Local Backup Instructions

Local Backup Instructions

Perform full, incremental and manual backup including multiple hard drives and partitions using IDrive BMR - for both client and VMware machines. You can backup data even when your computer is up and running with minimal computer resources.

Steps to perform backup of client machines:

  1. Download the agent and run it on the computer you want to backup.
  2. bmr_client_agent
    Note: You can download the backup agent from the IDrive BMR’s device web interface interface or the IDrive BMR website.
  3. When you download the agent from the IDrive BMR's device interface, the device will auto-detect the agent.

    In case you downloaded the agent from the IDrive BMR website, you will be prompted with the following options:

  • Select 'No' (recommended) if you want to automatically connect to any BMR device on your network.
  • bmr_client_installer
  • Select 'Yes' if you want to connect the client to a specific BMR device and click 'Yes' to confirm. Enter the IP address. This is useful when you want to connect to a specific device in a network having multiple BMR device installed.
  • bmr_client_installer
  1. After the agent installation is completed, reboot your computer to enable faster incremental backups using the change block tracking driver.
  2. The IDrive BMR device detects the agent and starts full backup automatically for the first time, as per schedule.
  3. For subsequent backups perform the following steps:
  • Sign in to IDrive BMR. You can see the list of computers on the home page.
  • Click displayed at the left of the computer name and select 'Incremental image backup' or 'Full image backup' from the drop-down menu to start the backup.
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Note:
  1. If you perform incremental backup, the IDrive BMR device will backup the updated files and folders.
  2. If you perform full backup, the IDrive BMR device will backup the entire system including the operating system.
You can see the backup status in the 'Activities' section.
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The data is backed up successfully.


Steps to perform backup of virtual machines running on VMware:

You need to add VMware ESXi host and vCenter server to the BMR device to back them up. For steps to add ESXi host and vCenter server to the BMR device, refer BMR FAQs

To perform immediate backup of virtual machines after adding them to the BMR device.

  1. Sign in to IDrive BMR’s device web interface.
  2. Go to 'VMware'->'ESXi'/'vCenter'.
  3. Click 'Full Image Backup'/'Incremental Backup' on the required ESXi/vCenter to perform full or incremental image backup.
Incremental image backup

Once data backup starts, you can see the progress of the backup in the 'Activities' section, displayed on the bottom-right corner.

System Requirements

IDrive BMR currently supports Bare-Metal backup only from client computers and VMware machines running on Windows OS.

Following are the system requirements for IDrive BMR:


Operating Systems: Windows Vista (with all windows updates installed), Windows Server 2008 (with all windows updates installed), Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016 , Windows Server 2019

Filesystem:
IDrive® BMR supports backup from only NTFS formatted volumes

Disk Partition Style:
MBR, GPT


Note:
  1. Backup and restore of dynamic (simple, mirrored, spanned, striped), logical, and Microsoft storage space (Raid-5 with resiliency type-parity) is supported for 8.4.0 and above. However, bare-metal recovery of dynamic OS disk with GPT partition is not supported.
    (In case you have upgraded to version 8.4.0 or above, make sure to install the latest backup agent that supports the latest backup features and perform at the least one image backup. If you attempt restoring exclusively from older versions where the OS disk is dynamic, you may have OS boot issues. Similarly, use the updated WinRE Recovery Media Builder to create and upload a new WinRE recovery media to the BMR device.)
  2. The CBT feature is not supported for certain older operating systems such as Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and the 32-bit version of both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008R2.


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