StorageCraft ImageManager - Take Charge of Your Backups–Onsite, Offsite, and in the Cloud

NEW: StorageCraft ImageManager 7.0 Now Available

We’ve added features to make managing, organizing, and replicating backup images even easier:

intelligentFTP now included – StorageCraft intelligentFTP technology, which enables you to replicate backups to another location, now comes standard with StorageCraft ImageManager.

HeadStart Restore now included – StorageCraft HeadStart Restore technology, which lets you pre-stage the recovery of a server, now comes standard with StorageCraft ImageManager.

Advanced Image Verification – Set the desired backups to automatically boot in a virtual environment, and receive an email with attached screenshot showing success or failure.

Expandable Managed Folders – Expand managed folders to show detailed job information, such as the state of replication or HeadStart Restore jobs. Additionally, quickly and easily view the status of ongoing Verification and Consolidation activities.

Managed Folder Filters – Filter folders based on jobs configured, job type, running tasks, synching folders, and more.

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Backup Store Management – Configure a single managed folder where policy settings apply to the subfolders within the backup store, and any new subfolders inherit the settings of the backup store.

 

What is StorageCraft ImageManager, and who should use it?

StorageCraft® ImageManager is free backup management software for IT administrators who use StorageCraft ShadowProtect® or StorageCraft ShadowProtect SPX backup and recovery software. StorageCraft ImageManager provides continual backup image verification and local replication.

Additionally, this management software features consolidation and retention. If you’re an IT administrator who schedules continuous incremental backups, you need this software to effectively maintain and manage the accumulated backup image files and the storage space they use. StorageCraft ImageManager collapses the incremental files into daily, weekly, monthly, and “rolling” files, which reduces the length of the backup chain needed for a recovery.

StorageCraft Recovery solutionStorageCraft ImageManager also offers features for replicating remotely and for pre-staging a recovery—these features make your organization truly disaster resistant.

StorageCraft ImageManager is part of the StorageCraft Recovery Solution, which provides you with all the tools you need to recover systems, applications, and data anytime, anywhere and from any disaster.

Effectively manage your continuous backups

Anyone who uses ShadowProtect or SPX will benefit from having StorageCraft ImageManager to verify backup images. However, those who employ a continuous incremental backup schedule must use StorageCraft ImageManager.

A continuous incremental schedule means that only one full backup is taken—from then on, all backups are incremental and can be taken as frequently as every 15 minutes. Continuous incremental backups are ideal for backing up high-availability servers or large data volumes.

Using continuous incrementals reduces the backup window and backup image size—but they require managing. If left unmanaged, continuous incremental image chains become so long that they can hamper recovery efforts.

That’s where StorageCraft ImageManager comes in. StorageCraft ImageManager enables you to set consolidation and retention policies for ShadowProtect and SPX backups. These policies reduce the backup chain length and, in turn, the storage space needed while sustaining the organization’s capability for file and folder recovery.

StorageCraft ImageManager premium features allow for replicating local backup images offsite and for pre-staging a recovery before a disaster ever happens.

A necessary element of backup and disaster recovery planning

Scenarios for which IT administrators and other IT professionals use StorageCraft ImageManager:

  • Verifying and re-verifying backup image files to ensure the backup is ready when needed
  • Managing continuous incremental backup image chains through consolidation and retention policies
  • Replicating backup images to a local drive so as to be prepared for the most common disasters, such as human error or hardware failure
  • Replicating backup images over the network or remotely so as to be prepared for a site-wide disaster (may require buying a job license, depending on the file-transfer technology you choose)
  • Reducing recovery time by pre-staging a backup on a virtual machine (VM) or local physical disk

Features and benefits of StorageCraft ImageManager

Managed folder structure

Managed-folder Structure

Reduce time spent configuring settings on managed backup jobs.

  • Configure a single managed folder, the backup store, and its policy settings will apply to all its subfolders
  • Create new subfolders in the backup store and know that they are automatically managed and inherit the settings of the backup store unless you choose to override them
Verification

Image Verification

Know your backup image files are in a known good state for fast and reliable recovery.

  • Automatically verify the integrity of your backup image files and chains through MD5 validation (if verification fails, backup images won’t be consolidated, retained, or replicated)
  • Define if and how frequently backup image files are automatically verified and re-verified
  • Configure verification actions to be the same for all managed folders (of backup images) or configure specific verification actions for each managed folder
  • Manage how computer processing resources are used during verification functions
Advanced Verification

Advanced Image Verification

Regularly get visual confirmation that backups are working as they should.

  • Set the desired backups to automatically boot in a virtual environment by using integrated StorageCraft VirtualBoot technology
  • Following each automated boot of a backup, receive an email with attached screenshot of the System Login Screen showing success or failure
  • Configure this advanced image verification to occur on a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule
Consolidation

Consolidation

Reduce restoration time, risk of backup-file corruption, and needed storage space by automatically consolidating continuous-incremental backup image files.

  • Consolidate these continuous-incremental backup image files into daily, weekly, and monthly files to reduce the length of the backup image chain
  • Roll up multiple monthly consolidated files to further shorten the backup image chain
Retention

Retention

Balance storage space and file recovery needs through retention policies that you set.

  • Minimize the storage space your backups use by managing the retention policies for continuous-incremental and consolidated backup image files
  • Balance restoration granularity and storage consumption by managing the retention of continuous-incremental and consolidated backup image files
  • Manage backup image file cleanup for all managed folders (of backup images) on a network by setting global retention policies
  • Override global settings to configure a retention policy for a particular managed folder (of backup images)
  • Set different retention policies for backup images replicated locally versus replicated offsite
Notification and Monitoring

Notification and Monitoring

Easily watch over backup jobs in the user interface and receive notice when an issue arises.

  • Enable email notification for backup operation failures, warnings, agent inactivity, and diminishing storage space
  • Expand managed folders to see detailed job information, such as the state of replication jobs
  • Filter managed folders based on jobs configured, job type, running tasks, and other options
  • See a managed folder’s used and free space as a percentage, in gigabytes, and in a pie chart
Throttling

Throttling and Concurrent Processing

Maintain strong system-wide performance by managing how StorageCraft ImageManager uses system resources.

  • Manage the network bandwidth StorageCraft ImageManager uses to transfer backup images to a remote site (restrict usage during peak business hours, and throttle up after closing)
  • Control how much central processing unit (CPU) time StorageCraft ImageManager can use to do its work
  • Control the number of backup image folders, replication jobs, and recovery jobs to be processed at the same time for max efficiency
Local Replication

Local Replication

Replicate backups onto a local drive so that you’re prepared for hardware failure or other small-scale disaster.

  • Create redundant copies of backup image files
  • Save backup image copies to a locally attached hard drive
  • Avoid transferring unnecessary or obsolete backup image files
Network Replication

Network Replication

Replicate backups to a network share so that you’re prepared for a small-scale disaster.

  • Create redundant copies of backup image files to a local or wide area network share (LAN, WAN) using StorageCraft intelligentFTP® technology
  • Set your LAN or WAN replication target to be a network server, VMware ESX server, BDR appliance, or network-attached storage (NAS)
  • Avoid transferring unnecessary or obsolete backup image files
Offsite Replication

Offsite Replication

Replicate backups offsite with one of two file-transfer technologies so that you’re prepared for a site-wide disaster.  

  • Send copies of backup image files to a remote server, co-location facility, or a data center using StorageCraft intelligentFTP technology
  • Send copies of backup image files to a remote server, co-location facility, or a data center using StorageCraft ShadowStream technology (license required)
  • Replicate incremental files offsite while populating and shipping a base backup image on a drive
  • Avoid transferring unnecessary or obsolete backup image files
StorageCraft Cloud Offsite Replication

StorageCraft Cloud Offsite Replication

Replicate backups to our cloud so that you’re prepared for a site-wide or regional disaster.

  • Replicate encrypted backup image files to the StorageCraft Cloud (you must have a StorageCraft Cloud Services account)
  • Replicate incremental files offsite while populating and shipping a base backup image on a drive
  • Avoid transferring unnecessary or obsolete backup image files
Recovery with HeadStart Restore

Recovery

Pre-stage the recovery of a server before disaster strikes, and reduce downtime with StorageCraft HeadStart Restore® technology.

  • Start a restore operation of a multi-terabyte server to a virtual or physical disk (your standby volume) while the original production server continues to run
  • Finalize the restore operation by applying the original production server’s final incremental backup to the pre-staged standby volume
  • Migrate or restore a server in the time it would take to reboot your server (because your recovery is pre-staged)

 

 

Want to learn more?

See our support documentation and marketing materials:

  • Data Sheet – an overview complete with features and benefits
  • Scenario Guide – proven examples of when to use this product
  • User Guide – the user manual—step-by-step instructions
  • ReadMe – a supplement to the user guide—system requirements, enhancements, issues

Licensing

StorageCraft ImageManager doesn’t require you to purchase a license to use it. However, in order to install the software, you will need to accept the End User License Agreement.

ShadowStream licensing

To use StorageCraft ShadowStream technology, you need to purchase jobs. When you purchase jobs, you receive a product serial number, which may contain one or more job licenses. You can assign these job licenses to the same or different computers, and you can move them between computers as needed.

See the User Guide: Licensing for specifics.

Screenshots

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Auto-manage Folders screenshot
Subfolder Contents screenshot
Advanced Verification Options screenshot
Folders Running Tasks screenshot
Filter Folders screenshot

Technical specifications

StorageCraft ImageManager runs on most Microsoft Windows operating systems, but we recommend using a Windows Server operating system. (Please be aware that StorageCraft ImageManager 7 will not work on Windows 2000).

StorageCraft ImageManager requires you have Microsoft .NET 3.5 service pack 1 installed.

For a complete list of requirements and supported operating systems, see our: