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How to Add New Managed IT Services to Your Portfolio

How to Add New Managed IT Services to Your Portfolio

To meet the demands of an evolving customer base, more and more businesses are leveraging IT to maximize operational effectiveness and deliver products and services efficiently to their customer base. As such, they look for MSPs to help them solve the challenges of running an agile organization in today’s competitive business landscape. Continue reading

PowerShell Remote Alerts for Firewall, Defender and Antivirus

PowerShell Remote Alerts for Firewall, Defender and Antivirus

If you find that your Windows security  components are suddenly turned off, that might be the first sign of a ransomware attack. On the other hand, these components could simply have been turned off by a user who wanted to stop annoying updates or antivirus messages. Even that, however, opens a gate for possible attack.

Essential Guide to Backup for MSPs

Essential Guide to Backup for MSPs

Data losses can happen at any time. The only way to protect your customers’ sensitive data fully is to provide them with comprehensive backup and recovery plans. In this guide, we offer tips and best practices to help MSPs decide where to store backup data and how to tailor backup plans to different types of systems.

How to Create MSP Documentation: Baseline Principles

How to Create MSP Documentation: Baseline Principles

Many administrators know their IT-infrastructure front-to-back. Some will even tell you stories about how they have dreams about the network layout. That’s great, but it can create problems when an admin moves on to a new job and leaves a company behind. The new admins are left scrambling to figure out how to administer the infrastructure, network, authentication and so on. Continue reading

MSP Voice Episode 72 – “Managed Defense, Detection and Response” with Yigal Behar

MSP Voice Episode 72 – “Managed Defense, Detection and Response” with Yigal Behar

This week’s guest is Yigal Behar with 2Secure out of the New York City area. Yigal came to the US from Israel where he had an IT consulting firm and also worked at a company providing security services. Taking his enterprise expertise to the US, he decided to open up a consultancy to help smaller businesses be more secure. Continue reading

Marketing Steps for Growing MSP Business

Marketing Steps for Growing MSP Business

Do you struggle with how to market your MSP services? Have you tried Facebook ads and Google Adwords and ended up just wasting money? Do you feel like you’re spinning your wheels when it comes to marketing?

There’s no shortage of companies out there offering to help MSPs market their services. Some are great, some just want your money. Continue reading

MSP Voice Episode 71 – “Longevity as a Startup” with Larry Bianculli

MSP Voice Episode 71 – “Longevity as a Startup” with Larry Bianculli

This week’s guest is Larry Bianculli, managing director,  with CCSI who provide MSP and MSSP services in the New York City/Long Island area. CCSI (which stands for Contemporary Computers Services) has been around since 1974. CCSI has always been focused on services, the founders coming from IBM. CCSI has a range of customers from SMB to fortune 500. They have customers around the US as well as overseas. Continue reading

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MSP360 Snapshot Driver for Linux 0.16 Beta

MSP360 Snapshot Driver for Linux 0.16 Beta

When backing up a file that is being written, it is impossible to guarantee the integrity of a backup copy of that file. This is typical for backing up documents that are actively being edited, etc. To handle these scenarios, Microsoft Windows uses the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) technology that lets users make backup copies of files or volumes, even when they are in use.

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MSP360 Backup FAQ

MSP360 Backup FAQ

Installation

Q: Does MSP360 Backup support the macOS platform?
A: Now MSP360 Backup is available on macOS. You can download and learn more using this link. We support macOS starting from 10.8.x and only 64 bit.
Q: Does MSP360 Backup support the Linux platform?
A: You can learn more about MSP360 Backup for Linux and even download its 15-day trial version. Currently, it is running on Ubuntu 12/14/16; Suse 11/12; Red Hat 6.x/7.x; Fedora 12/21; CentOS 6/7; Oracle Linux 6.x/7.x and Debian 7.11/8.10/9.3.

Licensing

Q: If I purchase one license can I activate MSP360 Backup on two computers?
A: MSP360 Backup is licensed per computer. If you want to run it on two computers you need to buy two licenses.
Q: How can I move a license to another computer?
A: To move the software to another server you will need to release the license in the Help menu on the old computer, then you can use it on the new computer.
Q: I am a non-profit. How can I get a free license?

A: We have been running a free license program for 3 years without much success. Now Individuals related to non-profit and education are eligible for a 30% discount which is still substantial. Fill in the form to request a discount.

In very special cases, like a student from a developing country asking for a license, we can still consider granting it for free.

Also, a non-profit organization has to contact us directly, we don't grant licenses to individuals and companies serving non-profits. Although we can discuss certain discounts.

Q: I am a blogger. How can I get a free license?
A: Download our software, evaluate it and make a blog post about it. Every product comes with a 15-day trial fully functional license. Once you made a blog post, fill in this form. We will grant you a license and post a link to your blog on the Media Coverage section of our website.
Q: How much does it cost to use MSP360 Backup?

A: MSP360 Backup is a one-time fee product. For example, Desktop Edition costs $49.99 (US) and Windows Server Edition license is $119.99. You can find all the licenses under this link.

You also have to pay cloud storage and transfer fees separately. Check out our Backup Cost Calculator to estimate your costs.

Q: Where can I find detailed information on Amazon S3 storage costs?
A: On Amazon S3 website
Q: Should I pay for upgrades?
A: MSP360 Lab is rapidly updating their products. To take advantage of updates you have to pay 20% of the initial price. Note, that you can use the previous version indefinitely if you don't like to upgrade.
Q: What does a network location mean?
A: A network location is a network share (defined by a UNC path) such as \\computer1\share\ or a mapped drive linked to a network share.
Q: What is the difference between Ultimate, Server and Desktop edition when it comes down to network locations?
A: You need MSP360 Backup Ultimate edition if you want to back up data from multiple computers using network shares (UNC paths) such as \\computer1\share\. In the Server edition, you are limited to 1 network shares, in the Desktop edition to 1 network share, while in the Ultimate version it is unlimited.
Q: What does 1TB or 5TB storage limit mean?

A: 1TB or 5TB limit means that you can at any time have at most 1TB or 5TB of data on the cloud account managed by MSP360 Backup. E.g. you can upload 800 GB, then another 200GB, delete 300GB but you can't exceed the limit. Consider this way we are making our product affordable for users with lower storage requirements.

If you want to back up more data you will need MSP360 Backup Ultimate.

Q: I need another more advanced edition. Can I upgrade by paying the difference or I need to buy at the full price?

A: You can upgrade by paying the difference. We have an upgrade self-service that will allow you to get an upgrade link https://www.msp360.com/upgrade-license-release.aspx

Make sure to release the license in the Help menu before applying for the upgrade coupon.

Q: Do you limit the functionality in the trial version of the product?
A: No, the trial version comes with the same functionality as a paid version. If you have any issues with it turn to support.

Configuration

Q: What do I need to start using MSP360 Backup?
A: You need to have an account from one of the supported providers. For instance, it takes just a couple of minutes to get one on the Amazon S3 website.
Q: Can I integrate MSP360 Backup with my other routines?
A: Yes, we have a command-line interface and a C# API. Each provided with documentation and examples. There is even a test app to demonstrate C# API capabilities
Q: Can MSP360 Backup use the NAS device as a backup destination?
A: Yes, and you can learn more about this option and how to set custom credentials for network locations here
Q: Can MSP360 Backup copy the data immediately as it changes (e.g. new files are added or existing files are modified)?
A: Yes, this is what we call Real-time backup. You can select this option in the Backup Wizard Scheduling step. By using a low-level Windows API this feature comes with zero impact on your computer performance However check out the limitations. In most cases, scheduled backup is a preferred method.

Usage

Q: Will MSP360 Backup copy open files?
A: Yes, MSP360 Backup leverages Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Technology to backup opened files
Q: How does MSP360 Backup minimize my costs?
A: MSP360 Backup offers optional data compression that helps to lower transfer and storage costs significantly. Besides MSP360 Backup only copies files that have been changed since the last backup, thus transfer and storage costs should be minimum required
Q: How does MSP360 Backup secure my data?
A: MSP360 Backup offers several industry-standard strong encryption algorithms to protect your data. Also, you can optionally protect access to MSP360 Backup with a master password. Besides, we support Server-Side Encryption for storage classes that have implemented this feature.
Q: How does the master password work?
A: The master password helps you protect your backup files from unauthorized access. Only someone who knows the master password can start MSP360 Backup. The master password is optional and off by default
Q: Does MSP360 Backup copy all files every time it runs?
A: No, MSP360 Backup identifies files modified since the last backup and only copies such files. This makes subsequent backups run much faster
Q: How does MSP360 Backup recognize modified files?
A: We are using timestamps to identify modified files
Q: Can MSP360 Backup copy only modify portions of the file? I want to backup my Outlook PST file, but it is 2GB and I don't want to copy the whole file every time.
A: This is called block-level backup and it is fully supported with MSP360 Backup Desktop edition and any other version of MSP360 Backup
Q: Does MSP360 Backup keep older versions of the file?
A: Yes, and this feature gives you an ability to restore a file to a certain point in the past.
Q: Can I control how many versions of the file to keep?
A: Yes, you can control how many versions to keep using Purge Options. Check out here for more details.
Q: If I delete a file on my local computer with the “Delete files that have been deleted locally” option enabled is it deleted from the backup storage as well?
A: Yes, the file will be deleted from the online storage too. By default, though, the file will remain in the online storage for 30 days to prevent accidental deletions. We call it Smart Delete and you can learn more about it here

Troubleshooting

Q: I am restoring the files on another computer. I have connected to my S3 account and bucket, but I don't see the files.>
A: Register the same Amazon S3 account and choose the same bucket and the prefix in advanced settings. By default, the prefix is your old computer name. Specify the same encryption password as you used to back up the files. If you don't see the files which is unlikely, try to synchronize the database, go to Tools | Options | Advanced and click Synchronize Repository.
Q: The program does not appear to start when I start the computer.
A: MSP360 Backup operates as a Windows Service. There is no need for the console to run when the computer starts and it doesn't have to run at all. You only need it for configuration and restore. The service will do the entire job.
Q: The folders selected under the backup plan contain around 4000 files, but the "Files copied" field under the backup progress bar indicates that there are only 1000 files (says, e.g. 166 of 1000).
A: MSP360 Backup will copy the files in the chunks of 1000. Once the first 1000 is ready we will start the second one. Don't worry about that.
Q: I am trying to backup to a Network Share and I face the “Path not found” error. What should I do?
A: It seems like you should change the credentials for this Network Share: go Tools > Network Credentials within the backup client and make sure the credentials are valid.