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Monthly Archives: October 2011

How to Boot Directly from High-Rely Removable Disk into Shadow Protect Recovery Environment

October 25th, 2011 by

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Ben Franklin

One of the more popular backup software packages is StorageCraft’s ShadowProtect. This document discusses preparing an emergency recovery environment using that software that will work with any USB 2.0 connected Highly Reliable Systems  removable disk backup product.

In a Disaster Scenario one of the last things you want to be doing is be scrambling around looking for a disaster recovery environment boot CD or USB key. This is especially true if you need internet access and the machine that is down is responsible for DHCP or DNS and you don’t have a copy of the shadow protect recovery media at the ready. With this in mind this tutorial will walk you through one method of installing the Shadow Protect Recovery Environment onto your High-Rely removable drive. Assuming your server has the ability to boot to a USB hard drive, you can install the Shadow Protect Recovery Environment onto your High-Rely Media and have everything needed for quick recovery. Both the boot environment and latest backup can be in one place using this technique.

First go Get the Shadow Protect Recovery Environment ISO.  You will need your ShadowProtect  Serial Number.  Get it here
Next we will use the free XBOOT Multiboot ISO USB Creator to create a way to boot the Shadow Protect Recovery Environment ISO from your Highly Reliable Systems USB connected drive. Go Get XBOOT.
You may Need Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 you can find that here

Launch XBOOT Drag and then drop the ShadowProtect Recovery Environment ISO into XBOOT window Using Xboot

Select the “Add Using Grub4dos ISO image Emulation” option. Next choose the “Add this file” button.

Select the “Create USB” button at the Bottom Right.





Be Sure and Select your High-Rely Media (mine is G, yours may vary).  And Hit Ok.





It will now install the GRUB Bootloader non destructively to your media to allowing you to boot into the Recovery Environment from your High-Rely for just those sort of disaster scenarios.

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Seagate 4TB drives are on the Horizon

October 6th, 2011 by

The Seagate 4TB hard drive exists. The engineers have their hands on them and are working to certify them for use in our products.  We can’t ship them yet, but keep an eye out here.  We’ll make an announcement when they’re available to purchase.  Keep in mind 2TB are not supported by Windows XP or older 32‐bit operating systems, which limit maximum volume size to 2TB. Solutions greater than 2TB are compatible with XP 64 bit, Mac OS X, Windows Vista, Windows 2003 SP1, or other 64‐bit operating systems by formatting the disks GPT.

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Workstation Backup Appliance Dedupes for Under $900

October 5th, 2011 by

Highly Reliable Systems, Reno NV announced that they are shipping a NAS with an integrated removable drive based on Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008R2 Essentials. The “Workstation Backup Appliance” (WBA), has 2TB of deduped internal storage, along with Microsoft software to backup 25 Windows or Mac workstations.

Microsoft wrote the backup software for the WBA.” said Tom Hoops, Chief Technology officer. “The central console they created for this unit manages all the backups from a single location using a dashboard concept. The appliance runs a Windows Server OS, so it can join existing domains.” said Hoops. Multiple boxes can be ganged to support more than 25 workstations and server backup can be supported with 3rd party software. The appliance stores duplicate files (those that exist on multiple workstations) only once. The company says that this data deduplication ability means that data stored on 25 workstations will fit into much smaller backup space. The WBA has an optional 2TB removable drive tray that provides the appliance with self-backup capability (or additional storage), as well as a USB key used to boot downed workstations and connect them to the appliance over the network for rapid bare metal restore. “This is the only Windows Storage Server Essentials box that includes the ability to back itself up, which is critical for a business class NAS” said Hoops.

Darren McBride, the company CEO, says that although IT people often claim they don’t allow users to store data locally, users do it anyway and even if they don’t, the ability to recover workstations quickly when corruption or viruses hit is a big time saver. McBride explained that a simple piece of service software called the Microsoft connector is installed using the IE browser to each workstation, and once configured backups are queued and processed sequentially so that scheduling is centralized and simplified. Progress can be monitored via a single dashboard and the Microsoft software has the ability to do continuous incremental protection, which means nightly backups occur quickly. Efficient version retention also allows users to go back 6 months or more to retrieve old versions of files. Add-ins are available from third party developers to extend Windows Storage Server Functionality.

Pricing on the 2TB WBA is $899 MSRP. Additional removable 2TB drives in fully protected and transportable aluminum trays are available. For more information visit http://www.high-rely.com or call 775-329-5139.




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