What’s ActiveImage Protector™ ?
Whether you’re using a Windows or Linux based system on a physical or virtual machine, Hyper-V or VMware, Actiphy’s ActiveImage Protector™ is the only solution needed to protect those systems.
Image based backup
ActiveImage Protector™ backs up your entire machine, including the OS, settings, data files and applications, and access rights into a single image file. When disaster strikes, select a backup image to quickly restore for a fast and complete recovery.
Support for Cluster Environments
ActiveImage Protector™ Cluster Edition supports cluster environments such as Windows Server Failover Clustering. Even when failover from the backup node to the other node takes place, incremental backup chains of Clustered Shared Volume File System (CSVFS) volumes can be continued on the other node. The clustered volumes, including the system volume (mirrored volume), can be booted up without difficulty upon restoration. Quorum configuration in a clustered environment can be obtained and restored.
Faster and smaller backup with Smart Sector™ technology
ActiveImage Protector™’s Smart Sector™ technology only backs up the used sectors on a disk, resulting in faster backup and smaller backup files.
Fast Incremental Backup
ActiveImage Protector™ includes a self developed change tracking driver that enables us to track the changes that occur on a volume incremental backups. Fast and efficient incremental backup includes only sectors that have changed from the last backuping saving you both process time and storage space.
Incremental backup of CSVFS volumes
Cluster Shared Volume File System (CSVFS) volumes can be backed up incrementally by using the wizard for “CSV backup”. Even when failover from the backup node to the other node takes place, CBC technology maintains incremental backup continuity of CSVFS volumes on the other node.
CBC (Changed Block Comparison™) Technology
Actiphy’s proprietary Changed Block Comparison™ (CBC) technology comprehensively analyzes a volume’s file system and identifies changed blocks that need to be backed up.
Save storage space with IDDC
Our Inline Data Deduplication Compression (IDDC) feature eliminates duplicate data while simultaneously compressing it, resulting in a significant reduction in backup storage requirements. An included advanced option, IDDC has no impact on backup processing time. No additional deduplication hardware or software purchase is necessary.
Schedule a backup to execute on a schedule that meets your needs. Flexible multi triggered scheduling lets you create full and incremental backups on specific days, daily, weekly, monthly or specific days or week in a month. In addition, with the included retention policy you can specify a predefined number of image sets to keep in order to reduce storage footprint. Our smart feature USB Smart Detect will detect if you have disconnected a USB drive and will resume backups one a USB drive has been reconnected.
Windows PE and Linux based Recovery Environment
Perform faster disaster recovery and cold back-ups with ActiveImage Protector’s™ Windows PE and Linux based boot environments (AIPBE). The Windows PE based boot environment builder utilizes Microsoft ADK or AIK, and Linux CentOS.
Access image files via iSCSI
ActiveImage Protector™ utilizes iSCSI to serve backup iSCSI targets to any local or remote iSCSI initiator for mounting backup images as local disks; not only providing a method to recover files and folders from a backup, but provides immediate booting of a backup image attached to a virtual machine. Additionally, using VMware vMotion streamlines the recovery process by migrating live virtual machines booted from the iSCSI disk to a hypervisor in a production environment.
Cluster Environment License
The Cluster Edition includes the same features as found in ActiveImage Protector™ Server Edition but for Clustered Environments. The Cluster Environment License is offered as a more practical licensing solution when you are using a clustered environment.
ActiveImage Protector™ Cluster Edition
ActiveImage Protector™ for CLUSTERPRO
ActiveImage Protector™ Cluster Edition is optimized for clustered servers, and ActiveImage Protector™ for CLUSTERPRO is optimized for “CLUSTERPRO”, NEC’s HA clustering software.
ActiveImage Protector™ can back up and restore cluster environment without an error.
ActiveImage Protector™ backs up the entire hard disk including OS, applications and data with the latest sector-based disk imaging technology and save the created backup image files in destination storage.
In the event of a system failure, you can restore the backup image file including OS, applications and data in one restore process. Or, a single file or folder may be selected to restore.
Regardless whether physical machine or virtual environment, you need one license for one cluster environment.
For cluster environment configured with 3 or more nodes, please purchase the number of licenses required for the additional node plus the basic node license (2 nodes).
For clustered virtual machines on different hosts, you do not need Cluster Edition if you purchased the Virtual Edition for each host.
Pentium 4 or above
1024MB or more.
1.5GB or more of available disk space.
is needed to install, boot, or start up the ActiveImage Protector boot environment.
Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2012 & 2012 R2
Windows Server 2008 R2 *2008 is not supported
Windows Server IoT 2019 for Storage
Windows Storage Server 2016
Windows Storage Server 2012 & 2012 R2
Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 *2008 is not supported
Supported cluster product:
Windows Server Failover Clustering（MSFC）
Supported File System
Hot Imaging Backup:
- CSVFS、ReFS （Only Server Edition）
- The above listed file systems on MBR and GPT disks are supported.
- Support for the above mentioned file systems of virtual disks on Storage Space configured with Windows 8 or later OS.
Cold Imaging in ActiveImage Protector Boot Environment（Linux）:
FAT16、FAT16X、FAT32、FAT32X、NTFS、Linux Ext2、Linux Ext3、Linux Ext4、Linux Swap、Linux LVM
Cold Imaging in ActiveImage Protector Boot Environment（Windows PE）:
FAT16, FAT16X, FAT32, FAT32X, NTFS, ReFS, Linux Ext2, Linux Ext3, Linux Ext4, Linux Swap
- exFAT is only for full sector backup
By using Windows ADK or Windows AIK, the boot environment may be created through Windows PE boot environment builder.
Parallel ATA, Serial ATA (including eSATA), SCSI, SAS, iSCSI, SAN (Fibre Channel), USB, FireWire (IEEE 1394), network shared folders compatible with file sharing SMB/CIFS protocols（shared folders of Windows OS and Samba）, and virtual hard disks created in storage.
*Storage media with a 512 byte sector size or more is supported.
System requirements for Deduplication are as follows:
- A volume with available space of 2.5% or more of the total volume size of the backup source is required as the working area other than the storage space for the backup image files.
- CPU: Dual core processor or above (recommended)
- Main Memory: 8GB or above (recommended)）
- Intel Itanium（IA-64）based systems are not supported.