The storage provider choice is among the main principles of a backup strategy.
Our goal is to provide customers with an efficient backup solution. Basing on this, we decided to discontinue the support of consumer-grade cloud storage in our products. The list of discontinued storage providers is as follows:
The key causes that served as a reason for this decision:
Service and data availability are not guaranteed;
We recommend industry-leading cloud storage which comes with a number of benefits such as pay-as-you-go pricing, security management, and many more.
For Image-based backups, MSP360 Backup 6.1 provides the restore verification feature (beta version). When using this feature, MSP360 Backup creates and runs a test restore plan that downloads a part of the backed up data required to start a test Windows VM created with Windows Hyper-V.
The restore verification feature lets you check the backup integrity before restoring the full backup to a real Windows machine.
Hyper-V is built into Windows as an optional component that is available in Windows 8 or higher. For Windows Server versions, Hyper-V is available in Windows Server 2008 or higher.
For instructions on how to enable the Hyper-V role for your version of OS, see Microsoft documentation. For example, appropriate instructions for Windows 10 are available here.
Before Using This Feature
Before using the restore verification feature, consider the following limitations:
The Hyper-V role cannot be installed on Windows 10 Home.
For Windows Server versions, you can use the Restore Verification feature on computers running Windows Server 2012 or higher.
For the test VM, in the current user temporary folder, Windows creates the Virtual Hard Drive file (.vhdx file). By default, the user temporary folder is located on the C: drive. For the test VM to work properly, ensure that the C: drive has enough space.
Using the Restore Verification Feature
To check an image-based backup integrity, perform the following steps:
In the Home menu, navigate to the Backup Storage tab.
In the list of backups, select an image-based backup to check.
Right-click the backup, then select Restore Verification (BETA):
This creates and runs a test restore plan that will start a Windows VM using a part of the backed up data downloaded from the cloud storage. The virtual machine state is displayed in the preview screenshot:
TIP: Optionally, to log on into VM, click the Hyper-V Console link.
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