Features and Components

For a complete version history of product updates, refer to the online ShadowProtect ReadMe document.

Component Features
This console manages the disaster recovery configuration on your Windows system. The console can:

  • Configure backup jobs that run unobtrusively in the background using Microsoft VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Service).
  • Store backups on any accessible media including network storage (SAN, NAS, iSCSI), removable drives (USB, FireWire), and optical media (CD, DVD, Blu-Ray).
  • Verify backup images to ensure data integrity.
  • Create compressed and encrypted backup image files for efficiency and security.
  • Run wizard-based recovery of files, folders, or a complete data volume, to an exact point in time.
  • View backup images for quick file and folder recovery.
  • Mount any backup image file as a virtual disk using VirtualBoot.
  • Remotely manage system backup and recovery operations.
Backup Agent
The engine that creates a system's point-in-time backup images. The ShadowProtect console manages the operation of this backup agent.

StorageCraft Recovery Environment

A bootable environment for disaster recovery which doesn't require installing software. StorageCraft offers both a recovery environment based on Windows and the new Recovery Environment-CrossPlatform based on Linux which also restores all supported Windows systems. Either environment can:

  • Access all critical features of the ShadowProtect Console from a standalone disaster recovery environment.
  • Load from a bootable CD or USB drive.
  • Restore a system (bootable) volume quickly and easily.
  • Back up a non-bootable system before attempting a restore operation.
  • Use Hardware Independent Restore (HIR) to restore to different hardware, or to virtual environments (P2P, P2V, V2P).

For more information about the Recovery Environment, see the StorageCraft Recovery Environment User Guide.


StorageCraft also offers ImageManager which provides policy-driven services for managing backup image files. These include:

  • Consolidation of Incremental backup image files into daily, weekly, and monthly consolidated image files that greatly reduce the number of files in an image chain.
  • Verification and re-verification of backup image files, including consolidated files.
  • Replication of backup image files to a local drive, a network share, or an off-site location (using FTP, intelligentFTP, or ShadowStream).
  • Head Start Restore (HSR) lets you restore a backup image while ShadowProtect continues to add  incremental backup images to it. This lets you greatly reduce the downtime associated with hardware failure or hardware migration tasks.

For more information about ImageManager features, see the ImageManager User Guide.

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