StorageCraft Hits The Road

March 23, 2009 – 12:09 pm

While it is NOT my goal to plug products on this blog it is my goal to equip you, my peers, with information that may help you run your practice better. <end disclaimer> <insert shameless plug here>

One interesting bit of information is that ALL of our managed customers now run StorageCraft to protect their servers and  we use their IT Edition to backup any workstation or server prior to even doing diagnostic checks.   Why?  Because it ROCKS!  So with all that being said her is some event information for the few of you that have not discovered StorageCraft yet to learn about it in person or via a webinar.  You will thank me later.  ;-)

StoragCraft Roadshow - “How to offer profitable and simple disaster recovery, data protection and system migration services to your customers”

To register for a StorageCraft / Lifeboat Road Show near you, please select one of the following dates and simply fill out the online form:

Cincinnati, OH - April 9, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

San Diego, CA - April 14, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Dallas, TX - April 22, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

West Orange, NJ - May 4, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Houston, TX - May 12, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Orange County, CA - May 19, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Cleveland, OH - June 9, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Kansas City, MO - June 16, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Los Angeles, CA - June 23, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

See full event details and current dates/locations here.

StorageCraft Webinar Series - “How to offer profitable and simple disaster recovery, data protection and system migration services to your customers”

Register for a session now by clicking a date below:

Thu, Mar 19, 2009 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Thu, Mar 26, 2009 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Thu, Apr 2, 2009 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Thu, Apr 9, 2009 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Thu, Apr 16, 2009 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Thu, Apr 23, 2009 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Thu, Apr 30, 2009 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Full Webinar details and current dates here.

  1. 2 Responses to “StorageCraft Hits The Road”

  2. Thanks for the info on StorageCraft. 2 questions if you don’t mind… How long does it take for you to image the server before doing work on it? With a USB hard drive, right? On any machine of most any capacity hard drive, it takes me 1+ hour with desktops, using their desktop app. Seems wayyy too long to wait around before even starting to work on a machine (although, yes, it is best practice to do it!).

    And yeah, what’s all the fanatasism for Shadow Protect vs, True Image. Shadow protect can’t deal with restoring to smaller hard drives than the original. That has screwed me up a couple times. Vs. True Image that can deal with a smalller drive.

    thank you

    By Mike Renna on Mar 23, 2009

  3. Hi Mike,
    SPIT (IT edition) takes about 1 minute per GB so you are correct, it can take some time. We plan ahead. When I say “diagnostics checks” I’m refering to things like possible disk corrupton or virus related issues. We either bring the desktop back or build in the time onsite.

    Versions of ShadowProtect prior to version 3.3 (or before the Q3 2008 release of IT Edition) do not support restoring images to partitions that are smaller than the one they came from (even though the data itself might fit). For these older versions, the best work-around is to use a partition editing tool, such as Paragon Partition Manager, to shrink the original partition prior to creating the backup, so that the restore to the smaller partition will work.

    If you have version 3.3 or higher (or IT Edition Q3 2008 or later), you can shrink the volume inside the image file by booting to the ShadowProtect Recovery CD and following these steps:

    Boot to the Vista-based (recommended) recovery environment.
    Mount the image file to a driver letter using the Explore Backup Image wizard.
    At the end of the wizard, uncheck the ‘read-only’ checkbox, so that the image file can be altered.
    After the image is mounted, run the Dismount Backup Image wizard.
    Check the box to shrink the volume and proceed with the dismount.

    Once the image file is dismounted, a new incremental file will have been created with the volume size shrunk by as much as possible. Use this new incremental to restore to the smaller disk or partition.

    By Mark on Mar 23, 2009

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