Druva

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Introduction

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

Windows - inSync Client     Mac - inSync Client

Configuring inSync Client

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

The official Users Guides can be found at docs.druva.com .

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

We have two available profile types to choose from: Default and Power User. Both profiles have a hard quota of 250GB. If you reach this quota, additional files will not be backed up.

  • Default requires the following folders to be backed up:
    • Windows: My Documents, Desktop, System and App Settings, Favorites, Pictures, Office Templates
    • macOS: Documents, Desktop, Favorites, Pictures
  • Power User requires no folders to be backed up, with the one exception of System and App Settings on Windows only. All customization is left to you.

If you would like to add additional folders for backup, see the Adding Folders section below.

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.

macOS provides additional backup capabilities by using Time Machine. You can find more information about it here.

Adding/Removing Backup Folders

You can easily choose which folders should be backed up from within the inSync client.
The procedure may differ slightly between client versions, and you may want to consult the inSync client User Guide, but should be similar to the following.

Windows - Configure     Windows - Advanced Configure     Windows - Add Folder

Windows

Open the inSync client

  • To Add a Folder: Click on "Configure" > "Advanced Configure" > "Add Folder" > "Choose path" and select the folders you wish to backup.
  • To Remove a Folder: TBD

Mac

Open the inSync client and you'll be presented with a list of backup folders.

  • Choose the Add button to add folders to be backed up.
  • Non-mandated folders may be removed by clicking the cog icon to the right of the entry and choosing the Delete Backup Folder Button.