VersionBackup Server does not only look after the server backups but it also supplies the client computers with information about the backup archive.
Each VersionBackup Client user can recover data from the backup archive. This is possible even when the server is defect.

VersionBackup Server centrally creates and maintains the backups of the data files which are stored on the server.

This is done creating an Incremental Backup every day. In longer time intervals, Full Backups are created automatically.

VersionBackup stores its backups on a hard disk system. If the data volume is not too high, NAS drives are very suitable. For big backup stocks, special hard disc backup stations are sold with a capacity up to some Petabytes. The backup station should be located in a different room, if possible in a different part of the building.

Normal Operation

If each user has his own data range on the server, then in the VersionBackup configuration, for each user a separate backup job should be created. The main settings of the backup jobs are the Source Path of the original data and the Destination Path for the backups.
But if the data server is organized by different projects or subject ranges, then even the backup jobs will be configured according to this structure.

Creating the backups is done by the server. The system administrator can take the full responsibility for this task.

The recovery is a different thing. If any user needs old versions of some files or directories, he can fetch them without the help of the administrator.

Normal Recovery

On the user workstations, the application "VersionBackup Client" should be installed. Its purpose is not the backup creation but only the fast and flexible file recovery.

"VersionBackup Client" is automatically configured by the server and it is informed about the current state of the backup archive. Each user can easily work with this uncomplicated program.

On the server, it is configured for each workstation, which part of the backup archive shall be visible in “VersionBackup Client”. Additionally it can be centrally defined, who may modify the backup creation configuration.

The decentralized recovery functionality gives significant advantages:
Advantage: Each user can look for the backup files on his own.

Each user can look for the backup files, which meet his requirements, on his own.

Advantage: Each user can look for the backup files on his own.

The users can do the recovery within minutes. There is no need to wait until the system administrator is present and until he has time.

Advantage: Each user can look for the backup files on his own.

The system administrator is relieved of the recovery requests.

Advantage: Each user can look for the backup files on his own.

If the data server is out of operation, the user can fetch the data directly to his PC to continue working immediately.

Even if the server is defect, the user can access his backups immediately.

Imagine this: You enter your office on Monday early in the morning. The first thing you have to do is writing an important mail to a customer. The e-mail must be sent together with some appendixes definitely before 8:30 hours.

But: You cannot access your data files. What’s the matter? The data server is down!

Instead of working on the customer’s mail, you try to call the system administrator, now. He must restart the server as soon as possible. You succeed. He is present at 8:00. Maybe you are lucky and there is no real problem. A quarter of an hour later, the server is running again. And all your files are still o.k. Recovery_ohne_Server_e_200

But there is no chance any more to keep the deadline.

Satisfied? Probably not.
The annoying thing is that this trouble is completely unnecessary. Because, if VersionBackup Server is used in your company, then the story sounds this way:

You are the first person in the office, but this does not matter. If the server does not run, you do not care for it in the moment. You launch VersionBackup Client on your computer which shows you the backups stored on the separate backup station. Within one minute, you fetch the needed files to your PC.
After this, you do nothing else but work on the customer’s mail.