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Iperius Backup

Iperius Backup is a backup software for Windows PCs and Servers, databases and virtual machines. It allows to make automatic backups of files and folders on many devices: external USB hard drives, RDX drives, NAS, LTO tape drives, networked computers, Cloud storage, Amazon S3, Google Drive and FTP servers. Iperius Backup includes drive imaging capabilities, backup of SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle databases, backup of Microsoft Exchange servers, backup and replication of VMware ESXi, vCenter, ESXi Free and Hyper-V virtual machines.

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1. Overview

Iperius Backup is a backup software and synchronization utility compatible with all Windows platforms. The software is released in different editions: there is a freeware version with limited functionalities, followed by professional editions with advanced features.

2. Main Features

  • Drive Image, Disk Cloning (P2V) and disaster recovery (creation of recovery drive is available)
  • Backup and synchronization to NAS, FTP, SFTP, S3, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Azure
  • Backup and restore of VMware ESXi virtual machines (including vCenter, ESXi Cluster and ESXi Free)
  • Incremental Replication of VMware ESXi and ESXi Free virtual machines
  • Backup and restore of Hyper-V virtual machines
  • Backup and restore of Microsoft Exchange Server (export to PST) and Exchange Online (Office 365)
  • Installation as Windows service
  • Compatible with all Windows editions, including Windows 10, Windows Server 2012, Server 2016, Server 2019
  • Unlimited backup jobs, unlimited source items, and unlimited destinations
  • Parallel execution of multiple backups
  • Open file backup (copy of locked files with VSS)
  • Hot backup of Outlook mailboxes (PST)
  • Running of external scripts/programs, before and after the backup
  • Special variables to customize paths and settings
  • Chaining of multiple backup jobs
  • Automatic authentication to access network shared folders
  • Data encryption with high-level security (AES 256 bit)
  • Exclusion and inclusion filters for specific items and file extensions
  • Integrated scheduler to run the backup automatically
  • Automatic computer shutdown
  • Portable

2.1. Drive Image / Disk Cloning / P2V

Iperius Backup is a disk cloning software that can create drive image backups to VHD and VHDX files. Image backups can be created in two modes: using the Iperius proprietary engine, that creates an image file that can be immediately started as a VM into Hyper-V (this backup mode can also be called "P2V", since it can be used to virtualize physical machines), or using the Windows Image Backup engine (wbadmin). Iperius Backup supports the Windows drive imaging (block-level) backup. The disk image created by Iperius Backup can be used to restore the system even on a dissimilar hardware (hardware independent restore). It is also possible to restore individual files and folders.

2.2. VMware ESXi / vCenter / ESXi Free Backup

Iperius Backup is a virtual machine backup software. It can create full, incremental and differential backups (CBT/VDDK) of ESXi and ESXi Free virtual machines. The backup is agentless and the destination of VM backups can be LTO tape drives, NAS devices, cloud storage services like S3 or Google Drive, FTP servers and any mass storage device.

2.3. VMware ESXi and ESXi Free Incremental Replication

Iperius Backup can replicate virtual machines between ESXi hosts and datastores. Incremental replication is also supported, to create cloned virtual machines and update them at block level, with only modified blocks on the virtual disks. Replication works also for ESXi Free, using ESXi Free hosts as replication source and target.

2.4. Hyper-V Backup

Iperius Backup is a Hyper-V backup software. It can create hot backups of virtual machines running on the local server or on other servers reachable by the network. The backup is agentless and the destination of VM backups can be LTO tape drives, NAS devices, cloud storage services like S3 or Google Drive, FTP servers and any mass storage device.

2.5. FTP Backup

Iperius Backup is software for FTP backup on any type of server or NAS. Iperius can send backups to a remote server with a few configurations, with the secure FTPS protocol and also with zip compression and AES 256 bit encryption. It can perform automated upload of entire websites, limit the transfer bandwidth, make parallel transfers to multiple servers.

2.6. SQL Server Backup

Iperius Backup is software for backing up SQL Server databases. Compatible with all editions of Microsoft database server: 2000, 2005, 2008 and 2012. It back up unlimited databases and servers, even remote, and run the restore in a simple way, even creating a new database.

2.7. Oracle Backup

Iperius Backup is a software to make backups of Oracle databases, version 9i, 10g, and 11g, from any Windows operating system. Iperius can also make backups of the free database Oracle Express Edition (Oracle XE). In a single backup program, there are several methods to protect Oracle databases, from the basic RMAN back up to the VSS backup (snapshot).

2.8. Cloud Backup

Iperius Backup can use the free cloud storage services offered by well-known providers like Google or Microsoft. Iperius Backup allows to save files remotely to Google Drive, Dropbox, One Drive, S3 or Azure. It supports automatic compression and AES encryption.

2.9. Tape Backup

Iperius Backup supports any tape drive. It allows users to save files to DAT, DLT, SDLT, LTO 1/2/3/4 - LTO 5, LTO 6/7/8 devices. It supports data compression and encryption, and parallel backups to multiple tape drives at the same time.

Although the tape backup works well, the tape backup processes do not provide a lot of warning messages (ie "you're about to overwrite a tape. Yes/No").

The tape backup will abort if the tape fills up. There is no option (as of September 2017) to continue the backup on a 2nd tape.

2.10. File Synchronization

This program can synchronize files and folders to external hard drives or to network devices (like NAS servers). It is possible to copy files and folders to an unlimited number of destinations and keep mirror copies deleting those files no more existing in the source folders.

2.11. Zip Compression

This program includes compression and encryption features. It creates compatible zip files, and it is possible to choose whether to protect zip files with a password or synchronize the zip file content. Iperius Backup can create unlimited-size zip archives (Zip 64) and it fully supports Unicode and long paths.

2.12. E-mail Notifications

After a backup is completed, Iperius can send an e-mail containing the detailed report of the backup procedures (also through the secure SSL protocol), to keep the user informed about the backup result. It is possible to specify different e-mail recipients and different sending conditions (e.g. to send the e-mail depending on the backup result).

2.13. Iperius Storage S3 and FTPS[1]

Iperius Online Storage: it is possible to save data online with the Iperius cloud backup. With FTP, FTPS ans S3 support, compression and AES client-side encryption.

3. Hardware and Software Requirements

3.1. Minimum Hardware Requirements

  • Intel Pentium Processor
  • 1024 MB RAM
  • 100 MB free disk space

3.2. Supported Operating Systems

XP, Windows 7, Server 2008/R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Windows 10, Server 2016, Server 2019


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