Acronis True Image WISH-LIST thread

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by Dysthymia, Aug 10, 2004.

  1. Dysthymia

    Dysthymia Registered Member

    Aug 10, 2004
    Just thought it would be nice to make a wish-list thread, and with some luck perhaps some of this might get added to future version of TrueImage.

    So just post here which features you think Acronis TrueImage currently is missing and that you would like to see get added.

    Here is my list:

    • Ability to burn images directly to DVD's and make them bootable. <- this is written in bold, hint hint Acronis. :D - feature has been already requested
    • Automatically start "schedhlp.exe, schedul2.exe, TrueImageMonitor.exe" only when TrueImage is in use and shut these programs down when it's not.
    • Having full control when exploring images, just if it were another HDD. Giving you permission to delete/update/rename/move/etc files and folders on the image. (I guess this might not be technically possible?) - feature is implemented
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  2. mike_wells

    mike_wells Registered Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Re: Wish-list thread

    Excellent thread! That is, if everyone does not get absurd and ask for things that are of no value and/or too costly or time consuming to implement. I have already submitted my "Wish List" to Vladimir in Tech Support so not wishing to be redundant I will only summarize;

    1. Selectable auto image verification (for scheduled jobs) - feature was implemented
    2. Append date/time (simulate incremental) for full image file names on scheduled jobs that are not going into a Secure Zone. - feature has been already requested
    3. Fully user manageable Secure Zone. *puppy*
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  3. 666

    666 Guest

    Re: Wish-list thread

    1. Get rid of the TI scheduler (or make it optional). Why not use the built-in windows task scheduler to kick TI awake when needed?

    2. - feature has been already requested.

    3. An option to merge an image and it's incrementals into a single image (which can play homebase for further incrementals). And of course an option to make an incremental update and automatically squeeze it into the base image.

    4. Give a copy of the source code.

    5. - feature has been already requested.
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  4. foghorn

    foghorn Registered Member

    Aug 7, 2004
    Leeds, England
    Re: Wish-list thread

    - The ability to clone existing schedules, for when you want to do something very similar to a schedule already setup, but don't want to go through it all again.

    - feature was implemented

    -Better concurrency. Is there really any reason why two schedules can't run at the same time? - feature has been already requested

    -The ability to set up rolling incremental updates without having to configure a whole pile of schedules or have to use SZ.

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  5. Defenestration

    Defenestration Registered Member

    Jul 17, 2004
    Re: Wish-list thread

    - Improved compression using LZMA compression, as used by 7-zip format. Add an extra "Extra High" level which would be the old current Maximum level, and have the "Maximum" level using the LZMA Ultra or Max compression. While this is not a big deal if you are backing up to DVD or HD, it would make a big difference to people using CD as the backup media.

    - Ability to load Image descriptions from floppy/CD. This is more important for the bootable CD version of TI since Copy/Paste can be used when running under Windows. I often have to create several images at different stages of the install process with each image having a similar description with slight changes, and having to re-type in the description each time is laborious.

    - feature has been already requested.
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  6. twirt

    twirt Guest

    Re: Wish-list thread

    Here comes my whishlist:

    -Exclusion of directories! - feature is implemented

    -I would like to create just _one_ boot cd for all acronis products
    that are installed! - feature is implemented

    -Better support of memory stick as boot media
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  7. Eliot

    Eliot Registered Member

    Aug 8, 2003
    Arkansas, USA
    Re: Wish-list thread

    Would really be nice if my True Image 7 Server would allow me to restore backup images on my domain instead of seeing the folder and asking for a password that I know and then telling me its wrong. That is a royal PAIN :mad:
  8. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

    Apr 28, 2004
    Re: Wish-list thread

    Try looking at this FAQ article:
  9. BillFugina

    BillFugina Registered Member

    Aug 18, 2004
    Re: Wish-list thread

    • I would like to schedule a single back-up that occurs on schedule that would automatically keep X number of copies of the back-up, deleting the oldest backups to make room for new ones.
    • I would like TI to send me an e-mail after a scheduled backup completes (or doesn't) with the final status of the backup. - feature is implemented in Corporate Products line
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  10. tazdevl

    tazdevl Registered Member

    May 17, 2004
    AZ, USA
    Re: Wish-list thread

    My thoughts exactly. Also might want to add:

    - BETTER & MORE TIMELY HARDWARE SUPPORT Probably have to rearchitect a bit but in the end, cost/benefit is pretty straightforward.
    - Ability to verify images during the image creation process.
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  11. DonKid

    DonKid Registered Member

    Jun 27, 2004
    S?o Paulo, Brazil
    Re: Wish-list thread

    When scheduled backup is finished, it prompts a message showing all results: For example: Sucessfully finished with image verified automatically.
    Because everyday I have to check my images.
    Forget about using third softwares like INCD, Roxio´s, etc.

    Best Regards,

  12. Jbmoar

    Jbmoar Registered Member

    Aug 4, 2004
    San Jose,Costa Rica
    Re: Wish-list thread

    Excellent Idea! :cool:

    My Wish List For Future True Image Upgrades:

    - When Restoring Or Backing Up With True Image,If You Could Re-Design So The program does not open A Second Window For The Process, Maybe start the restore or backup process in the same main start window at the bottom.

    - Remove The Option To Explore Image And Unplug Image Since Version 8 Can Not Explore Inside My Documents Folder Because Of A System Protection,Is Mostly The Most Important Folder Needed To Explore Using Explore Image.

    - When Re-Imaging A File, Add The ability to Use Existing Image Archive Comments.

    - When Creating Bootable CD, Make The created CD Contents Hidden.
    - Ad The Acronis Report Utility Directly Within True Image To Make A Report.
    - feature was implemented

    - Ad The ability To Verify Automatically Or Manually As A Option To Activate So When A Schedule Is Started, It will Verify The imaged Backup When Finished. - feature was implemented

    - Ad The ability When Restoring To The Primary Partition From Windows,TI Can re-start computer By Itself Without going through the procedure Of Choosing the backup to restore,location etc. as When It is ready It has to re-boot and then You have to start the procedure again for which you will be restoring etc. after it reboots, Is easier If It will recognise That you are within windows and re-boot or ask if you want to re-boot when you start the re-store procedure.
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  13. denm

    denm Guest

    Re: Wish-list thread
  14. MCC

    MCC Guest

    Re: Wish-list thread

    I'd *really* like the ability to create a "Secure Zone" on a network drive, so TrueImage can deal with deleting old images as the disk gets full, instead of me having to! :)
  15. .Al.

    .Al. Guest

    Re: Wish-list thread

    Let's see:

    - feature has been already requested.

    - Remote Backup/Restore just via tcp/ip, and an encrypted connection. To have a system depending on MS Networks protocols is a big problem. Ugly thing.

    - Ability to create the rescue boot CD/DVD into an .iso file, servers usually don't have a burner and using 6 floppys is disgusting. - feature is implemented

    - Ability to generate full backup images depending on a variable (computer name, for instance) and the date.

    Generally speaking, the product looks quite fine, it's a pity some features don't really work (at least for me)...
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  16. Caspan

    Caspan Registered Member

    Aug 20, 2004
    Re: Wish-list thread

    You can make bootable CD/RW just use the create bootable media wizard to create a bootable rescue CD then when you do an image use the same CD the program will use the remaining space in the CD. If your image spans more then one CD then make the last CD the bootable one because you have to start with the last image anyways when you restore so it is faster to just make the last volume bootable.
  17. Peter Gray

    Peter Gray Registered Member

    Sep 1, 2004
    Re: Wish-list thread

    You got that right! I've had the same experience on my server at work, so have to try at home. For some less ambitious wishlist entries...:

    I wish TI8 would occasionally succeed at carrying out ANY task that it claims to be capable of. After many hours of thrashing, the only thing it has accomplished is creating one bootup CD, after making numerous coasters. It takes hours to create an image on another HDD (via LAN), and then the file is corrupted, or TI8 fails halfway through, claiming "faulty media."

    I am VERY disappointed in this product. After some miserable experience with Symantec and PowerQuest products, I don't doubt that the the competition is bad, but if this is the best of the three, I can barely imagine how bad the others must be.
  18. r235rsdffe

    r235rsdffe Guest

    Re: Wish-list thread

    an option when uninstalling acronis so you can keep the security zone & startup manager with your image(s) on...
  19. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    Re: Wish-list thread

    It would be very helpful if TI could be used as a real backup software.
    What I would like to see is the possibility to build a scheduled szenario as follows:

    Day 01: Full backup A of drive x:
    Day 02: Incremental backup A of x:
    Day 06: Incremental backup A of x:
    Day 07: Full backup B of x:
    Day 08: Incremental backup B of x:
    Day 13: Incremental backup B of x:
    Day 14: Delete full backup A and all of it's incrementals and then build new full backup A of x:
    Day 15: Incremental backup A of x:
    Day 20: Incremental backup A of x:
    Day 21: Delete full backup B and all of it's incrementals and then build new full backup B of x:

    This is just an example but the idea behind is to be able to restore at least a full week while only do daily incrementals.
  20. Sini

    Sini Guest

    Re: Wish-list thread


    I've tested TI and I love it!

    Nearly perfect.

    An option to autofix some bad clusters or perhaps run defrag before the make of an image, remove temps or exclusion of some dirs would be nice ;)

    But the mean reason of my post: I've installed TI 8 to make an image of one of my CF card, True Image seams no to see those drives...

    Thanks and keep improving ;)

    Bye folks ;)
  21. Peeking

    Peeking Guest

    Re: Wish-list thread

    Filebased incremental backups.
    Defragging, nuking free space and other disc access does change sector contents but not the files as the user sees them.

    That makes incremental backups much larger then they should be!
    Most files can be copied without using the sector approach.
    Of cource TI can also find out the sectors used by the file and then backup those sectors.
  22. ConfuZed

    ConfuZed Guest

    Re: Wish-list thread

    I don't like the way it's handled right now.

    "Acronis True Image Server 8.0 for Windows use the following scheme to clean up Acronis Secure Zone:
    • If there is not enough free space in Acronis Secure Zone to create an image, then Acronis True Image Server 8.0 for Windows deletes the most old full image with all subsequent incremental backup images.
    • If there is only one full image (with subsequent incremental backup images) left and full backup is in progress, then this only full image (with subsequent incremental backup images) is deleted."

    Whatever happens I want to keep my 1st full image.
    Some solutions:
    a] Incremental backups based on full image only. When space is needed deleted oldest incremental backup.
    b] Incremental backups based on previous incremental backup. When space is needed merge oldest 2 incremenatl backups and then delete the oldest backup.

    Finally a max. number of incrementals instead just waiting to get a Secure Zone filled up.
    BTW Does the deleting also work outside secure zones? I have dedicated backup drives so don't need Secure Zone. I find setting aside diskspace inefficient...
  23. 666

    666 Guest

    Re: Wish-list thread

    If you want to keep your music, movies, and dirty pictures out of the backup, just keep 'em on a different partition.

    File/folder exclusion won't work with an OS-independent imaging app. TI (and any other imaging program) doesn't back up files, it backs up clusters, including those that hold the file allocation table. To figure out the location of the files and folders that you want to exclude, TI would need to read the FAT, skip the clusters it finds there, and remove the corresponding entries from the FAT. It wouldn't be a drive imaging program anymore.

    Even the 'exclude page file' option does not really exclude the page file. If you browse the image of your system disk, you'll find the page file there. It's just filled with zeros, so when compressed it takes close to zero space.
  24. Re: Wish-list thread

    What's in a name....
    More functionality never hurts.

    It already excludes the page and hibernate files.
    Ok it fills the area's with zeros, but to do that it need to locate the files in the FAT. So the code is already present. Well half of it because it's not really removed from teh backup.
    But how can it be OS independant? I knows about page files. It reads the FAT. And only installs on windows.
  25. BDN

    BDN Guest

    Re: Wish-list thread

    Need more options for scheduling:

    like stop the user shutting down the pc if it is scheduled to run (or at least a warning to say to leave it on - or custom messages...) - feature has been already requested

    If a scheduled backup is missed, need an option to have it run the next day at the same time - rather than the option of first thing next morning when it is booted (nothing like wasting a few office hours waiting for it to finish..). - feature has been already requested

    Also these option should be available wether you have it running daily or monthly etc...

    I just want it to run once a month but at the end of the day and not allow the user to come out of windows/shutdown until it has finished - ie run until done & then shutdown...
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