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Acronis has done it again. They have just made it easier for companies running the Microsoft for Small Business Server to easily backup and restore files or full server images. Like all of the Acronis products, they make it easy to create and restore images of the server ensuring you the most uptime that can be achieved by using an imaging solution.

Acronis Backup for Windows SBS Server was developed for Microsoft Small Business Server environments to recover from disasters and system failures in minutes, without technical assistance. Based on Acronis’ patented disk imaging and bare metal restore technologies, Acronis Backup Server SBS Edition is the next generation of the Acronis True Image disaster recovery product for physical and virtual server environments.

Acronis Backup Server SBS Edition is the most complete solution for small business owners that need a corporate computer imaging and backup solution. Acronis True Image for Microsoft Small Business Server is a comprehensive backup and recovery solution for heterogeneous computer infrastructure that may include any combination of physical and virtual, networked and standalone, Microsoft Windows and Linux based servers.

Acronis Backup Server SBS Edition creates a transportable image, independent of the hardwarePLATFORM that can be restored directly to and from any virtual or physical environment.

Minimizes downtime

Acronis True Image for Microsoft Small Business Server enables you to restore systems before the users or bosses start getting all upset because they have nothing to do. An entire system can be restored from an image that includes everything the system needs to run: the operating system, applications, databases, and configurations. It is not necessary to reinstall software or reconfigure your system or network settings. The completeSYSTEM RESTORATION can be performed to an existing system, to a new system with different hardware, or to virtual machines. With the Acronis Active restore feature, users can access the server and begin working during the restore process, further decreasing downtime and keeping the bosses off your back. File-level backups provide you with the flexibility to only backup specific, critical files and restore them quickly if the need arises.

Eases Administration

The Acronis Wizards guide users through backup and recovery tasks, ensuring the product can be implemented with minimal user training. A central management console provides remote administration, ensuring that all systems in the network, regardless of the domain or workgroup structure, can be managed from one location. Complete, unattended restores from remote locations are supported with a remote bootable agent.

Automates Backup

With the scheduling capability in Acronis Backup Server SBS Edition, you simply create backup tasks, tailored by group, or certain times or events.
To ensure that backups have occurred, or if user intervention is required, you can request notifications via email or Windows Pop-up. You can view Acronis events in the Windows Application Events Log or Acronis own log files. The product also supports the creation of custom commands before and after backups.
For example, users can automatically run anti-virus products before an image is created and verify the validity of backups after the image has been created. In addition, because these tasks can be scheduled, you need not recreate the script to run the pre- and post-event tasks each time; you can set the scheduled events once and they will run each time automatically.

Ensures 24 X 7 Uptime

With Acronis’ patented drive snapshot technology, systems can be imaged while they are
in use, ensuring 24-by-7 system availability. This technology enables the product to backup and image critical operating system files, the master boot record and any partition-based boot records without requiring a reboot. A CPU allocation feature allows you to limit the amount of CPU usage for the application to maximize the CPU’s availability for mission critical applications. Additionally, users can control hard disk drive writing speeds and control network bandwidth used during backups, allowing minimal disruption of business operations.
A feature that allows you to suspend database activity for several seconds is provided so that you can create a valid image of mission-critical applications such as Microsoft
Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle. This database suspension process supports Microsoft’s Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS). If your database or operating system does not support VSS, Acronis True Image for Microsoft Small Business Server will execute your custom commands to execute database suspension.

Supports Leading Edge Technology

Businesses today are moving to leverage the latest technologies, including dual-core, 64- bit processors and 64-bit operating systems. With Acronis True Image for Microsoft Small Business Server, you can protect these new machines, as well as legacy servers, running a single application with a common interface.

Leverages Existing Technology Investments

The product can leverage your current storage infrastructure by supporting a variety of storage media, so you can avoid costly hardware purchases to implement the solution. The product supports key storage technologies such as:

  • Direct Attached Storage (DAS)
  • Network Attached Storage (NAS)
  • Storage Area Networks (SAN)
  • Redundant Arrays of Independent Disks (RAID)
  • Tapes
  • USB and IEEE-1394 (FireWire) compliant storage devices
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • Removable drives (Floppy, Zip, etc.) and shared storage.

Server Disk cloning and new disk deployment

Acronis Backup for Windows SBS Essentials Edition can be used to clone an image onto multiple servers. For example, let’s say a company purchased several servers and needs similar environments on each of them. Traditionally, the Network Administrator or computer tech would install the operating system and programs on every server. With Acronis Backup & Recovery 11.5 Advanced Server SBS Edition, the IT manager would configure a single server, then create a disk image of the system. That image can then be duplicated onto multiple servers. If you need to upgrade the server hard disk drive,  Acronis Backup & Recovery 11.5 Advanced Server SBS Edition simplifies the task to few mouse clicks creating the exact copy of your old disk to a new one and adjusting partitions size to fit a new hard disk.

Volumes conversion

Acronis Backup Server SBS Edition can back up and recover dynamic volumes. Dynamic volume as is can be recovered over the same volume or unallocated space of a dynamic group. Acronis True Image for Microsoft Small Business Server has necessary tools for any-to-any disks conversion in terms of basic disks and dynamic volumes of any type (simple, spanned, striped, mirrored or RAID 5). The tools are available in bootable program version as well. Having booted the Acronis environment, you can easily prepare the desired dynamic group on bare metal or a computer with non-Windows operating system.

If a file system is not supported or is corrupted, Acronis Backup Microsoft Small Business Server can copy data using a sector-by-sector approach.

Acronis has made it easier to perform full image restores and incremental backups with their newest True Image Application. Acronis Backup for Windows SBS Server allows small businesses to achieve the same uptime on their servers as the larger companies that use enterprise level servers. As all of the Acronis True Image products, it is the easiest way to ensure 24/7 reliability of your small business server environment. Read More about Acronis Backup SBS Essentials.

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