Druva

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Introduction

Druva is UMIACS supported backup software for your laptop that offers additional capabilities from your smartphone.

Configuring inSync Client

Steps to setup the Druva inSync Client can be found on the Druva/setup page

Background

Traditional backup clients are not well suited for laptops since they traditional run at a predefined time (such as 2am) when the laptop is most likely to be asleep or off. With many people moving to laptops as their primary computing platform a new solution was needed: enter Druva. Druva is backup software that was designed from the ground up with laptops in mind. It does a synchronization every 8 hours or the first available chance it gets. Synchronizations resume from where they left off so interruptions, due to sleep, shutdown, network availability, etc., are not a problem. Files can be retrieved/viewed via a web page or even your smart phone. It utilizes HTTPS so there is virtually no chance a network will block access to the port, which has been a concern with some other backup software. It works on both Windows and Mac.

Backup Policy

The following folders are required and backed up by default:

  • “My Documents” (Windows)
  • Documents (OSX)
  • Desktop (both)

Please note that by default Druva will not backup your "My Pictures" (Pictures on OSX) directory. Other folders can be added manually via the client which is explained below. There is a hard quota of 250GB per person. Once this quota is reached additional files will not be backed up.

Microsoft also provides additional backup capabilities that are best for non-UMIACS related material such as pictures. More information about that can be found here.

Mac OSX provides an additional backup capability called Time Machine. You can find more information about Time Machine here.

Adding Folders

Folders can be easily added from with the client. Start the client.

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Click on Configure

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Click on Advanced Configure

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Click on Add Folder

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Click on Choose path and select the folders you wish to backup