Virtual Machine Backup using BackupChain®

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Key Features

  • Create a backup copy while VMs are running without interruption.
  • Support for all Windows Servers, including Hyper-V Server 2012 / 2008, Windows Server 2012 / 2008, VMware Workstation, Virtual Server 2005, VMware, and Virtual PC
  • BackupChain can be installed on the host or inside the VM.
  • Full, Incremental, and Differential backups possible.
  • In-file delta technology (also known as file version differencing or deduplication) identifies what has changed since the previous backup cycle and writes it out to a delta file.
  • A short walkthrough can be found here.

Related Features

  • Live VM backup for online VMs. It is also possible to run BackupChain inside the virtual machine.
  • Duplicate and compress directories, drives, and network folders to USB, FTP, FTPS, external hard drives, and other PCs on your network. Compression mode can be fine-tuned depending on file type.
  • Set up a Remote Backup system and back up your files over the Internet or network to another server or PC.
  • Automated and Continuous Protection. Set up several virtual server backup tasks with the flexible scheduler to copy files from and to your network.
  • Full Volume Shadow Service Capability: BackupChain takes snapshots of database files and virtual disk image files even when the services are running. (Example: VHDXs, VHDs, VMDKs, AVHDs, ORA, DBF files)
  • Fine-tuned File Versioning: Depending on the file type, you can stipulate how many file versions you wish to keep. Also you can determine how you want each file type to be compressed.
  • Multithreaded and 64-bit Optimized: Backing up millions of files is achieved with minimal resources and no external database requirement. You can use CPU throttling to ensure your server remains full responsive if necessary.
  • 100% Unicode. Unlike other tools based on old technologies, BackupChain supports Unicode at all levels.
  • Unattended: BackupChain runs unattended in the background as a service.
  • Advanced Task Scheduler: Schedule continuous, hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly backups, or backups to run on selected days of the week or month. Missed tasks (for example, due to power outage) can also be made to run ASAP.
  • Configurable File Filter. Exclude specific folders, file types, and files.
  • Configurable File Versioning: You can specify the number of versions per file type and also how you want each type compressed.
  • Standard Compression File Formats. You can quickly access your backup files on non-Server machines without any problems.
  • Backup offsite and Receive Backups via FTP/FTPS: Combine two BackupChain servers (or with a standard FTP Server) to set up a secure, centralized offsite backup server.
  • Network Shares and NAS backups. BackupChain can be configured to pull the data from other PCs and servers.
  • CPU Throttling: At times you can limit the backup to a single core to keep the server responsive.
  • Email Notification: Set up an email when backups start and in the event of an error.
  • Check out this step-by-step walkthrough: Backup VMware in 4 simple steps!

Supported Server Platforms:

Microsoft Windows Server 2012

Microsoft Windows Server 2008

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (Full and Core Installations)

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 (Microsoft's free OS)

Virtualization support for Hyper-V and Microsoft Virtual Server, and other systems.

Database support for Microsoft SQL Server, and other VSS-aware systems.

Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP are also supported