The WICCBackup utility is a user-friendly program that was developed in the Computing Center, to provide data backup on a private net drive on a Novell server. These instructions are to help you use the program and to aid in the registration process for the backup services. The program can be used with external devices as well.
The connection to the home drive is automatic for users who are registered for the service and logged in to Novell. For those who do not use Novell, the program enables access via CIFS protocol.
Note: There has been concern that Novell slows down the PC. This is an incorrect assumption. The Novell client has been tested and sits idle when not in use, therefore not depleting system resources.
- Low costs (marginal) - 8 NIS for 10GB per month (net)
- User friendly
- Option to work directly on the network drive (U), an advantage for students who do not have an assigned computer
- Compatible with most operation systems used in the Institute today
Novell users can find the utility in the following location:
Start → Run → z:\wicc\WICCBackup\wicc_backup.exe
Instructions for Use
After the installation you will get the following screen:
ConnectionsAs the program works somewhat differently depending on the computer configuration, please refer to the instructions that pertain to your computer:
- Novell client is installed and used (Recommended!)
- Novell client is not installed
Novell client is installed and used (Recommended!)
This is the best and the safest configuration for using this utility with the new program. Choose the Use existing connection radio button and select drive U: on the drive selector.
Novell client is not installed
If Novell is not installed you have the option to backup to any drive connected to your computer, be it a Flash drive or an external USB drive. Choose the Use existing connection radio button and decide what disk you would like to backup to.
Note: If several users work on the same computer, each user should create his /her own backup schedule. The user who is logged in at that time will do the backup. As soon as another user logs on, his backup will take place. The program cannot log you in and out to create a backup for several different users at the same time. This option can be discussed in the future, according to demand.
If you get an error about Other user using this device, disconnect all the other connections by clicking on the Close All Connections button and use Clear All Novell Connections to disconnect. Log back in to Novell to reattach the network drives. Check your connection with the Test Connection button.
ScheduleSchedule automatic file saving according to the preferred option (Daily, Every 3 days or Weekly) and select the desired time of backup.
- The backup is only for new files (meaning only new or changed files will be added).
- The backup does not delete files which were deleted from the source. In the event of “Save as” , the file will be overwritten. The backup process occurs only when the computer is active! (Not in a state of sleep, log off etc.) If you do not shut down your computer at night, you can select night time. If your computer is not running at the scheduled time, the backup will take place immediately after the computer is started and connected.
- Scheduling backup time is at the discretion of the user.
- We backup the server nightly.
Source and Destination foldersFolders for backup need to be selected. Our recommendation is to select no more than 3 folders, although the program allows selecting up to 10 folders.
We recommend that you keep all the important files in one or a few folders, and then back up only those folders.
Double click on the Source field and use the directory selector to choose a folder.
The corresponding directory will be built on the destination side automatically, but you can also send the backup files to anywhere you want. Type in any path, or double click Destination to select a location different from the default.
Click on the + button to add more folders.
Logs and ReportsLogs are automatically saved in C:\Program Files\WICC\WICCBackup.
ApplyYou're done! Click Apply to save all your settings and let the program work for you in the background.
Run BackupClick on Run Backup Manually now to verify that the program is working correctly. If the program does not backup the selected data, or is backing up to a wrong destination, click on Reset and restart the program. It is located in C:\Program Files\WICC\WICCBackup (wicc_backup.exe). Double check your settings, and when the backup performs properly click on Apply to activate the backup cycle.
To make any changes, or to see when the next backup is scheduled, run the program again.
You must click Apply to activate the backup!
Important to know
It is possible at the user level to restore a file that was accidently deleted only if you are backing up to a Novell drive:
- Double click on the My Computer icon on your desktop.
- Select the Network Drive (N: or U: or any other Novell Drive) and browse to the directory from which you deleted the files.
- Right click on the directory and choose Salvage Files.
- Click on the filename (with the date you want to retrieve from).
- Click Salvage File.
- The file will be restored immediately.
For additional storage space, contact your department administrator. Space is increased at 10GB intervals.
Remote Access (Home or Abroad)
Access to documents is also possible via NetStorage.
PC backup can be done by manually copying data to a private/group network drive by registering for the LCS service in Internal Services, or by installing backup software that will do it automatically.