VirtualBoot Requirements

VirtualBoot requirements include those of ShadowProtect and VirtualBox:

Software Requirements

Note: StorageCraft recommends upgrading to the latest supported build of VirtualBox for maximum reliable performance.

ShadowProtect 4.x or later: VirtualBoot supports backup image files created by any version of ShadowProtect, but you must have ShadowProtect 4.x or later installed to run the application. ShadowProtect 4.x includes VirtualBoot as a core component of the console installation.

Note: Although VirtualBoot can generate a VM from backup image files created with any version of ShadowProtect, StorageCraft recommends using VirtualBoot with backup image files created by ShadowProtect 3.3 and later to get full access to the benefits of VirtualBoot.

VirtualBox: VirtualBox is an open source VM environment from Oracle. VirtualBoot provides native support for ShadowProtect files in a VirtualBox VM. For information about VirtualBox and to download the software, visit www.virtualbox.org.

ShadowProtect supports various versions of VirtualBox up through v4.3.12. Please refer to the VirtualBoot Developer Notes found in the ShadowProtect directory for details on the latest supported versions.

Warning: VirtualBoot does not support VirtualBox 4.0.0 as that version does not properly use third-party plugins.

Hardware Requirements

VirtualBoot hardware requirements are driven primarily by the hardware requirements necessary to run VirtualBox (see VirtualBox End-User Documentation).

Processor: Oracle recommends using a recent (last five years) "reasonably powerful" x86 processor (either Intel or AMD), including AMD/Intel x64 processors. VirtualBoot does not support Itanium (IA64).

Note: When using VirtualBoot to boot an image of an x64 operating system, make sure that your host hardware supports AMD-V or VT-x, and that AMD-V, or VT-x, is enabled in the host machine's hardware BIOS settings.

Memory: At least 1GB

Hard Drive: At least 10 GB. This is dependent upon the guest operating system you want to load in the VM.

Host OS: VirtualBoot supports the same host operating systems as VirtualBox 1.6; namely Windows XP or later. Windows 2000 is not supported.

Guest OS: VirtualBoot supports backup image files that contain backups of the following operating systems (this is the OS that runs in the VM):

  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP (32- and 64-bit)
  • Windows 2003 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Windows Vista (32- and 64-bit)
  • Windows 2008 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Windows 2008 R2 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Windows 8 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2012 and R2

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