This article explains the ShadowSnap functionality on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.
- ShadowSnap Agent
- Windows 8
- Windows Server 2012
Windows 8 / Server 2012
ShadowSnap supports backup and restoration of Windows 8.1 / Server 2012 R2 machines.
There are some new features within Windows 8 / Server 2012 that are not yet supported.
Consider these features before deployment of ShadowSnap onto Windows 8 / Server 2012 machines.
Resilient File System
Resilient File System, also known as ReFS, is a new file system that Microsoft has introduced in Windows 8 / Server 2012 that has made some improvements to the standard NTFS file system.
For more information and ReFS, check out the following Microsoft article:
ShadowSnap does not support the backup of these volume types.
Microsoft has introduced a new data deduplication feature in Windows 8 / Server 2012. This allows for volumes to be deduplicated for easier restore.
For more information about these methods, check out the following Microsoft knowledge bases:
If you need to restore a volume with deduplication turned on, use the Direct Restore Utility.
You can export ShadowSnap backups to either VHD or VHDX format for use with a Gen 1 Hyper-V VM. Gen 2 Hyper-V VMs must support EFI booting, and image exports are currently set up for MBR boot. A restore to a Gen 2 Hyper-V VM can be accomplished either by converting the image export to Gen 2-compatible VHDX files after the image export on the hypervisor itself, or by performing a BMR directly into the Gen 2 Hyper-V VM using the Datto Utilities ISO.