Introducing new Paragon Protect and Restore VM Copy Tool

Are you an administrator or a service provider who maintains VMware virtual infrastructures? Need to create an ad-hoc virtual machine backup with minimal time and effort? Or are you looking for an effective way of copying VMs between VMware installations? Take a look at Paragon’s brand new Protect and Restore VM Copy Tool.

Unlike other solutions, VM Copy Tool fully encapsulates the target VM, including its current state, all available snapshots, and connected external devices. It does the job even if you don’t use clusters or shared storage, and when vMotion technology isn’t allowed on your VMware license. By leveraging the native VMware NFC (Network File Copy) and Paragon’s data transfer technology, Protect and Restore VM Copy Tool can deploy multiple virtual machines or individual files from one ESX(i) host or vCenter to another in one simple action. Best of all, VM Copy Tool is free* to use.

Easy Ad-hoc VM Backup

VM Copy Tool is ideal when you need to create a full backup of a Linux or Windows virtual machine residing on any version of ESX(i) or vCenter from 4.1 Update 3 to 6.5, including its current state, all available snapshots, and connected external devices. You can choose any mounted local or network disks available to the system as a backup location with only a few guided mouse clicks.

VM backup ad-havoc

To minimize network traffic and storage requirements, contents of the target machine are double compressed during the process: First when creating data streams, then again by archiving streams into a .zip file. To avoid unauthorized access, VM files are not exported in their original state, but as a set of secure data containers with GUID names, that can’t be parsed by third-party tools.

The only requirement is that VMs must be powered off or suspended before creating ad-hoc backup.

Unique VM Migration Capabilities

If you don’t use shared storage or clusters, or your hypervisor’s license doesn’t include VMware vMotion technology, it’s a challenge to migrate virtual machines from one host to another. Sure, you can use VMware Converter or export virtual machines to a “middleman” system, then re-import them into the destination host, but that could take hours and only works with Windows-based guest systems. There are third-party tools on the market to help ease this pain, but if you are looking for real relief, try our free Paragon Protect and Restore VM Copy Tool.

VM Migration

Compared to paid VMware vMotion and third-party applications that utilize similar technology, VM Copy Tool doesn’t move VMs to the target host, but creates clones that include not only the current state, but an entire snapshot tree with connected external devices, e.g. ISO-images. VM Copy Tool does the job even if the source and target hardware platforms are completely different. And did we mention it’s free* to use and doesn’t require vMotion in your virtual infrastructure?

To recap:

  • VM Copy Tool is the only solution on the market that encapsulates not only the current state of a virtual machine, but also an entire snapshot tree
  • VM Copy Tool is the only solution on the market that easily migrates so-called “linked clones,” saving valuable hours once spent on tedious manual operations
  • VM Copy Tool is the only solution on the market that copies virtual machines between isolated virtual infrastructures
  • VM Copy Tool helps to achieve your goals even if the source and target hardware platforms are completely different

Want to learn more about Paragon Protect and Restore VM Copy Tool? Please visit our website.

* Available free of charge for non-profit usage inside a company only. Paragon Protect & Restore VM Copy Tool is also a component of Standard and Enterprise HDM Technician Licenses. If you would like to use this tool to provide commercial IT services for third-parties, please, consider buying Paragon Technician License.

How to safeguard your virtual infrastructure – snapshot, backup or replica?

We get lots of questions about the necessity of backups with respect to virtual systems such as VMware virtual environments or ESXi hypervisors. The great number of existing technical terms on the topic and the equally great number of solution approaches make it hard to get an overview of it all. While snapshots and “classic” backups are related in nature, there are fundamental differences. And then there is also replication as a further member of the big family of data protection, backup, business continuity and high availability.

Whitepaper Download: Snapshot replica or backup - the right solution for ESXi
Whitepaper Download (PDF): Snapshot, Backup or Replica?

Hardware virtualization offers many advantages when it comes to making the most cost-effective use of expensive IT infrastructure. Furthermore, virtual systems are ideally suited for maintaining high availability of critical business applications and data. High availability and data backup are also closely related, but they are by no means identical twins.

Which is better? Backup or snapshot (or even replication)?

So when it comes to the question whether backup or snapshot is the better choice, the simple answer would be: “Neither of them!” It simply depends on the scenario at hand and the platforms being used, so it’s clear that the answer’s not so simple after all. Snapshots are ideal for making quick changes to the virtual machine. These changes can then either be used or discarded with just a few clicks. In the latter case, the snapshot is “played back” on the ESXi machine. Strictly put, a snapshot is thus neither suitable for high availability nor backup scenarios – its importance lies in the field of maintenance. In order to keep a virtual machine highly available, it’s a good idea to create VM replications. Why? Because the replica of a virtual machine corresponds to the original and can take over its task in just a few seconds. Replicas and snapshots are both temporary – so they are not suitable for retrieving lost datasets from the distant past.
In addition, they are usually saved on the same data storage as the original machine, which makes it impossible to restore them if they are physically damaged.
In our whitepaper Snapshot, Backup or Replica? What, When and How, we address the various techniques in greater detail, put them in context and show the differences.

Whitepaper Download: Snapshot replica or backup - the right solution for ESXi
Whitepaper Download (PDF): Snapshot, Backup or Replica?
Paragon Protect & Restore - the easy all-in-one availability solution for physical and virtual IT infrastructures
Paragon Protect & Restore

Paragon Protect & Restore is a cost-effective software solution which combines the comprehensive backup tools for virtual and physical servers and workstations in a central console. VMware, Hyper-V and physical servers can be backed up, restored and archived based on role. The free basic version provides a high-performance availability solution for small companies and start-ups – without straining their budgets!

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