EaseUS Todo Backup review was on my to do list for a long time, but some how I forgot about it. Todo backup is an interesting product. It features the same interface for home, workstation and server editions. You can imagine that if interface is the same for home users, that it’s not something you would need a manual in order to use it. It’s one of the most simple interfaces I came across for a long time.
But don’t think that simple interface can’t do complex things.
Is EaseUS Todo Backup alternative to established backup vendors?
Every one who manages Windows servers / workstations faced a question, how to backup the server/workstation? There are many options, some are reliable some are not. You may have performance issues with some, and with some you won’t notice you have backup running at all.
With some solutions restore is working like a charm, with some you may have a lot of problems.
And last but not least, price, some are very expensive it may even exceed your IT budget, and some are affordable.
I had a case where I had to backup couple of workstations and couple of servers – on the cheap.
Requirements were Image backup, bare metal restore to dissimilar hardware, good price, easy to use, reliable. Major players in this field are Acronis, Symantec, Paragon, Storage craft. All have one thing in common, they cost a lot. After a lot of searching I found a really nice piece of software EaseUS Backup. There are versions for workstation and server, they look a like. In my case I opted for workstation and Server versions.
Program is very easy to use. Options for backup are: backup partition, system backup,
file backup, mail backup. Differential and Incremental type work also for Image.
You can also backup network shares.
(MS Exchange and MS SQL are supported in Advanced version)
With file backup, you select folders/files, set schedule, source
and you are set.
First I tested software in couple of scenarios, I did a Backup of Windows XP,
Windows 7, Server 2003, Server 2008 R2.
Then I brought couple of servers and computers I had stashed, Bare metal restore worked
on all of them. Wow. Did not expect that.
One thing to note is that when you do Restore to Dissimilar Hardware
you will need to have drivers of target computer.
Once restore is done, you are presented with a dialogue asking you
to show path to drivers.
Then it’s just a matter of restarting WinPE to be back at your old server.
On the tools menu, you can create WinPE ISO file, you will need to burn it, in
order to boot to WinPE enviroment on the new computer and do Restore to dissimilar hardware.
In addition, there are additional features you may use.
One of many is an P2V option – convert backup image of physical computer to Vmware or Virtual PC.
You can also use it to securely erase multiple partitions and disks once you decommission old hardware
Should you need to restore files from partition or system image, you can mount image and browse for files.
Users of GPT partitions will be happy to know that they are supported.
If you are looking for a workstation backup, you can also take a look the following products:
But if you are looking for a Server solution, you can take a look at the following products:
One of the benefits of EaseUS Todo Backup, workstation or server version is price, which is really affordable. But one thing to note, If new major version gets released you are not entitled to upgrade. You will have to buy it again. Price will be discounted, but still, you are only entitled to a point upgrade if it’s released shortly after your purchase.
Todo Backup Workstation $ 39.0
Todo Backup Server $ 199.00
Todo Backup Advanced Server $ 299.00
In addition you can get from 20% – 40% discount for EaseUS Todo Backup based on the volume.
You can check all of the features here on a product website.