Installing ShadowProtect SPX on Windows 2012 R2

The latest release of ShadowProtect SPX support Virtual Boot using Hyper-V 2012 R2, and I decided to try it out using the 15 Days Trial license 

  1. Download the 15 Days Trial version (Estimated Size = 60.5MB) 
  2. Prepare a Hyper-V 2012 R2 Server with Minimal GUI enabled 
    1. ShadowProtect SPX can be installed on Server Core, but failed to open the GUI for configuration 
    2. I try to enable the remote management in Hyper-V, and manage it remotely, but it show the the virtual boot can NOT be start remotely 

[hyperv]: PS C:\Program Files\StorageCraft\spx> .\spx_cli.exe remote –enable
Enabled Remote Management on port 13581.

  1. Install ShadowProtect SPX on Hyper-V without activating the license and restart the Hyper-V Host – we are not going to backup the Hyper-V host here 
  2. Download StorageCraft Virtual Boot for Hyper-V Plug In and installed it on Hyper-V Host 

Installation of ShadowProtect SPX on Windows 2012 R2 

Double Click on ShadowProtect_SPX-6.0.16.win64.msi to start the installation and complete the installation with all default setting – Server Restart is required once the installation is completed 

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Launch the Management Console and login using Domain Administrator 

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Click “Get Trial Key” by filling up all the information, and trial key will be delivered to your mailbox in 5 minutes 

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Full System Backup 

Click Backup > New Job 

Provide a Friendly name, and define a Disk Storage (Local / Network Share)

Compress = Standard , Encryption = None (To improve the backup performance) and select all the volumes to backup

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Defined the Backup Schedule here ** Once the schedule had been defined, it cannot be changed / Edited unless delete and recreate a new Policy / Backup Job

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Review on the several options in Advanced Tab and configure it accordingly 

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The backup take 32 Minutes to backup the C Drive (30 GB) to local D Drive and store it .spf (Shadow Protect Full Image) with only 22 GB Size (Compression rate 22/30 , around 36%) 

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Go to D Drive where the .spf file located and Right Click > StorageCraft Quick Mount to mount it to Z Drive. Select the files / folders you want to restore, and copy and paste it back to original location 

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Right click Z Drive –> > StorageCraft Quick DisMount to dismount the volume once you had completed 

I will continue to test on the following and update soon 

  1. Virtual Boot using Hyper-V 2012 R2 
  2. StorageCraft ImageManager Premium License 
    1. Network Replication 
    2. Recovery with HeadStart Restore
    3. Offsite Replication with ShadowStream Technology 

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