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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.
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  3. IDrive BMR server detects the agent and starts full backup automatically for the first time.
  4. For subsequent backups perform the following steps:
  • Log 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, IDrive BMR server will backup the updated files and folders.
  2. If you perform full backup, IDrive BMR server 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 server to back them up. For steps to add ESXi host and vCenter server to the BMR server, refer BMR FAQs

To perform immediate backup of virtual machines after adding them to the BMR server,

  1. Log in to the IDrive BMR server 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
  • Small Business Server 2011 (with all windows updates installed)
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2

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

Disk Partition Style:
  • MBR
  • GPT

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

Disk Partition Style:
  • MBR
  • GPT


Note: You can backup dynamic or logical volumes in MBR disk. However, Bare-Metal Restore of these volumes is not supported. You can still recover data from these backed up volumes by using the 'File Restore' option. Refer steps to recover backed up data using file restore option.