System Protection: Powerful image backups for bare metal recovery

Protect your files, folders and applications with a flexible image backup that can be used for both data restores and disaster recoveries.

Create bare-metal backups to recover entire servers, workstations or even individual files
Backup VSS applications like SQL, Hyper-V, SharePoint and Exchange while they're running
Create incremental image backups to save time and disk space
Use Data Containers to retain multiple restore points for incremental image backups on RDX and network destinations
Search multiple backups or browse a single backup to locate the files, folders and applications you want to restore
Recover damaged or corrupted systems using System Protection backups with our custom recovery environment
Protect backups on external disks using BitLocker encryption.

Backups made easy

System Protection's backup wizard presents you with the drives and the VSS applications on your system, making it easier to select what you want to backup.

  • VSS applications are presented as color-coded folders so you can easily identify them.
  • To make a bare-metal backup, select Backup up the Entire system and the required critical volume data will be included automatically.
  • System Protection backups support many destinations including external disks, RDX drives, local hard drives, network locations (such as NAS devices) and iSCSI targets.
  • System Protection backups use a wide range of schedules tailored to the backup destination you selected. Use them to manage both daily and archival backups.
  • Your backup job uses customized email reports for backups and restores using a simple, managed recipient lists.

Many restore options

Having a System Protection backup provides the greatest flexibility because this technology supports all of the following restore tools.

  • Restore Console: restore files, folders and applications such as Exchange, SQL and SharePoint servers, full Hyper-V guests and data from inside of Hyper-V hosts.
  • Hyper-V Granular Restore Console: use this Add-on to restore data from inside Hyper-V guests.
  • Exchange Granular Restore: use this Add-on to restore individual mail items from your Exchange VSS backups.

Effective Recovery

It is critical that your systems are quickly returned to a functioning state after a system outage. This requires a bootable media to start your computer and a System Protection backup to recover your system.

By selecting Backup up the Entire system during the creation of your backup job, your backup will include the files needed for a bare-metal recovery.

Data containers

Data containers overcome the following limitations in imaging technology:

  • Inability to maintain multiple restore points on RDX and network locations
  • Lost functionality when used with other media
  • Prevent individual file restores on RDX drives

Restore points for RDX and network destinations

Data Containers maintain backup histories on RDX, NAS and network devices creating multiple restore points on these destinations.

Portability and flexibility

Data containers allow you to transfer image backups between different media and restore from any backup by maintaining historical information.

Backup Destination Encryption

System Protection uses BitLocker to protect external drives from unauthorized access by encrypting all of the sectors and locking the drive. Only when the drive is unlocked, can the data on it be accessed.

  • Create a password to unlock an encrypted drive when restoring and recovering data.
  • Generate a decryption key to give BackupAssist automatic access to an encrypted backup destination.
  • Encrypt each drive when it is prepared for your media rotation.


  • Licensing
    (File Protection and File Archiving also included in this license.)
  • Supported Microsoft Operation Systems*
    Windows Server 2012/R2;
    Windows Server 2008/R2;
    Windows SBS (2011, 2008);
    Windows 8 (Professional & Ultimate) and 8.1(Professional & Enterprise);
    Windows 7 (Professional or Ultimate);
  • *Windows Server 2012/R2 & 2008/R2 support is for the full family of operating systems including Server Core and Hyper-V server.
  • Method
    Block level backup of volumes to disk based devices (HDD, REV, NAS)
  • Supported VSS Applications^
    Exchange Server (2013, 2010, 2007);
    SQL Server (2014, 2012, 2008, 2005);
    Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012/R2 and 2008/R2, including Server Core and Hyper-V Server;
    Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008R1;
    SharePoint (2010)
  • ^ All Microsoft VSS aware applications are supported.
  • Supported Destinations
    External Disk
    RDX Drive
    Local Hard Drive
    Network Location (NAS)
  • Resources
  • System Protection Whitepaper
    Recover Tab and RecoverAssist Whitepaper

Customer testimonials

"We have 3 servers, 2 with [competitor] and one that wasn't backing up. I was looking for a solution for the 3rd server but didn't want to pay for [competitor].

"Your application was... much easier to use with the same level of protection."

"I'm glad that we found BackupAssist. Whilst we realise the importance of backups ourselves, it has always been difficult to sell to clients in small to medium business when we had to include software with a $1000+ price tag. BackupAssist will make the sale much easier not only because of the price tag, but because we KNOW that it works so well."

"NTBackup scheduling is clumsy and unreliable. Client did not want to spend on [major competitors'] products."

"Another Computer consultant evaluated, purchased and recommended this software to Network Integration Solutions Inc. Since then, we are so impressed, that as far as I'm concerned any of our new servers will have a license of BackupAssist to make the media management simple."

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