17935: Acronis Backup & Recovery 10: Dual Destination

You can make automatic copies of your backups using the "Dual Destination" option

This article applies to:

  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 (All Editions)

Introduction

Dual destination feature allows you to make a second copy of your backup, which helps increase the security of your backups by having two copies of your data. The dual destination copy is also automatically synchronized with the primary backup.

Sample scenario

  1. While in your corporate environment, you schedule regular laptop backups with the dual destination option enabled:
    • The primary backup is saved to your local hard disk;
    • The dual destination copy is saved to a corporate resource.
  2. You then leave the corporate environment and go on a business trip;
  3. While on the business trip, the scheduled backups are created on the regular basis. The dual destination copies are not created, since the corporate resource is unavailable;
  4. When you return back to the corporate environment, the product will automatically synchronize the dual destination copies on the corporate resource on the first backup operation:
    1. After returning to the corporate environment, the first backup is performed within the same schedule as set earlier;
    2. The dual destination synchronization is automatically enabled - the product checks all the backups that were created during the business trip (i.e. when the corporate resource was unavailable) and creates their dual destination copies on the corporate resource.

Dual destination limitations:

  • Dual destination is available only if the primary backup destination is a local folder or Acronis Secure Zone and the secondary destination is a different local folder or network share;
  • Dual destination copies are not validated automatically.

Solution

  1. Start Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 and click Back up:

  2. Set what to back up and where to back up;

    (!) Dual destination is available only if the primary backup destination is a local folder or Acronis Secure Zone.

    (!) Dual destination is not available if using agentless backup with Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Agent for ESX/ESXi or Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Agent for Hyper-V.

  3. Click Change under Backup options:

  4. Select Dual destination:

  5. Check the Use dual destination box and provide the path:

    (!) Dual destination can only work if the dual destination is a network share or a local folder different from the primary backup folder.

  6. Click OK.

More information

For a similar option in Acronis True Image Home see Acronis True Image Home 2011: Making Reserve Copies of Backup Archives.

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