CloudBerry Backup Plus MS Azure Plus A Story

Hopefully by now you know that doing backups are important – If not…

BACKUPS ARE IMPORTANT!

Sorry for yelling but backups are important and I wanted to make that very clear and having mentioned it 3 times so far and yelling it, I think I’ve made my point.

I do backups of all my websites at least weekly and that includes the files and databases when there is one.

But that is only part of the backup process. Many of these backups are stored on my computer and if it goes belly up then all those website backups go pfft (that is tech talk for destroyed).

So you need to backup the important files on your computer on a regular basis.

Now I’m a bit more paranoid than the average person so I have a ‘few’ redundancies in place. First, I synchronize the important files from my sit-down computer to my stand-up computer and then from the stand-up computer to the external hard drive. Then I do a full backup from my stand-up computer to my Amazon S3 account.

Now I’m a believer of “If It Ain’t Broke – Don’t Fix It” so I’ve not had the desire nor need to try other backup processes.., until this past weekend.

I was asked to do a demo video showing how to setup and use CloudBerry Backup with Microsoft Azure. I’d done something similar for the fine people at CloudBerry Labs several years ago so I got to work recording the entire demo process (video below) from signing up with MS Azure, connecting it to CloudBerry Backup and even running a backup.

Now I’d never used the Backup program from CloudBerry nor had I ever signed up and used MS Azure so I’m learning as I go and recording everything as well.

The entire process (and unedited recording) took a little under 40 minutes.

Oh, I forgot to mention that the final video I needed to deliver had to be around 5 minutes long at the most.

Through the magic of editing, I got the final video down to 8 minutes in total.

You can check it out at the end of this post if you want to see how to signup for MS Azure and how easy it is to back things up using CloudBerry Backup.

As soon as I finished the editing, which took the better part of 3 hours, I figured since I had the CloudBerry Backup and MS Azure all setup, why not upload my video files to give it a real test instead of just the PDF I used in the demo.

Smooth as silk. Not a problem at all.

Next day I sent a link of the video to CloudBerry for them to watch. Since it was a few minutes longer than they wanted, I produced it with a built in table of contents so the viewers can click on which ever segment they wanted to view.

I’d asked the CloudBerry folks if that would work for them or if they wanted those ‘chapters’ to be delivered in individual videos.

They wrote back asking if they could get both and I figured no problem. It would take me a few minutes to reproduce the ‘chapter’ videos from the already edited project file.

Somewhere in the process of me producing the second ‘chapter’ video from the project file, the program messed up – to put it kindly.

No biggie because I had all the files synced up on the stand-up computer and the external drive and so on…

Unfortunately less than half of the edited files were synced so I was looking at re-doing the CloudBerry Backup image of someone that did not do a backupediting process of around 2 to 3 hours.

I was not a happy camper.

AHH, BUT WAIT A MINUTE…

I remembered I had backed up my video files to MS Azure to test it out and it took less than a few minutes to retrieve my files and my emotional roller coaster ride had come to a happy ending.

So if you need a computer backup solution then you need to check out the tools at CloudBerry Labs. They have a free desktop version as well as others with more bells & whistles.

Okay, here is the video on how to sign up for MS Azure, connect it to CloudBerry Backup and do a backup.

If you hover over the video the clickable tabs on the left will allow you to jump to different parts of the video. If you want the full 1080p full screen mode just click on the icon in the lower right corner of the player.

Here is the link for the CloudBerry Backup program (CLICK HERE) – again they have several flavors to choose from including a free version.

Let me know if you have questions, suggestions or comments.

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