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Vision Backup 10™
  Protecting Valuable Data at an Affordable Price


Table of Contents
Why choose Vision Backup? .............................................................................................. 2
Support................................................................................................................................ 3
Software updates................................................................................................................. 3
Supported Medias ............................................................................................................... 3
     CDR-RW/DVDR-RW with Spanning ........................................................................ 3
     Tape Drive .................................................................................................................. 4
     FTP/SFTP/FTPS ......................................................................................................... 5
     Hard Drive/NAS/ZIP/JAZZ........................................................................................ 6
     USB/Flash Drives ....................................................................................................... 6
Backup types and methods.................................................................................................. 7
     Networked computers ................................................................................................. 7
     Exchange 2000/2003................................................................................................... 8
     MS SQL ...................................................................................................................... 9
     448 Bit Encryption...................................................................................................... 9
     How secure is 448 Bit Encryption ............................................................................ 10
     Compression ............................................................................................................. 10
Free Plug-ins ..................................................................................................................... 11
     Backup Directories and Files plug-in ....................................................................... 11
     My Desktop and Files plug-in................................................................................... 11
     Web Browser Bookmarks ......................................................................................... 11
     Email Client Mailboxes ............................................................................................ 12
Full List of Vision Backup Features ................................................................................. 13
Add-ons............................................................................................................................. 14
  File Access Manager for Vision Backup (FAM for VB).............................................. 14
     Why do you need FAM for VB?............................................................................... 14
     How much does FAM for VB cost? ......................................................................... 14
Links ................................................................................................................................. 15
About VisionWorks Solutions .......................................................................................... 15




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Why choose Vision Backup?

Vision Backup 10 – Enterprise is an advanced and easy-to-use backup solution designed for
scheduled backup of your mission critical data. Supported media’s include CD-R/CD-RW/DVD-
R/DVD-RW, FTP, SFTP, FTPS, Tape, Flash Devices and USB Hard Drives.

Vision Backup was designed with your security and business in mind. Backup a single computer
or your entire network with a strong 448 bit encryption while compressing the data to save space
(optional) without having to purchase extra licenses. Vision backup also includes SQL and Brick
Level Exchange backups and restores.

Vision Backup supports multiple operating systems but was designed to work best with MS
Windows 2000/XP/Server 2000/2003/Vista. Vision Backup can also connect to other operating
systems such as Windows 98/ME/NT, Linux, Unix, Sun Solaris, Free BSD, MAC OS X, etc. to
back them up.

Vision Backup is powerful yet simple enough to use for all your business and home needs. It’s
packed with over 75 features and is backed by an incredible support staff. It’s perfect for a single
computer/server or a complete networked environment. To test it out yourself, download the
FREE fully working 30-day trial version.

Vision Backup has an easy to use GUI with many advanced features. See image below:




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Support
All copies of Vision Backup come with unlimited technical support through an online ticket
system. Vision Backup’s support staff is very knowledgeable and is ready to help with a usual
response rate of 24 hours or less.


Software updates
Each copy of Vision Backup comes with 1 year of FREE software updates. When software
updates are released, users can simply download them by clicking the software update button
from the main GUI of the software. Software updates can include new features, optimizations,
bug fixes and new versions. Extra years of software updates can be purchased directly through
the software by clicking on the License Information button from the main GUI.


Supported Medias

CDR-RW/DVDR-RW with Spanning

Vision Backup supports CD/DVD devices (including USB devices) that are recognized by
Microsoft Windows. Backing up to CD/DVD is a good choice because of the ability to bring your
data offsite. Easily set a schedule for backup to CD/DVD and you're done!

If your data is too large to fit on one CD/DVD it's not a problem. Vision Backup supports disk
spanning, which will split up your backup over as many CD/DVDs as needed.

If you have smaller backups, you can write multiple backups at different times to the same
CD/DVD using Vision Backup’ s multi-session CD/DVD burning support.

Vision Backup automatically recognizes your CD/DVD ROM drive. See image below:




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Tape Drive

Vision Backup supports Tape drives that are recognized by Microsoft Windows. Backing up to
tape has never been easier. Simply select it from the backup medium choices when scheduling a
backup and you're all set to go.

Vision Backup also offers advanced tape features like quick erase, formatting your tape, setting
your block size and more.

Vision Backup supports all major tape drives. Download a free trial today and test your tape
drive.


Tape maintenance is made very easy through the Tape Maintenance button on the main GUI. See
image below:




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FTP/SFTP/FTPS

Backing up offsite is the safest way to store important data, because it's protected from burglary,
hard drive failure and natural disasters like floods and fires.

Transfer your data offsite securely by using Vision Backup's SFTP. SFTP is an interactive file
transfer standard, similar to FTP, which performs all operations over an encrypted SSH transport.

Vision Backup also supports FTPS, which is FTP over SSL (secure sockets layer). FTPS is a
straight forward extension to an existing FTP infrastructure. It is supported by most commercial
servers and many open source servers (e.g. wu-ftpd and proftpd).

Worried about your backups being too big? Not a problem, Vision Backup supports FTP resume,
which will allow your offsite backups to reconnect automatically in case of an Internet
disconnection. No extra setup required.

Vision Backup also supports backing up multiple remote computers to any location. This can be
done through a backup schedule without ever having to install any software on the remote
computer(s).

Using Vision Backup, you can backup an offsite FTP, SFTP, FTPS location directly to your local
hard drive, tape drive, CD, DVD, or another offsite location.

Vision Backup makes it very simple to add an unlimited amount of FTP Server’s as a backup
media. See image below:




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Hard Drive/NAS/ZIP/JAZZ

Vision Backup supports all Hard Drives, ZIP drives, JAZZ and NAS drives that are recognized
by Microsoft Windows.

ZIP and JAZZ drives are perfect for smaller backup jobs. Vision Backup will eliminate the need
to manually move files onto the drive. Simply set up a backup schedule and Vision Backup will
do the rest.

Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems provide an excellent platform for storage and data
consolidation for files that can be shared between heterogeneous clients and servers. Vision
Backup supports backing up to and from all NAS drives supported by Windows.


USB/Flash Drives

Vision Backup supports all USB hard drives (USB 1.0 - 2.0) that are recognized by Microsoft
Windows.

External hard drives are great for backups, because of their low cost, high storage capability,
speed and portability. Choose to keep the drive on site or optimize data protection by bringing it
offsite.

For smaller and quicker backups on the fly, use a USB flash drive. They offer the greatest
portability and speed. Need to move data to another computer, but don't want the hassle of
restoring it? Simply do a 'Hierarchal File Copy' using Vision Backup to your USB flash drive,
and you'll be all set to go.




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Backup types and methods


Networked computers

Vision Backup supports networked environments by giving the user the power to backup all
computers on your local and remote networks. Vision Backup can restore directly to networked
computers, saving you time by allowing you to perform the restore from one central location.

Vision Backup eliminates the need for employees to do backups. From your central location,
backup all client machines without the need to install software on each workstation.


Vision Backup automatically discovers your network making networked computer backup simple.
See image below:




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Exchange 2000/2003

By utilizing the MS Exchange Storage Engine (ESE) API, Vision Backup has the capability to
backup and restore from a full MS Exchange 2000/2003 backup.

Unlike other backup software, Vision Backup does NOT require you to stop your MS Exchange
server to perform backups.

Vision Backup supports Exchange Brick Level backups. Brick-Level Backup allows Vision
Backup to log into each mailbox on an exchange store and backup the contents of the mail boxes
to ANY media. The main reason why this is beneficial is that each mailbox is backed up
individually, thus making restoring a specific mailbox extremely easy. Brick Level also saves
space by allowing the user to only backup the most important mailboxes by date range.

MS Exchange support is included in Vision Backup 10 and can be found by either clicking
'Create a new schedule' or 'Run a backup now'.

Note: For setup information on running an Exchange backup see the Exchange setup white
papers.




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MS SQL

By utilizing the MS SQL API, Vision Backup has the capability to backup from the database
level in MS SQL 2000/2005. Restoring data is quick and seamless with the help of SQL
Enterprise Manager.

Unlike other backup software, Vision Backup does NOT require you to stop your MS SQL server
to perform backups.

MS SQL support is included in Vision Backup 10 and can be found by either clicking 'Create a
new schedule' or 'Run a backup now'. Backup your SQL data to ANY media.

Note: For setup information on running an SQL backup see the SQL setup white papers.

Easily setup an Exchange or SQL Backup by selecting it from the backup window. See image
below:




448 Bit Encryption

Vision Backup uses 448 bit blowfish encryption to secure your data by making it unreadable by
prying eyes. Blowfish is a block cipher that was designed in 1993 by Bruce Schneier as a fast
alternative to existing encryption algorithms. Like Skipjack it can be used as a convenient and
much faster substitute for DES. Since then Blowfish has been extensively analyzed and no
significant weaknesses have been found. It is considered to be a strong algorithm and has been
implemented in several hundreds of commercial applications.

Blowfish is a 64-bit block cipher, meaning that data is encrypted and decrypted in 64-bit chunks.
The key length can vary from 32 to 448 bits. The algorithm uses 16 rounds, or iterations of the
main algorithm. It has been found that the number of rounds is exponentially proportional to the
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amount of time required to find a key using a brute-force attack. So as the number of rounds
increases, the security of the algorithm increases exponentially.


How secure is 448 Bit Encryption

Fact: 128-bit and over algorithms are almost unbreakable. In other words, it would take millions
of years to try every possible combination of bits in a 128-bit key.

Based on calculations it can be said that a 128-bit encryption is not just three times stronger than
a 40-bit encryption—it is 309,485,009,821,345,068,724,781,056 times stronger. Likewise, a 448-
bit encryption key is 2.1 x 1096 times stronger than a 128-bit key.

Vision Backup uses 448-bit keys based on the pass-code that you enter, for all data encryption.

Compression

Vision Backup allows users to adjust their compression rate through a slider bar.
Compression is done through a modified version of zlib compression library. zlib is an
open-source, cross-platform data compression library by Jean-loup Gailly and Mark
Adler and is an abstraction of the DEFLATE compression algorithm used in their gzip
file compression program. The first public version, 0.9, was released on May 1, 1995 and
was originally intended for use with libpng image library. Today, zlib is something of a
de facto standard, to the point that zlib and DEFLATE are often used interchangeably in
standards documents. Hundreds of commercial applications rely on it for compression.




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Free Plug-ins

Backup Directories and Files plug-in

This plug-in was designed to backup individual files or folders that you specify,
independent of their location.

Example: Backup all “c:\drawings” from all networked PC’s

Benefits:
Eliminates the need for mapped drives and lowers network traffic during business hours.
Users can work from a local folder, by setting a scheduled backup.

Setup a backup on 1-1000+ computers with a few easy clicks. Add this plug-in on any
individual computer, or simply specify this plug-in on your entire network.


My Desktop and Files plug-in

This plug-in was designed to backup a user's My Documents & Settings folder on their desktop.
Mapped drives are very common in mid to large size businesses.

A recent study showed that a large majority of users save their Word or Excel files to their 'My
Documents' folder, completely avoiding the mapped drive. Is your company at risk of losing
important data?

Benefits:
Most applications set their default storage location to the My Document's folder. Sales proposals,
financial spreadsheets and client lists are all at risk of NOT being backed up.


Web Browser Bookmarks

This plug-in was designed to backup your bookmarks and favorites from individual computers on
your network. Supports all major web browsers including Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Netscape,
and Firefox.

Benefits:
Increase employee morale after disaster strikes by protecting bookmarks of their most visited web
sites.
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Email Client Mailboxes

This plug-in was designed to backup a user's complete mailbox and contact lists for
Outlook Express, Eudora, Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird email systems.

Benefits:

Email is an essential line of communication in business today, protect your investment by
minimizing downtime and protecting valuable customer information.

Protect your company's reputation by never missing a reply to an email message due to
computer failure or virus infection.




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Full List of Vision Backup Features
Media Supported:
- CD-RW, DVD-RW with disk spanning
- Tape drives
- FTP/SFTP/FTPS
- Hard drives/ZIP/JAZZ/USB/Flash drives
- Networked computers

Main Features:
- MS SQL backup to ANY media
- MS Exchange 2000/2003 mailbox level backup and restore to ANY media (backup a specific
mailbox by date range)
- Offsite backup and remote offices backup
- Scheduled backups: Hourly, Daily, Weekly, Monthly, At user logon, At system startup
- Run backups at system startup/upon login
- Blowfish 448bit encryption
- Indexed backup/restores
- Data verification
- Adjustable compression
- Explicit authorization encryption for FTP
- Multiple tape maintenance options
- Estimated backup size
- Incremental backup
- Differential backup
- Straight file copy
- Email/Log/Net Send reports
- Hardware/software compression options for tape
- Mapped drive support
- Advanced file tree
- Backup/Exclude files by file extension
- Remove backup older than 'x' amount of days
- Ability to run backups from desktop shortcut’s
- 1 server license and unlimited clients included
- 1 year of software updates for FREE
- Unlimited support
- Compatible with Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Server 2000/Server 2003

Free Plug-ins:
- Email/Contact Lists
- Backup/Exclude Directories/Files
- Web browser bookmarks
- My desktop and files

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Add-ons

File Access Manager for Vision Backup (FAM for VB)
File Access Manager gives Vision Backup the ability to protect ALL your mission critical data by
giving it access to exclusive, open or in use files. Ensure business continuity by protecting your
data in real time without causing interruptions.




Why do you need FAM for VB?

The majority of backup software applications DO not include the ability to open up files
exclusively, in turn leaving potential holes in your company's data protection strategy. File
Access Manager for Vision Backup will grant access to Vision Backup to open and backup ANY
exclusive, open or in-use file(s).

Common files that are exclusively open, include:

- SQL, MS ACCESS, ORACLE, other database formats
- Exchange (.edb)
- Outlook (.pst)
- Word, Excel
- Windows system files
- Windows files
- User settings
- Registry
- Much more...

File Access Manager will run silently in the background to help you protect ALL your data in
case of system failure or disaster without interrupting day to day operations, 24 hours a day, 7
days a week.




How much does FAM for VB cost?

File Access Manager for Vision backup costs $39USD with the purchase of Vision
Backup.

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Links
Web site: http://www.vwsolutions.com

Knowledge base and support: http://www.vwsolutions.com/knowledgeBase/knowledgeBase.aspx

FAM: http://www.vwsolutions.com/productInformation.aspx?productId=3

Recent Vision Backup changes (release notes):
http://www.vwsolutions.com/knowledgeBase/releaseNotes.aspx?id=1




About VisionWorks Solutions
VisionWorks Solutions Inc., is a privately held company that provides software solutions to the
Enterprise, Government, Education and Home sectors. The company strongly believes in research
and development (R&D) and invests a significant amount of pretax profits into areas such as
Network, Encryption and Web service technologies. VisionWorks continues to focus its efforts to
better its software products, enabling people and businesses throughout the world to achieve and
surpass their goals.




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