Select and backup all or individual components (e.g. Oracle Databases) within the VSS Writer
Request any available type of backup from the VSS Writer, including VSS Full, VSS Copy, VSS Incremental, or VSS Differential
Backup direct to the cloud
High-performance, incremental backups with customizable scheduling
Backup to your own storage locations
Deduplication of data for fast, bandwidth efficient backups
Restore from any point in time
Restore to a local machine
Restore files back to same machine or to a different device
Restore individual components (e.g. individual Oracle Databases) or all components at once
Highly efficient restore process that downloads only the minimum number of chunks required
Secure, military-grade encryption during backup, transit and at rest
Live connection between the web and the agent to update selections
Select from 9 customizable retention range policies
Custom email reporting
Backup / restore job logs
Customize pre and post commands
Frequently Asked Questions about Application-Aware Writer Backup
What is VSS?
VSS is a subsystem within Windows to help manage taking point-in-time snapshots of data and applications.
Can Comet back up open files?
Comet can back up open files using VSS with the "File and Folder" protected item type when you enable the "Take filesystem snapshot" checkbox. The separate Application-Aware Writer booster is for other installed applications that provide a VSS Writer driver. You do not need the Application-Aware Writer booster to back up open files with Comet.
What is a VSS Writer?
A VSS Writer is a driver that is integrated with the VSS subsystem in Windows, to allow a backup job to be fully consistent with an application’s state. When you select a VSS Writer in Comet's "Application-Aware Writer" Protected Item type, Comet asks the VSS writer to produce an application-consistent backup of all its specific application data that is then made available to Comet.
What applications can I back up via a VSS Writer?
Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Hyper-V, Oracle DB, and many more third-party applications all ship a VSS Writer driver with their product. By using the "Application-Aware Writer" Protected Item type in Comet, you can back up data from these applications in an application-consistent way.
How does the pricing for the Application-Aware Writer booster work?
Files & Folders backup is Comet's base offering. After adding your protected devices, you can choose additional boosters, such as Application-Aware Writer. The cost of protecting a single device with one Application-Aware Writer backup is $2 for Files & Folder backup + $1 for the Application-Aware Writer booster = $3/device per month (in USD)Calculate your monthly usage with our Backup Cost Calculator.