Automatic offline/cold backup using Echo WS?

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  1. vorgos

    vorgos Registered Member

    Jul 29, 2008

    we are evaluating TI Echo WS for backing up a few XP workstations. I am able to backup the test workstation live but I'd prefer to do it cold, while the os and apps are not running, like we used to do it using ghost.

    Is this possible with Echo WS? I have not found any such options. Even if this required a hidden bootable partition on the disk it would be fine. As long as I can shedule a task that would reboot the machine into this hidden partition, backup the pc cold and then reboot back into the live/normal system.


  2. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

    Apr 28, 2004
    Hello vorgos,

    Thank you for your interesting in Acronis True Image

    Remote computers should have “Enable Wake On LAN” feature in BIOS.

    The possibility to backup remote computers while they are inactive is available only for tasks created by the Acronis Group Server. Acronis Group Server will send a magic packet to the remote computer
    network interface card (NIC) before starting backup. (A magic packet is a packet that
    contains 16 contiguous copies of the receiving NIC's Ethernet address.) This will power on
    the computer for running the backup task. Once the backup procedure is over, the
    computer can go to sleep if it times out.
    Before using the feature, make sure that Wake On LAN is enabled both on the computers
    that you intend to back up and the Acronis Group Server.

    To enable the Wake On LAN feature on a computer to be backed up:
    1. Enter the computer BIOS and set Power -> Wake On PCI PME -> Power On.
    2. Set the NIC properties on the computer as follows.
    Control Panel -> System -> Device Manager -> Network adapters -> select the NIC ->
    Properties -> Advanced:
    Enable PME -> Enabled
    Wake On Link Settings -> OS Controlled
    Wake On Settings -> Wake On Magic Packet.
    3. Find out the computer MAC address (Local Area Connection -> Status -> Support ->
    Details -> Physical Address.)
    4. Repeat steps 1-3 for all computers you wish to wake on LAN.

    To enable the Wake On LAN option on the Acronis Group Server:
    1. Find the computer to be backed up in the list of computers.
    2. Select the computer and enter its MAC address in the Acronis Group Server (sidebar ->
    Computer details -> MAC address: Set -> type the hex MAC address as XXXXXXXXXXXX
    or XX-XX-XX-XX-XX -> click OK). The program will test the MAC address for validity and
    display the test result.
    3. Repeat steps 1-2 for all computers you wish to wake on LAN.
    4. Schedule a group backup task for the above computers. When setting the backup
    options, ensure that the Wake On LAN option is enabled. Any computer that is asleep as
    the task starts will be powered on for running the task.

    Best regards,
    Dmitry Nikolaev
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