ShadowProtect for Small Business

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No two days are ever the same when you're a small business owner. With everything and everyone on the go, it is important to know that your IT systems are continually being backed up and that data can be restored quickly if accidentally deleted or, worse, if a hardware failure occurs. The statistics support the fact that one of the bigger challenges small businesses face is how to maximize business continuity and avoid business disruption following a computer failure. StorageCraft® ShadowProtect® for Small Business provides fast and reliable server backup, disaster recovery, data protection, and system migration.

ShadowProtect for Small Business includes bare metal recovery to the same system, to dissimilar hardware, or to and from virtual environments. Protect your entire server environment including the operating system, applications such as Microsoft Exchange and SQL, and your data.

ShadowProtect for Small Business also gives you the tools that you need to centrally manage your point–in–time backup images and restore them in a matter of minutes. The easy-to-use management console allows you to simultaneously push-install ShadowProtect to all your Windows SBS servers from a central location and view the backup status of all protected Windows servers in your organization.

In addition, ShadowProtect for Small Business provides you with StorageCraft VirtualBoot technology for failover to a virtual server as well as a virtual converter to convert ShadowProtect backup images to virtual drives. Automatic verification and re–verification tools ensure your backups are in a known good state when server recovery is necessary.

In short, with ShadowProtect you will have peace of mind knowing your systems and data are in good hands.

Features and benefits of ShadowProtect for Small Business

Computer BackupBackup

  • Capture everything—systems, applications, configuration settings, services, data—on your servers
  • Back up Microsoft SQL, Exchange, and SharePoint servers and other critical application servers, including updates in memory
  • Encrypt a backup job to protect backup images to securely protect data
  • Save backups to any disk device (such as removable, local, and network drives) or any optical media (CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray discs)
  • Back up a non-bootable system before attempting a restore operation (using StorageCraft Recovery Environment)


  • Execute a one-time full backup that you can archive
  • Schedule backups to occur automatically
  • Schedule incremental backups to run as often as every 15 minutes
  • Set up subsequent full backups to be differential to save on storage space
  • Manage the retention of backup images

 Backup Management ConsoleRemote Management

  • Install the ShadowProtect agent on a server or desktop without having to visit the machine
  • Remotely manage both ShadowProtect Server and ShadowProtect Desktop nodes
  • Choose to receive notification when server or desktop backup jobs succeed or fail

Verify BackupsTesting

  • Verify backup images to ensure they’re in a known good state for fast and reliable recovery
  • Automatically run Chkdsk or other scripts on mounted volumes to determine data and application integrity with StorageCraft ImageReady™ technology
  • Mount an Exchange Server backup (including system, data, and log volumes) to test the .EDB files and verify they’re intact or run cleanup if they’re in a dirty shutdown state
  • Boot a backup image to a virtual machine to test whether a restored system would function properly with VirtualBoot

Consolidate Backups

Image Management

  • Consolidate files (full backup plus incrementals) into a single new backup image for archiving
  • Split a backup image file into smaller files (a spanned set) for backup on DVD or Blu-Ray
  • Convert backup image files to a virtual disk in either .VHD (Hyper-V-compatible) or .VMDK (VMWare-compatible) format for restoration or migration to a VM
  • Set a consolidated or converted backup file's compression setting or encryption

Hardware Independent RestoreRecovery

  •  Perform a bare metal restore in minutes thanks to the StorageCraft Recovery Environment and StorageCraft Hardware Independent Restore™ (HIR) technology
  • Restore a system to the same or different hardware or to virtual environments with StorageCraft Recovery Environment and HIR
  • Mount a backup image quickly and browse it in order to recover a file or folder
  •  Quickly restore access to a database server by mounting a point-in-time backup image
  •  Rapidly boot a backup image as a virtual machine (temporary system failover) with VirtualBoot

 Disk Copy

  •  Copy the contents of one drive to another
  • Create this copy without performing a backup
  • Create this copy for use when attempting to fix a corrupted partition or for use in forensic investigations

Diagnostics and Troubleshooting

  • Detect and repair a boot configuration error or corrupt hard drive when the automated repair process fails
  • Repair or replace information required for startup that may get lost during migration from one drive to another


  • Migrate a backup image of a physical server to a virtual environment
  • Migrate a backup image of a virtual environment to a physical server
  • Migrate a backup image from one physical machine to another

Supported Environments

  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 Foundation
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation
  • Windows Essential Business Server 2008
  • Windows Small Business Server 2008
  • Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2
  • Windows Small Business Server 2003

Learn more about ShadowProtect for Small Business

ShadowProtect User Guide