Backup Schedules for Current Customers:

If You are a current backup customer you can check your backup schedule.

Backup Software:

New and current backups customers can download backup software.

System Requirements:

  • UNIX machines must participate in the University’s Global UID system
  • WINDOWS machines must be part of the Boston University Active Directory Forest
  • Temporary administrative access is needed to install the client software.
  • Supported Backup Clients:
Operating System Version
AIX 5.1*, 5.2*, 5.3, 6.1
BU Linux% 4.5, 5.0
CentOS 5.2, 5.3
Debian 4.0, 5.0
FreeBSD 5.3/5.4*, 6.0*, 6.3/7.0
HP-UX 11.0*, 11.11, 11.23, 11.31
IRIX 6.5.23+
Mac OS X 10.3*, 10.4*, 10.5, 10.6
RedFlag Data Center 4.1*, 5.0
RedHat 2.1*, 3.0*, 4.0, 5.x
Solaris 8*, 9, 10
SuSE Linux 9.0*, 9.2*, 9.3*, SLES8*, SLES9-10 SLESz9-z10
Tru64! V5.1B-X
Ubuntu 8.04 – 8.04.1
Windows 2000 SP4
Windows Server 2003 SP1 Standard, Enterprise, DataCenter, Web
Windows 2008 Server 2008
Windows XP SP2
Windows Vista Enterprise
Windows 7 Ultimate
% BU Linux supported based on CentOS client support.
* Next major release of backup software will not support this OS version.
! Next major release of backup software will not support any version of this OS.

File Restoration Tips and Help:

When are backups made?
Backups typically start at midnight. If your restore requires a backup that is older than one week, tapes may have to be recalled from offsite. There may be delivery charge associated with recalling tapes. We will notify you if your restore requires tapes from offsite and what options/costs are available.
When will my file be restored?
Typically, we complete restores within 2 business days. However, the restore could take longer depending upon: (1) size of restore (large amount of data and/or files) (2) if we need to recall tapes from offsite (3) if the information in the restore request is incomplete or inaccurate.
Can you restore any file?
Sorry, we can’t! If you create/remove files within a backup cycle, there is no backup (e.g. if you created/removed files after one backup and before the next scheduled backup).
What if I don’t own the file(s)?
If you don’t own the file or have group access, you must have your system administrator complete a lost file request. Otherwise, we cannot restore files that are not owned by the requestor.

Request Backup & Restore services online.