Image-Based Backup (Current Backup Format)
Managed Backup features image-based backups.
Image-based backup allows you to take a snapshot of an entire operating system with all data associated with it including the system state and application configurations, and save it as a single image. With image-based backup you can recover operation system on your users' computers from the system image file as it was on the moment of the last image-based backup plan run.
Currently, the image-based Backup is the most reliable way to back up everything on a system. It is an efficient way to prevent possible consequences of system crash that is useful for servers and workstations.
The new image-based backup:
- Supports Windows Server 2008/2012, Windows Vista/7/8
- Does not require space on the local drive. Backup is executed directly to the cloud
- Supports restore from USB Flash directly from the cloud
- Allows you to select all, system-required, or specific volumes for backup
- Supports restore to a dissimilar hardware
- Supports item-level restore from disc image
- Supports restore to Hyper-V or VMware as a virtual machine.
Learn more how to download the latest Backup Agent in the following topic.
Image-Based Backup Plan on User Computer
- Run Backup Agent
- Click Image Based.
- Backup wizard starts. Follow consequently backup wizard steps to configure the image-based plan.
- Select a cloud storage to store your image-based backups.
- Specify the name for the backup plan.
- Select partitions to back up.
In case you need to back up a BitLocker-encrypted disk volume, unlock a BitLocker-encrypted drive to enable to back it up.
On image-based backup plan, the Backup Wizard provides the "Keep BitLocker" option:
- When this option is enabled, the drive is backed up as is, with BitLocker encryption preserved. As a result, you will not be able to restore individual files from an encrypted volume afterwards. BitLocker encryption will be preserved for a disk image restored from such a backup.
- When this option is disabled, the backup service will decrypt the volume contents during the backup processing. A disk volume copy restored from this backup will not be encrypted as a result. This enables you to restore individual files from an unencrypted image-based backup.
- Select files/folders you want to exclude and specify advanced options.
- Ignore bad sectors. Enable this option to allow the recovery process to complete after encountering any damaged sectors on a local storage drive. After restoring such a volume, bad sectors will become empty sectors and you will not be able to read any files that were allocated in basd sectors.
- Disable VSS, use direct access to NTFS volume Disables Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), which may be required when a disk is not used for writing operations and has not enough space to create a VSS snapshot (typically, this is the case with system volumes).
- Use system VSS provider. This option forces MSP360 (CloudBerry) Backup to use the system default VSS provider. Select this check box in case of presence of any third-party VSS providers installed on the system that may interfere with proper processing of VSS snapshots by MSP360 (CloudBerry) Backup.
- Prefetch block count. Specifies the maximum number of blocks that MSP360 (CloudBerry) Backup can store in memory for each disk volume.
- Specify encryption and compression options for your backup plan.
- Specify the retention policy settings.
- Specify the schedule for the backup plan.
- Specify pre/post actions.
Starting from Management Console version 5.0, pre- or post- actions for Backup Agents can be restricted by provider. To learn more about the pre-/post action settings, refer to the Global Agent Options and Companies chapters
- Specify notification options.
- See the Summary step, finish the Backup Wizard.