21156: Acronis Backup & Recovery 11: New Features and Enhancements

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Last update: 08-04-2016

List of new features and enhancements in Acronis Backup & Recovery 11

This article applies to:


All Editions

  • Simplified installation
  • Improved usability
  • Advanced replication and retention of backups - Store a backup in multiple locations (replication). Set a replication time window if you do not want copying or moving to occur during business hours.
  • Data view for vaults - View data in archives and backups by browsing from vaults.
  • Improved alert notifications - A new alert system has been introduced for both local and centralized management. Select the alerts you want to observe. Set up e-mail notifications about various types of alerts.
  • UEFI/GPT support - Support for UEFI-based systems (excluding any Linux System, even if x32 or x64) and GPT disks. Recovery of BIOS-based systems to UEFI-based systems and vice versa. (!) 
  • 4-KB drives support - When recovering disks or volumes, the software automatically eliminates volume misalignment – a situation that occurs when volume clusters are not aligned with disk sectors.
  • Partition (volume) alignment - The required alignment is set automatically during recovery, but you can change it manually if required (e.g. Solid State Drives require a specific partition alignment for optimal performance).
  • Automatic disk/volume mapping
  • Hardware snapshot provider support - The Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) can use hardware-based providers for taking snapshots.
  • Applying Acronis Universal Restore without recovery - Using bootable media, you can apply Acronis Universal Restore to an operating system without performing the recovery.
  • Linux LVM support - LVM structure is saved in a backup and can be recovered.
  • Acronis Universal Restore for Linux systems - Recover Linux systems to dissimilar hardware.
  • Exporting and importing backup plans - Export a backup plan to an .xml file and import it to a different machine.
  • Deploying backup plans as files - Export a backup plan from one machine and deploy it as an .xml file to multiple machines.
  • Disaster Recovery Plan - Automatically generated plan that contains step-by-step instructions on how to recover.
  • Converting a backup to full - Convert an incremental or differential backup to a full one.
  • New command line - Provides backup and recovery automation. Includes remote management.
  • Automatic check for updates - The management console automatically checks for updates upon each start and provides notification once the newer version is available.

All Advanced Editions

  • Data catalog and search - The centralized data catalog lets you easily find the required version of data in the centralized managed vaults and select it for recovery.
  • Flexible selection of data items to back up
  • Improved deduplication - Improved deduplication performance: 2.5 to 5 times faster. File backups are now deduplicated at a block level, which dramatically speeds up their deduplication at target.
  • Improved tape support - No dependency on Windows Removable Storage Manager. Manage tape media directly from the product’s UI. Enhanced support for tape libraries.
  • Vault permissions - Specify user accounts that will have user and administrator rights for centralized managed vaults.
  • Integrated remote installation - The management server lets you install agents to a number of machines in parallel.
  • Integrated license management - The management server handles licenses on its own. There is no need to install a separate license server.
  • Installation without a license server (except for the Virtual Edition) - When installing an agent, you can enter the license key instead of specifying the license server. As soon as the machine is registered on the management server, the key will be added to the list of licenses handled by the server.
  • The management server web page for components installation - A web server component is installed together with the management server. Use the management server web page to download and install Acronis components.

Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 Virtual Edition

  • Off-load backup with Agent for VMware vSphere ESX(i) (Windows) - A Windows version of Agent for ESX(i) enables you to off-load backups from a ESX(i) host.
  • Support for Hyper-V clusters - Back up and recover clustered virtual machines, including those located on Windows 2008 R2 Cluster Shared Volumes.
  • Simultaneous backups of virtual machines -  An agent can simultaneously back up as many as 10 virtual machines. The exact number is defined by the user.
  • Backup to a locally attached storage - Add a dedicated virtual disk to Agent for ESX(i) (Virtual Appliance) and do backups directly to this storage, omitting LAN.
  • Flexible configuration of the agents to handle one or multiple ESX(i) servers - Protect your virtual environment with as many agents as you want, from one agent for all hosts to one agent for each machine. The management server evenly distributes virtual machines among the agents; or you can bind the agents with the machines manually.
  • Automatic agent deployment - Just include ESX(i) virtual machines in a backup plan. The agents will be deployed and configured in the background, if you allowed this when configuring integration with the vCenter Server.
  • Incremental conversion to a virtual machine - Conversion of an incremental backup updates the standby machine instead of creating it from scratch.

More information

See also Acronis Backup & Recovery 11.