Have you ever needed more than just a backup?
O&O DiskImage Server Edition gives you images or snapshots of your disk as sequences in time. These disk images are more than just a copy of the data on your server disks but a copy of how the disk is laid out. If your disk is a physical drive based on Cylinders Heads and Sectors (CHS) or a solid state drive based on memory blocks DiskImage will make an exact image of the disk. In this O&O DiskImage Server Edition review you will learn about why and how DiskImage makes images and incremental images and then how easy and fast it is to restore a server from those images.
O&O DiskImage 9 Server Edition Review – System Requirements
- Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
- Microsoft Server 2003, 2008, 2008R2, 2012, 2012R2
- 30 MB free disk space
- Support for 32bit and 64bit
- Minimum 1 GB memory free
O&O does distinguish between backing up data and creating disk images. If you want to use O&O to backup files and data on your servers the software works just like other backup software that creates backup files on your storage devices. If you are using O&O to create disk images an image file is stored onto your storage devices. When disk images become out of date due to modifications to the disks or due to date and time a new image is created or you can create delta images that contain only those parts of the disk that has changed since the last full image.
O&O DiskImage Server Edition Review – Software Features
- Creation of VHDs – With O&O you can create virtual hard disk (VHD) drives directly from a disk bypassing the creation of a disk image first. This helps in moving physical servers to virtual guests on a Hyper-v server.
- Disk Images – You have the ability to create reliable images of entire systems, individual drives, and files or folders. The snapshot function uses an integrated buffer memory to insure that the imaged data remains exactly as it was when the image started. Any changes made to the data due to normal server or user function does not affect the image ensuring consistent images without interruptions.
- Bootable Images – Once you have an image you can easily and quickly restore the data and installed programs with the bootable medium or BareMetal Technology without anything on the target drive. Just boot up the desktop or server and the image is transferred to the new drive.
- One Click Imaging – Simply with the click of a button you can image any disk.
- Imaging complete disks – O&O will create a complete image of one or more disks. When this is used all drives found on these disks will automatically be imaged.
- Imaging of single drives – O&O will image individual partitions and volumes, primary, extended, and logical partitions, simple, spanned, and mirrored volumes, system areas, master boot records system partitions, encrypted partitions, and a combination of these.
- Different imaging methods – allow the image to be adjusted for different purposes. Select “only used sectors” for saving space, use forensic images to recover data from a failed disk, or direct forensic image when data is encrypted in the image. Incremental images and differential images can also be done.
- Saving Images – After an image is created you can save it on any recognized storage device available to you, either directly connected or connected via the network. You can even save the image as an ISO file to be burned later.
- Burning images – You can burn images onto CD/DVDs, Blue-Ray, and HD/DVDs.
- Editing images – You can combine complete images of different disks onto one image file, Combine incremental and differential images, automatically split images into same sized parts, extract objects from images, change the encryption and/or compression method of an image, and change the size of the image by splitting or combining individual images.
- Image compression – There are two methods of compression LZNT1 and BZIP2.
- Encryption – Encryption of the images is done using an AES algorithm of 128, 192, or 256 bits.
- File Exclusion – You can exclude specific files or use wildcards to exclude them.
- Image VHDs – You can now image the virtual hard drives of any virtual pc and server on a Hyper-v server.
- Mount images as virtual drives – You can now mount and unmount any image as a virtual hard drive.
- Check Images – You can check your image to make sure that the image was created as you wanted.
- Email Notifications – You can be notified of the progress of the imaging.
- Restoration of images – You can restore all or part of the data in an image using the O&O software. By mounting an image either as a virtual disk or as an iso you will be able to restore any data from the disk images. You can copy an image onto a physical disk drive and then place that drive into a server or create a whole new server from a bootable image.
- Machine Independent Images – All images made with O&O are hardware independent so you can take an image from an old server and put that image on completely new hardware without installing an operating system on it first.
- Working over a network – O&O DiskImage Server Edition allows you to work over a network.
- Scripting – The O&O DiskImage Command Interpreter makes it possible to manage disks, partitions, or volumes and images using XML command files.
O&O DiskImage Server Edition Review – Differentiating Physical and Solid State Disks
Solid State drives (SSD) can replace or compliment physical hard disk drives (HDD). Unfortunately there is a structure difference between HHDs and SSDs. Hard disk drives are based on read and write heads with platters that spin. The writeable media is on those platters which are broken down into Cylinders, Heads, and Sectors.
Each sector contains at least 512 bytes of data. Solid State Drives are based on memory chips with data broken down into pages and blocks. There are normally 128 pages per disk and 512 KB blocks in each page. Creating a disk image from a HDD to an SDD or the other way is possible but you may either run out of space (on HDD) or lose space (on SDD). O&O DiskImage will automatically align all data in so that data is not lost but storage space may not be used efficiently when going from a HDD to an SDD.
If you are looking for a new way of thinking about disaster recovery then this O&O DiskImage Server edition review will help you. The O&O package allows you to create complete images of any server you have and quickly get that server back up and running faster than you could have with any regular backup software packages.
You may have learned how disk drives can be manipulated with this O&O DiskImage Server edition review. There is a difference between backing up your servers disk and making an image of the disk although O&O allows you to do this both ways. You can keep track of which disks have been imaged and which have not protecting your business from server failures.
O&O DiskImage Server Edition Review – Pros and Cons
- Image any disk drive on any server or workstation
- Create bootable images that can be put on completely different hardware
- Create Differential and Incremental images of your servers
- Many other products out there image disk drives
- Encryption is not 1024 bit or better
- Only two forms of compression available