Creating Backup Image Files

Note: For information about creating a backup image file in Recovery Environment, see the StorageCraft Recovery Environment User Guide.

ShadowProtect provides two ways to create backup image files using the Backup Wizard:

One-Time Backup: The Backup Wizard guides you through creating an immediate full backup image file. Consider the following when creating a one-time backup job:

  • ShadowProtect supports one-time backup images from both Windows and Recovery Environment. For more information about each of these products, see Features and Components.
  • You must be a member of the Administrator group on the system where you want to create a backup.
  • One-time backup jobs can be run at any time. They do not affect existing scheduled backup jobs for that volume.

Scheduled Backup: The Backup Wizard guides you through the process of creating a recurring backup job. Consider the following when creating a scheduled backup job:

  • A volume can belong to no more than one scheduled incremental backup job. Note that this limitation does not prevent creating a one-time backup image or a differential backup image of that volume.
  • If ShadowProtect is currently running a backup job for that volume, or the computer is turned off and unavailable, ShadowProtect skips any scheduled backup jobs for that volume at that time.
  • ShadowProtect supports scheduled backup images only from Windows (not the Recovery Environment).
  • ShadowProtect includes VirtualBoot, which allows administrators to launch a temporary replacement for a crashed or disabled server or workstation  Note: In order to continue the existing backup chain for the system while it is hosted on a VirtualBoot VM, you must use a ShadowProtect Destination Object of type "Network Share" in the backup job to store the system's image files (see Destinations).

Note: Use the Backup Wizard to configure a NETGEAR ReadyDATA destination.

Backup Scheduling Options

ShadowProtect offers a set of scheduling options:

Now
  • Creates Full or Differential backup images.
    Note: The differential option is active only for an existing chain.
  • Creates a one-time backup job that starts as soon as the Backup Wizard closes.
Later
  • Creates full backup images.
  • Creates a one-time backup job at the specified date and time.

By default, the Start Time fields display the current date and time. To change the date and time settings, click on an element of the date/time (month, day, year, hour minute, second, AM/PM), then type or use the up/down buttons to set the desired value.

Weekly
  • Creates Full and Incremental backup images.
  • Creates a recurring backup job based on a weekly schedule. You select the weekdays and time of day to start a Full backup.
  • Optionally, you can specify a schedule for Incremental backups.

             a. Select the weekdays to create incremental backups.
             b. Specify times of day to start and stop creating incremental backups.
             c. Specify the incremental backup frequency (minutes between incremental backups).

Note: The Weekly schedule always creates a new full backup at least once a week, even after the incrementals in between. To create a backup job that takes a full backup and then a single incremental once a week, for example, select Continuous Incrementals and define the day and time to take the incremental once a week. For example, select only Saturday for an incremental, with the interval of 999 minutes. This creates a single full backup at the start of the job, then a single incremental on Saturday each week. In the event of a drive failure, however, such a schedule would result in the loss of up to a full week of data.

Monthly
  • Creates Full and Incremental backup images.
  • Creates a recurring backup job based on a monthly schedule. Select the days of the month and time of day to start a full backup.
  • Optionally, you can specify a schedule for incremental backups.

            a. Select the weekdays to create incremental backups.
            b. Specify times of day to start creating incremental backups

Continuous Incrementals
  • Creates Full and Incremental backup images.
  • Creates a single Full backup, then creates recurring incremental backups from that point forward. This option requires StorageCraft ImageManager (see the StorageCraft ImageManager User Guide).

To specify the Incremental backup schedule:

            a. Select the weekdays to create incremental backups.
            b. Specify times of day to start and stop creating incremental backups.
            c. Specify the Incremental backup frequency (minutes between incremental backups).

Note: ShadowProtect allows only one incremental backup job for each source volume.

Creating a Differential Backup Image

Use  a differential to create a backup file that contains only the differences since the last backup. Note that a To create a differential:

  1. Select Differential backup in the wizard's Backup Schedule page.
  2. Continue with the wizard to the Previous Backup Image page.
  3. Select the existing backup image file to use as a basis for creating the differential backup image.
  4. Click Next.
  5. On the Options page, select the desired backup image file options.
    Note: The Options page lets you set both basic and advanced backup image options.
  6. Click Next to continue with the wizard.
    ShadowProtect creates a differential backup image file for this system.

Email Notifications

To receive email notifications when a backup job succeeds or fails,  go to Options > Agent Options. Configure an email address, then select either or both Send Email on Success or Send Email on Failure to receive notices.

Start a New Job after an OS Upgrade

Operating system upgrades make profound changes to software. StorageCraft recommends starting a new backup job after an OS upgrade rather than attempt to continue with an older existing chain of the same volume. If the upgrade is from one major OS release to another, you will also need to deactivate the ShadowProtect license and uninstall the software prior to the upgrade. (For example, a major upgrade would be from a Windows 7 system to Windows 8 or a Windows 8 to Windows Pro.) After the OS upgrade, reinstall ShadowProtect and reactivate the license.

Note: The system preserves backup job configurations and other ShadowProtect settings through the reinstall.

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