Acronis® Backup & Recovery ® 10
Server for Windows
Update 5
Installation Guide
Table of contents
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Before installation .................................................................................................................3
1.1
Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 components .............................................................................3
1.1.1
1.1.2
1.1.3
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1.2
Supported operating systems ....................................................................................................4
1.3
System requirements.................................................................................................................5
1.4
Licensing policy ..........................................................................................................................5
Installation of Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 .........................................................................5
2.1
Local installation (Windows)......................................................................................................6
2.1.1
2.1.2
2.1.3
2.1.4
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Preparation ...................................................................................................................................................... 6
Installation procedure..................................................................................................................................... 6
Specifying credentials for Acronis services.................................................................................................... 6
Update.............................................................................................................................................................. 7
2.2
Unattended installation in Windows .........................................................................................7
2.3
Configuration script parameters................................................................................................8
Upgrading from trial to full product version ............................................................................9
3.1
Changing a license ...................................................................................................................10
3.2
Upgrading components for Windows......................................................................................10
Upgrading to stand-alone editions of Acronis Backup & Recovery 10.....................................11
4.1
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Agent for Windows ......................................................................................................................................... 3
Management Console..................................................................................................................................... 4
Bootable Media Builder .................................................................................................................................. 4
Importing a task .......................................................................................................................12
Uninstallation of Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 ...................................................................13
5.1
Local uninstallation in Windows ..............................................................................................13
5.2
Unattended uninstallation in Windows...................................................................................13
5.3
Deleting Acronis Secure Zone ..................................................................................................14
1 Before installation
This section answers questions that might arise before the product installation.
1.1
Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 components
This section contains a list of Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 components with a brief description of
their functionality.
Components for a managed machine (agents)
These are applications that perform data backup, recovery and other operations on the machines
managed with Acronis Backup & Recovery 10. Agents require a license to perform operations on
each managed machine. Agents have multiple features, or add-ons, that enable additional
functionality and so might require additional licenses.
Console
The console provides Graphical User Interface and remote connection to the agents. Usage of the
console is not licensed.
Bootable media builder
With bootable media builder, you can create bootable media in order to use the agents and other
rescue utilities in a rescue environment. Availability of the agent add-ons in a rescue environment
depends on whether an add-on is installed on the machine where the media builder is working.
1.1.1
Agent for Windows
This agent enables disk-level and file-level data protection under Windows.
Disk backup
Disk-level data protection is based on backing up either a disk or a volume file system as a whole,
along with all the information necessary for the operating system to boot; or all the disk sectors using
the sector-by-sector approach (raw mode). A backup that contains a copy of a disk or a volume in a
packaged form is called a disk (volume) backup or a disk (volume) image. It is possible to recover
disks or volumes as a whole from such backup, as well as individual folders or files.
File backup
File-level data protection is based on backing up files and folders residing on the machine where the
agent is installed or on a network share. Files can be recovered to their original location or to another
place. It is possible to recover all files and folders that were backed up or select which of them to
recover.
Other operations
Conversion to a virtual machine
Rather than converting a disk backup to a virtual disk file, which requires additional operations to
bring the virtual disk into use, Agent for Windows performs the conversion by recovering a disk
backup to a new virtual machine of any of the following types: VMware Workstation, Microsoft
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Virtual PC, Parallels Workstation, Citrix XenServer Open Virtual Appliance (OVA) or Red Hat KVM.
Files of the fully configured and operational machine will be placed in the folder you select. You can
start the machine using the respective virtualization software or prepare the machine files for further
usage.
Disk management
Agent for Windows includes Acronis Disk Director Lite - a handy disk management utility. Disk
management operations, such as cloning disks; converting disks; creating, formatting and deleting
volumes; changing a disk partitioning style between MBR and GPT or changing a disk label, can be
performed either in the operating system or using bootable media.
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Universal Restore
The Universal Restore add-on enables you to use the restore to dissimilar hardware functionality on
the machine where the agent is installed, and create bootable media with this functionality.
Universal Restore handles differences in devices that are critical for Windows start-up, such as
storage controllers, motherboard or chipset.
1.1.2
Management Console
Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Management Console is an administrative tool for local access to
Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 agent.
1.1.3
Bootable Media Builder
Acronis Bootable Media Builder is a dedicated tool for creating bootable media. The media builder
that installs on Windows can create bootable media based on either Windows Preinstallation
Environment, or Linux kernel.
The Universal Restore (p. 4) add-on enables you to create bootable media with the restore to
dissimilar hardware functionality. Universal Restore handles differences in devices that are critical for
Windows start-up, such as storage controllers, motherboard or chipset.
1.2
Supported operating systems
Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Management Console, Acronis Backup & Recovery
10 Agent for Windows
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Windows XP Professional SP2+ (x86, x64)
Windows 2000 SP4 – all editions except for the Datacenter edition
Windows Server 2003/2003 R2 - the Standard and Enterprise editions (x86, x64)
Windows Small Business Server 2003/2003 R2 (x86)
Windows Vista - all editions (x86, x64)
Windows 7 SP1 - all editions (x86, x64)
Windows Server 2008 - the Standard and Enterprise editions (x86, x64)
Windows Small Business Server 2008 (x64)
Windows Small Business Server 2011
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 - the Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, Foundation editions
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Windows MultiPoint Server 2010
Remote connection to the agent is not possible.
Acronis products do not support systems with Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI). Although it is possible to
restore a GPT partition with Acronis if Windows is installed on it, the restored system will not be bootable.
Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 can back up and recover operating systems if they are installed in BIOS/MBR
mode, even if they run on EFI-capable servers. Most servers have BIOS settings that allow booting the
installation CD in BIOS/MBR mode instead of EFI mode. The MBR mode ensures that after installation the boot
disk is partitioned in MBR standard, not GPT.
1.3
System requirements
The components installed in Windows
Edition name
Memory (above
the OS and
running
applications)
Disk space required Disk space occupied Additional
during installation or by the component(s)
update
Server for Windows
80 MB
1 GB
500 MB
Workstation
80 MB
1 GB
500 MB
Bootable Media Builder
(Windows)
80 MB
700 MB
300 MB
Media type
Memory
ISO image size
Additional
Based on Windows PE
512 MB
300 MB
Linux-based
256 MB
130 MB
Screen resolution
1024*768 pixels
or higher
Bootable media
1.4
Licensing policy
Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 licensing is based on the number of machines managed and protected
by the product. Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 agents require a license to perform operations on
each managed machine.
Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Server for Windows (ABR10 SW)
Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Workstation (ABR10 W)
The license key for the appropriate Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 edition is required to install an
agent delivered with any of these editions. The license key has to be entered during the agent
installation.
2 Installation of Acronis Backup & Recovery 10
This section helps answer questions that might arise during the product installation.
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2.1
Local installation (Windows)
You have a choice between downloading a full installation package and a small executable package
that will download only those components that you select to install, from the Acronis Web site.
2.1.1
Preparation
Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 uses TCP port 9876 for local installation and for communication
between components. The setup program automatically opens this port through Windows Firewall. If
you use a different firewall, make sure that the port is open for both incoming and outgoing requests
through that firewall.
2.1.2
Installation procedure
Do the following to install Acronis Backup & Recovery 10:
1. Run the Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 setup file.
2. Click Install Acronis Backup & Recovery 10.
3. Do either of the following:
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To install the product with full functionality (including online backup), click Fully-functional
Acronis Backup & Recovery 10.
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To install the product for online backup only, click Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 for online
backup only.
4. If you chose to install the fully-functional product, type in your license key. Likewise, you can add
a license key for Acronis Universal Restore (if purchased).
5. Specify credentials for the account under which the Agent for Windows service will run. By
default, the setup program will create a dedicated user account for the service. See "Specifying
credentials for Acronis services (p. 6)".
6. The summary page displays a list of components that will be installed according to the previously
entered license key(s).
Note: When canceling the installation process, only the last component is removed. Other components, if any,
remain installed.
2.1.3
Specifying credentials for Acronis services
Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Agent for Windows runs as service. When installing this component,
you need to specify the account under which the agent's service will run.
You can either create a dedicated user account or specify an existing account of a local or domain
user.
If you choose to create a dedicated user account for the service (recommended), the setup program
will create the following user account:
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Acronis Agent User
The newly created account is given the following privileges:
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The account is assigned the Log on as a service, Adjust memory quotas for a process, and
Replace a process level token user rights.
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The account is included in the Backup Operators group.
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If you choose to specify an existing local or domain user account—for example, .\LocalUser or
DomainName\DomainUser—make sure that the account is a member of the Backup Operators
group, before proceeding with the installation. The setup program will assign the above listed user
rights to such account.
If the machine is part of an Active Directory domain, make sure that the domain's security policies do
not prevent the account from having the above listed user rights.
Important: After the installation, do not specify a different user account for the agent service. Otherwise, the
agent may stop working.
2.1.4
Update
To update one or more Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 components:
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Run the installation package, containing the updated version of Acronis Backup & Recovery 10.
Click Install Acronis Backup & Recovery 10.
Click Update.
Follow the on-screen instructions.
Updating components in the unattended mode
For information about updating a component in the unattended mode, see "Unattended installation
in Windows (p. 7)".
2.2
Unattended installation in Windows
Acronis components can be installed in the unattended mode, as opposed to the interactive mode.
You will need the configuration script mst_gen.vbs, which is located in the folder where Acronis
Backup & Recovery 10 Management Console is installed—by default, C:\Program
Files\Acronis\BackupAndRecoveryConsole. If the management console is installed on a different
machine, you can copy the script from that machine.
The following components and features can be reinstalled or updated in the unattended mode:
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Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Agent for Windows AcronisAgentWindows.msi
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Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Management Console:
AcronisStandaloneManagementConsole.msi
Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Universal Restore: AcronisUniversalRestore.msi
Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Bootable Media Builder:
AcronisBootableComponentsMediaBuilder.msi
Before installing the agent's features (such as Universal Restore), you need to install the agent itself.
To install, reinstall, or update a component in the unattended mode
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Run the setup program.
Click Extract installation files.
Extract the component's installation package.
If you are installing Agent for Windows, create a transform (an .mst file) for the agent's
installation package by running the configuration script. Otherwise, skip this step.
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For example, the following command creates a transform to install Agent for Windows with the
license key ABCDE-54321:
mst_gen.vbs /msi_path C:\AcronisAgentWindows.msi /serial ABCDE-54321
The complete syntax of the configuration script is described in "Configuration script parameters
(p. 8)".
5. Do either of the following, depending on whether you are installing, reinstalling, or updating the
component:
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If you are installing the component, run Windows Installer (the msiexec program) specifying
the names of both the installation package and (if needed) the transform as follows:
When installing Agent for Windows:
msiexec /i c:\AcronisAgentWindows.msi TRANSFORMS=AcronisAgentWindows.mst
/qb
Otherwise (in this example, when installing the Universal Restore feature):
msiexec /i c:\AcronisUniversalRestore.msi /qb
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If you are reinstalling or updating the component, run Windows Installer as follows:
When reinstalling or updating Agent for Windows:
msiexec /i C:\Share\AcronisAgentWindows.msi
TRANSFORMS=C:\Share\AcronisAgentWindows.mst ADDLOCAL=ALL /qb
Otherwise (in this example, when reinstalling or updating the Universal Restore feature):
msiexec /i C:\Share\AcronisUniversalRestore.msi ADDLOCAL=ALL /qb /l*v
C:\log.log
2.3
Configuration script parameters
The configuration script mst_gen.vbs creates an .mst file (known as a transform, a modification, or a
modification file) for the installation package of an Acronis component, such as Acronis Backup &
Recovery 10 Agent for Windows.
By using the transform together with the installation package, you can install the component in the
unattended mode.
The following is the complete syntax of the configuration script:
mst_gen.vbs
/msi_path Full_Path
[/current_user]
[/target_dir Installation_Folder]
{/serial License_Key [/old_serial Echo_License_Key] | /online_backup}
[/account User_Name Password]
[/cep_enabled]
The script parameters are the following.
General parameters
/msi_path Full_Path
Specifies a full path to the component's installation package. Enter a local path, such as
D:\folder\AcronisAgentWindows.msi; or a universal naming convention (UNC) path, such as
\\server\folder\AcronisAgentWindows.msi.
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/current_user
Specifies that the component will be installed for the current user only, rather than for all users
on a machine.
This parameter is not effective for Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Agent for Windows, which runs
as a service.
Avoid using this parameter when installing the component through Group Policy, because the
“current user” in such installation is typically a system account.
/target_dir Installation_Folder
Specifies the folder where to install the component. Without this parameter, the component will
be installed to the default folder: %ProgramFiles%\Acronis\BackupAndRecovery
Agent-specific parameters
The following parameters are effective only when installing Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Agent for
Windows.
/serial License_Key
Specifies the license key to use when installing the package. A license key is a sequence of letters
and numerals separated by dashes. Enter the license key exactly, including the dashes.
/old_serial Echo_License_Key
When upgrading from Acronis True Image Echo, specifies the license key for that edition. Use
this parameter with the /serial parameter.
/online_backup
Specifies that the agent will be installed for online backup only. A license key is not required.
Note: Specify either the /serial parameter or the /online_backup parameter, but not both.
/account User_Name Password
Specifies the user name and password of the user account under which Acronis Managed
Machine Service will run on the machines. The user account must have appropriate privileges, as
described in Specifying credentials for Acronis services (p. 6). Separate the name of the domain
and the account by a backslash, as in: mydomain\User
Without this parameter, the agent will run under the default account: Acronis Agent User
/cep_enabled
Specifies whether the machine will participate in the Customer Experience Program.
With this parameter, information about the hardware configuration, the most and least used
features and about any problems will be automatically collected from the machine and sent to
Acronis on a regular basis. The terms of participation can be found on the Acronis Web site.
Without this parameter, the information will not be sent.
3 Upgrading from trial to full product version
The trial key required at installation can be obtained on the Acronis Web site.
The Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 trial version has the following limitation:
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Additional limitations for bootable media:
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The disk management functionality is available, but there is no option to commit the changes
Besides disk management, only the recovery functionality is available.
To upgrade from the trial version to the standard product you do not need to re-download the
software. When the trial period is over, the product GUI displays a notification requesting you specify
a standard license key.
To specify the standard license key, use the Change License window in the management console, or
run the setup program and follow its instructions.
3.1
Changing a license
By changing the license, you switch to a different version or edition of the product. The following
table summarizes the available options.
Switching a license
Why you may need it
trial > full
Upgrade from trial to full product version
trial > trial different edition
Define the edition that better fits your needs
trial > full different edition
The edition you bought differs from the edition of the trial version
You can also enable Acronis Deduplication and Acronis Universal Restore by using additional licenses,
if these are available for the version and edition you are switching to.
Switching between advanced and standalone editions is not possible.
To change a license:
1. Click Help > Change license.
2. Enter the new license key. If you have a license key for Acronis Universal Restore, you can add it
here.
Please do not forget that you cannot enable Acronis Universal Restore while using a trial product
version.
3.2
Upgrading components for Windows
To specify the standard license key, run the installation package and follow the wizard's instructions.
To upgrade to the full product version
1. Start the setup program.
2. Specify the standard license key instead of the trial license key.
Note: The full license key must be of the same product edition as the trial license key.
3. If you are planning to use Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Universal Restore, specify the license
key for this feature. Otherwise, just click Next.
4. Select one of the following options:
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If you specified the license key for Universal Restore, click Proceed with the installation.
Otherwise, click Apply the new license key and quit the Setup.
The installed components are now upgraded to the full version.
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5. If you selected the first option, proceed with installing Universal Restore. If you selected the
second option, click Close to exit the setup program.
4 Upgrading to stand-alone editions of Acronis
Backup & Recovery 10
This section describes how to upgrade Acronis True Image Echo Server for Windows to Acronis
Backup & Recovery 10 Server for Windows.
Preparation
Before proceeding with the upgrade, make sure that:
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You have a license key for Acronis True Image Echo Server for Windows.
You have an upgrade license key for Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Server for Windows.
Installing components
1. Run the Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 setup file.
2. Click Install Acronis Backup & Recovery 10.
3. Specify the upgrade license key and the license key for Acronis True Image Echo Server for
Windows.
4. Confirm deletion of Acronis True Image Echo Server for Windows.
5. To import old tasks at the time of installation, select the Import existing tasks check box. Or you
can import them later at any time. For details, see "Importing tasks" later in this section.
6. Follow the on-screen instructions. For details, see "Local installation (Windows) (p. 6)".
Result:
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The Acronis True Image Echo components are replaced with the Acronis Backup & Recovery 10
components.
Importing tasks
You might want to import Acronis True Image Echo backup tasks and validation tasks to Acronis
Backup & Recovery 10—either during installation or manually later at any time. If you do not import
them, these tasks will no longer run.
Note: The tasks that back up data to Acronis Backup Server or validate archives stored on it will not be imported
to Acronis Backup & Recovery 10.
To import the old tasks manually, use Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Upgrade Tool. This commandline utility is located in the Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 installation directory, in the UpgradeTool
subdirectory.
1. Install the upgrade tool by running the Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 setup file.
2. Change the current folder to the folder where the upgrade tool is installed—by default:
C:\Program Files\Acronis\UpgradeTool
If Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 is installed in a folder other than the default folder, change the
path accordingly.
3. Run the following command:
cscript UpgradeTool.vbs Agent
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Result:
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Tasks that were present in Acronis True Image Echo are converted to Acronis Backup & Recovery
10 tasks and appear in the Backup plans and tasks view.
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Each backup task's schedule, items to back up, and backup destination are the same as before,
but the task will create a new archive to perform further backups.
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Each backup task is part of a backup plan. You can edit the backup plan to change the task's
schedule or other parameters.
Importing old options
The upgrade tool enables you to import the default backup options, default restoration options,
notification options, and event tracing options of Acronis True Image Echo to the default backup and
recovery options of Acronis Backup & Recovery 10.
To import the old options:
1. Change the current folder to the one where the upgrade tool is installed.
2. Run the following command:
cscript UpgradeTool.vbs Options
The old options are imported as follows:
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Notifications is imported as Notifications in both Default backup options and Default recovery
options.
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Event tracing is imported as Event tracing in both Default backup options and Default recovery
options.
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Archive splitting is imported as Backup splitting.
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Validate backup archive upon its creation completion is not imported from Additional settings
in Default backup options or Default recovery options.
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In Default recovery options, Files to exclude from restoration, Files overwriting mode, and
Restore files and folders without restoring full path (in Additional settings) are not imported.
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Other options are imported as the corresponding options in Default backup options and Default
recovery options.
In Media components, if Place Acronis One-Click Restore on media is the only check box
selected, it is imported as Acronis Bootable Agent and One-Click Restore.
Using backup archives created with Acronis True Image Echo
After the upgrade to Acronis Backup & Recovery 10, you have the ability to recover data from
backups created with Acronis True Image Echo.
To facilitate access to these backups, you may want to create a personal vault where the backups are
located. For instructions on how to create a personal vault, see the "Actions on personal vaults"
section in the User's Guide.
A personal vault can store both Acronis True Image Echo archives and Acronis Backup & Recovery 10
archives. You can specify this vault as a destination for new backup plans.
4.1
Importing a task
Instead of importing the tasks from Acronis True Image Echo as a whole, you can use the upgrade
tool to import a particular backup or validation task.
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Note: The tasks that back up data to Acronis Backup Server or validate archives stored on it cannot be
imported.
Acronis True Image Echo stores each task as a .tis file. By default, these files are located in the folder
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Acronis\TrueImage\Scripts.
The names of the .tis files are Universally Unique Identifiers (UUIDs), such as 6AED5F49-7EED-4E3E939E-19360A44137F.tib.tis. Each file has the XML format. The <display> tag in the file specifies the
task name as it appears in the list of tasks.
To import a task
1. Determine the file name of the task that you want to import—for example, by examining the
content of the <display> tag.
2. Change the current folder to the one where the upgrade tool is installed.
3. Run the following command, specifying the task's file name:
cscript UpgradeTool.vbs Script -f "C:\Documents and Settings\All
Users\Application Data\Acronis\TrueImage\Scripts\6AED5F49-7EED-4E3E-939E19360A44137F.tib.tis"
As a result, the task is imported as an Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 task and becomes part of a
backup plan.
5 Uninstallation of Acronis Backup & Recovery 10
This section describes uninstallation of Acronis Backup & Recovery 10.
5.1
Local uninstallation in Windows
To uninstall Acronis Backup & Recovery 10, use the product uninstallation program (and not the Add
or Remove Programs tool of Windows).
To uninstall Acronis Backup & Recovery 10
1. Click Start -> All Programs -> Acronis -> Uninstall Acronis Backup & Recovery 10.
2. To remove the log and tasks of Acronis Backup & Recovery 10, select the Remove the product's
log, tasks, vaults and configuration settings check box. Leave this check box cleared if you are
planning to reinstall the product later.
3. Click Remove.
5.2
Unattended uninstallation in Windows
To uninstall Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 in the unattended mode, you need to run the msiexec
utility. This utility uses the product’s installation packages (.msi files).
To uninstall Acronis Backup & Recovery 10
1. Extract the installation packages to a folder or a network share. You need not extract the
AcronisUniversalRestore.msi package if the Universal Restore add-on (p. 4) is not installed.
2. If the Universal Restore add-on is installed, run the following command (here and in the next
step, the location of the installation packages is assumed to be \\myserver\share):
msiexec /uninstall \\myserver\share\AcronisUniversalRestore.msi /qb
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3. Run the following commands:
msiexec
msiexec
msiexec
/qb
msiexec
msiexec
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/uninstall \\myserver\share\AcronisTrayMonitor.msi /qb
/uninstall \\myserver\share\AcronisAgentWindows.msi /qb
/uninstall \\myserver\share\AcronisBootableComponentsMediaBuilder.msi
/uninstall \\myserver\share\AcronisUpgradeTool.msi /qb
/uninstall \\myserver\share\AcronisStandaloneManagementConsole.msi /qb
Deleting Acronis Secure Zone
Uninstallation of Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 does not affect Acronis Secure Zone and its contents.
You will still be able to recover data from Acronis Secure Zone on booting from bootable media.
If you need to delete Acronis Secure Zone, perform the following steps in the operating system
(before the agent uninstallation) or under bootable media.
To delete Acronis Secure Zone:
1. In the Acronis Secure Zone Actions bar (on the Actions and tools pane), select Delete.
2. In the Delete Acronis Secure Zone window, select volumes to which you want to add the space
freed from the zone and then click OK.
If you select several volumes, the space will be distributed proportionally to each partition. If you
do not select any volume, the freed space becomes unallocated.
After you click OK, Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 will start deleting the zone.
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