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How to access your Email


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How to back up your Email


Overview
To backup your email, use POP3 software to download a copy of your email to your own computer then include the local mailstore in your usual backup routine. You will not be able to back up your email if you only use Webmail or IMAP. Please note that we do not provide long-term storage for your email so you should include your downloaded email in your normal backup routine.
 
How often?
For businesses, the need for an effective and rigidly repetitive routine to make backup copies of work is obvious. For some home computer users it may be less obvious. Most people accept that they need to make backup copies of their important data such as photographs, music, home videos, spreadsheets, word-processor documents and emails in case of emergencies such as disk failure or malware infection. If you do not currently make regular backups we strongly urge you to start as soon as possible!
 
A simple routine is to have copies of your files on seven USB memory sticks and to update one stick each day of the week - obviously in this case you would label each memory stick with the day of the week when it is to be used. If that seems excessive, for some people three separate copies updated in rotation every few days may be sufficient.
 
If you are interested in a robust backup routine, search online for "grandfather father son backup" or "tower of hanoi backup".
 
Do not store your backups and your computer next to one another because an accident or theft might deprive you of both. Instead, find another dry and reasonably cool place such as a garage or a neighbour's house to store some or all of your backups.
 
You should be prepared to follow your chosen backup routine rigidly even though it might occasionally be seen as a chore, so decide in advance how much complexity you are willing to embrace to safeguard your data, bearing in mind what it would mean to lose your data.
 

Which FTP software is best?


There probably isn't a 'best' choice. Two examples are CoreFTP (www.coreftp.com)** which is free or is also available in a paid-for version with extra features, and FileZilla (filezilla-project.org)** which is also free.
 

What tools are available to manage a remote SQL Server database?

NOTE: If you have a copy of Visual Studio this may include facilities for managing your SQL Server database (depending on version).

SQL Server 2008

If you have purchased a copy of SQL Server 2008, the management tool 'SQL Server Management Studio' is included.
 
Alternatively, if you do not have a full copy of SQL Server 2008, you can download the free Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Management Studio Express**, which includes a cut-down version of Management Studio.

SQL Server 2012

If you have purchased a copy of SQL Server 2012, the management tool 'SQL Server Management Studio' is included.
 
Alternatively, if you do not have a full copy of SQL Server 2012, you can download either SQLManagementStudio_x64_ENU.exe (if you have a 64-bit edition of Windows) or SQLManagementStudio_x86_ENU.exe (if you have a 32-bit edition of Windows) from this link: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 2 (SP2) Express**. These installation files include the tools to remotely manage a SQL Server 2012 instance.
 
The direct download links below are alternatives to the link above:
32-bit**
64-bit**
 

How can I run SQL Server on my own PC?


If you do not have a full copy of SQL Server 2012, you can download either SQLEXPRWT_x64_ENU.exe (if you have a 64-bit edition of Windows) or SQLEXPRWT_x86_ENU.exe (if you have a 32-bit edition of Windows) from this link: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 2 (SP2) Express**. These installation files contain everything needed to install and configure SQL Server 2012 Express as a database server including the full version of SQL Server 2012 Management Studio with SP2.
 
The direct download links below are alternatives to the link above:
32-bit**
64-bit**
 
The equivalent direct download links for SQL Server 2014 Express are:
32-bit**
64-bit**