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FAQ / Features

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 / Service mode

Windows 10?

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

Suppressing comparison of "created" timestamps

Suppressing "Waiting for the device" state

Compressed backups

Encrypted backups

Archiving / snapshots

File versioning / archiving of modified files  --  current 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

Common issues

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

Working with "live" files / re-quering file meta data

Suppressing backup of offline files (OneDrive / Dropbox)

Excluding/including destination items, a.k.a. "destination filters"

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

Command-line control

Shutting down the computer after a backup   --  Option A   --  Option B

Waking up the computer to run a backup

Preventing reboots when there are running backups

Software updates & update channels

Temporarily pausing a running backup

Locking down UI access in service mode  --  Option A    --  Option B

Scripted/automated installation

Customizing the UI appearance

Further reading material

Backup job states

How exclusion/inclusion rules works

How delta copying works

"Pushing" vs "pulling" backups

Delta copying and pre-existing backups

Aging and discarding delta copying state
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