59694: Difference between Acronis Backup Advanced 12.5 and 11.7

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Feature comparison of Acronis backup software

Feature Acronis Backup 11.7 Advanced
Acronis Backup 12. 5 Advanced

Supported operating systems and disk layout

Windows 10 YES YES
Windows 8/8.1/7/XP YES YES
Windows Vista YES YES
Windows Server 2016 YES YES
Windows Server 2012/2012R2/2008/2008R2/2003/2003R2 YES YES
Windows SBS 2011/2008/2003/2003R2 YES YES
Windows Storage Server 2012/2012R2/2008R2/2008/2003 YES YES
Windows MultiPoint Server 2012/2011/2010 YES YES
Linux OSs (various distributions) YES YES
VMware ESX/ESX(i) 5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0 (agentless VM backup on hypervisor level) YES YES
VMware ESX/ESX(i) 6.5 (agentless VM backup on hypervisor level) NO YES
Hyper-V (agentless VM backup on hypervisor level) YES YES
Citrix XenServer YES YES
Red Hat Virtualization YES YES
Linux KVM YES YES
Oracle VM Server YES YES
macOS NO YES
Cloud VM on Azure, Amazon NO YES
Microsoft Office365 mailboxes NO YES
Dynamic disks YES YES
GPT disks YES YES
iOS, Android NO YES

Management options

Feature Acronis Backup 11.7 Advanced Acronis Backup 12.5 Advanced
Web-based console NO YES
Centralized dashboard of activities partially YES
Ad-hoc reports YES YES
Scheduled reports partially (requires custom script) YES
Admin roles (role-based administrative access) partially YES
Group and policy management YES YES
Active Directory integration for user authentication YES YES (with single sign-on)
Managing and backing up machines in different networks (agents behind NAT) partially (requires setting up port forwarding) YES
Centralized backup plans for multiple machines YES YES
Remote installation YES YES
Remote update YES YES
Backup initiated from a remote machine YES YES
Restore initiated from a remote machine YES YES
Off-host backup staging, replication, retention and validation NO YES
Centralized catalog of multiple machines data YES YES
Centralized catalog of application data YES planned
PXE server for network boot YES YES

Backup options

Feature Acronis Backup 11.7 Advanced Acronis Backup 12.5 Advanced
New generation archive format (.tibx) NO YES
Disk backup YES YES
File backup YES YES
Application backup (Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, Active Directory) YES YES
Backup of Microsoft Office 365 mailboxes NO YES
ESXi configuration backup NO YES
Agentless backup of VMs YES YES
Backup from NetApp SAN Storage Snapshots NO YES
Backup to Cloud: disks and partitions YES (paid option)
YES (paid option)
Backup to Cloud: files and folders YES (paid option)
YES (paid option)
Backup to Cloud: mobile devices NO YES (paid option)
Initial Seeding YES (paid option) planned
Large scale recovery YES (paid option) planned
Store backups on network shares YES YES
Store backups on SFTP/FTP server YES / YES
YES / NO
Search for files in a backup YES
YES
Archive encryption YES YES
VSS support (consistent backup of applications) YES YES
Central storage deduplication YES YES
Backup compression YES YES
Acronis Secure Zone YES YES
Acronis Startup Recovery Manager YES YES
RDX  support YES (in 'fixed' and 'removable drive' mode) partially (in 'fixed' mode)
Multiple destination backup (replication) YES YES
Disaster recovery plan YES planned

Tape support options

Feature Acronis Backup 11.7 Advanced Acronis Backup 12.5 Advanced
Tape drive, autoloader, library support, including media management YES YES
Tape sets NO YES
Automatic tape device detection NO YES
Recover from deleted slices NO YES
Multiple independent tape locations on one physical tape device NO YES

Bootable media

Feature Acronis Backup 11.7 Advanced Acronis Backup 12.5 Advanced
Acronis bootable media YES YES
WinPE plug-in YES YES
Remote management of bootable media YES YES
Centralized management of bootable media NO YES
Automated bare-metal recovery NO YES

Restore options

Feature Acronis Backup 11.7 Advanced Acronis Backup 12.5 Advanced
Acronis Universal Restore YES YES
Granular restore of Microsoft Exchange databases YES YES*
Granular restore of Microsoft Exchange mailboxes YES YES*
Integrated search and preview of Exchange emails before recovery NO YES
Granular restore of Microsoft Office 365 mailboxes NO YES
Integrated search and preview of Office 365 emails before recovery NO YES
Granular restore of Microsoft SQL YES** YES**
Granular restore of Microsoft SharePoint YES YES
Restore of Microsoft Active Directory domain controllers YES YES
Volume resize during recovery YES YES***
Restore of mobile devices' data NO YES
Acronis Active Restore YES planned
Convert backup to virtual machine YES YES
Acronis Instant Restore (running VM from a backup) NO YES
Acronis vmFlashback (CBT-based incremental VM restore) NO
YES
Export VM as a set of files YES planned

Other options

Feature Acronis Backup 11.7 Advanced Acronis Backup 12.5 Advanced
Acronis Active Protection NO YES
Acronis Notary NO YES
Acronis ASign NO YES
Validation of archive file integrity YES YES
Enhanced validation in sandbox environment NO YES
VM replication NO YES
Acronis Disk Director Lite YES partially***
Disk cloning YES partially***

Licensing

Feature Acronis Backup 11.7 Advanced Acronis Backup 12.5 Advanced
License type Perpetual and subscription-based, subscription-based for Cloud Storage Perpetual and subscription-based, subscription-based for Cloud Storage
Licensing Licensed by number of physical machines or virtual hosts Licensed by number of physical machines, virtual hosts,
Office 365 mailboxes, or cloud instances

Support options in brief

Support options Phone, email, chat
E-Mail response time From 1 business day to 1 hour
Product upgrades Free within the support subscription period
Product updates Free

See List of support options for Acronis products

* Not all Exchange versions, supported in v. 11.7 are supported in v. 12.5, see documentation for details.

** By mounting database and restore items, or by restoring as files with further data extraction.

*** Available in Acronis bootable media.

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