Ease of Implementation
Installing True Image was painless, except for the expected reboot to complete the process. Unless you want to perform a customer configuration--which really isn't necessary with this product--all you have to do is click a couple of Next or I Agree buttons and the install program does the rest. The Custom setup window is shown in Figure 1.
Setting up backups is standard. A Windows Explorer-like view allowed me to select an entire partition, an entire drive for imaging, or specific folders.
Also included in the standard license is the ability to create bootable Acronis media, used to recover servers that fail to boot. Once the system is booted from the bootable media, such as a CD, a previously created image can be restored to quickly recover interrupted business processes.
Other components on the standard SBS distribution are a management console--used to remotely manage backups and restores--and a backup server manager--used to manage backup storage.
A significant benefit obtained from an Acronis solution is Universal Restore, a separate component that allows the restoration of an x86 server onto another x86 hardware platform, even if it is a different model or from a different vendor. Again, this is a separate module that must be purchased and maintained as a separate license.
All of these components are easy to install and configure, given basic knowledge of file structures and the servers involved.