46% of backup users have never completed a test restore

Late last year, we ran a highly successful piece of market research where we surveyed over 7,000 backup and disk recovery software users. The resulting survey we titled:
The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same for Backup!

Divided up by business and home users, the survey looks into views towards cloud backup as well as frequency of backup and if they have suffered data loss, what the cause was.

The top headlines from the research include:

  • 78% of respondents have lost data over the last year, despite 73% having a backup solution in place at the time
  • 70% of home users are not currently using cloud backup with 46% stating trust, security and privacy as the reason why
  • 46% of those surveyed have never undertaken a test restore

Our results do demonstrate the growing global trend for cloud that has been forecasted for a few years but taken longer to mature than most people expected.

As if that wasn’t enough, we’ve only gone and launched Macrium Reflect 7, which is EVEN faster and allows users to easily test their backups to verify the recoverability of the data. We recommend that users test the recoverability of backups as frequently as possible. Find out more about all the latest features.



New Feature: Automatic System Restore

Note: These steps require Macrium Reflect v6.3 or later. To upgrade to the latest release take the ‘Other Tasks’ > ‘Check for updates’ menu option.

This post describes the steps involved to setup a ‘one-click’ system restore. Using Macrium Reflect you can automatically and easily return a Windows PC to a previously imaged system recovery point.

  • System restore is completed without any user interaction during the restore process.
  • Using Rapid Delta Restore (RDR) recovery is fast!
  • BitLocker encrypted drives can be restored without requiring re-encryption after restore.
  • The restore can be password protected to prevent accidental or unauthorised recovery.

Add the Macrium recovery boot menu

The first step is to add the Macrium boot menu. Take ‘Other Tasks’ > ‘Add Recovery Boot Menu’ in Macrium reflect and follow the instructions here: Adding a boot menu option for system Image recovery.

Adding a boot menu is optional but will enable simple one-click restore when the PC starts.
Without a boot menu you can still automatically restore by booting into optical rescue media or an external USB drive.

Create an image of drive C:

Start Macrium Reflect, select ‘Image this partition only…’ for drive C.

Choose a location that will be accessible when the recovery media boots, this could be a spare partition on an internal drive or an external USB disk or flash drive.
In this example we’ll choose drive ‘F:\’, an internal partition.

Prepare the auto restore XML file

Once the image completes we can prepare the xml file to automatically restore the image. To do this we need to step through the restore wizard but we aren’t going to start the restore.

Start Macrium Reflect, click the ‘Restore’ tab, select the image created above and click the ‘Restore Image’ link.

In the Wizard that opens, click through to the final wizard page and press the Ctrl+Shift+S keys together.

In the save dialog that opens, save the file ‘macrium_restore.xml’ to the root of any local drive that is accessible when Windows PE starts,

In this example we’re saving to the root of the same drive that contains the image file, drive ‘F:\’.

Note: Do not save to drive C: as this drive be overwritten during the restore process.

Password protect the restore

The auto restore can be password protected for security. Instead of Ctrl+Shift+S press Ctrl+Shift+P and a Password dialog is displayed:

After entering a password you’ll be prompted with the ‘Save As’ dialog as shown above.

This password must be entered to start the restore process.

Finally, Open Windows Explorer, navigate to ‘macrium_restore.xml‘ and make the file read-only, This ensures that the restore can be repeated. If the file is not read-only it will be deleted as soon as the restore starts.Right click on ‘Macrium_Restore.xml’, select ‘Properties’, click ‘Read-only’ and click ‘OK’:

That’s it! Now whenever you take the Macrium System Recovery boot menu option your system will be automatically restored using the image created above.

Macrium Central Management Console in a Nutshell

It’s finally here! We’re pleased to announce the release of Macrium’s Central Management Console (CMC). To tell us a bit more about CMC and Macrium’s plans for the future, we speak to Stephen Macpherson, Sales Director at Macrium Software.

What made Macrium decide to create a CMC?

We had been getting lots of requests from our customer base for a management tool and it was a very obvious extension to our product portfolio as well as a nice compliment to the speed and power of the Macrium Reflect family.

What are the main features of the CMC?

I think the main feature is the ability to manage large numbers of Macrium Reflect end-point back up agents making the job of the IT Administrator much easier. They can simply manage deployment of the agents, quickly configure backup jobs, manage repositories and monitor the backup process. Of course, the recovery is vital too and incredibly fast and easy.

You can see a full list of all the features here and also try out a free trial!

How does CMC work with the existing Macrium Reflect product family?

All existing stand-alone products will work with the CMC although they do need to be version 6.1 or later. Almost all Reflect products can be incorporated into the CMC which makes central management much more straight forward than in the past.

Who do you see benefiting from the new CMC?

It will benefit administrators who already have Macrium solutions in their estate and want to reduce their administrative workload. They may also want to take advantage of the great backup capabilities we have across more machines, and CMC allows you to do that really easily.

What’s next for Macrium?

We’re currently looking into integration with cloud backup repositories which we have already been testing and at the same time considering a managed service provider version. We will continue to provide a steady stream of updates supporting the latest versions of Microsoft operating systems.

You can read more about the CMC (and download it for free) here!!

Macrium to speak and exhibit at IP Expo London

sm-ipexpoIt has been our pleasure to attend a number of IP Expos now, from the inaugural IP Expo Manchester to the long standing IP Expo Europe in London. So this October, our Sales Director Stephen Macpherson will be gracing the Backup and Availability Theatre stage with a talk entitled, Backup: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.

From the number one reason for data loss to some cringe worthy data disaster stories; we will share our latest reseller research. Stephen will also cover end-point data security through backup, software appliance and innovations in cloud backup. The presentation will conclude with a demo of the exciting new Macrium Reflect central management console which allows IT Administrators to deploy and manage large numbers of backups across the enterprise.

Lots of our staff will be on hand on our exhibition stand to demo our latest product updates and answer any questions you may have. We will also have some fun giveaways to share with you so watch this space!

Visit the IP Expo website to find out more about the event and to arrange your free badge, we’d love to see you there!

Download a 30-day Trial of Macrium Reflect for Home or Business use.

viBoot Released!

Macrium-viBootToday we release a new update to our popular Macrium viBoot product. Macrium viBoot has been created to allow you to answer some important questions about your disaster recovery plan… Will my backups allow me to successfully boot into Windows if I needed to restore from them? Are new applications or updates safe to install? How long would it take to recover data should a disaster strike?

Macrium viBoot not only ensures that you have an incredibly effective disaster recovery tool, but also that your live environment is free from risk.

Create a replacement virtual machine in minutes

Macrium viBoot provides a simple and efficient route to creating a Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machine from one or more Macrium Reflect image files. Within minutes you will have an almost identical replica of the computer from which the image was taken; allowing you to continue working as though you were sitting at the original computer. When coupled with Macrium Reflect, all of the changes made while the viBoot virtual machine session is running, can be added to the existing backup set or a new backup set can be created.

Verify the integrity of your backups

In addition to its disaster recovery capabilities, Macrium viBoot can also be used to test the integrity of your backups. By creating and starting a virtual machine from your image file(s), you can demonstrate that your backups will function correctly if the need arises to restore to new or existing hardware.

Test upgrades before deployment

Macrium viBoot can also be used to test application and system upgrades before deploying them onto real hardware, without the risk of contaminating your live environment. Some customers have even performed a full upgrade of their Windows 7 environments to Windows 10.

Main Features

  • Start a Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machine from any bootable Macrium Reflect full, incremental or
    differential image file stored locally or on a network share.
  • Mix and match drives from various image files to ensure access to all of your data.
  • Eliminate business downtime caused by lengthy physical to virtual conversions or restore processes.
  • Supports UEFI and drives over 64TB in size.
  • viBoot is completely FREE.

Minimum System Requirements

An AMD64 compatible computer running Microsoft Windows 8 or Microsoft Window Server 2008 or later, capable of running Microsoft Hyper-V.

Macrium Reflect is required to save any changes that are made while the VM is running, but not required to launch a viBoot virtual machine.

Download viBoot now:


Defending against the dark arts

Macrium are excited to be speaking and exhibiting at IP Expo Manchester in May. Last year was our first ever exhibition and we were overwhelmed by the number of people who came and spoke to us on the stand. This year we have lots more exciting things to demo from viBoot to our new Macrium Central Management Console.

Our sales director, Stephen Macpherson will be waving a magic wand over the Storage and Backup theatre on May 18th as his presentation covers: Defence against the dark arts: Making backup part of your security strategy. Sometimes the most obvious path to improving protection and recoverability from security breaches are overlooked by IT Administrators. Stephen will be examining this in more detail and suggest that businesses need to make backup a key part of their security strategy to build resilience against security breaches, malicious or accidental data loss.

We’d love to see you there and will be giving away our popular ‘slaps’ aka 8gb memory sticks that we slap around your wrist! We are on Stand M274.
You can find out more and register here.

Macrium Central Management Console Beta release

image2016-2-16 23 6 59.pngWe were very happy to release the limited Beta of the all new Macrium Reflect Central Management Console (CMC) last week.  After several months of development, the team are confident that it is time to solicit feedback from customers who have chosen to receive the early Beta release.  We are very confident that this marks a change in the market positioning of Macrium and a much broader appeal of our image based backup and DR product family.

The all new CMC is designed to help IT Administrators quickly and easily manage an existing Macrium Reflect v6 installed base, and facilitate the deployment of Macrium Reflect to many more systems. As always the focus is on speed and simplicity for the new framework to complement the renowned capabilities of Macrium Reflect

What we expect is that feedback from the Beta community will determine the final two or three major features that make it into the first general release of the CMC. The development team is expecting a lot of feedback throughout this process. As always we welcome new ideas and will do our best to incorporate them into the release.

The main features in the Beta release include:

  • Discovery of current Macrium Reflect installations and deployment of monitoring agent
  • The ability to initiate remote backup of a Windows machine
  • Live monitoring of backup progress
  • Centralized logs for all client PC’s
  • Viewing disks and partitions of client PC’s
  • Integration with ‘Slack’ messaging for backup events
  • Comprehensive dashboard for quick look status updates

The Web app based user interface is viewable from almost any platform or mobile device.

More information on features and using the CMC can be found here:

If you wish to be included in the Beta release programme please send an email to support@macrium.com

Update – October 2016: The Macrium Central Management Console has completed Beta testing and was released on 21st October 2016. Download a Trial here!!