Sep 10, 2014
A list of topics with common questions and feature descriptions.
The best of the best
Network shares and mapped drives in Administrator mode
Yes, fully supported.
Are licenses per-user or per-machine?
Moving a license to another computer
License activation on an offline computer
Logon credentials for network shares
Pre- and post-backup commands
Email notifications and alerts
Format of the exclusion/inclusion patterns, a.k.a. "filters" or "rules"
Switching between desktop and service modes
Media and device ejection
Grouping backups for scheduling purposes
Quiet periods / Scheduled hours
Running backup when an external drive is plugged in
Suppressing "missed backup" errors
Suppressing folder timestamp updates
Archiving / snapshots
File versioning / archiving of modified files
-- interim solution
-- planned feature
Dynamically adjusting path of the backup folder for
keeping daily, weekly, monthly or serial snapshots
Maintenance / setup
Managing Bvckup2 configuration
-- how to add an override
-- how to edit settings.ini
-- what's where
-- the INI file spec
Exporting/importing app configuration
Customizing configuration location / portable use
Customizing log rotation
Mapped drives unavailable when running as Administrator
Copying open files
Issues with shadow copying
"Contents of the log cannot be displayed"
"Installation package appears to be corrupted"
"Path is too long" when accessing $Archive in Windows Explorer
"SetFileTime() failed with 87"
File timestamps are too far in the past or in the future
Installer fails with 80096005
Advanced use / scanning & planning
Matching items by size, timestamps or attributes
Forcing backup of unmodified files
Keeping newer backup copies
Excluding/including destination items, a.k.a. "destination filters"
Suppressing comparison and/or copying of "created" timestamps
Retrying on errors
Cloning attributes, timestamps, etc. of the top-level folder
Advanced use / share access
Forcing network logon on every run
Advanced use / assorted topics
Shutting down computer after a backup
-- Option A
-- Option B
Preventing reboots when there are running backups
Locking down UI access in service mode
Customizing the UI appearance
Further reading material
How exclusion/inclusion rules works
How delta copying works
"Pushing" vs "pulling" backups
Delta copying and pre-existing backups