The Need for data backup

Protecting business data has always been vital, making data backup and recovery required procedures. Given that disasters often happen when they're least expected, enterprises should have proper data backup procedures in place either using offsite servers or by employing separate drives for storing large amounts of data.

IT admins need to coordinate with project managers to identify and back up important data. Data backup followed by data recovery procedures can help keep business data safe.

Backing up data using Windows.

You can use Windows to back up system data effectively. Please note that for safety reasons, it's important to back up data before encrypting it.

There are two ways to back up and secure data using Windows:

  1. By creating a system image.
  2. By creating a restore point.

Creating a system image

  1. Select Start > Control Panel > System and Maintenance > Backup and Restore
  2. In the left pane, create a system image.
  3. Follow the steps in the setup wizard.
  4. Enter the administrative password, if required.

Creating a restore point

Creating a restore point can take your system back to its initial state, which can help you recover from a disaster.

  1. Select Start > Control Panel > System and Maintenance > Backup and Restore.
  2. Choose either Restore my files or Restore all user files.
  3. Select the folders and files that need to be backed up.

With networks holding so much sensitive information, it's always best to keep backups of crucial drives to avoid unforeseen disasters like WannaCry, Petya, and other major cyberattacks. Data breaches will lead to even greater penalties after the GDPR's implementation in May 2018, so enterprises will need to make sure proper data protection strategies are in place.

Data backup

Here is a procedure for deploying a customized script for easy data backup procedures.

Steps for backing up user data:

  1. Navigate to Configuration-> ScriptRepository
  2. Click on Templates tab.
  3. Select Script SetFileHistory.exe and Add the script to repository.
  4. Create configuration for the selected script.
  5. Give appropriate arguments by reading the script description.
  6. Define the target and deploy.

In case of a 64 bit operating system please use SetFileHistory64.exe as the script name.