh||Refresh the view.|
|Selected Backup Task Controls|
These controls are populated with the properties of the backup task which is selected in the Backup Tasks View. The backup task properties are assigned to it when creating it.
Later, they can be viewed and modified using these controls. To view backup task properties, simply select the backup task in question. To modify backup task properties, first
select the task in the Backup Tasks View, then modify the properties of the task as required and save the modifications using the save button.
|Include Files/Folders||Select the features of the required behavior.|
|Hidden||When this checkbox is clear, the module will ignore hidden files and folders and will not add them to the backup container (archive). Set this checkbox to alternate this behavior.|
|System||When this checkbox is clear, the module will ignore system files and folders and will not add them to the backup container (archive). Set this checkbox to alternate this behavior.|
|Only Archived Attributed||Set this checkbox to ignore files and folders which have their archived attribute cleared. Clear this checkbox to alternate this behavior.|
|Reset Archive Attribute||Set this checkbox to request the module to clear the archived attribute of any file and folder added to the backup container. Clear this checkbox to alternate this behavior.|
|Empty Folders||When this checkbox is clear, the module will not add empty folders to the backup container. An empty folder is a folder without any data in it, i.e. without any non-empty file to be added to the backup container from within the folder.|
|Empty Files||When this checkbox is clear, the module will not add empty files to the backup container. Set this checkbox to alternate this behavior.|
|Encryption||Select the required encryption type.|
|None||Add the files without any encryption.|
|Basic Zip||Encrypt the files being added to the backup container with a basic zip encryption algorithm.|
|AES 128 bit||Encrypt the files being added to the backup container with a 128 bit key AES (Advanced Encryption Standard aka Rijndael) encryption algorithm.|
|AES 192 bit||Encrypt the files being added to the backup container with a 192 bit key AES (Advanced Encryption Standard aka Rijndael) encryption algorithm.|
|AES 256 bit||Encrypt the files being added to the backup container with a 256 bit key AES (Advanced Encryption Standard aka Rijndael) encryption algorithm.|
|Password||Enter the password to encrypt the data when using encryption. Passwords are stored in an encrypted format by the operating system, under the current user account file. Not all operating and file systems are able to maintain encrypted files in this manner. For such systems, the password will not be stored; instead a password dialog will be displayed whenever the password is required.|
|Confirm [Password]||Enter the password again to confirm it when using encryption and the password is not readably displayed.|
|Show Password||Toggle this checkbox to make the password readable or not.|
|Important - Password Strength and Good Practices|
In order to keep your data protected, it is important to use strong passwords. That said, you should be able to remember the password easily,
or at least record a reference that helps you (and only you) remember it. Never record the password in plain text. A password
is considered relatively strong if it has all of the following characteristics:
Additionally, it must not contain sequential strings (e.g. "ABC...", "345..", "qwert...", "ZYX...", etc.) and obvious character substitutions (e.g. replacing "i" with "1").
- has at least 8 different characters;
- has upper case characters;
- has lower case characters;
- has at least 3 alphabetic characters (A, ..., Z);
- has at least 2 numeric characters (0, ..., 9);
- has at least 2 non alphanumeric characters (@, +, !, etc.).
|Algorithm||Select the algorithm to be used to compress the data.|
|zip||This is the standard deflate (zip compatible) algorithm.|
|bzip2||This is the bzip2 algorithm.|
|store||This algorithm stores the data with no compression. This is suitable for random or random appearing data where data cannot be compressed efficiently.|
|[best]||This method tries all other methods and uses the best compression for each particular file.|
|Use Full Path for Archived Items||Set this checkbox to add the full path excluding the drive letter for each file added to the backup container. When this checkbox is cleared no path, i.e. no folders, are added to the backup container, although the files in the selected folders are added. In this case there is a risk of file overwriting in the backup container when files with identical names from different folders are added.|
|Schedule||Enter the backup task execution condition.|
|Manually, user backup item from the Backup and Restore window||Any subsequent backup will be made by the user using the "Backup Now" entry from the Backup Tasks View context menu or recreating the backup task.|
|Automatically backup these items at a recurring time slot||Assign the selected time to each newly created backup task. The backup tasks will be automatically executed at the requested time.|
|Period||Select the time period: Daily, Weekly or Monthly.|
|On day||Select the day of the week or the day of the month according to the selected period.|
|At time||Select the time when the backup is to be executed.|
|Automatically backup any of these items when it changes||Any change made to the target file or target folder content will cause the backup task to execute. This will be preceded by a user-selected delay.|
|Delays - from immediate (no delay) to 120 minutes||Select the delay that must be applied after the last change of the protected item before the backup task is executed. Shorter delays lead to more system resources being allocated for the backup operation, possibly causing a loss of system performance. This is especially true for very large files.|
|Save||Click this button to save any changes of the displayed properties. This button applies to both backup task and backup container properties which are currently displayed and changed.|
|Backup Containers View|
The Backup Containers View is used to display, remove and edit backup containers, and add and remove backup tasks. Backup containers are added implicitly when a backup task is created.
Backup containers are ordinary archives assigned to contain the archived backup copy of the target item of a backup task. Backup containers are managed using the Backup Containers View context menu.
|Backup Container View Context Menu|
These commands perform actions on the Backup Container on which the context menu was invoked.
|Edit||Open the backup container with the Open Archive functionality.|
|Locate||Locate the backup container in Windows Explorer.|
|Copy||Copy the backup container to the clipboard.|
|Paste As Task(s)||Paste the selected files and folders. This will initiate the creation of new backup tasks or edit the existing ones associated with the selected backup container.|
|Upload||Upload the selected backup container to the FTP server associated with it.|
|Delete||Delete the selected backup container and all backup tasks associated with it. The backup container will be moved to the Recycle Bin.|
|List Tasks||List all backup tasks associated with the selected backup container.|
|Refresh||Refresh the view.|
|Selected Backup Container Controls|
These controls are populated with the properties of the backup container which is selected in the Backup Containers View. The backup container properties are assigned to it when appointed.
To modify backup container properties, first select the container in the Backup Containers View, then modify the properties of the container as required and save the modifications using the save button.
|Automatic FTP Upload||Enter FTP data if the backup container needs to be uploaded to a FTP server automatically after a backup operation.|
|ftp://||Enter the FTP address to which the backup container should be uploaded. Leave empty if no FTP upload is to be used.|
|Username||Enter the FTP username to be used to upload the backup container. Leave empty if no FTP upload is to be used.|
|Password||Enter the FTP password to be used to upload the backup container. Leave empty if no FTP upload is to be used.|
|Save||Click this button to save any changes. This button applies to both backup task and backup container properties which are currently displayed and changed.|
Every action either performed by the user or automatically by the module is recorded in a log file, along with the outcome.
The log file is displayed in the Log View. The Log is managed via the Log View Context menu.
|Log View Context Menu|
These commands perform actions on the log.
|Locate Task||Find and select the backup task to which the log entry refers in the Backup Tasks View, if it still exists.|
|Locate Container||Find and select the backup container to which the log entry refers in the Backup Containers View, if it still exists.|
|Copy Text||Copy the selected log entries to the clipboard as text.|
|Save As File||Save the log file (the entire file) as an html document. The current view, including column order and entry order, is replicated in the html document.|
|Clear All||Empty the log file. Once emptied the log data cannot be restored.|
|Invert Selection||Swap the selection of the currently selected and unselected log entries.|
These controls have generic meanings.
|On Top||Sets and clears the Always On Top flag on the window. This checkbox adds or removes the window from the group of Top-most windows.|
|Close||Hides the Backup and Restore window and commits to work and execute the backup tasks in the background as appropriate.|