Spanning Backup: Make the Most of Your 14-Day Free Trial in 14 Minutes

We’ve always offered a 14-day free trial for Spanning Backup. But we don’t want you to just download the trial and play around with it a bit; we really want you to kick the tires on Spanning Backup so you can be sure it’s the right solution for your needs. So with that in mind, here’s a quick guide to getting the most out of your free trial:

1. You can use Spanning Backup for up to 100 users during your free trial period, and we’d recommend that you try it out for as many people as possible  in your organization. You can install it just for yourself, but you’d miss out on some of the great features like being able to log in as one of your users or managing your licenses across the organization.

2. Your initial backup can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few days, depending on how much data you have to back up; the more people you’re backing up, the longer your initial backup will take. (The rest of your backups won’t take nearly as long.) Luckily, Spanning doesn’t impose any limits on how much data you can back up, so the more the merrier! There are two ways to get your first backup going:

  • Wait for Spanning’s daily backup to take place
  • Click the “Back up now” button under your admin account > User tab > Backup Schedule section

You’ll be able to tell when your initial backup is finished because the Restore button will be enabled when you select an item under the Restore tab:

3. Choose a folder in Google Drive (one that has subfolders) and restore it from your most recent backup.

4. Restore all of the email messages that you received in the past week.

5. Pick a calendar and restore it to how it was a month ago.

6. Choose a group of contacts and restore that group to how it was 3 months ago.

7. Pick a section of Google Sites and restore it to how it was 4 months ago.

Once you’ve gone through these few steps, you’ll have a great idea of how Spanning Backup works! We would encourage you to try the above process with any other backup solutions you may be considering, and use the checklists above to see how we stack up. We hope this helps you get the most out of your trial period in the least amount of time, and as always, if you need help, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected].