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Quick Reference Guide

Follow the two simple steps described to get up and running with Active File Backup.

1. Where to get Active File Backup

Active File Backup may be downloaded from CodePlex either ready to be deployed or as source code if you want to build the application on your own.
The easiest way is to download the lates release from

Active File Backup is free for personal and professional use. Use it at your own risk. For further details see license agreement.

2. Install and Configure Active File Backup


Presuming you have downloaded the latest release from CodePlex, unpack the ZIP file and copy the folder 'ActiveFileBackup' into 'C:\Program Files'.




Double click ActiveFileBackupManager.exe to open the configuration user interface. Open ‘Backup server’ tab and enter backup path, user name, and password. This is the location to store backup copies of your files.


Switch to tab ‘Folder selection’ and select the folders you would like to be included and monitored in the backup process.


Closing the configuration UI automatically saves the settings. Setting the recursive flag instructs the backup process to monitor a folder including all subfolders.


Install Service

Now you need to install the backup service as Windows service. You do this by opening a command prompt in privilege mode (run command prompt as administrator) and execute the following command:
ActiveFileBackupService.exe –install


Other options are e.g. –help and –uninstall.


Important: As the backup service needs read access to all folders monitored by the backup process, it needs to be executed using a system or user account with the required privileges.

You may set this account explicitely opening Computer Management (or run Services.msc from the command prompt) and find the service called ‘Active File Backup Service’ and open its properties. In the ‘Log On’ tab you can defined the account the be used for service execution.

5 service account


Start and watch your files being backed-up

Now, you are ready to start the backup service for the first time.


Be aware by default the service is started automatically on Windows start . On service start a full scann is performed to synchronize any changes that have occured since the backup process ran last time. The service then keeps running monitoring the folders you have specified and stores a backup copy of every file changed. New backup copies replace existing backup copies and a history of existing backup copies is keept on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis.

Last edited Mar 28, 2014 at 8:02 PM by ChristofSenn, version 15