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24 Jul 2018

How viBoot Provides Instant Disaster Recovery

There are many reasons to use Macrium Reflect 7 as your primary backup. The software has earned its reputation as one of the best free backup, disk imaging and cloning solutions for personal and commercial use on the market.

However, viBoot is one of the best features of Reflect 7 that enables users to instantly, create, start and manage, Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines using one or more Macrium Reflect image files as the basis of the virtual machine storage sub-system.

Macrium viBoot was created to provide users with answers to crucial questions around their disaster recovery plan:

  • Will your backup boot into Windows when a restore is needed?
  • Are new applications or updates safe to install?
  • How long would it take to recover data should a disaster strike?

Macrium viBoot not only ensures you have an incredibly useful disaster recovery tool, but it also offers peace of mind that your live environment is entirely free from risk. We built viBoot on technology that enables you to instantly present a Macrium Reflect image file as a Microsoft Virtual Disk (.VHDX) file.

Create a replacement virtual machine in minutes

Within minutes, it is possible to have an almost identical replica of the computer that the image was taken running as a VM, allowing work to continue as though you were using the original PC. Macrium Reflect can add all the changes, made while the virtual machine session was running, to the existing backup set or a new backup set can be created.

Verify the integrity of the backups

In addition to its disaster recovery capabilities, Macrium viBoot can also be used to test the integrity of the backups. By creating and starting a virtual machine from image file(s), it is much easier to demonstrate precisely how the backups will function if the need arises to restore to new or existing hardware.

Test upgrades before deployment

Macrium viBoot can also be used to test applications and system upgrades before deploying them onto real hardware, without the risk of contaminating the live environment. Some customers have even performed a full update of their Windows 7 environments to Windows 10.

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Main Features

  • It is possible to start a Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machine from any bootable Macrium Reflect full, incremental or a differential image file stored locally or on a network share.
  • viBoot allows mix-and-match drives from various image files to ensure access to all data.
  • Business downtime caused by lengthy physical to virtual conversions or restore processes can finally be eliminated.
  • The software also supports UEFI and drives over 64TB in size.
  • viBoot is completely FREE and included in all editions of Macrium Reflect.

Disastrous IT upgrades have recently prevented TSB and Tesco bank customers from accessing their account. There are countless examples of how a company of any size can be brought to its knees when the inevitable IT chaos ensues.

However, viBoot offers a different ending to an increasingly common news report. Our customers know with confidence that a restore will work and also how long it will take to recover data. They can also complete application and system updates with full confidence.

You can find out more about here Macrium viBoot, or contact us to learn how you can provide answers to important disaster recovery questions, before rather than after the inevitable IT disaster.

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