1567: Creating Backup with Complex Applications Such As Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle or Microsoft Exchange Running on the Server

Last update: 18-02-2015

How to create backup with these applications


This article applies to:

  • Acronis True Image 9.1
  • Acronis True Image 9.1
  • Acronis True Image Echo
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 11

Although the listed Acronis products take care of hard disk and file system-level consistency via snapshot technology, the application-level consistency is not guaranteed.


We recommend you to suspend complex servers such as Microsoft SQL, Oracle or Microsoft Exchange before pressing the Proceed button on the last page of the Acronis backup wizard, or before starting a scheduled task. Once the imaging process starts, you can resume server operations. It is not necessary to suspend the applications for the duration of the imaging process.

For Acronis Backup & Recovery Server for Linux you need to use Linux shell scripts.


More information

If your database is compatible with Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), then you can check the Enable VSS support box in Backup Options for Acronis True Image to ensure completion of all transactions before the backup process starts. Then the database will be ready to access immediately after recovery.

See VSS Log Files.

Multi-Volume Snapshot in - This feature allows you to create a snapshot of several volumes simultaneously and is useful when your database and transaction logs are located on different partitions/volumes. In this case you should enable Multi-Volume Snapshot feature in Backup Options of the product to ensure the consistency of the database after the restore. If this option is not checked then your transaction logs located on another volume will not correspond to the database state and thus you will need to repair the database after the restore.

In the most current Acronis Backup products VSS is enabled by default, you do not need to suspend applications.

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