Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 Advanced Editions

Acronis Backup & Recovery 11
Quick Start Guide
Applies to the following editions:
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Advanced Server
Virtual Edition
Advanced Server SBS Edition
Advanced Workstation
Server for Linux
Server for Windows
Workstation
Table of contents
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Main components ..................................................................................................................3
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Supported operating systems .................................................................................................3
2.1
Agent..........................................................................................................................................3
2.2
Management server and management console ........................................................................4
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Where do I install the components? .......................................................................................4
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What you need to start ..........................................................................................................5
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Step-by-step instructions .......................................................................................................5
5.1
Installation .................................................................................................................................6
5.2
Starting Acronis Backup & Recovery 11.....................................................................................7
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Using direct connection to a machine .......................................................................................7
5.3.1
5.3.2
5.4
Backing up a machine ..................................................................................................................................... 7
Recovering a volume....................................................................................................................................... 8
Using centralized management .................................................................................................8
5.4.1
5.4.2
5.4.3
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Creating a centralized vault ............................................................................................................................ 8
Backing up several machines.......................................................................................................................... 8
Backing up user profiles on several machines. Replication of backups ...................................................... 9
Recovering a user's document folder .......................................................................................................... 10
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What to read next ................................................................................................................ 10
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This document describes how to install and start using the advanced editions of Acronis Backup &
Recovery 11.
1 Main components
Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 contains the following main components:
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Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 Agent for Windows: Backs up and recovers data, and validates
archives.
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Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 Management Server: Performs centralized management of the
machines, such as backing up groups of machines by using centralized backup plans.
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Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 Management Console: Enables you to connect to and manage
the agents and the management server—such as by setting up backup plans.
2 Supported operating systems
2.1
Agent
A license key contains information about the product edition. Depending on the edition, you can
install the agent in an operating system listed in the following table.
Edition of Acronis Backup & Recovery 11
Operating systems
Advanced
Workstation
Advanced
Server
Advanced Server
SBS Edition
Windows XP Professional SP2+ (x86, x64)
Yes
Yes
No
Windows 2000 SP4 – all editions except for the
Datacenter and Professional edition
No
Yes
No
Windows 2000 Professional SP4
Yes
Yes
No
Windows Server 2003/2003 R2 – the Standard,
Enterprise editions (x86, x64)
No
Yes
No
Windows Small Business Server
2003/2003 R2/2008/2011
No
Yes
Yes
Windows Vista—all editions except for Vista Home
Basic and Vista Home Premium (x86, x64)
Yes
Yes
No
Windows 7—all editions except for the Starter and
Home editions (x86, x64)
Yes
Yes
No
Windows Server 2008 – the Standard, Enterprise
editions (x86, x64)
No
Yes
No
Windows Server 2008 R2 – the Standard, Enterprise,
Datacenter, Foundation editions
No
Yes
No
Windows MultiPoint Server 2010
No
Yes
No
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2.2
Management server and management console
Regardless of the edition, you can install the management server and the management console on a
machine running any of these operating systems:
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Windows XP Professional SP3 (x86, x64).
Windows Server 2003/2003 R2 – the Standard, Enterprise editions (x86, x64).
Windows Small Business Server 2003/2003 R2.
Windows Vista – all editions except for Vista Home Basic and Vista Home Premium (x86, x64).
Windows 7 – all editions except for the Starter and Home editions (x86, x64).
Windows Server 2008 – the Standard, Enterprise editions (x86, x64).
Windows Small Business Server 2008.
Windows Server 2008 R2 – the Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, Foundation editions.
Windows MultiPoint Server 2010.
Windows Small Business Server 2011.
3 Where do I install the components?
Assume that your company network includes a server and five workstations running Windows. All
the machines are backed up by the administrator. In addition, one user needs the ability to control
his/her machine backup. To protect all the machines, you need:
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Five licenses for Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 Advanced Workstation.
One license for Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 Advanced Server or Advanced Server SBS Edition,
depending on the operating system your server is running.
The agents have to be installed on each machine you want to back up. The management server can
be installed on any machine that provides continuous services availability and has a network
connection to the machines that you want to back up. The console, which provides the GUI to the
agents and to the management server, should be installed on the machines from where backups will
be set up and monitored.
Below is an example of how you would distribute the components. The comments remind you which
licenses are required to install each component. You do not have to enter the license key on each
individual machine. Just import all the keys when installing the management server and then specify
its address when installing agents.
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An example of distributing Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 components
Once you are clear about which components to install on each machine, run the setup program on
every machine in turn. You can install multiple Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 components with a
single installation procedure.
4 What you need to start
Make sure that you have:
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License keys for the edition of your choice in a TXT or EML file. For multiple license keys, the text
format is one line - one key.
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The setup program, which you can download from the Acronis Web site at:
http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/download/
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A machine running Windows with at least 300 MB of physical memory (above the OS and running
applications) and at least 3.1 GB of free space on the disk where the operating system is
installed. You will install the management server, a management console and an agent on this
machine.
5 Step-by-step instructions
The following steps will guide you through the installation and basic use of Acronis Backup &
Recovery 11, describing how to:
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Install the main components of the product.
Back up a machine to a USB drive.
Recover a volume of a machine.
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Create a centralized vault in a network shared folder.
Back up several machines to the vault.
Back up user profiles to each machine's local folder and replicate the backups to the vault.
Recover a user's documents.
5.1
Installation
In this step, you will install the main components of Acronis Backup & Recovery 11.
Installing the management server, management console and an agent
Perform these steps on the machine described in section 4.
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Log on as an administrator and start the Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 setup program.
Click Install Acronis Backup & Recovery 11.
Accept the terms of the license agreement, and then click Next.
Select the Back up this machine's data and Centrally monitor and configure the backing up of
physical and virtual machines check boxes, and then click Next.
Click Take license keys from license server.
Click Import keys from file, and then select the file with the keys. Or you can type the keys
manually. Click Next.
Specify the password of the account with which you are logged on. Click Next to continue.
Details. The password is required to register the agent on the management server during
installation.
Choose whether the machine will participate in the Acronis Customer Experience Program (CEP).
Click Next to continue.
Click Install to proceed with installation.
On successful installation, click Finish to close the wizard window.
Installing the agents
Perform these steps on each machine you want to back up. Every machine should have at least
200 MB of physical memory (above the OS and running applications) and at least 1.6 GB of free disk
space.
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Log on as an administrator and start the Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 setup program.
Click Install Acronis Backup & Recovery 11.
Accept the terms of the license agreement, and then click Next.
Select the Back up this machine's data check box, and then click Next.
Click Take license keys from license server.
Specify the name or IP address of the machine with the management server. Click Next.
The setup program displays the license to be used for installation. Click Next to install the agent
with this license.
8. Click Register now, and then specify:
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The name or IP address of the management server.
The user name and password of an administrator of the machine where the management
server is installed.
Click Next to continue.
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Details. The setup program will automatically register the machine on the management server.
Or, you can add the machine to the management server later.
9. Choose whether the machine will participate in the Acronis Customer Experience Program (CEP).
Click Next to continue.
10. Click Install to proceed with installation.
11. On successful installation, click Finish to close the wizard window.
5.2
Starting Acronis Backup & Recovery 11
Right after installation, the management console starts automatically. To start the management
console in other situations, either double-click the Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 icon on the
desktop, or select from the Start menu: Acronis > Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 Management
Console > Acronis Backup & Recovery 11.
After the management console is started, you can connect it to a machine with an agent or to the
management server.
To connect the console to a machine with an agent:
1. Click Manage this machine or Manage a remote machine.
2. For a remote machine, enter the machine name or IP address and specify the user name and
password. The user has to be a member of the Acronis Remote Users group on that machine.
To connect the console to the management server:
1. Click Connect to a management server.
2. Enter the server name or IP address.
3. If prompted for credentials, specify the user name and password. The user has to be a member
of the Acronis Remote Users and the Acronis Centralized Admins groups on the server.
5.3
Using direct connection to a machine
Let's connect the console to a machine with an agent and perform operations directly on that
machine. This is the simplest way to get familiar with the basic functionality of the product.
5.3.1
Backing up a machine
In this step, you will save an entire machine to a file located on a USB drive. This is a simple operation
to start with. Using a similar procedure, you can back up individual disks, volumes or files.
1. Connect the console to the machine.
2. Click Back up now.
Details. By default, all of the machine's disks are selected. If you want to back up specific disks,
volumes, or files, click Items to back up and select the necessary objects.
3. Under Where to back up, click Location. In Path, type the path to a folder on the USB drive. Or,
you can select this folder in the tree. Click OK to confirm your selection.
4. Click OK to immediately start the backup.
Details. You will see the window with the backup activity progress and details.
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5.3.2
Recovering a volume
In this step, you will recover a volume. Using a similar procedure, you can recover disks, files, or the
entire machine. To start with, we recommend that you recover a volume that does not contain an
operating system or a boot loader. In this case, the software will not have to reboot the machine.
1. Connect the console to the machine.
2. Click Recover.
3. Click Select data, click Data path, and then type the path to the folder on the USB drive where
the backup is stored. Or, you can click Browse and select this drive in the tree. Click OK to
confirm your selection.
Details. The software displays the data backed up to the selected location. The Show list is a
filter that allows you to view either folders/files or machines/disks/volumes.
4. In the Show list, click Machines/disks/volumes.
5. Select the volume you want to recover. Click OK to confirm your selection.
6. By default, the volume will be recovered to the original location. The software also allows you to
recover a volume to a different volume or unallocated space.
Make sure you do not need the data contained on the target volume. Close all applications that use the
target volume or any of its files.
7. Click OK to immediately start the recovery.
Details. You will see the window with the recovery activity progress and details.
5.4
Using centralized management
When the console is connected to the management server, you can set up a backup plan for multiple
machines. You can also view all of the backup and recovery activities and their results in a single
place.
5.4.1
Creating a centralized vault
In this step, you will create an unmanaged centralized vault to back up the machines to. An
unmanaged vault is just a shortcut to a shared folder on the network. In general, it is recommended
that you install a storage node and create a managed vault on the node to be able to use the benefit
of deduplication.
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Connect the console to the management server.
In the Navigation tree, click Vaults, and then click Create.
Specify the name of the new vault. Optionally, type the comments on the vault.
Click Path. In the Path field, type the folder path. Or you can select this folder in the tree. Click
OK to confirm your selection. If prompted, provide access credentials for the location.
5. Click OK to create the vault.
5.4.2
Backing up several machines
In this step, you will create and run a centralized backup plan to back up several machines registered
on the management server.
1. Connect the console to the management server.
2. Click Create backup plan.
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3. Under What to back up, click Items to back up.
4. Expand the Management Server node, expand the Machines with agents node, and then expand
the All Machines node.
5. Select the check boxes next to the machines you want to back up. Click OK to confirm your
selection.
6. Under Where to back up, click Location. Expand the Centralized node, and then select the vault
you have created. Click OK to confirm your selection. If prompted, provide access credentials for
the vault.
7. Click OK to immediately start the backup.
Details. You will see the Backup plans and tasks view with the backup plan you have just
created. Later, you can manually run the same backup plan again.
5.4.3
Backing up user profiles on several machines. Replication of
backups
In this step, you will create a centralized backup plan to do daily backups of all user profiles on several
machines. Backups of each machine will be placed in a local folder on that machine. Every backup will
be replicated to the networked vault. Backups stored in the local folders will be deleted after 30 days.
Backups stored in the vault will be deleted after 6 months.
1. Make sure that each machine you want to back up contains the folder to place the backups in.
Folder paths must be identical on all of the machines.
2. Connect the console to the management server.
3. Click Create backup plan.
4. Select what to back up:
a. Under What to back up, click Items to back up.
b. In Data to back up, select Files.
c. Select Use policy rules for selection.
d. In Use the following rules, select [All Profiles Folder], and then click Add rule.
e. Click %ALLUSERSPROFILE% and click Delete.
f. Expand the Management Server node, expand the Machines with agents node, and then
expand the All Machines node.
g. Select the check boxes next to the machines you want to back up. Click OK to confirm your
selection.
5. Specify the primary location for the backups:
a. Under Where to back up, click Location, and then click Store each machine's archive in the
specified folder on the machine with agent.
b. In the Path field, type the path to the local folder to store the backups. Click OK to confirm
your selection.
6. Specify the backup schedule and for how long to store the backups in the primary location:
a. In Backup scheme, select Simple.
b. By default, backup will start every day at 12 a.m. You can set a different schedule if
necessary.
c. In Retention rules, select Delete backups older than.... By default, the backups will be kept
for 30 days, so you do not need to modify anything.
7. Specify the location where to replicate the backups:
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a. Click Show backup type, 2nd location... and select the Replicate just created backup to
another location check box. The software displays the Where to replicate/move backups
block. Perform the following two steps in this block.
b. Click 2nd location, expand the Centralized node, and then select the vault you have created.
Click OK to confirm your selection. If prompted, provide access credentials for the vault.
c. In Retention rules, select Delete backups older than..., and then specify the value of 6
months.
8. Click OK to save the backup plan.
Details. You will see the Backup plans and tasks view with the backup plan you have just
created.
5.4.4
Recovering a user's document folder
In this step, you will recover a part of a user profile - a user's document folder. Depending on the
Windows version, this folder is called either Documents or My Documents.
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Connect the console to the management server.
Click Recover.
Click Select data, click Data path, and then click Browse.
Expand the Centralized node, and then select the vault where the backups are stored. Click OK to
confirm your selection.
Details. The software displays the data backed up to the selected vault. The Show list is a filter
that allows you to view either folders/files or machines/disks/volumes.
In the Show list, click Folders/files.
Expand the machine whose data you backed up and select the required folder. Click OK to
confirm your selection.
Click Select the machine with the agent that will perform recovery and select the machine to
which you want to recover. Click OK to confirm your selection.
By default, the folder will be recovered to the original location. It means that the folder path on
the target machine will be the same as that on the source machine. You can click Destination and
specify another location if necessary.
By default, the software overwrites the existing files with the files stored in the backup. Please,
close all applications that use any of the target folder's files. Otherwise, overwriting will not be
possible and the software may require a reboot.
Click OK to immediately start the recovery.
Details. You will see the Backup plans and tasks view with the recovery task you have just
created.
6 What to read next
The Quick Start Guide gives you an idea of the product usage and enables immediate "field testing".
For more information about using Acronis Backup & Recovery 11, please refer to the User Guides and
the help.
When in the management console, access the context-sensitive help system with the F1 key or by
clicking the question-mark button
where available.
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