Windows Image Backup FAQ

  • What are the Windows machines that can be backed up with Vembu BDR Server?
    With Vembu BDR Backup Server, you can backup the following versions of Windows Servers and Workstations:


    Windows Server 2008 R2 & above
    Windows Server 2008 SP2 & above
    Windows SBS 2011, 2008


    Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7

    Click here for detailed System Requirements.

  • Do I have to install an agent in each machine for backup?
    You don’t have to manually install any agent in each machine. In Vembu BDR Backup Server, you need to add the Hostname/IP Address & credentials of the machines you want to backup. Vembu Integration Service (VIS) agent will be pushed which is used for performing backup and restore on the target machine.
  • What is the RPO that I can achieve?
    You can backup as frequently at every 15 minutes or you can go with hourly/daily/weekly backups. By selecting the appropriate frequency of your backup schedule, you can reduce your RPO significantly.
  • What is application-aware processing?
    During the backup process, all the available application writer’s stability will be checked. Only if they are in a stable state the backup will proceed. This creates a consistent database snapshot by quiescing the applications using Microsoft VSS API and ensures consistency for the MS applications – Exchange Server, SQL Server, SharePoint Server, and Active Directory that runs on the windows machine.
  • Where can I store the backup data?
    Backup Repository is where the backup data is stored. Vembu BDR Backup Server supports hybrid storage volume manager that helps to scale the backup storage whenever needed and supports different storage media such as Local drives, NAS(NFS and CIFS), and SAN(iSCSI and FC).
  • How do I verify whether my backups are consistent?
    Vembu has Image Integrity Report that performs a 3-tier test on the backup data – Data Integrity test, Mount test & Boot test. Apart from checking whether your data is mountable, you’re backed up machine is instantly-booted as a new (on the BDR Backup Server if Hyper-V/KVM role is enabled on it) and the boot screen is captured as a screenshot and sent via mail.
  • Can I restore my backups instantly?
    You can restore your backed-up Windows machine instantly as a VM with the help of Instant Boot VM recovery. Any changes you make in this instantly booted VM will be saved as persistent data that can be used when you want to perform a permanent recovery

    With the Disk Mount recovery option, you can access the backup data instantly by virtually mounting the backed-up disk in your BDR Backup Server.

  • Is there granular level restore possible in Windows Image Backup?
    You can recover individual file/folder using the File-level Recovery option bypassing the need to restore the entire machine every time.

    Recover application items from Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory, SQL, and SharePoint without restoring the full image, using the Vembu Universal Explorer tool.

  • Can I perform Bare Metal Restore with Vembu?
    Yes. You can download your backed-up machine as an image in the required file-format using the Download VMs recovery option. Along with the downloaded image, you can use Vembu Recovery CD (free tool) (free tool) to perform a bare metal restore to the same or new hardware.
  • Can I restore my physical windows machine on a virtual platform?
    Yes. You can download your backed-up machine as an image in the required virtual file-format using the Download VMs recovery option and perform the cross-platform migration (P2V).
  • How can I check the status of the backup jobs?
    You can check the status of the backup jobs from the report section of your BDR Backup Server console or from the backup reports sent to your inbox by configuring Email Notifications under the Reports tab.

    You can also opt for Vembu BDR360 for continuous monitoring of your backup jobs.

  • How is the Vembu Backup for Microsoft Windows licensed?
    Vembu Backup for Microsoft Windows has two licensing models: Subscription and Perpetual.

    With subscription licensing, you will purchase licenses per server/ per annum for Windows Servers and per workstation/annum for Windows Workstation. The Support, Updates, and Upgrades cost for the subscription period will be covered in the license.

    With Perpetual, you make a one-time purchase – per server for Windows Servers and per workstation for Windows Workstations, which will be valid for up to 10 years. For the first year the Support, Updates & Upgrades will be free after which you have to pay AMC (Annual Maintenance Cost) every year to receive support and updates.

  • Can I backup Windows machines for free?

    Yes, you can backup Windows machines for free using Vembu Free Edition.

    You can backup Unlimited Windows Server with limited features and backup up to 10 Windows Workstations with no feature restrictions

    To know more about edition comparison check this page on Edition Comparision.