Amanda Delivers Windows Backup and Recovery to Community

Latest Version Leverages Windows Volume Shadow Service (VSS) to Backup Open Files and Open Standard Formats for Data Compression and Encryption.

The Amanda Project, a Zmanda sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration, announces the availability of Amanda 2.6.0p2. This latest version provides open file backup and recovery for Windows XP, Vista desktops and laptops and Windows 2003, 2008 servers, enabling system administrators to perform backup without impacting users and applications. By leveraging the standard zip format for backup images, Amanda 2.6.0p2 gives users the flexibility to recover their data with or without Amanda software. This version, complete with a Windows Installer and a 15-minute configuration guide, is available for free download. With this Zmanda-led release, Amanda further extends its leadership as the most comprehensive and popular open source network backup and recovery software protecting major Linux, Unix and Windows platforms. Amanda 2.6.0p2 is built on a modular software architecture optimized for developers looking to extend Amanda to support the latest hardware and software storage technologies.

“Amanda has a strong and thriving community that is anxious for Windows support,” said Paddy Sreenivasan, Amanda project leader at Zmanda. With this release, Amanda is now the most stable and reliable open source backup and recovery project for heterogeneous environments.

Amanda is the world’s most popular open source backup and archiving software, protecting more than half a million servers and desktops worldwide. Amanda allows system administrators to set up a single backup server to back up hosts to a tape or disk-based storage system. Amanda uses native data extraction and compression facilities and can back up a large number of workstations and servers running various versions of Linux, Unix or Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Amanda was awarded the “Best Open Source Software” in the storage category by InfoWorld in August 2008 and was the only backup finalist in the 2008 SourceForge Community Choice Awards as the “Best Tool or Utility for SysAdmins”. Amanda was certified by the Department of Homeland Security as being free of security defect.

For more information on Amanda 2.6.0p2, to download the software or to join in this community effort, please visit:

An enterprise edition of Amanda is offered through Zmanda as an annual subscription. The Amanda Enterprise edition provides users with an easy-to-use web-based Zmanda Management Console, application support for Oracle databases, Microsoft SQL Server and Exchange Server, comprehensive reporting capabilities and three levels of support complete with knowledge base access, email and phone support, case management, software enhancements and security updates. For more information, please visit:

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