Utilities

The Utilities menu provides disk copy and tape management features.

When accessing a remote agent, this menu is not displayed.

Copy Disk and Volume

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Drag and drop the copy source item from [Copy Source] to [Copy Target] or right-click on the copy target.

Initializing the disk is required when copying to bare metal disk.

Right-click on the item moved to [Copy Target] and configure the following settings.

By Disk

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  • MBR
    The MBR (master boot record) is contained in the first sector of the hard disk drive. Master boot record consists of master boot code and partition table.

    • Restore MBR
      Select this option to restore the master boot record in the backup.

    • Create new MBR
      Select this option to create Windows standard MBR.

    • Use target MBR
      The MBR of the destination is used.

  • First Track
    First track represents the 63 sectors at the beginning of disk drive. ActiveImage Protector excludes the first sector (MBR) and restores the subsequent 62 sectors. (As for a GPT disk, partition table is also excluded.)
    Some boot loader programs need the data for booting up the system.

    • Restore first track First track of the backup is restored.

    • Use target First Track First track of the destination is used.

  • Disk signature
    Disk signature is used for Windows OS to identify physical disk.

    • Restore Disk Signature Disk signature of the backup is restored.

    • Use target disk signature Disk signature of the destination is used.

    Copying disk signature causes conflict with the copy source disk signature and goes offline. Please be aware that when copy source disk is connected and gets online, a different signature will be assigned. When using the disk which the disk signature is copied on the system on which the copy operation is executed, it is recommended to connect the disk to the same port as copy source disk after removing the copy source disk. When the disk is connected to the port different from the copy source disk, the copied disk may be recognized as [Read Only]. {: .alert .alert-info }

By Volume

Configure the settings for volume size and starting position.

Configure the following option settings.

Copy Option

  • Ignore Disk Error
    By enabling this option, the copy task will continue uninterrupted if encountering copy source disk error.

  • Copy including free space All sectors are copied including the free space of the copy target item.

    When enabling this option and copying a volume in reduced size, the sectors in the reduced volume size are copied.

  • Disable copy target network connection post copy Disconnects access to copy target disk after copy completes. Upon completion of the copy task, the specified copy target disk becomes inaccessible.

Boot Option

  • EFI Boot system
    Enabling this option copies the system volume (c drive) for uEFI boot system to be bootable from the copy target disk. This option can be enabled only when the [EFI system partition] is selected for the copy target.

  • Restore BCD boot system
    When copying only the system volume (c drive) of BIOS boot system on Windows 7 or later, BCD boot system is newly created to be bootable from the copied disk.

  • Activate Boot Partition When booting from the copied partition, please activate the boot partition.

    Copy only the system volume (c drive) of BIOS boot system on Windows 7 or later to be bootable from the copy target disk.

Tips

  • When copying a disk, the copy source disk may be copied to larger sized target disk.

    When a BIOS boot system disk including system reserved area is copied to larger sized disk, the system reserved area is also proportionately larger.

  • When copying a volume to available space and the available space is larger than the copy source, the volume size can be changed.

  • When copying a system disk, it is recommended to remove the copy target disk during the system maintenance. If the copy target disk is set with a high boot-up priority, the system may boot up from the copy target disk.

  • If you want to assign the original drive letter to the copy target disk, please delete the drive letter from the copy source disk / volume. When the copy source disk includes data such as database, please make sure the database is placed into a paused state before proceeding with further operation.

Copy a disk and volume.

Cloud Edition does not provide this feature.

Tape Manager

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When saving backups to tape device or restoring the system by using backups in tape device, please refer here.

The process time may increase when moving or reading tape media.

The list information may not be updated. If you encounter the problem, please restart the console.

Operation Menu

  • Information
    The information of the selected tape media is indicated.

    • Inventory
      You can check / categorize the tape media in the selected device.
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    • Complete Inventory
      Insert the entire target media in the drive and load the contents to process.

    • Quick Inventory
      Read bar code attached to the target media and execute processing.

    When enabling [Move tapes in [Unrecognized media] and [Imported media] to [Empty media]] option, the entire media are automatically moved to [Empty media].

  • Move to Slot
    Move the selected tape media to the specified slot. The slots in use are grayed out. link

  • Move to Pool
    Move the selected tape media to the specified tape pool.
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  • Edit Tape
    Edit the name of the selected tape media or add comments. link

  • Erase
    Erase the data in the selected tape media.
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  • Re-scan
    The related media are moved to the specified pool. link

  • Eject
    Eject the selected tape media.

Enable to manage tape devices.

Desktop and Cloud Editions do not provide this feature.

Utilities in Boot Environment

Windows RE/PE Boot Environment

  • File Explorer Files and folders in boot environment can be browsed. Copy, cut, or paste a specific file.

  • Network Setting
    Configure the settings for a network adapter, IP address, and DNS for the ActiveImage Protector Boot Environment. To use a network shared folder, go to the [Network Drive] tab and mount it as a network drive.

  • Driver Loader A specific device driver can be loaded.

  • Launch Command Prompt Launch Windows command prompt.

  • Launch AIP CLI ActiveImage Protector command line interface to operate the program in command line mode.

  • Repair Boot Configuration Restore MBR, create BCD, and activate or deactivate a partition.

  • Launch A.I.R. Launch the A.I.R. (Architecture Intelligent Restore) feature to configure the settings to use the restored system in an environment that’s dissimilar from the backup source.

Linux Boot Environment

  • Network Setting Configure the settings for network adapter, IP address, and DNS for ActiveImage Protector Boot Environment.

  • Mount (Network) Mount the network shared folder to the local system.

  • Mount (Local) Local volumes can be mounted or unmounted.

  • Open Terminal Start the terminal to run commands from the command line on Linux system.

  • File Explorer Files and folders in the boot environment can be browsed. Copy, cut, or paste a specific file.

  • Display Settings Display Resolution settings can be changed.

  • Run AIP CLI ActiveImage Protector command line interface is provided to operate the program in command line mode.