ShadowProtect Virtual

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StorageCraft ShadowProtect Virtual

Back up and quickly restore virtual machines

StorageCraft® ShadowProtect® Virtual is the tool you need to manage today's hybrid computing environments. Because businesses rarely adopt virtualization technology for their entire computing environment, businesses need technology that provides fast, flexible, and reliable disaster recovery for virtual and physical systems. ShadowProtect Virtual will back up anything in a Windows virtual environment and recover it anywhere – to another type of hypervisor, to physical environments, or to the cloud.

Features and benefits of ShadowProtect Virtual

Computer BackupBackup

  • Capture everything—systems, applications, configuration settings, services, data—on your VMs
  • Back up Microsoft SQL, Exchange, and SharePoint servers and other critical application VMs, 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 VM without having to visit the host machine
  • Remotely manage both ShadowProtect Virtual and ShadowProtect Desktop nodes
  • Choose to receive notification when VM 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 different 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 virtual environment or to a physical machine 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 VM to a different VM
  • Migrate a backup image of a virtual environment to a physical server


Priced per virtual machine, ShadowProtect Virtual can be purchased in multi-packs and deployed on multiple hosts.

Please note that, although a ShadowProtect Virtual license allows you to migrate or restore to a physical environment, the virtual license ends when you do so. Use a new standard ShadowProtect license to continue making backups in a physical environment.

Supported Environments

It supports Windows guests in these virtual environments:

  • Citrix XenServer
  • Linux KVM
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Microsoft Virtual PC
  • Microsoft Virtual Server
  • Oracle VirtualBox
  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV)
  • VMware ESX/ESXi (including the free version of ESXi)
  • VMware Workstation

Learn more about ShadowProtect Virtual

ShadowProtect User Guide