protection is provided by StorageCraft ShadowProtect backup software running on
each server. After the initial backup, ShadowProtect creates incremental
backups every hour.
Backups are stored onsite in a Synology network attached storage device
or the equivalent.
Using a NAS is more reliable than a USB external hard drive and there are some
important advantages to using a NAS during an extended recovery. The need to
swap hard drives and take one offsite is eliminated.
ShadowProtect can also be installed inexpensively on
workstations if there are no other workstation backups.
ImageManager runs hourly to verify the backup
images and correct any errors. It consolidates images on a regular schedule so
the backup files do not grow exponentially – a single daily image file will
replace the files created every hour, a single
weekly image file will replace the daily files, and so on, on a schedule that
provides maximum flexibility to recover anything that matters.
the files are checked and consolidated, ImageManager will replicate the backup
files to an offsite backup location.
When a server crashes, the ShadowProtect image files are used to bring a
virtual machine to life that is an exact duplicate of the server at the moment
of its last backup.
Within a short time, it can run the network exactly like the old server.
the VirtualBoot server is running, the crashed server can be fixed or replaced.
In the meantime, the network will be up and running without the pressure of
having employees waiting to get back to work.
repaired or new server will be restored from the ShadowProtect backups that the
VirtualBoot server has continued to make, then put into service at a convenient