BackupChain includes a fully automated Hyper-V backup software tool with dozens of unique features. These features help you set up efficient and fine-tuned backups, exactly the way you need them to be. BackupChain backup software is a versatile backup tool used by notable organizations worldwide.
Fully Automatic, Live Virtual Machine Hyper-V Backup
One license of BackupChain backs up an unlimited number of Hyper-V virtual machines fully automatically. Unlike other tools, you don’t need to purchase additional licenses for VMs or CPU sockets.
Hyper-V virtual machine backups are live, without interruptions, and all you need to do is select the virtual machine from a list and enter a target:
There are two ways to back up virtual machines using our automatic feature:
1. File-based Hyper-V backup: You simply select your folder that contains the VMs, such as C:\VHDs
2. Virtual machine based / Automatic Hyper-V backup: You select the virtual machine from a list and BackupChain configures the task automatically. See this Hyper-V guide for more information on how to back up Hyper-V guests.
BackupChain supports Cluster Shared Volumes, failover cluster, and sequential backup. The “sequential” option ensures your server’s resources are only used to a minimum by backing up one virtual machine at a time. This is important when you have a production system with dozens of VMs and want to minimize the system impact of your backups.
Snapshots are included in backups and correctly restored even on new hosts.
To restore a backup of a Hyper-V VM, simply select it from the restore screen and press ‘Restore’. You may also use the clone virtual machine feature, which is enabled by default.
Note, you may back up VMs to a local folder, external drive, a network share, or via FTP using an efficient deduplication algorithm which dramatically reduces processing time, bandwidth, and space requirements.
BackupChain Pays for Itself: Save on Expensive Storage Costs
On average you can expect to fit 18 versions of a 1 TB virtual machine in a 4 TB (that is actually 3.6 TB) drive; i.e. 5 times more. Whether you store your backups to USB, a high-quality RAID array, or the cloud, the storage savings deduplication and compression achieve are enormous.
Moreover, technical support is included in your license. Apart from saving you money, we also can help you get your backups set up quickly, and exactly the way you want them to work.
No Agents Needed — Agentless
You only need to install Hyper-V Integration Services (shipped with Windows). There is no need to install anything inside virtual machines; all features work from the host, including the Granular Backup feature described below, which is part of BackupChain Server Enterprise Edition.
Restore VMs on New Virtual Hosts, Clone Machines Optionally
Virtual machines may be restored anywhere: On new hosts, or on the original host in a side-by-side configuration. Name clashes are automatically avoided using BackupChain’s clone function when restoring (this is the default option).
Sequential VM or Simultaneous Replication
BackupChain includes a crucial feature missing from many other tools on the market: the ability to run tasks in sequence, one by one rather than all simultaneously. Running tasks sequentially dramatically reduces stress on your host server; however, BackupChain also includes a simultaneous option so you can protect several virtual machines consistently to get a true, multiple-machine point-in-time image.
Restore Older Versions of Virtual Machines or Older Versions of Data Files
BackupChain may be configured to retain any number of virtual machine images. You can restore entire VM disks or just files or folders from within VM images (see Granular Backup & Restore below)
Backup and Restore Checkpoints / Snapshots
Even though Microsoft strictly recommends against the use of Hyper-V snapshots on production systems, you can back up and restore snapshot chains even to new servers (of similar CPU architecture and Windows version).
Boot Instantly from Target Folder
You will find BackupChain gives you full control over the data formats like no other backup software. You can use file-level deduplication, ZIP (or variants of ZIP) compression, encryption, or no processing at all. The latter option allows you to instantly boot VMs directly from your target folder. See Hyper-V Instant Recovery Strategy
Protect Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server Virtual Machines
BackupChain uses VSS to ensure application consistent backups of your virtual machines. Backing up Exchange 2007 or later and SQL Server 2005 and later is hence no problem. You can use the Granular Backup and Granular Restore features discussed below to take folder copies of Exchange and SQL services from the host. Using the Granular Restore feature you can restore point-in-time versions of Exchange or SQL Server without
restoring the entire Hyper-V virtual machine.
Granular Backup and Granular Restore
BackupChain Server Enterprise Edition includes two unique features: Granular Backup and Granular Restore on all modern virtual machine platforms.
Granular Backup is an innovative new Hyper-V backup feature that allows you to back up individual files residing inside a virtual machine, but from the host and without the need to install software inside the virtual machine (agentless). You simply run BackupChain on the host and select files or folders inside the virtual machine’s file system and BackupChain takes care of the rest.
First you select the virtual disk file. Supported are VHDX, VHD, VDI, and VMDK:
Then simply select the files or folders you want backed up inside the virtual machine:
BackupChain will only involve those virtual machines you select. By protecting only the virtual machines you need, BackupChain reduces the load on your server.
Granular Restore is a useful feature to cut restore time dramatically if you only need a subset of your virtual machine data restored. You can open your full virtual machine images (deduplicated and compressed, or plain format) using BackupChain’s Restore Screen and simply double click on a file to restore it. Alternatively you can select several files and folders and extract them to your hard drive. The extraction
process does this without restoring the entire virtual machine. As you can see in the screenshot below, using Granular Restore only takes a couple of clicks:
Graphical User Interface Even on Windows Server 2008 R2 / Server 2012 Core
Connect to a Windows Core Server via Remote Desktop and work with a graphical user interface instead of the command line. You can create copies of VM data stored on local drives, iSCSI, SAN, and Cluster Shared Volumes to any local, network, or FTP targets with smart deduplication (delta compression) technology that saves costs, resources, and time. ZIP, uncompressed, and other formats are also available. Database server and file
protection are also supported.
BackupChain runs on all Microsoft Windows Server variants with full graphical user interface:
1. On Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 / R2 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 / R2, Microsoft’s free server operating systems.
2. On Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Full Installation; with Hyper-V Role and,
3. On all Core installations of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R1 and R2 with Hyper-V role installed. (Full GUI available in Core installations).
4. On all Core installations of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V role installed. (Full GUI available in Core installations).
BackupChain Integrates with Volume Shadow Service and Cluster Shared Volumes
As live backup became an industry requirement, no disaster recovery tool should lack VSS integration. Microsoft’s VSS, especially its new version in Windows Server 2008 R2 with the improved support for virtual machines, is crucial for creating consistent live backups.
Virtual machine live protection mechanisms require a tight integration of the Volume Shadow Copy Service on the guest side as well; therefore, it is important that the Guest Integration
Services are installed on each virtual machine to ensure the VSS signal is properly processed in the VM. Some data protection experts argue that Microsoft integrates VSS better than VMware; hence, Windows VMs are better hosted on Hyper-V from a data protection perspective.
Protecting Cluster Shared Volumes (CSVs) and Storage Area Network (SANs)
BackupChain Server Editions support Cluster Shared Volumes as well as attached SAN and iSCSI drive protection.
Local, Network, and Remote FTP Targets
Since virtual machine images (VHD files) tend to be many GB large, these heavy-weight files need to be processed efficiently. Ideally the target should be another SCSI drive, an eSATA external drive, an USB drive, or another
machine on a Gigabit network. BackupChain supports all these as well as FTP and FTPS targets to enable data centers to move their virtual machines offsite without sacrificing performance.
Backup to Network Attached Storage Devices
Various optimizations were added to BackupChain backup software to improve processing speeds on all leading network attached storage devices, including: Buffalo, Seagate, Terramaster, Qnap, Synology, Terastation, IoMega, Diskstation, FreeNAS, and Western Digital.
Moreover, our test facility performs periodic tests of Hyper-V server backups to ensure best performance on all major hard disks, including: Western Digital, LaCie, Seagate, WD, Axiom, HGST, IBM, Hitachi, Hewlett-Packard, and Toshiba.
Deduplication: Incremental and Differential Delta Compression Technology
In some data protection tools “incremental backups” mean that the program will only process files that changed; however, in the case of virtual machine duplication, the files are so big that it is not an option to retain a full copy of each VM at each backup cycle. BackupChain contains proprietary in-file delta compression technology to ensure data copies use only minimal amounts of space. This form of compression reduces the load in the target store but it also reduces bandwidth requirements because only the actual change within the VM is stored. This is why BackupChain is perfectly suited for remote backups, even via FTP. Because BackupChain’s backup technology does not require a local history of VMs from previous cycles, your servers can run on minimal equipment. This advantage is crucial to transport incremental and differential backups over the Internet.
High-Speed Data Compression using Multiple CPU Cores
Data compression is standard feature in most data protection programs; however,when it comes to large file backups, it is necessary to provide the best compression rate within a reasonable amount of time. In order to keep the processing time to a minimum, optimal resource usage is necessary. BackupChain offers full CPU utilization as a standard feature without CPU or CPU core number limitations. BackupChain compresses and encrypts files (optional) with AES-256 (HIPAA compliant encryption) and utilizes all CPUs and CPU cores simultaneously. This technology draws the highest possible data rate from your RAID controller.
Powerful Multithreaded Task Scheduling
BackupChain is equipped with a flexible scheduler that permits complex schedule settings and concurrent execution. This feature of BackupChain allows administrators to utilize their resources to fullest extent possible and create protection tasks at complex intervals as needed.
Remote Virtual Machine Replication and Restore Features
BackupChain is the only data protection program on the market with a built-in FTP server and client, which are the building blocks needed to quickly set up an efficient remote replication system. Hyper-V VMs can thus easily be backed up and restored offsite over the Internet at a remote location without the need for additional software. Administrators concerned about security can switch on the military-strength encryption feature and transmit over FTPS as an option.
Fully Functional 20-day Trial Version Available
The trial version is fully functional, requires no reboots, and is supported by our tech support department. Technical support and development are based in Baltimore,
Maryland, USA and may be contacted by email, live chat (use link in top menu), and phone ( 1-800-906-5150).
BackupChain offers the same user interface on full as well as on core installations of Windows and supports Cluster Shared Volumes, iSCSI, and SAN. It offers deduplication support, an advanced scheduler, FTP support, and many additional features to cut processing time and reduce storage usage.
BackupChain also includes Granular Backup, an innovative new technology which allows you to selectively back up files residing in virtual machines from the host without installing agents. You can install BackupChain on Windows Server 2008/R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 / R2, and Core Environments.
U.S. technical support for BackupChain is available (9 AM – 5 PM ET) by phone, email, and live chat; a 24/7 support option is also available 24/7 for premium license holders.
Download a full function 20 day trial of BackupChain Backup Software from our download page, and start your backup within minutes!
Fully automatic backups for Windows Server 2012 R2 (also 2008) and Windows 8. Includes Cluster Shared Volume, iSCSI, SAN, NAS Support
Free deduplication (incremental / differential) backup features on local, USB, NAS, network, and even remote / FTP.
Granular Backup & Restore
Add our enterprise grade, high-speed cloud backup hosting plans: 100 GB to 35 TB
Backup Windows Server + Windows 10 Hyper-V
BackupChain backs up Hyper-V VMs on Windows Servers as well as Windows 10! Also, Windows 8 VM backups may be restored to Windows Server and vice versa
File Server Backup
BackupChain does more than just VM backup: It offers all you need for secure, efficient, compressed, and incremental file server backups.
In addition to local backups, virtual machine backups can be sent to your own private cloud, home office, our the BackupChain cloud. Backups may be compressed, deduplicated, and encrypted with AES encryption.
24 Hour Tech Support
You’ll never be in left in the dark. We pick up the phone and reply to emails faster than anyone in the industry. Also, lots of self-help documentation is available
No VM agents are needed and One license backs up an unlimited number of VMs per host. All-in-one backup solution backed by a Best Value Guarantee and 110% Money-Back Guarantee
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Recommended Info Resources
- 18 Hyper-V Pitfalls You Need to Know
- Live Hyper-V Backup using Hyper-V VSS Writer: How It Works
- Hyper-V Checkpoints versus Backups
- Hyper-V and VMware vSphere Architectures: Pros and Cons
- How to: Hyper-V Replication for Immediate Disaster Recovery
- 8 Pros and Cons of using USB External Drives
- Windows 8.1 Hyper-V Client Backup Step-by-Step
- How to Increase Hyper-V Speed and Improve Performance
- Freeware Disk2VHD
- Free Hyper-V Server
- Clustering Blog
- Hyper V Technet Resources
- MS Virtualization Blog
- Remote Desktop Services Blog
- SCDPM Blog
- SCOM Blog
- SCVMM Blog
- System Center Community
- Hyper-V Scripts in PowerShell
- System Center Nexus
- Virtual PC Guy- Ben
- Deutsches Microsoft Virtualisierungs Forum
- VM Backup
- Virtualization Blog DE
- KB Cloud Articles
- Microsoft Hyper-V Forum
- BackupChain in Deutsch
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