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NovaBACKUP Business Essentials Review

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PROS / NovaBACKUP Business Essentials’ wizard-based interface makes it easy to manage your virtual machines, with added functionality for Windows Server 2012 R2, Exchange, VMWare, Hyper-V and Microsoft SQL.

CONS / The cloud backup feature directs you to NovaStor partners, requiring you to configure your own services.

 VERDICT / NovaBACKUP Business Essentials is great for small-to-medium businesses running a lean IT department. It has several automated tools to help you back up and deploy virtual machines.

Editor's Note: We have been informed by the manufacturer that the latest version of this product, version 17, is now available. The below review was based on an earlier version of the product, therefore some of the information contained may be out of date. The manufacturer has also informed us that this product supports VMware vSphere, but does not support Oracle. We will reevaluate this product and make any necessary changes to the product comparison matrix the next time this site is refreshed.

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With its backup software for Windows Server, NovaStor offers advanced features that are easy to use, thanks to a wizard-based interface. NovaBACKUP Business Essentials is also easy to install, especially for those who might be running lean on skill and resources. It is one of the best server backup software products that we’ve reviewed and our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award winner.

NovaBACKUP Business Essentials has another great trick up its sleeve that makes it more useful than NovaBACKUP Professional: virtual-machine replication. NovaStor has built-in services for you to easily duplicate and restore multiple VMs in minutes. The Single Mailbox Restore feature will also help you restore mail from individual backup files in no time.

Management Tools

The simple tab interface of NovaBACKUP Business Essentials helps you locate and organize all of your important tasks. The Home tab offers summaries of your recent and scheduled jobs. One-click functionality also lets you open, edit and run jobs, as well as importing media or adding a network-connected device.

Backup Features

The Home tab includes access to other important features. The Express Wizard provides step-by-step methodology to creating and executing the most common backup-related activities. Its appearance is very much the same as the Express Wizard on the PC version, but it functions quite differently. The Server Express Wizard takes you right into scheduling your backup operations. You can set your backups to occur on specific days and times. Options for backup types include full system, incremental and differential.

The Cloud Backup button brings home servers end-to-end data protection for seamless access between connected devices and your cloud storage provider. NovaStor integrates well with several professional cloud storage providers, including Amazon S3 and FirstBackup. Many of NovaStor’s preferred providers are ones that can guarantee an SAS-70 audited data center to ensure your ISO 17799, HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley or Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act compliance requirements.

Recovery Options

The Disaster Recovery tool is excellent. Its Disaster Recovery Job Launcher gives you the option to create, run or schedule a disaster recovery script to recover your data from any of your local or network-connected devices. Boot media and restoration options are also available as is the ability to verify your existing backups so you never get caught with bad backup image.


Supported Backup Media

NovaBACKUP will ask you where you want to save the file once you’ve created your disaster recovery image. You can save your disaster recovery images to any part of your local network or have them written to a CD or DVD. Your options are only limited by the available devices on your network.

It is ideal that you save your disaster recovery files on an external device or secondary hard drive rather than storing them on the same drive that you backed up. This does include not storing them on a partition of the same drive since any type of drive failure could damage the GUID Partition Table and you could potentially lose your backup altogether.

Help & Support

NovaCare Premium support is provided free for one year with every NovaBACKUP purchase. This service provides you with unrestricted access to updates and support from NovaStor's technical support engineers. Telephone and email support options are available in case you need help understanding the product documentation, some of which is poorly written.


NovaBACKUP Business Essentials’ wizard-based interface simplifies backup and recovery for small-business users who do not have a strong IT background. This software is a step up from the Professional version, with support for Microsoft SQL and Exchange servers. The powerful backup tools and responsive, knowledgeable support representatives make this one of the best server backup tools.

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