A DR image backup is a type of backup designed for quick recovery of your critical systems.

DR image backups allow administrators to boot full systems on the CFA or in cloud without the need for a boot CD.

Things to know

  • VMware environments don’t require installing the DR imaging software when configured from the host level.

  • Hyper-V environments require installing the DR imaging software on the Hyper-V host.

  • Unlike Cold BMR backups, DR image backups can be run on live systems.

  • While backup doesn’t require using a Cold BMR boot disk, restoring to a new machine requires a Cold BMR boot disk.

  • Incremental backups are converted into the synthetic full backups providing independence from the rest of the incremental backup chain in the event of a full restore.

  • If you have other backup jobs on this machine, you may want to configure a new client just for the DR image backups, as you may want different retention policies to be set.

What you need

  • Access to the machines you want to set up a DR image backup job.

  • A configured client for the machines for which you want to set up a DR image backup job.

Step 1. Install the DR imaging software

  1. In the CFA Management Console, go to Settings > Downloads.

  2. Download the DR Backup Agent.

  3. Launch the DR Backup Agent on the machine you want to protect.

    Installation is automatic and requires no additional steps.

Step 2. Configure a backup client

  1. In the CFA Management Console, go to Clients.

  2. Right-click the client with the installed DR Backup Agent, and then click Edit.

  3. Configure the backup schedules.

  4. Configure the retention policy.

  5. Enter an email address to receive notifications.

  6. Optionally, identify scripts to execute before or after the backups.

  7. Configure the networking options.