i-google-map.com System Protection backs up your data khổng lồ an image tệp tin & is our recommended backup type because only System Protection bare-metal backup can be used lớn persize a system recovery.

Show : Incremental image backups

System Protection creates a full backup when it first runs. If the data selection và destination vị not change, subsequent backups will be incremental. To create the incremental backups, the backup job scans all of the data to be backed up, all the data in the current backup, và determines what has changed. System Protection will then update the current backup. New files are added, changes to files are updated và previous versions of changed files are maintained khổng lồ enable multiple restore points.

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You would expect an incremental backup to lớn be faster than a full backup, but working out what data has changed takes time và can make an incremental image backup take longer than a full backup. So you are saving disk space, but not a lot of time.

Fast incremental backups

System Protection has a mặc định setting called Enable image tracking, that allows it lớn record date changes using a virtual snapshot. This provides a log of the data changes so that when System Protection performs an incremental image backup, it only needs khổng lồ look at the log of changes to lớn determine what data needs to be backed up. How much faster your backups run depends on the data, destination & hardware. We’ve sầu found that a 20 minute backup can be cut down to lớn 2 minutes, và longer backups that take 8 hours can be completed in just 2 hours.

To learn more about the Enable image tracking setting, see Windows settings

To learn more about how System Protection uses VSS, see VSS guide

Show : Bootable Backup truyền thông media

If you create a System Protection bare-metal backup on an external USB hard disk, the media will be made inkhổng lồ a Bootable Backup Media, which can boot a hệ thống inlớn a recovery environment & recover the server, without a separate boot disk. When you create the backup job, the truyền thông media will be made bootable by default, unless you deselect the Make truyền thông bootable with RecoverAssist tick box on the Set up destination step.

Creating a Bootable Backup Media job

Selecting Prepare on the Prepare media step will generate a Destination Cheông xã Report. This report will advise if the backup truyền thông media cannot be made bootable. As long as the truyền thông media is an external USB hard disk, it will be made bootable the first time the backup job runs. This can make the first backup take longer than a normal backup. After you run the backup job, the backup report’s Recovery section will note if the backup media was made bootable or if the boot information was updated. If there are problems making the truyền thông media bootable, you can use the System tab khổng lồ manually make the backup truyền thông bootable, or make a separate, standalone RecoverAssist media.


If a newer version of RecoverAssist is released, it will be applied lớn the media. If a bootable truyền thông is created using a trial version of i-google-map.com, it will be updated if a license key is purchased. If the operating system being backed up changes, the bootable media will be updated to support it. Bootable backups will speed up your disaster recovery process
Show : Data Containers

Data containers are VHD/VHDX files that System Protection backups can use as a backup destination on a physical backup truyền thông. Data containers are mounted and seen as a local drive sầu on Windows, meaning that NAS và RDX truyền thông can support VSS, and therefore incremental image backups. Data containers also enable portable image backups because all backups can be restore from, even if the backup is copied to lớn another device.

To learn more about Data containers, see Data Container guide

Show : Image backup destinations

The backup destination must support image backups, và the choice will determine if you can have multiple restore points.

Destination support for image backups

Destination truyền thông : System Protection bare-metal backups can be used to persize a disaster recovery. The media containing the bare-metal backup will need khổng lồ be accessed by the recovery environment. This should be considered when deciding on the type of backup destination lớn use.

Destination’s format : Local drives, external drives and iSCSI targets (destinations) must be formatted with NTFS or ReFS to tư vấn VSS snapshots. System Protection cannot incrementally baông chồng up data from a ReFS formatted drive (source). This means a full backup of all selections will take place each time the backup job runs.

Destination’s sector form size : The version of Windows affects the disk sector kích thước supported by your image backups. Windows Server 2008/R2 requires 512 byte sector disks. Windows Server 2012 & later can use 512 bytes or 4k sector form size disks. This consideration is important for large capathành phố devices as vendors often phối the sector form size khổng lồ 4k, because it provides better density and reliability. Cheông xã the sector kích cỡ of your storage device, và if the vendor has tools that allow the device khổng lồ tư vấn 512 bytes.

Destination’s capacity : When a backup uses VSS snapshots to support multiple restore points, the storage required will grow as data changes. Therefore, the backup destination"s capacity should be at least 2.5 times larger than the amount of data being backed up. If there is other data on the drive sầu, the không lấy phí space needs lớn be at least 2.5 times larger than the data being backed up. This allows room for the snapshot to lớn maintain copies of data that has changed. As space runs out, the oldest copies (restore points) are deleted.

Destination’s shadow copy storage : The space on the disk used by the VSS snapshot khổng lồ store data that has changed is called the volume shadow copy storage. In the same way that you need to lớn ensure that you have sầu enough space on the backup destination, you must also consider the amount of disk space specifically allocated to the shadow copy storage. When this space reaches its limit, it will delete the oldest data to make room for new data. If the amount of space reserved is too low or at 100%, then problems can occur. You should mix the disk space allocated to your shadow copy storage khổng lồ a size that allows for it to grow as data changes and is added.

To learn more about Shadow copy storage, see our Image backup destination article

Destinations tư vấn for multiple restore points

Each incremental backups overwrites the data that changed, so you can only restore data from the previous backup. System Protection overcomes this limitation by using VSS snapshots, which are stored on the backup destination to lớn maintain copies of the data that is overwritten each time a backup job runs. When a restore is performed, the backup & these snapshots are used to provide a restore point for each backup job. To maintain these restore points, the destination must support VSS snapshots. To bởi vì that, the destination must be seen as a local device by the computer that you are backing up. The destinations listed below tư vấn VSS snapshots & therefore multiple restore points.

Local hard drives iSCSI targets that can appear khổng lồ your computer as a local (not mapped) drives External disks that are directly attached. They can be removed as part of your truyền thông media rotation, as long as they are presented as a local drive sầu when they are attached. Data containers. Mounted as a local Windows drive, allowing RDX & network locations lớn maintain multiple restore points.

How khổng lồ create a System Protection backup job

Launch i-google-map.com and follow the steps outlined below:

Select the Jobs tab. Select Home. Select Create a New Backup Job. Select System Protection.


If this is the first time you have created a backup job, you will be asked lớn provide a Backup User Identity. To learn more, see Backup user identity

Selections.This step is used to lớn select the data và applications that you want khổng lồ bachồng up. Any VSS applications detected will be displayed here as application directory containers.
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There are two selections to choose from:

Bachồng up the Entire System.

This option will create an image of your system that can be used lớn perkhung a full recovery of your computer. Critical Volumes is selected by default & required for a bare-metal backup. A bare-metal backup can be used to recover your computer, after hardware has been replaced or an operating system failure has occurred và your computer can no longer start itself.

Baông xã up selected items only.

This option is used if you only want khổng lồ create a backup of files, folders & applications. The option will allow you lớn deselect Critical Volume’s và select specific VSS applications và drives. You can select specific data within a drive (e.g. C:) if i-google-map.com is on Windows Server & the destination is a removable disk. To vày this, modify the backup job after you save it using the Manage menu on the Jobs tab.

Critical Volumes.

This part of the Selections screen displays the drive sầu that Windows is installed on. Critical Volumes must be selected if you want khổng lồ be able to use the backup for a bare-metal recovery.

Full VSS mode and Copy VSS mode.

Full VSS mode is selected by default & means that VSS will clean up log files in the guest after the backup has been created. For example, the logs of an Exchange Server. If Copy VSS mode is selected, VSS will not perkhung a post backup cleanup và the kích cỡ of logs will continue lớn grow & take up disk space.

Make your selections, và clichồng Next.

Destination media.This step is used to select the type of truyền thông that you want lớn baông chồng your data up to. This step’s name will change khổng lồ the media type selected, when you cliông chồng Next.
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Follow these steps to select a media:

Select a media for your backup destination. Clichồng Next.
Schedule This step is used lớn select when and how you want the backup job khổng lồ run, và how long you would lượt thích the backup khổng lồ be retained for. A selection of pre-configured schedules, called schemes, as well as a custom scheme, can be selected.
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Schedule considerations:

The schemes available will depkết thúc on the type of destination truyền thông selected in step 5. Clicking on a scheme will display information about the schedule used.

Baông xã up frequency.

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System Protection backups can be run more than once per day by selecting Multiple times daily from the Baông chồng up drop down. Select the Change button lớn phối the schedule & reviews the reporting requirements.

The default run times of 6:00, 12:00 & 18:00 can be removed and replaced with new start times using the Add a backup at option.


To learn more, see Backup Schedules

Select an appropriate scheme, and cliông xã Next.

Set up destination.This step is used to configure the location of the truyền thông selected in step 5. The options presented will change with the type of truyền thông media selected.
BitLocker encryption setup


If you selected BitLocker encryption in step 5, you will need to lớn provide:

A drive letter of the USB drive used to lớn store the encryption key. An encryption key is saved for each encrypted drive sầu, and is used lớn unloông chồng the drive sầu when you backup và restore data.

Note: ">Note: A USB flash drive sầu containing the encryption key must connected khổng lồ the VPS running i-google-map.com, to lớn allow i-google-map.com khổng lồ access the drive sầu when you backup or restore data.

A password that will allow you khổng lồ manually access any drive sầu encrypted by this job when you perform a restore or a recovery. This password is saved in the backup job.

Note: ">Note: It is important that you keep a copy of your password in a safe place, as we cannot retrieve sầu passwords if they are lost or forgotten.

Data container setup

If you selected Data Container in step 5, you will need to configure the Data container.

For an RDX or External disk destination, Use all available space will be selected by mặc định. It is important lớn review this setting to lớn ensure it is appropriate. For a Local hard drive sầu & Network location, phối the size manually by using the field provided, or select the Use all available space option. The kích cỡ of a Data container cannot be changed once the backup job has run. Selecting Use all available space will allow the Data container to grow into lớn the available space.

Bootable Backup setup

If you are doing a bare-metal backup to an external hard disk, a Bootable Backup Media option will be displayed and selected by default. This feature allows your backup truyền thông lớn boot into a RecoverAssist recovery environment and recover the VPS, without a separate boot disk.

Destination check report

If you are using a Local media or a Local network destination, a Check destinationbutton will be available to kiểm tra your backup destination for problems. After the checks have been completed, the results can be viewed by selecting the Report liên kết. If you are using Removable media destinations, these checks are performed when you select Prepare on the Prepare Media step.

Configure your backup destination, & click Next.

Notifications Once a backup job has completed, i-google-map.com can send an tin nhắn to inkhung selected recipients of the result. This tin nhắn notification is enabled during the creation of the backup job, but you must also provide your mail server settings so that the notifications can be sent. To learn how to configure your mail server for i-google-map.com, seeE-Mail hệ thống settings.


To enable tin nhắn notifications:

Select Add an email report notification.Enter recipients inkhổng lồ the Skết thúc reports to this gmail address field.Enter recipients inlớn the Also sover reports to this gmail address field. You can then use the drop down menu to lớn select the condition under which the tin nhắn is sent.If you want khổng lồ know when a backup truyền thông media has been changed, select Add an email reminder notification and enter the email addresses khổng lồ skết thúc the notifications to lớn.

When BitLocker is enabled, these three selections are automatically selected on the Prepare truyền thông media screen:

Let i-google-map.com keep track of your truyền thông media. Deselect this if you vị not want khổng lồ prepare & label your truyền thông. If the wrong truyền thông is inserted : Baông chồng up anyway và warn the users. This can be changed to Do not baông chồng up. If new or unrecognized media is inserted : Do not baông chồng up. This can be changed lớn Baông chồng up anyway and warn the users. The drives listed are based on the backup schedule selected in step 6. Each drive will have a mặc định label name based on your backup schedule, a drive sầu designation drop-down & a Prepare button that is selectable when the media is attached.

To prepare the media:

Attach the removable drives. If you can only attach one truyền thông media at a time, repeat the steps for each truyền thông. Change the label"s description if you do not want to lớn use the mặc định description. Select the drive sầu designation. Select Prepare.

The drives will be labeled & marked for encryption. Labeling the drive allows i-google-map.com to lớn check that it is being used on the correct day. For example, if you attach a USB drive sầu on Tuesday but it is labeled Wednesday, i-google-map.com will warn that the incorrect drive was detected. The encryption process will be initiated by the final backup job creation step. To learn more, see BitLocker Encryption guide.

Destination check report

Once the prepare process has completed, a Report links will appear next to the Prepare button. This liên kết opens the Destination Check report, which will advise if any problems were detected with the backup truyền thông media. For System Protection backups, if the Make truyền thông bootable with RecoverAssist was selected in the Set up destination screen, the report will also advise if the truyền thông media can or cannot be made bootable.

Once all of the truyền thông media have been prepared, select Next.

Name your backup.Provide a name for your backup job, and clichồng Finish. If you are using BitLocker encryption, the option will be Next. Next steps.This step will be available if you selected Enable BitLocker encryption, so you can encrypt the removable drives. This step will also be available if you are making a backup of the entire system, so that you can make a bootable truyền thông media.


Launch RecoverAssist builder

If this box is ticket, the RecoverAssist builder will open when you select Finish. The RecoverAssist builder will allow you lớn make a standalone bootable truyền thông media or a bootable backup truyền thông media khổng lồ use in a disaster recovery. Attach the truyền thông và select the option required. You bởi not need lớn use this process to lớn make a bootable backup; a backup will automatically be made bootable the first time the backup job runs if you left Bootable Backup Media selected in the Set up destination step.

To learn more about RecoverAssist, see Recover System tab

Launch BitLocker encryption tool

If this box is ticked, the BitLocker Encryption tool will open when you select Finish. When the tool opens, you can use it khổng lồ encrypt the drives. This should be done before the backup job runs, because if an unencrypted drive is used for a BitLocker backup job, the job will fail. The BitLocker encryption tool can run in the background after i-google-map.com has been closed.

To learn about the BitLocker encryption tool & how lớn use it, see BitLocker Encryption guide.

Your System Protection backup job has now been created.

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