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What is ActiveImage Protector™ 2022?

ActiveImage Protector is an enterprise-level backup and disaster recovery solution that supports both physical and virtual (Hyper-V/VMware), Windows/Linux, On-Premise/Cloud environments. ActiveImage Protector is the fastest and most powerful data protection solutions on the market, and provides all the necessary tools for enterprise deployment and management, immediate system recovery, switch-over availability, and virtual migration.

ActiveImage Protector Server Edition protects Windows Server (physical or virtual).

Image based backup

ActiveImage Protector™ backs up your entire machine, including the OS, settings, data files and applications, and access rights into a single image file. When disaster strikes, select a backup image to quickly restore for a fast and complete recovery.

Direct-To-Cloud Backup

Backup systems directly to cloud storage. Supported public cloud storage services include Amazon S3 and Azure as backup destinations. In addition, Direct-To-Cloud Backup also supports SFTP servers as backup destinations.

File Backup

A new file backup option providing granular point-in-time backup and restore of specific files and folders

LTO tape support

Support for LTO as a backup destination. Backup data saved on tape can be physically isolated from ransomware attacks and ensures long-term archival stability.

Ensure full-state recovery

ActiveImage Protector™ backs up your entire hard disk including the operating system in a single operation. In the event of a hardware failure, the system can be restored to a different physical machine or a virtual machine.

In-Cloud recovery

Any backup image can be restored directly to a virtual machine within the same cloud environment. In-Cloud Recovery offers an easy system migration of on-premise virtual or physical machines directly to cloud environments.

Faster and smaller backup with Smart Sector technology

ActiveImage Protector™’s Smart Sector™ technology only backs up the used sectors on a disk, resulting in faster backup and smaller backup files.

CBC (Changed Block Comparison™) Technology

Actiphy’s proprietary Changed Block Comparison™ (CBC) technology comprehensively analyzes a volume’s file system and identifies changed blocks that need to be backed up. As CBC is an installed program rather than a filter driver, incremental backups of NTFS volumes, are supported. A system restart is not required upon the installation or update of the program.

Save storage space with IDDC

Our Inline Data Deduplication Compression (IDDC) feature eliminates duplicate data while simultaneously compressing it, resulting in a significant reduction in backup storage requirements. An included advanced option, IDDC has no impact on backup processing time. No additional deduplication hardware or software purchase is necessary.

Bootability check by BootCheck™ 

BootCheck™ provides confidence that your backup images are bootable from local or remote Hyper-V hosts. BootCheck™ confirms bootability of a virtual machine directly from a backup image file.

Disk-To-Disk copy

A new disk-to-disk copy option that supports physical disks and volumes, for a complete sector by sector copy. The Disk-to-disk Copy feature can select the entire disk or a specific volume to copy, or copy to a higher capacity disk or volume.

Boot Environment

Windows-based Boot Environment can be built without installation of Windows ADK. Linux-based Boot Environment boots up on memory.

Image Target Server

Utilize iSCSI targets and NFS exports to emulate backup images as virtual disk files for flexible and immediate recovery or migration.

Boot backup images instantly using HyperBoot™

Using our real-time virtual conversion technology, HyperBoot bypasses the lengthy, resource intensive, and cumbersome physical to virtual conversion process, and boots the backup as a virtual machine in minimal time. Changes made while running the virtual machine from a backup are saved as differential backup files. A proverbial “Spare Wheel” for recovery, migration testing, repair, or upgrading prior to actual deployment.

Web-based backup monitoring

Actively monitor backup tasks of all your machines from anywhere and at any time with free Actiphy Portal Service (APS). Request your free access here.

System Requirements

CPU:
Pentium 4 or above

Main Memory:
2GB more is required.

Hard Disk:
650MB or more of available disk space is required.

DVD-ROM drive:
Necessary to install, boot or start up the ActiveImage Protector boot environment.

Windows 10 (x64) or later Windows Desktop OS including Windows 11

Hot Imaging Backup:
FAT16、FAT16X、FAT32、FAT32X、NTFS、CSVFS、ReFS

  • CSVFS (only supported for Cluster) ReFS (Only Server Edition)
  • The above listed file systems on MBR and GPT disks are supported.
  • Support for above mentioned file systems of virtual disks on Storage Space configured with Windows 8 or later OS.

Cold Imaging in ActiveImage Protector Boot Environment(Linux):
FAT16、FAT16X、FAT32、FAT32X、NTFS、Linux Ext2、Linux Ext3、Linux Ext4、Linux Swap、Linux LVM
Cold Imaging in ActiveImage Protector Boot Environment(Windows PE):
FAT16, FAT16X, FAT32, FAT32X, NTFS, ReFS, Linux Ext2, Linux Ext3, Linux Ext4, Linux Swap

  • exFAT is only for full sector backup
    By using Windows ADK or Windows AIK, the boot environment may be created through Windows PE-based boot environment builder.
System requirements for Deduplication feature are as follows:
  • A volume with available space of 1% or more of the total volume size of the backup source is required as the working area to back up using the Deduplication feature other than the storage space for backup image files.
  • CPU: Dual core processor or above (recommended)
  • Main Memory: 8GB or above (recommended))
  • Intel Itanium(IA-64)based systems are not supported.

CPU:
Pentium 4 or above

Main Memory:
1024MB or more is required

Hard Disk:
2048 MB or more of available disk space is required.

Internet Connection:
Required for installation of the product

  • If you use a proxy server for internet access, click on [?] and configure the proxy settings.

Screen Resolution:
1152 x 864 (XGA+) or above is recommended.

Operating System:
Windows 10 (x64) or later version of Windows Desktop OS, Windows Server 2012 R2 or later version of Windows Server OS

 

Windows ADK:
ADK for Windows 10 Version 1607 or later

    The following components are required and installed on the host to build the boot environment.
  • Deployment Tools
  • Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)
  • If the Windows ADK for Windows 10 1809 or later was downloaded, please install the Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) from “Windows PE Addon for the ADK”

Windows:
Windows Server 2022
Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server IoT 2019 for Storage
Windows Storage Server 2016
Windows Storage Server 2012 R2

Hypervisor:
Windows Server 2022 Hyper-V
Windows Server 2019 Hyper-V
Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V
Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V
VMware vSphere ESX[i] 5.1 / 5.5 / 6.0 / 6.5 / 6.7 / 7.0

* The operating systems above stated as guest OS of virtual machines on the respective hypervisors are also supported.

* As for the backup source OS for HyperAgent, please refer to our knowledge Base

* For the support information about the other hypervisors, please contact us.

Required for activation of the product and installation of the latest updates.
※Indispensable when using HyperAgent feature.

Storage:
Parallel ATA, Serial ATA (including eSATA), SCSI, SAS, iSCSI, SAN (Fibre Channel), USB, FireWire (IEEE 1394), network shared folders compatible with file sharing SMB/CIFS protocol(shared folders of Windows OS and Samba),Virtual hard disk created in storage

*Storage media with a 512 byte sector size or more is supported.

Main Memory:
2GB or above is recommended

DVD-ROM drive:
Necessary to install, boot or start up the ActiveImage Protector boot environment.

Others:
System requirements for Deduplication feature are as follows:

  • A volume with available space of 1% or more of the total volume size of the backup source is required as the working area to back up using the Deduplication feature other than the storage space for backup image files.
  • CPU: Dual core processor or above (recommended)
  • Main Memory: 8GB or above (recommended)
  • Intel Itanium(IA-64)based systems are not supported.

File System:
FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, Linux Ext2, Linux Ext3, Linux Ext4, Linux Swap, Linux LVM, XFS

  • Support for the above file systems on an MBR disk and GPT disk.
  • Support for above mentioned file systems of virtual disks on Storage Space configured with Windows 8 or later OS.

Storage Interface:
ATA, SATA, eSATA, SCSI, iSCSI, USB, FireWire (IEEE 1394), SAS, SAN (fibre channel), network drive, Network shared folders compatible with file sharing SMB/CIFS protocol (shared folders of Windows OS and Samba)

  • Please refer here to check how to use iSCSI.
  • SAN (fibre channel) can be used only when the driver exists and is loaded in the boot environment.
Supported Features / OS

Operating System Compatibility

Datasheet

Best practices | How to | Knowledge base

Be Disaster Ready with ActiveImage Protector for Windows

 
Sector-based backups for physical & virtual machines

Image snapshot agent-based technology that performs hot backups on all machine data: OS, programs, files and folders, settings, ActiveDirectory, SQL, Exchange and any VSS aware applications. Users are not interrupted by this background process.

Unlimited onsite / offsite / Cloud backup replication

Use the provided ImageCenter LE add-on to send backup image files to local folders or network shared folders (CIFS/Samba/SMB) and offsite to any private or public Cloud location via WebDAV (HTTP/HTTPS), FTP, SFTP, FTPS and Amazon S3.

 
Automated backup “recoverability” testing

ActiveImage Protector can be programed to automatically boot newly created backup files as Microsoft Hyper-V or Oracle VirtualBox VMs and notifies you in the event of boot failure. This way, the integrity of the backup files are verified and ensures recoverability in the event of disaster.

See it boots by yourself

Use the integrated ImageBoot add-on to boot any backup file as a VM into a Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware Player/Workstation or Oracle VirtualBox. This process takes as little as 2 minutes and allows you to see with your own eyes, new or old backup files are valid and can be restored at a future date. ImageBoot can also be used to create Test environments.

 
Easy to use: all in 3 clicks

Set up backup jobs in 3 clicks, restore in 3 clicks, virtualise in 3 clicks… ActiveImage Protector is simple to install, implement and use.

Push install agents easily

Use the Push installation to install ActiveImage Protector agents to all the machines on the network and activate licences in one go. You can then manage all agents via a Central Management console.

 
Unparalleled inline deduplication

Dramatically reduce backup storage space demands, as well as backup and restore windows with our Inline Data Deduplication Compression (IDDC).

 
Covers entire Business Continuity process

All backup and recovery needs, as well as virtualisation, migration and emergency failover options, without forgetting failback processes are integrated in ActiveImage Protector.

 
Virtual Standby Availability

Creates automatically updated boot points with scheduled incremental snapshots directly to a VMware ESXi or Microsoft Hyper-V Host. When a disaster strikes, the virtual standby replica (VSR) can be instantly started (in two minutes according to our test result). Change boot point if necessary! Works alongside any backup solution!

 
Emergency 2 minute failover

Use ImageBoot to boot backup files from physical or virtual machines as a VM and use it as emergency machine while restoring or operating a failback. This operation is simple to implement even in cases of extreme stress to hurry to get machines up and running ASAP: drivers are automatically installed and works with Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware Player/Workstation or Oracle VirtualBox.

 
Restore entire systems remotely

Connect to the Recovery Environment from anywhere in the world with the Internet-based remote access and support of your choice and recover any protected machine on the network. Perfect to reduce restore time if the IT administrator is not on site.

Recover files and folders in seconds

No need to restore the entire machine to recover files and folders. Use the file recovery wizard to quickly retrieve granular files and folders including access privileges. Alternatively, simply access them by double-click in Windows file explorer through our ImageExplorer (included).

Flexible high-speed bare-metal recovery to same or dissimilar hardware & hypervisors

Included Recovery Environment to restore your entire systems from / to any hardware or virtual environment. The intuitive wizard guides you through all the steps.

Restore to same size, bigger or shrink to smaller partition

Flexible restore to same size or larger drives or easily migrate to faster smaller SSD drives.

 
vStandby AIP

Reliable Instant Disaster Recovery options for unlimited number of Windows and Linux machines. Install to any machine on the network, vStandby AIP uses ActiveImage Protector backup files to boot in ss little as 2 minutes a Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware ESX(i) environment.

Local and Cloud services for Resellers & MSPs

Our experts do it for you: remote installation, restore, backup monitoring and testing, on a local network and / or to our secure Cloud. Service prices are very competitive! 

Be Disaster Ready with ActiveImage Protector for Windows

 
Sector-based backups for physical & virtual machines

Image snapshot agent-based technology that performs hot backups on all machine data: OS, programs, files and folders, settings, ActiveDirectory, SQL, Exchange and any VSS aware applications. Users are not interrupted by this background process.

Unlimited onsite / offsite / Cloud backup replication

Use the provided ImageCenter LE add-on to send backup image files to local folders or network shared folders (CIFS/Samba/SMB) and offsite to any private or public Cloud location via WebDAV (HTTP/HTTPS), FTP, SFTP, FTPS and Amazon S3.

 
Automated backup “recoverability” testing

ActiveImage Protector can be programed to automatically boot newly created backup files as Microsoft Hyper-V or Oracle VirtualBox VMs and notifies you in the event of boot failure. This way, the integrity of the backup files are verified and ensures recoverability in the event of disaster.

See it boots by yourself

Use the integrated ImageBoot add-on to boot any backup file as a VM into a Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware Player/Workstation or Oracle VirtualBox. This process takes as little as 2 minutes and allows you to see with your own eyes, new or old backup files are valid and can be restored at a future date. ImageBoot can also be used to create Test environments.

 
Easy to use: all in 3 clicks

Set up backup jobs in 3 clicks, restore in 3 clicks, virtualise in 3 clicks… ActiveImage Protector is simple to install, implement and use.

Push install agents easily

Use the Push installation to install ActiveImage Protector agents to all the machines on the network and activate licences in one go. You can then manage all agents via a Central Management console.

 
Unparalleled inline deduplication

Dramatically reduce backup storage space demands, as well as backup and restore windows with our Inline Data Deduplication Compression (IDDC).

 
Covers entire Business Continuity process

All backup and recovery needs, as well as virtualisation, migration and emergency failover options, without forgetting failback processes are integrated in ActiveImage Protector.

 
Virtual Standby Availability

Creates automatically updated boot points with scheduled incremental snapshots directly to a VMware ESXi or Microsoft Hyper-V Host. When a disaster strikes, the virtual standby replica (VSR) can be instantly started (in two minutes according to our test result). Change boot point if necessary! Works alongside any backup solution!

 
Emergency 2 minute failover

Use ImageBoot to boot backup files from physical or virtual machines as a VM and use it as emergency machine while restoring or operating a failback. This operation is simple to implement even in cases of extreme stress to hurry to get machines up and running ASAP: drivers are automatically installed and works with Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware Player/Workstation or Oracle VirtualBox.

 
Restore entire systems remotely

Connect to the Recovery Environment from anywhere in the world with the Internet-based remote access and support of your choice and recover any protected machine on the network. Perfect to reduce restore time if the IT administrator is not on site.

Recover files and folders in seconds

No need to restore the entire machine to recover files and folders. Use the file recovery wizard to quickly retrieve granular files and folders including access privileges. Alternatively, simply access them by double-click in Windows file explorer through our ImageExplorer (included).

Flexible high-speed bare-metal recovery to same or dissimilar hardware & hypervisors

Included Recovery Environment to restore your entire systems from / to any hardware or virtual environment. The intuitive wizard guides you through all the steps.

Restore to same size, bigger or shrink to smaller partition

Flexible restore to same size or larger drives or easily migrate to faster smaller SSD drives.

 
vStandby AIP

Reliable Instant Disaster Recovery options for unlimited number of Windows and Linux machines. Install to any machine on the network, vStandby AIP uses ActiveImage Protector backup files to boot in ss little as 2 minutes a Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware ESX(i) environment.

Local and Cloud services for Resellers & MSPs

Our experts do it for you: remote installation, restore, backup monitoring and testing, on a local network and / or to our secure Cloud. Service prices are very competitive! 

Supported Features / OS

Operating System Compatibility

Datasheet

Best practices | How to | Knowledge base

Looking for something else?

vStandby AIP: Instant Availability using little resources

vStandby AIP is an optional add-on. Installed on any machine of the network, it converts ActiveImage Protector Windows or Linux backup files into virtual disks for VMware or Hyper-V and update them automatically. This way, you have a Standby Virtual Machine (SVM) ready to boot in case of disaster!

IT Technicians’ dream

Backup any machine before operating any change or upgrade, create test environments, migrate, virtualise… It’s all possible with ActiveImage Protector IT Pro Edition, our unlimited backup and bare-metal restore toolbox for IT technicians.

Host-based solution for Hyper-V

ActiveImage Protector Hyper-V is our agentless Backup and Disaster Recovery software for Microsoft Hyper-V (2008 and above): install it on the host and it will automatically protect all virtual machines.

Protect RHEL and CentOS machines

Program sector-based backups of Linux machines with ActiveImage Protector Linux including hot backups of MySQL, replicate it for free at any onsite and offsite locations and operate bare-metal restore.

What People Think

About Us

“It’s been great to work as a consultant with a company that understands the backup and recovery needs of today’s businesses. The products Actiphy has produced are some of the best performing and most reliable I’ve ever seen.”

Jamey Kirby Microsoft MVP, Developer of the first Windows based snapshot technology and outside consultant for Actiphy, Inc.

We switched to ActiveImage Protector for its ease-of-use, attactive pricing and excellent support team. ActiveImage Protector also reduced the time of our backup creation by 60%.

We are impressed by Actiphy’s impressive results compared to our previous tape backup solution.

Toshiba Electronics

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In our experience, products developed in Japan are high quality and this is also true with ActiveImage Protector. We could not find a solution with a better deduplication / compression ratio! Also the backup speed is faster then what we have seen before … and we have tested quite a lot of software! Our technicians…

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“I had the chance to test the pre-release of ActiveImage Protector 2016 and must say, I am really impressed with the modern dashboard and the many options it provides for running and checking backup jobs. But beyond just looks, it is apparent that Actiphy’s development team worked really hard to deliver something truly new! For…

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