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StorageCraft® ShadowProtect® Server

ShadowProtect for Windows Server

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Back Up Windows Servers, and Recover Them Fast to Keep Your Business Running

One huge challenge that companies face is how to avoid business disruption following a server failure or data loss. StorageCraft® ShadowProtect® Server provides fast and reliable data backup and protection, disaster recovery, and system migration to get servers online or data recovered as quickly as possible in the wake of a disaster.

ShadowProtect is trusted by IT professionals worldwide to back up not only their Windows operating systems (such as Windows Server 2012, 2008, and 2003), but also their Windows business productivity systems such as Microsoft Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, Lync, and CRM servers and other critical application servers.

ShadowProtect Server takes sector-level backup images of your server disk drives, saves them to local hardware or to the cloud, and creates incremental backups as often as every 15 minutes thereafter. These incremental backups happen fast and in the background.

When you need to recover accidentaly deleted files or restore your server because of  a hard drive malfunction or other problem, you can do so in minutes rather than hours or days. Restore the entire system to the same hardware, dissimilar hardware, or to and from virtual environments.

Administrators love how easy it is to manage ShadowProtect Server. The management console is simple to use and gives you the tools you need to centrally manage your point-in-time backup images and restore them in a matter of minutes. The easy-to-use management console allows you to simultaneously push install ShadowProtect to all your Windows servers from a central location and view the backup status of all protected Windows servers in your organization. In addition, ShadowProtect Server provides you with StorageCraft VirtualBoot™ technology, which allows for emergency failover to a virtual machine.

Features and benefits of ShadowProtect Server 

Computer BackupBackup

  • Capture everything—systems, applications, configuration settings, services, data—on your servers
  • Back up Microsoft SQL, Exchange, and SharePoint servers and other critical application servers, including updates in memory
  • Encrypt a backup job to protect backup images to securely protect data
  • Save backups to any disk device (such as removable, local, and network drives) or any optical media (CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray discs)
  • Back up a non-bootable system before attempting a restore operation (using StorageCraft Recovery Environment)


  • Execute a one-time full backup that you can archive
  • Schedule backups to occur automatically
  • Schedule incremental backups to run as often as every 15 minutes
  • Set up subsequent full backups to be differential to save on storage space
  • Manage the retention of backup images

 Backup Management ConsoleRemote Management

  • Install the ShadowProtect agent on a server or desktop without having to visit the machine
  • Remotely manage both ShadowProtect Server and ShadowProtect Desktop nodes
  • Choose to receive notification when server or desktop backup jobs succeed or fail

Verify BackupsTesting

  • Verify backup images to ensure they’re in a known good state for fast and reliable recovery
  • Automatically run Chkdsk or other scripts on mounted volumes to determine data and application integrity with StorageCraft ImageReady™ technology
  • Mount an Exchange Server backup (including system, data, and log volumes) to test the .EDB files and verify they’re intact or run cleanup if they’re in a dirty shutdown state
  • Boot a backup image to a virtual machine to test whether a restored system would function properly with VirtualBoot

Consolidate Backups

Image Management

  • Consolidate files (full backup plus incrementals) into a single new backup image for archiving
  • Split a backup image file into smaller files (a spanned set) for backup on DVD or Blu-Ray
  • Convert backup image files to a virtual disk in either .VHD (Hyper-V-compatible) or .VMD

StorageCraft® ShadowProtect®for Microsoft Exchange

ShadowProtect Granular Recovery for Exchange

Fast and Reliable Recovery and Migration of Microsoft Exchange Data 

StorageCraft® ShadowProtect® Granular Recovery for Exchange lets email administrators search for and recover emails, email folders, and mailboxes. Whether you need to recover all Exchange data since the previous month's backup or a single accidentally deleted email, ShadowProtect Granular Recovery for Exchange can help.

ShadowProtect Granular Recovery for Exchange recovers the following data directly to your production Exchange Server or any .PST file through an easy-to-use tool:

  • Individual/bulk mailboxes
  • Folders
  • Email messages
  • Attachments
  • Calendar items
  • Address book contacts
  • Notes
  • Tasks

Features and benefits of ShadowProtect Granular Recovery for Exchange


  • Use keywords, phrases, creation date, subject matter, sender, recipient, and other search criteria in order to find messages
  • Use an asterisk (*) at the end of a word for wildcard or unknown terms
  • Select either “match all fields” or “match any fields” to narrow or broaden your search
  • Limit search parameters to a window of time or before or after a point in time
  • Search just one specific folder or mailbox for message items to recover
  • Search all mailboxes in an Exchange database at once (instead of going through one mailbox at a time) for emails and other message items to recover


  • Drag-and-drop or right-click to easily recover items from an Exchange backup image to your Exchange server or a .PST file
  • Restore one or more email messages (and their attachments), folders, contacts, and other message items directly to the production Exchange server or a .PST file
  • Restore a single mailbox or bulk mailboxes to the production Exchange server
  • Export specific email messages, appointments, tasks, and other message items as .MSG or .TXT files
  • Limit maximum simultaneous restores so as to manage network bandwidth and central processing unit (CPU) time used
  • Select an alternative temporary database location when hard drive space is limited



ShadowProtect Granular Recovery for Exchange - Best of TechEd North America for 2013ShadowProtect Granular Recovery for Exchange won the Best of TechEd award in the Messaging and Unified Communication category.



Licensing options

StorageCraft offers three types of licenses for ShadowProtect Granular Recovery for Exchange:

  • 60-day project license for short-term Exchange projects
  • 250-mailbox license for businesses and organizations with fewer than or equal to 250 mailboxes
  • Unlimited license for businesses and organizations that have 251 or more mailboxes

Please note that the 250-mailbox license and the unlimited license are each licenses to a specific server.

Supported environments

ShadowProtect Granular Recovery for Exchange supports

  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003

Installation requirements

ShadowProtect Granular Recovery for Exchange installs on 64-bit versions of

  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2

Note: ShadowProtect Granular Recovery for Exchange should NOT be installed on an Exchange server. It requires an Outlook client (2007 SP3 or newer), and Outlook should NOT be installed on the Exchange server.