Introducing Dhanush Data Protect with Image-Based Backup Enhancements

We are glad to introduce the updated Dhanush data Protect 5.1 with some great features included. We implemented a possibility to exclude files from image-based backup and you can now resize NTFS partitions during image-based restoration.

Let’s take a look at other nice surprises waiting for users in the new version.

Image-level backup with an exclusion list

Remember any situation when you needed to backup a server image with some files excluded. It can be one of these cases:

  • Server with sql dump volume – you probably don’t want to store this data in the cloud,
    A file server with uncritical data, which can be handy for users but is not adequate for business (audio files, photos, etc),
    You have a server with a few roles (SQL, data storage, Hypervisor) and don’t want, for example, to make a backup of virtual machine drives.

Of course, it is not a complete list of use cases. Till the last update exclusions during the backup were possible only with the file-level job, which can’t be easily applied to disaster recovery or initial deployment scenarios. With the new 5.1 update it is possible to choose filesystem items to exclude from the image-based backup plan while preserving other great benefits of image-level jobs.

To exclude files or folders, use the Exclude files/folders option on the Advanced Options step of the Image-based backup wizard:

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Resizing of NTFS partitions during restoration

Previously you might have experienced the benefits of volume-level restoration, and now we provide even more flexibility. Starting with v5.1 it is possible to change the volume size while the restoration process.

In a nutshell, you can:

  • Shrink the restored volume size on the target machine if, for example, you do restoration on a smaller drive. Of course, the size of used data on the volume in the image backup should be equal to or smaller than the size desired,
  • Increase the restored volume in case of replacing the drive by a bigger one.

As an additional benefit, there is a new way to restructure the content on HDD – for example, creation of several partitions (System, DATA, etc.). 

You can find the restoring option on the Select Partitions step in the Restore Wizard using Reorganize paritions using advanced dialog: