Image Conversion Tool
ShadowProtect includes the Image Conversion Tool to manage existing backup image files. This tool can:
- Convert a backup image into a virtual machine format (VMDK or VHD/VHDX).
- Consolidate a point-in-time backup image (full + incremental images) into a single new full image.
- Change the compression setting on an existing image.
- Change the encryption setting on an existing image.
- Split an backup image file into a Spanned Set where each file has a maximum file size. This is useful for moving backup image files to CD or DVD.
|Note: Current hypervisors, including Hyper-V and VMware, will only mount a VMDK or VHD converted from partitions of less than 2TB. A workaround is to create multiple partitions smaller than 2TB on drives larger than 2TB. (See 2TB Limit using the Image Conversion Tool for details.) However, converting image files to VHDX does support greater than 2TB volumes.
Also, the conversion tool only supports FAT32 volumes up to 4GB in size--the limit for FAT32.
You can access the Image Conversion Tool from either Windows or the StorageCraft Recovery Environment.
- In the ShadowProtect Tools menu at the left (or in the Tasks dropdown menu), click Image Conversion Tool.
- The Image Conversion Tool wizard appears. Click Next.
- On the Source Image File page, browse to the location of the backup image files you want to modify.
ShadowProtect displays the a list of the backup chains stored in this location.
- Select the chain by selecting the chain's full image file.
- Click Next.
Note: Provide the password If the backup image is encrypted.
- In the Backup Image Dependencies page, select the incremental image that represents the point in time you want. (The default is the full image.)
ShadowProtect also displays the selected file's properties in the right pane. ShadowProtect groups these into four groups:
- Originating machine: The operating system version, the machine name, MAC address and the engine version of ShadowProtect used to create the image file.
- Disk Information: Disk geometry, disk size and number of the first track sectors. You can view the original disk layout in graphical form at the bottom of the screen.
- Original Partition Information: Style, number, type, bootable option, starting offset and length.
- Image File Properties: Volume size, creation time, compression, password protection, comment.
- In the Destination Image File page, specify the required information, then click Next.
location or browse
to a local path
From the drop-down menu, select the Destination where you want to store the destination image file. If the menu doesn't show the path, click Browse to find the desired location. Specify image name Specify a name for the destination image file. Save As Select the type of image file you want to create. Supported options include:
SPF: Creates a new full (base) image file by consolidating the original full image plus all the incremental files up to the point in time incremental selected. This full image can then be archived.
VHD: Creates a Microsoft Virtual Hard Disk file compatible with Hyper-V virtual environments.
VHDX: Createa the newer generation of Microsoft Virtual Hard Disk which supports greater than 2TB volumes.
VMDK: Creates a Virtual Machine Disk file compatible with VMWare virtual environments.
NOTE: The Recovery Environment-CrossPlatform also supports conversion of image files to .VHDx.
- In the Options page, specify the desired backup image file options. Click Next.
Note: The Split image file option shows the abbreviation for megabit (Mb) for the value field. However, ShadowProtect correctly uses the selected value as megabyte (MB).
- In the Wizard Summary page, review the job summary, then click Finish.
Note: After converting a system volume backup image to a VHD or VMDK, make sure to load Recovery Environment in the VM first and run Hardware Independent Restore (HIR) using this converted system volume. Since the VM uses different hardware than the original system, you must do this before the operating system will boot successfully. If you still have boot problems refer to "Using HIR" and "Using the Boot Configuration Utility" in the StorageCraft Recovery Environment User Guide.
Caution: Hyper-V currently does not support attaching and booting a VHDX file created from a system volume backup image.
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