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Image-Based Backup and Recovery with MSP360 Backup

Image-Based Backup and Recovery with MSP360 Backup

MSP360 Backup for Windows Server allows you to create a system image backup of selected partition and easily restore it. You can perform the restore directly from the cloud or USB flash drive to any dissimilar hardware or Hyper-V, VMware virtual machine or Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud virtual environment.

In this blog post, you can find the step-by-step guides on how to back up and restore your disk images with MSP360 Backup software.

You might also be interested to check our system image backup guide.

Image-Based Backup with MSP360

Note: For the most detailed manual with the screenshots illustrating each step please refer to this section of our Web Help.
After launching MSP360 Backup, you can run the Backup Wizard by clicking the Image Based button

1. Select the backup route. On this step, you can select whether you need to back up your disk image to a single destination or two destinations at once.

2. Select a backup destination.
Image-based backup destination in CloudBerry Backup

3. Specify the plan name.

4. Select partitions to back up. With MSP360 Backup you can choose to back up only system-required partitions, all drives, or only selected partitions.
Image-based backup partition selection in CloudBerry Backup

5. Specify the advanced options.

- Block-level backup. Activate this feature to back up only modified blocks of your data after each previous backup.
When choosing this option, the wizard prompts you to schedule a full backup on a corresponding page.
Further reading: Block-level Backup Explained

- Exclude files/folders.  With this option enabled, you can specify which folders on the selected drives you need to exclude from your backup.

- Ignore bad sectors

- Disable VSS, use direct access to NTFS volume

- Use system VSS provider

- Prefetch block count

- Block size

6. Specify the compression and encryption settings.

7. Specify the retention policy.

8. Specify the schedule settings to make your backup routine run automatically.
Image-based backup schedule in CloudBerry Backup

9. If you enabled block-level backup, specify the schedule for automatic running of a full backup.

10. Chain your backups and assign pre-/post actions.

11. Customize email notifications and system log settings.

12. Review and run your backup plan.

Now your backup plan is successfully created.

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Restore from Image-Based Backup with MSP360

Note: For the most detailed manual with the screenshots illustrating each step please refer to this section of our Web Help.
1. Start the Restore Wizard by clicking Restore button on the MSP360 Backup toolbar and follow the Wizard steps.

2. Select backup storage. Skip the first wizard page and select a cloud or local storage to restore your backup from.

3. Specify the plan name.

4. Choose the data type you would like to restore.

5. Select a restore point. You can choose to restore the latest version, restore your system to a specific point of time, or manually select the versions of each image to restore.

6. Specify the restore destination.
Restore from Image-Based Backup: Specifying the restore destination

7. Select whether you need to use a temporary instance.

8. Select partitions to restore.
If you would like to find out how to resize the partition while restoring from image-based backup, check out this guide.

9. Specify the capacity of the destination disk.

10. Decrypt restored files and specify the encryption password.

11. In the next steps:
- Schedule your restore plan.
- Customize email notifications and system log settings.
- Check network shares, if you specified one or more network locations.

12. Save and run your restore plan.

Restoring System Image Backup on a Different Machine

In some cases, you may need to perform the restore of your system on a different machine. MSP360 Backup provides this opportunity. To restore your image backup on a machine with different hardware just follow the instruction below prior to running the Restore Wizard:

1. Download and install another copy of MSP360 Backup for Windows Server on a new computer. You can take advantage of a 15-day trial.

2. Register exactly the same cloud storage account that used before.

3. Select the same storage bucket as before.

4. Click on the Advanced settings link to specify the backup prefix.
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5. From the "Backup prefix" drop-down menu, select the same prefix that you used in your previous computer so MSP360 Backup can find the data in the specified storage bucket.
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6. The next step is to synchronize the repository in order to retrieve the metadata of all the files associated with the backed up system.

Note: Repository sync will start automatically for all cloud storages except cold storages like Amazon Glacier.  Once sync completed, you will be able to see your backups on the Backup Storage tab. If it is not thereby some reason, run the repository sync manually:

To synchronize the repository, select Options from the drop-down menu located in the top-right corner of the screen.options_sync

7. In the Options dialog, navigate to Repository tab and click Synchronize Repository button.rep_tab

8. In the Synchronize Repository dialog, select the desired storage account from the Account drop-down list and click Synchronize Now button.start_button.1

After all the steps required for repository synchronization are done, just go ahead and run the MSP360 Restore Wizard to recover your system from an image backup.

You can try MSP360 Backup for Windows Server with the image-based backup and recovery features absolutely for free. Just go ahead and download our 15-day fully-functional trial version and check if it meets your requirements.

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