Using SIO's Windows System Backup Module in conjunction with the OBM or ACB, you can perform bare-metal backups of the entire Windows Desktop (using ACB) or Server (using OBM) System, to an on-site or offsite location. This backup includes an image-based / bare-metal backup feature, that leverages Microsoft’s native Wbadmin command-line tool (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=140216), and recovery feature, to ensure that your computers are protected even if they are lost or destroyed entirely. The image can be recovered onto a new device if necessary.
If you experience a crash or corruption, you have the ability to restore the system to a dissimilar machine (bare-metal restore). You also have the ability to restore to a virtual environment on storeitoffsite.com, should you need quick access to infrastructure services.
- Windows system image(hot) backup
- Fast multi-thread backup
- In-File Delta incremental backup
- Flexible scheduling
- Unlimited retention
- Secure 256-bit encryption
- Local, LAN / WAN backup
Requirements and Recommendations
Please ensure that the following requirements or recommendations are met by the backup client computer
- Backup Manager is installed on the computer to be backed up.
- Sufficient disk spaces are required for the temporary storage volume of the System backup. It is recommended to have free disk space of 150% x Total In-use Size of all volumes selected for backup.
- The Windows Server Backup, Command Line Tools, and Power Shell features are installed on the client computer.
The Microsoft Windows System backup module (wbadmin start backup) uses the .vhd format for writing backups. The current virtual hard disk specification limits the size of a virtual hard disk to be 2040 GB (2 TB) for Windows Vista and Windows 7, which can fit a volume of size 2040 GB minus 2 MB. The maximum source volume size of a System backup is limited to 2088958 MB, roughly 2 TB. Windows 8 and newer does not have this limitation.
It is recommended that the temporary directory be configured on a local drive, and not a network location, for performance reasons.
An image-based / bare-metal backup should never be considered a replacement for a nightly data backup plan.
- It is highly recommended to enable the Include all critical volumes option to select all critical volumes for backup automatically.
The following steps are performed during a backup job:
Connection from the backup client to the backup server is established.
Download the server file list from the backup server.
Commands are issued to create the System backup data.
System backup data is temporarily stored in the temporary storage volume in the backup set.
System backup data are compressed into 1 single file.
Server and local file lists are compared to determine which file will be uploaded.
Delta file is generated (if necessary).
Data is encrypted, and uploaded to the backup server.
System backup data is removed from the temporary storage volume specified in the backup set.
Backup completed successfully.
- Login to the ACB application user interface. Double click the ACB desktop icon to launch the application.
- Create a MS Windows System Backup Set. In the ACB main interface, click Backup Sets.
- Create an MS Windows System backup set by clicking the “+” icon next to Add new backup set.
- Select MS Windows System Backup as the Backup set type; then enter a Name for your backup set.
Select the location where you would like to store the system backup file during a backup. Select a local volume from the dropdown menu or enter the UNC path to a network volume that is accessible to the client computer. Click Next to proceed.
- In the Backup Source menu, select the volume(s) which you would like to backup. Enable the Include all critical volumes option to select all critical volumes for backup automatically. This will ensure that the backup image can be used for full-system / bare- metal recovery. Click Next to proceed.
- In the Schedule menu, configure a backup schedule for backup job to run automatically at your specified time interval. Click Add to add a new schedule, then click Next to proceed afterward.
- In the Destination menu, select a backup destination where the backup data will be stored. Click the “+” icon next to Add new storage destination / destination pool.
Note: Multiple backup destinations can be configured for a single backup set.
- Setup Encryption. By DEFAULT, a 44bit key is created.
- Enter the Domain Name / Host Name of the computer, User Name and Password of the Windows account that will be running the backup.
- Click Next to create the new backup set.
There are several methods which you can restore the Windows System: