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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 2022 Virtual Edition allows you to backup virtual environments, with or without agent (agentless or agent-based backups).

Image based backup for virtual environments

ActiveImage Protector™ Virtual Edition is an image based backup and recovery solution for virtual environments that includes “HyperAgent” our agentless backup technology. 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 Microsoft Azure as backup destinations. In addition, Direct-To-Cloud Backup also supports SFTP servers as backup destinations.

Agent-based or Agentless Backup is available

Supports both agent-based and agentless backup. HyperAgent backs up virtual infrastructures without the need to install backup software on either the host or guest machines, minimizing system resource consumption.

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.

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. CBC is an installed program rather than a filter driver. 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 on local or remote Hyper-V host. BootCheck™ boots up a virtual machine directly from a backup image file for quick bootability check, minimizing the resource consumption and start-up time. You can manually select ActiveImage Protector™ backup image for bootability check from the console at any timing.

Image Target Server

ActiveImage Protector™ utilizes iSCSI to serve backup iSCSI targets to any local or remote iSCSI initiator for mounting 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 files. A proverbial “Spare Wheel” for recovery, migration testing, repair, or upgrading prior to actual deployment.

Flexible virtual environment licensing 3 Editions for more flexibility:

Virtual Unlimited: Unlimited Windows and Linux VMs on a same host + Host backup Virtual 3 VM: Up to 3 WIndows or Linux VMs, host agnostic. Virtual 1 VM: One Windows or Linux virtual machine.

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.

Server/Desktop Edition
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:
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] 5.0 / 5.1 / 5.5 / 6.0 / 6.5 / 6.7 / 7.0

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: 2GB 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”

Internet Connection

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

Later than Windows 10, including Windows 11

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.

Linux Edition
System Requirements

CPU:
Pentium 4 or above

Main Memory:
2GB or above (3GB or above is required for RescueBoot)

Hard Disk Space:
2GB or more of available hard disk space is required at setup.

  • 7 GB or more of available hard disk space is required for building AIP Boot Environment.
  • 512 MB or more of available hard disk space is required when Boot Environment is not included.
  • To run backup tasks using the Deduplication Compression feature, reserving 1% or more of the total data of the backup source for saving the temporary working files in a volume that should not be included in the backup source is required.
 

DVD-ROM Drive:
Required to install the product and boot up the ActiveImage Protector Boot Environment.

Note:

    • ActiveImage Protector Linux Edition supports only x86_64 architectures.
    • Does not support Secure Boot

# sudo /opt/NetJapan/AIProtector

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, NFS(shared folders of Windows OS and Samba)

  • Backup cannot be directly saved to CD-R / DVD-R, etc., and tape device.

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.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux: 8.0 – 8.4 / 7.0 – 7.9 / 6.0 – 6.10 (x86_64)
CentOS: 8.1 – 8.4 / 7.0 – 7.8 / 6.0 – 6.10 (x86_64)
Oracle Linux: 8.1 – 8.4 / 7.0 – 7.9 / 6.0 – 6.10(x86_64
AlmaLinux: 8.3 -8.4
Rocky Linux: 8.3 – 8.4
Amazon Linux 2 SUSE: Linux Enterprise Server 15 / Desktop 15

Ubuntu: 18.04LTS / 20.04 LTS

Debian 9 – 11

Notes on installation of the product

  • ActiveImage Protector Linux Edition supports only x86_64 architecture.
  • Secure Boot is not supported.
  • If installing the product on clone OS of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, please make sure the following packages are installed to run ActiveImage Protector’s installer. glibc.x86_64, libgcc.x86_64, libstdc++.x86_64, libuuid.x86_64, make.x86_64, nss-softokn-freebl.x86_64, zlib.x86_64, kernel-devel
  • If installing the product on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS or clone OS of the equivalent OS, please make sure the following packages are installed to install services only. fuse.x86_64, gcc.x86_64, samba-client.x86_64, unzip.x86_64, vim-common.x86_64, zip.x86_64, libsmbclient.x86_64, elfutils-libelf-devel.x86_64, libnsl.x86_64, perl.x86_64
  • Please refer here for more information.

File System:
XFS, Linux Ext2, Linux Ext3, Linux Ext4, XFS, Linux Swap, Linux LVM (volume group and logical volume), Linux RAID

  • Linux RAID is not supported if RAID is configured by using dmraid.
  • Bare metal recovery of Linux RAID by using mdraid is not supported.
  • As for backup image files for the file system other than the above, full sector backup is created.
Supported Features / OS

Operating System Compatibility

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How ActiveImage Protector Virtual HyperAgent works

Different versions of ActiveImage Protector Virtual to suit your needs and infrastructure
VERSIONS OF ACTIVEIMAGE PROTECTOR VIRTUAL
ACTIVEIMAGE PROTECTOR VIRTUAL EDITION – SINGLE
ACTIVEIMAGE PROTECTOR VIRTUAL – 3 VM PACK
ACTIVEIMAGE PROTECTOR VIRTUAL EDITION – CLOUD
ACTIVEIMAGE PROTECTOR VIRTUAL EDITION – UNLIMITED
GUEST VM SUPPORT
Protect 1 Windows or Linux VM.
Protect up to 3 Windows VMs.
Protect up to 5 Windows or Linux VMs.
Protect an unlimited number of Windows and Linux VMs.
AGENT
Agent-based. Installation on the protected VM.
Agent-based. Installation on each VM.
Agent-based. Installation on each VM.
Agent-based. Installation on each VM.
DESCRIPTION
Multiple licences can be used on several VMs, independent of the host(s).
The protected VMs are located on the same host.
Host agnostic. The protected VMs can be located on different hosts.
The protected VMs are located on the same host.
HOST SUPPORT
Not protected.
Not protected.
Not protected.
Windows Server hosts are protected.
Supported Features / OS

Operating System Compatibility

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Protect your Windows and Linux VMs on any Hypervisors with ActiveImage Protector Virtual editions

Supports latest technologies and legacy OSes to protect older and newest virtual machines with automatic backup schedule every 5 minutes for minimal data loss.

Not only backup creation is automatically verified but backup content too with included free ImageBoot and ImageCenter LE add-ons.

Save storage space with on-the-fly deduplication for each of your virtual machines.

Restore your virtual machine to the same or a different host or hypervisor.

3 versions of ActiveImage Protector Virtual are available in order to fit with your IT infrastructure. Protect a single VM or all VMs on your host or even virtual machines across multiple hosts.

Includes ImageCenter LE to protect your backups with onsite and offsite replication to an unlimited number of target destinations.

 

Mount a backup image to retrieve files, folders and other data in seconds. 

Supported Windows hosts can be restored at any time on similar or dissimilar hardware with all its protected VMs with ActiveImage Protector Virtual – Unlimited Edition.

Protect your Windows and Linux VMs on any Hypervisors with ActiveImage Protector Virtual editions

Supports latest technologies and legacy OSes to protect older and newest virtual machines with automatic backup schedule every 5 minutes for minimal data loss.

Not only backup creation is automatically verified but backup content too with included free ImageBoot and ImageCenter LE add-ons.

Save storage space with on-the-fly deduplication for each of your virtual machines.

Restore your virtual machine to the same or a different host or hypervisor.

3 versions of ActiveImage Protector Virtual are available in order to fit with your IT infrastructure. Protect a single VM or all VMs on your host or even virtual machines across multiple hosts.

Includes ImageCenter LE to protect your backups with onsite and offsite replication to an unlimited number of target destinations.

 

Mount a backup image to retrieve files, folders and other data in seconds. 

Supported Windows hosts can be restored at any time on similar or dissimilar hardware with all its protected VMs with ActiveImage Protector Virtual – Unlimited Edition.

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