How to perform an online backup with Storagecraft ShadowProtect
In this tutorial I will walk you through performing an online backup of my SQL server running Windows 2008 R2 with StorageCraft ShadowProtect. My server is currently a virtual server however you can follow this method to backup a physical server also.
The version of ShadowProtect that I’m using in this tutorial is version 5
I will not run through the installation of ShadowProtect as this is really basic and just consists of clicking next and rebooting the server.
Storagecraft ShadowProtect online backup
1. Launch the Storagecraft ShadowProtect application
2. Click on the Backup Jobs tab and double click on Create a job.
3. Click Next. Select the volumes that you wish to backup and click Next.
4. Select a destination location to store your backups. In this example I will be backing up to an empty drive on the same computer D: However this can also be a network location by typing in servernamesharename. Click Next.
5. Select a schedule. In my example I would like to perform a weekly full backups with daily incrementals. Therefore I click on Weekly on the left hand side. I’ll select Sun 6pm for my full backups to start and Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat for my incrementals. My incrementals will run between 10am and 12pm with 60 minutes in between each backup which gives me 3 incrementals per day.
6. Select a compression method. I usually always use the Standard method. You can optionally give a password to your backup sets for extra security. Optionally you can also split the backup file into smaller pieces. Give your Backup Job a name. When you are done click on Advanced button.
7. Click on the Retention Tab. Set a retention amount, in my example I’m only keeping the last 2 backups sets and I will delete both the full and incremental backup images in the set when the retention policy kicks in. Click Ok.
8. A Summary of your settings are displayed, you have the option to go back and change them or click Finish to submit the job.
9. Right click your backup job that you just created and select Execute (Full).
10. A Full backup will run. You can see the remaining time in the job status window and the speed of the backup.
11. Once the backup job completed you can click on the Backup History tab to see a list of previous run jobs.
12. This is a list of the backup files from my backup destination.
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