Image-Based Backup Overview

An image-based backup is a backup type based on entire disk snapshots including data on disks, a system state, and all application configurations at the moment of backup. Backup data is kept in a single container called image.

With image-based backups, you can restore the operating system on your users' computers right from images as they were at the moment of the last image-based backup plan execution. Nowadays, the image-based backup plan is the most reliable way to back up everything on a computer. This backup type is the most efficient way to prevent possible consequences of system crashes that happen to occur on servers and workstations from time to time.

Image-based backup features are:

  • Flexible partition selection: all, system required, all fixed drives (new backup format only), or user selected partitions
  • Direct backup to cloud storage (no local space is required)
  • Hybrid backup (legacy backup format only)
  • Synthetic Full backup
  • GFS retention policy support (only new backup format)
  • Object Lock (Immutability) support (only new backup format)
  • Changed Block Tracking for image-based backups
  • Restore to dissimilar hardware
  • Restore directly from a cloud or USB flash drive
  • Restore of selected files and folders from disk image (Item-level restore)
  • Restore to Hyper-V or to ESXi host
  • Restore to Cloud (Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure VM)

Image-based backup is supported for:

  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2022
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 11

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