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Review: Genie Backup Manager Pro (GBM) 7
Genie Backup Manager was reviewed in the process of searching for the best backup software.
Genie Backup Manager Pro 7
- Excellent customization options
- Program seems to offer the most flexibility of the packages I have evaluated.
- GUI is very well designed.
- Offers XML-based scripting language for job control
- Removal of old backup jobs (after a certain number or time period has elapsed)
- Community support forum and Helpdesk (ticket-based) technical support
- Email notification has SSL support so it can use HTTP email servers
- Provides a "self-restorable backup set (swift restore)". This is a self-executing restore program that is archived with the data.
- Includes a Genie-Wipe tool which is useful for cleaning up after decrypting and viewing files.
- Scriptable plugins allow the configuration of many programs to be saved automatically. Users have contributed a large number of scripts for the most popular software.
- Frequent releases/builds mean that development team is active, but may also imply a less stable product.
- Attempts to archive to DVD-R were unsuccessful and quite frustrating due to several
bugs in the software. These failures weren't burn problems, but software bugs that caused
the application to come up with spurious messages and fail after 20 hours of encrypting & DVD burning.
- "Lightning fast encryption" (their words) seemed quite slow. GBM would spend roughly 1.5 hours per disc to perform the encryption (on a dual-core 3800x2 processor with 3 GB RAM). It's understood that encryption is a very processor-intensive operation, but 50MB / min is not very usable.
- Open file copying support is an extra cost feature via the File Access Manager (FAM). Occasional specials have bundled this feature for free.
- No data verification when using FTP. Other utilities typically download the files after upload to ensure integrity.
- Failures / bugs noted by users in the support forum. Others have also mentioned failures in working with large backups jobs, which may be an area that needs to be addressed further. While forum comments must be read with skepticism, I have encountered similar troubles in my trial period.
- Using encryption means using a proprietary format (not just ZIP). This may be the reason that Swift Restore is provided. While it may be possible to rename the backup files from .gbp to .zip and decompress with WinZip, the encryption process is non-standard (.genc extension).
- Names of files in the backup set are stored in plain-text even if the job is encrypted. This may be a concern if the backup job file is uploaded to insecure remote FTP server.
Genie Backup Manager offers a very nice interface, many options and appears to be well supported. While I was hopeful that I would find it to be suitable for my needs, I have a hard time feeling comfortable recommending it due to the fairly significant bugs that I and others have encountered.