GFI Backup - Business Edition

Archiving, Backup & Fax

Easy-to-use Business Backup Software with Effortless Restore


Easy-to-use business backup software

Windows 7 BadgeGFI's business backup software GFI BackupTM 2010 Business Edition, presents administrators with an innovative approach to meet network data backup and restore requirements without incurring the cost, time and accessibility issues normally associated with traditional backup solutions.

Easy to install business backup software

GFI Backup is a fast, full-featured network business backup software solution which applies comprehensive data backup, restore and synchronization functionality to all files, web, Microsoft SQL servers and more. Using an intuitive wizard-driven, point-and-click configuration, GFI Backup can be installed in minutes and backups created with minimal effort.Opswat Certification

Centralized configuration and backups management

Through GFI Backup ’ central web-based administration console, administrators can configure and implement company-wide backup policies in a single task. Additionally, through the product ’ s agent component, users can easily create their own personal backup and restore tasks, over and above the centrally-created default backups. GFI Backup ’ s agent also enables users to automatically synchronize their files and folders across their desktop workstations, laptops, servers, and external drives.

No vendor lock-in compression format

GFI Backup uses standard Zip64 file format when instructed to compress and archive, allowing for data to be easily restored should the software not be installed on the machine or device required for recovery. This offers a great advantage over other backup solutions which use a proprietary compression format, effectively locking-in the user, because administrators do not need GFI Backup solution installed to recover data from backups.

Why Choose GFI Backup - Business Edition as your backup software?

  • Fast, efficient, full-featured backup, restore and synchronization solution
  • Easy to configure and maintain
  • Apply a single backup task to all your web, SQL, file servers, etc.
  • Back up to all popular storage devices; plus offsite backup storage via FTP
  • Effortless, fast restore thanks to its use of non-proprietary standard Zip archives
  • Web-based administration interface
  • Restore function allows selective retrieval of individual files, folders, directories, full or individual backups

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Features - Business Backup Software

Centralized, safe and dependable business backup and restore software
Safeguard your corporate data against loss: GFI Backup 2010Business Edition gives you centralized network-wide control of your business backup and recovery needs as a defense against data loss. This process involves making a one-way backup from the source to a backup location of your choice.

Data synchronization
File synchronization is the process of maintaining the same up-to-date version of a file in multiple storage locations such as on both an employee’s workstation and on his laptop. If a user adds, deletes or modifies a file in one location, GFI Backup 2010 ´ s synchronization function will add, delete or modify that same file at all other locations.   Through the GFI Backup 2010 Business Edition agent, users can be authorized to create their own synchronization jobs over and above the centralized administrator-controlled backup operations.

Combined data backup and end-user synchronization abilities
GFI Backup 2010 ´ s innovative combination of company-wide data backup with synchronization via the user agent provides:

  • Traditional file backup and restore of data contained on individual servers and workstations
  • Backup of files located on servers and workstations which meet a specific group set (e.g., financial files, productivity files, images and designs)
  • Synchronization of files across several workstations, servers and laptops.
  • Synchronization of files between backup servers enabling the creation of redundant backups
  • Synchronization of shared folders
  • Synchronization of folders across multiple workplaces for a user.

Web-based administration interface
GFI Backup gives you access to its central administration console from anywhere in the network, accessible through the use of your web browser.  From outside the network, the administrator can open the firewall to access the GFI Backup 2010 administrative console using HTTP on port 5580 or using HTTPS on port 5543 (recommended). Unlike most traditional backup products, you do not need a VPN connection to do this. Using the interface, you can create, assign, manage, run, delete, analyze and run restore operations all remotely. The GFI Backup Administration Console handles all the communication needed with the individual agents on the remote computers.

The tree-view file manager allows you to see all the files that are in a backup task and the new files that will be stored in the next backup session. The GFI Backup 2010 - Business Edition agent starts automatically (this option can be disabled from the program options) at Windows start-up and can be accessed from the system tray. You can also configure GFI Backup not to allow users to access and manage their own personal tasks.

Single backup task functionality which applies to all your web, SQL, file servers etc.
Through GFI ´s approach to network backup management, you can create a single backup task which backs up all required files and applies that task to all authorized GFI Backup agents. GFI Backup communicates with its agents and assigns them the single task you have configured. This differs from traditional backup software where you need to create a single backup task for each computer you want that task to run on, or even worse, to create multiple copies of that task and have to manage them in a distributed fashion.

Using GFI Backup, you have only one place to go to (web-based Administration Console) and from the comfort of your browser, you can create/select the task you want to manage, configure the changes and apply it. GFI Backup handles the provisioning, scheduling and execution for you!

Uses standard Zip archives
Unlike traditional backup software, GFI Backup 2010 - Business Edition does not use proprietary archive formats but uses the standard Zip file format when instructed to compress and archive. This means data can be restored manually from the backup even if GFI Backup is not installed. You can choose to create self-extracting archives as well as backups without compression for faster processing and redundancy. If using Zip compression, GFI Backup can split and span the archive over multiple hard-drives.

While traditional backups store their backups in a form of container or aggregate file (e.g., a BAK file), GFI Backup not only easily recovers file when the need arises, but also reduces the possibility of file corruption which would render the entire backup/restore operation useless. Another advantage is that there is no lock-in to a single vendor!

Furthermore, as you do not have a big archive file, GFI Backup output works well with third-party offsite storage services as only modified files need to be re-synchronized to the remote site. This approach presents great cost savings for companies bound by legal requirements and corporate governance and which require data backup, synchronization and offsite synchronization.

Support for Unicode
GFI Backup 2010 now supports Unicode, the industry standard for universal character encoding. This means that GFI Backup can support non-Greco/Latin character sets such as Chinese, Russian and others .

Back up to all popular storage devices, plus offsite backup storage via FTP
GFI Backup 2010 - Business Edition allows you to back up on internal or external hard disks, on local area network (LAN) locations such as network paths as well as NAS Devices, CD/DVD/Bluray media, removable media devices (USB sticks, memory sticks, flash memory, floppy disks, etc.), as well as remote locations using FTP with upload auto-resume.

Restore to alternative location
GFI Backup 2010 now allows you to restore your backed up data to a location of your choice. Usually after a backup, data can only be restored to its original location. However, GFI Backup 2010 enables the user to specify an alternative path to output the restored file set.

Encryption support - AES 256-bit
GFI Backup 2010 - Business Edition uses military-strength 256-bit AES- encryption to protect backed-up data privacy. AES encryption has been adopted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology as an FIPS-approved (Federal Information Processing Standard) symmetric encryption algorithm that should be used by US Government organizations (and others) to protect sensitive information.

Daily activity email digests
GFI Backup 2010Business Edition can be configured to send error or warning notification emails, backup log files and summary reports for each completed backup task to a configurable list of recipients.

Additional notification support is available through the user of event log entries which can be used to integrate within your existing log monitoring infrastructure. An example of the latter would be using GFI EventsManager or GFI MAX RemoteManagement to monitor for the success/failure of backup events as part of your integrated network health management solutions.

Predefined include/exclude search filters
GFI Backup provides a number of backup target parameters which allow you to mix and match depending on your backup needs. You can instruct GFI Backup to back up all files contained in a drive or path location. You can also instruct GFI Backup to back up only files in a drive or location which meet a specific restriction, such as include *.doc file types but exclude all *.tmp files. This helps control the size of storage needed for backup operations.

Out of the box, GFI Backup also presents a set of pre-configured group category sets such as ‘Productivity Files ’ (which includes these file types: *.xls, *.xlsx, *.doc, *.docx, etc.) making configuration of backup tasks easy and intuitive. You can also create your own category groups.

The include/exclude filters can be configured to include/exclude temporary system files. 

Back up open files using Volume Shadow Copy Service
You can back up files even if they are still open using the Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service (Microsoft VSS). Out-of-the-box, GFI Backup is enabled to make use of the Microsoft VSS to backup files that are in use by other applications such as Microsoft Outlook PST files.

Selective retrieval of individual files, folders, directories, full or individual backups
Through the use of point-and-click wizards, GFI Backup enables you to choose between making a full restore of the data backup or individually select which items are to be restored from the backup set.

Incremental and differential backups
GFI Backup 2010 - Business Edition can be configured to back up only new and changed files (incremental), or to delete from the current backup the files that no longer exist in the source location (differential). GFI Backup also provides a version control mechanism that allows you to keep multiple versions of a file in stacked backups.

Data Integrity
GFI Backup 2010Business Edition carries out CRC verification of each file it copies during the backup process to ensure the integrity and consistency of those files.

Built-in easy-to-use task scheduler
GFI Backup 2010 - Business Edition does not rely on the standard Windows Task Scheduler, but implements a more advanced, highly configurable, inbuilt scheduling mechanism.  It supports these scheduling options:

  • Run manually
  • Run on Windows start-up/shutdown
  • Run hourly/daily
  • Run periodically.

You can also configure a schedule to run every few days (e.g., every three days) but not run if the day of the schedule happens to be on a Wednesday.

Detailed logs of all backup operations
GFI Backup 2010Business Edition produces and logs detailed information on the operations it has performed, the files it backed up as well as any important analytical information. These logs are made available both at the agent side as well in summarized format at the administration console side (unless there is a problem which needs investigation, at which point the full log is made available for analysis within the administration console).

Other features

  • Ability to restrict functionality available to non-administrative users through the web-based Administration Console
  • Ability to adapt to a number of network topologies and backup requirements
  • Equally powerful with the same ease of use in both workgroup and Active Directory domain environments
  • Ability to get a PC out of hibernation, and run the assigned task if the PC is in power-saving mode
  • File deletion propagation in sync operations
  • Preservation of deleted files in sync operations
  • Delegation of the backup/restore/synchronization process to users
  • Backup and synchronization of files located on different storage devices on different networks connected only through the Internet
  • Ability to configure a program/script to execute prior or on completion of task execution


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Awards & Reviews


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REVIEW: GFI Backup 2010 Business Edition

GFI Backup 2010 is easy of use and is even recommended for SMEs who have non-technical staff - Business Computing World, September 2010

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GFI BackUp Business Edition: a solid product

This is a solid backup product, with great performance that uses standard zip and encryption. The CPU and memory load on the server is light, and the price is right -, September 2010


Taking a closer look at GFI Backup 2010 Business Edition

Help Net Security review GFI BackUp Business Edition and find it to be "user-friendly and very customizable, GFI Backup Business Edition is a good office backup management solution. It is very easy to configure and maintain, and the fact that the backup items are compressed into zip archives makes them easy to restore even if you don't have a GFI Backup agent installed on the computer." - Help Net Security, August 2010


GFI Backup 2010 Business Edition 'is a top choice'

"Stop making excuses for not backing up your network and get GFI's software - it ’s easy to use and very affordable" - PC Pro, August 2010


Augusto Alvarez reviews GFI BackUp Business Edition

Augusto Alvarez reviews GFI BackUp Business Edition and concludes that it has "no large or complex requirements for installation; is really simple to install and configure and has nice monitoring and reporting options" - Augusto Alvarez, August 2010

Windows Gold Award

GFI Backup 2010 - Business Edition awarded 4.5/5 stars

GFI Backup 2010 - Business Edition was awarded 4.5/5 stars thereby achieving the gold award for its "well-designed web-based administration interface and its broad range of functionality" -, June 2010

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Affordable Traditional Backup for SMBs

Paul Mah gives GFI Backup - Business Edition a spin and discovers a list of great features that are of use to the SMB yet still with an affordable price tag - IT Business Edge, May 2010

My Technology Guide

One of the best backup applications for SMBs

"If you are running a SMB and looking for a good and reliable backup solution, then GFI Backup 2010 Business Edition is certainly worth a look." -, May 2010