How to perform a SPX VirtualBoot

In this article we'll take a look at how to perform a Virtual Boot using SPX and a local image chain. It is recommended that the latest version of SPX be used when doing a VirtualBoot as earlier versions(below 7) cannot successfully boot volumes that exceed 2 TB.

To start, we'll open ShadowProtect. (Note: A license is not needed to perform a VirtualBoot.)

Next, click on the the VirtualBoot Icon Screenshot_B.png in the top left or go through Tools -> VirtualBoot

You'll be presented with the VirtualBoot window. 



From here, click Add Image

Next, navigate to the local chain and select the most recent *.spi that you wish to boot from and click Select. If you'd like to boot from an older image, you can open the Image Chain Browser or just look in the folder the images are stored in to see the timestamps of the images in your chain.


The next window will list all volumes associated with that chain. You may need to select which volume you wish to boot from. Do this by checking to box to the left of the boot volume. Once complete, Next


 Next, you will be asked to select which virtualization platform you'd like to use. Once selected, click Next


 Finally, you'll be able to configure the properties of the VM. Once done, click the Create button to start preparing the VM.


Once complete, if using VirtualBox, the VM will open automatically. If using Hyper-V you may need to open Hyper-V Manager to see the VM. 

Important Note: It is highly recommended to re-base the System's image chain. To do this, simply open ShadowProtect SPX from the newly created VirtualBoot VM, right click on the backup job and select Start Backup Job then select to re-base the image chain to a new full image.  

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