What's New with Acronis® True Image Echo Backup and Disaster Recovery Software?
The latest update for the Acronis True Image Echo line of backup and recovery applications provides several enhancements to the functionality and performance. Acronis strives to provide its customers with the best backup and recovery tools on the market today.
Support for every major virtualization platform
Acronis True Image Echo products now support virtual machines and file formats from Citrix® XenServer, joining existing support introduced recently for VMware®, Microsoft®, and Parallels® platforms. This update gives Acronis users the freedom to choose among virtualization platforms without having to venture outside of the Acronis back up and recovery umbrella.
Dual Destination Backup
Customers can back up a server image to two locations, including attached and network share or the Acronis Secure Zone. Dual destination backups help protect physical and virtual servers from software failures and can save the day if you suffer physical equipment damage.
Acronis Recovery for Microsoft Exchange integration
Users of Acronis® Recovery™ for Microsoft Exchange can now access Exchange-specific functions from within the Acronis True Image Echo Management Console. This feature speeds restorations or migrations of Exchange servers, even to bare metal machines, reducing the overall management workload in the Exchange environment.
Other New Features Simplify Administration
The latest release of Acronis True Image includes many new features that not only simplify management of your Acronis-protected resources, but also automate several functions.
The following is a summary of the enhancements made in the latest update:
Resiliency to failures:
Reconnection options will automatically attempt to connect to a group server or backup server if it goes offline. Makes servers more resilient to network failures.
Retry unavailable machine if backup can't be completed. If a backup destination location can't be reached or is otherwise unavailable, the program will attempt to reach the location at a specified time interval until it can complete the backup.
In Groups Server, computer discovery can be restricted to user-defined Group Server Options. See all the computers you control from the management console in real time and toggle off those you don't wish to discover. Determine at a glance which computers are available for backup and do not show messages and dialogs while processing ("silent" mode).
File exclusion from image archives:
If you have image files or temporary files you don't want to back up, you can exclude them.
Change Security ID (SID) after restoration is finished:
When you add hardware, you can easily change the security ID over to the new machine as soon as the image has been restored.
Restore files without full path name:
Speeds file recovery operations.
Domain users can be added:
Domain users can be added to the AcronisBackupServerUsers group on the backup server. This feature addresses the needs of users who need to control administration tasks centrally, for efficiency and security reasons.
Group Server (Windows only) enhancements
Do not search network for new computers checkbox. This performance enhancement allows administrators to toggle on and off resources they'll be actively backing up and restoring.
Log the fact that Active Restore was used and finished. Allows a quick check of an event log to confirm that a remote restore was completed.
Command line enhancements:
Command line tool for Group Server. Allows administrator to refresh the list of computers in Group Server from a text file.
Command line tool for Backup Server. An easy way to export Backup Server information — backup file names, locations and computer — to an XML file. Administrator can easily check to see what backups are being performed.
Enhanced FTP support:
FTP can be used in Active Mode and its default port can be changed. This adds active mode support to existing Basic Mode support.
Additional Acronis True Image Features
Consolidate your backup archives:
Manage backup sets easily by consolidating archives. Take control of your images and keep archives from taking up valuable storage space. Consolidate daily, weekly or monthly incremental or differential images to new full images. Schedule consolidations to further automate archiving processes.
Automate your backup schedules:
An event scheduling feature allows you to set a threshold on a particular disk: when a certain amount of data has been written, Acronis will automatically trigger that scheduled task to run and initiate the backup process. This works in addition to prescheduled backups to give users a greater measure of data protection in case a failure were to occur in between the time a lot of data was written and the time of the next scheduled backup. You may schedule more than one incremental/day. It requires writing a simple script to implement near-continuous data protection, allowing you to back up servers more frequently than once an hour.
Work with Dynamic Disks:
Created as a direct result of end-user feedback and requests, Aronis True Image recognizes dynamic disks and includes a dynamic conversion tool which can create dynamic volumes.
- Up to 256/AES encryption for the highest level of data security. This is particularly useful for protecting data that it being transmitted to a remote location.
- Initiate unattended restores from a remote location with the Acronis bootable agent — Recover all systems in the network from one central location.
- Boot from an image, using Acronis Active Restore™ — Decrease downtime by allowing systems to be used during a recovery.
- Automatic image verification — Gain peace of mind by ensuring that images can be used for restoration.
- Differential backups — Decrease the volume of disk space required to protect data.
- File backups, in addition to our traditional image backups — Flexible system protection.
- Exclude files from backups - Capture only business data and save space in storage archives.
- Windows Event Log and SNMP support — Facilitate administration by plugging into your existing network monitoring application.
- Custom scripts before/after backups — Achieve compliance with company-wide backup policies.
- Throttling to control hard disk write speed and network bandwidth usage — Minimize disruptions of business operations.
- Create CDs with bootable images, PXE packages, and bootable recovery media ISOs - Eliminate the need to have separate recovery media for PXE and ISO and provide flexibility for application management.