Open File Backups: How BackupAssist Handles Open Files in Windows NT, 2000, XP and 2003
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Overview: This paper published by BackupAssist states that in order to maintain a reliable and recoverable backup strategy it is essential that one's backup solution provides support for backing up open files. Without having open file protection in the backup solution mission critical data files can be missed. Consequently, the backup data sets will be unreliable and incomplete, all because certain application files were in use or open during the time of the backup process.