Virtualization is a current key trend across all IT segments. The benefits of virtualization are well known and widely leveraged since data can now be stored and managed over diverse virtual environments in large data centers – or simple standalone servers. Even the most populous segment – home users, can now virtualize their existing software or make cross-platform configurations.
This article highlights how Paragon ConnectVD Technology addresses many data management challenges on diverse virtual and physical machines. ConnectVD allows a myriad of tasks to be performed with ease in a virtual environment – such as partitioning, data transferring, imaging, copying and many other complex tasks.
One of the key benefits of virtualization is that you can run as many virtualized environments on one physical computer using currently available hardware. The number of serviceable systems may widely differ when using a single physical computer/single system approach or when leveraging dozens of virtualized systems. However the capabilities of IT personnel and administrators are not unlimited and expanding number of virtualized systems may cause a significant work backlogs.
Another thing to consider is that there are many different types of virtualization software. The main vendors are VMware, Microsoft, and Oracle, who offer incompatible solutions with many versions: enterprise or home user; bundled to the OS or independent; copyrighted by license or open-sourced. Managing and transferring data between these environments can be highly complex and nerve-wracking if things go awry.
These vendors naturally provide instruments for data management, migration, and conversion on virtual machines, but there are few vendor independent software tools that support all types of virtual machines. Administrators are typically faced with using many different tools simultaneously to perform tasks such as copying files between VM’s or virtual disk conversions.
Additionally, a typical VM is a complex environment that completely copies the physical computer’s partitions, file systems, one or several operating systems, software and data. On each level a special type of management is needed, which may or may not be provided by the VM software. If you recently installed all the necessary utilities, tools and management software to one or several physical machines, now you have to repeat this process with many virtualized clones. Having software that provides tools for the external management of data on dozens of VM’s from an original single copy is quite handy.
In brief, the major virtualized system management issues are the following: efficient management of a large number of virtual machines using a limited number of physical servers; the need to support data transfer and management between different types of VM’s; and the need for universal data management tools that can service as many VM’s from the outside physical world as possible.
Posted in Server Virtualization, Virtualization Manager
Tagged data, hyperv, Microsoft, microsoft virtual machine, Microsoft XP, migrate virtual machine, ms virtual machine, new virtual machine, ntfs, restore, set up virtual machine, switch virtual machine, virtual, Virtual Machine, Virtualization, vmware, Windows, windows 7
Enjoy Working in a Virtual Computing Environment – Even if You’re Not Technically Savvy – with Paragon Software Group’s Go Virtual
Home users can now enjoy hazard-free benefits of virtualization; migration from PC to virtual machine is easy, reliable and free!
IRVINE, CA, July 12, 2010 – It’s time to upgrade to a new operating system, but the thought of all the unknown issues may hold you back. What if your favorite applications haven’t been updated to work with the new OS? There may be unintentional software glitches or bugs that will damage your host computer. One solution would be to create a virtual clone of your current computing environment to test any changes or upgrades before going live on your own PC, but migration to a virtual machine might be too complex and expensive for an average home user. How do you even begin to go virtual?
Paragon Software Group (PSG), the technology leader in innovative data security and data management solutions, invites you to Paragon Go Virtual with the new easy-to-use, free migration tool created for PC users who want to work in a virtual environment without technical risk. How does it work? Paragon Go Virtual allows you to make a virtual clone of your PC in three easy steps: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/go-virtual/how_it_works.html
Working in a Physical to Virtual (P2V) environment has benefits. Avoid negative system conflicts by creating a virtual clone of your current physical system before migrating to a new computer – try new software in a safe environment and decide whether it works and is exactly what you need before making it a permanent addition to your collection. Or save your virtual environment to a USB hard drive and use it from anywhere at any time, just as if you’re working from your own PC. With P2V, you can also take advantage of an up-to-date powerful computer while still having access to favorite applications from an old computer. And, if your old computer is corrupted or you lose data in a transfer, but you have a backup image of your old system made with Paragon software, you can virtualize it using Paragon Go Virtual installed on your new PC.
Previously available only to businesses and advanced users, migration to a virtual machine — because of its complexity and high cost – could be time consuming and complicated for an individual PC user. Individual users were often required to search for several third-party software tools, and then ensure that these tools were compatible with their new machine before completing the process. Paragon Go Virtual quickly and efficiently solves these problems by providing a complete solution compatible with all major formats of known virtual machines, including Microsoft (Virtual PC), VMware (Fusion, Workstation, Player) and Oracle (VirtualBox). Further, Go Virtual requires no additional tools for and after the migration process.
“Since most existing migration tools are aimed at businesses and professional users, Paragon came up with a quality solution for everyone to suit a wider range of users with simplicity, efficiency and the most reliable performance results.” said Konstantin Komarov, CEO.
Key Features & Benefits:
- Full Windows OS Support – Guaranteed support for any Windows operating system since Win2K (excluding server editions).
- P2V Migration – Migrate a physical system to a virtual machine.
- Migration without rebooting Windows – Hot processing of locked (in-use) hard disks lets you migrate a computer without rebooting and interrupting Windows.
- P2V Adjust OS to recover the startup ability after unsuccessful virtualization with a 3rd party tool and to make Windows Vista/7 backups bootable on virtual hardware.
- Smart Driver Injector – Makes the process of adding new drivers smooth and easy.
- Performance – Paragon Go Virtual performs approximately 20% faster (your results may vary).
- Selection of virtual hardware – Go Virtual offers the user a selection of virtual hardware types. Freeware tools typically do not.
- Migration of offline systems – Freeware tools support the migration of operating systems currently running, but they have problems migrating offline operating systems, especially when there are more than one OS on the disk. Go Virtual performs these operations with ease.
Paragon Go Virtual is available for immediate download, free of charge: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/go-virtual/index.html
Posted in Paragon Software News
Tagged backup, data, hard drive, set up virtual machine, switch virtual machine, virtual, Virtual Machine, Virtualization, vmware, Windows, windows 7
MakeUseOf.com is giving away 100 licenses of Drive Copy 10 Personal. Drive Copy is a great utility for upgrading hard drives, creating a single image of your computer for recovery if the PC crashes, and many others. If you would like to grab a free copy, head over to MakeUseOf.com and read the post.
They are giving away our personal version that will not work on servers.
Posted in Computer Backup, Drive Backup
Tagged backup, disk-imaging, hard drive, Microsoft, microsoft virtual machine, microsoft vista, Microsoft XP, new virtual machine, OS, pc, restore, server, smb, software, Virtualization, Windows, windows 7
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IT systems have become such an integral part of the business process that down-time must be avoided at all costs. Those responsible for enterprise systems, both large and small are asking tough questions when it comes to business continuity and disaster recovery, questions such as:
- How can we keep down time to a minimum?
- How can I future proof my business continuity solutions?
- What new technologies deliver improved 24×7 access?
- How can I demonstrate the Return on Investment (ROI) of a disaster recovery solution?
- Is there a way to reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) with new technologies?
- How can I build synergy into a backup solution that delivers future value?
- How can I avoid dead-end technologies?
- What criteria should I use to select and integrate recovery products?
Simply put, businesses large and small needing to maintain 24×7 access to IT resources are looking for a better way to deliver 24×7 access, prevent disasters and recover quickly from unpreventable events, all without breaking the bank and still maintain scalability with products that are future proofed.
Posted in Computer Backup, Drive Backup, Server Virtualization
Tagged backup, Data Center, datacenter, disk-imaging, hard drive, microsoft virtual machine, migrate virtual machine, ms virtual machine, new virtual machine, paragon_software, partition, server, set up virtual machine, software, switch virtual machine, virtual, Virtual Machine, virtual server, Virtualization, vmware, Windows, windows 7
About two weeks ago I had a computer crash. Not just a bad virus or other corruption but my PC gave me the dreaded blue screen of death and nothing I seemed to do was going to bring my PC back from the dead. I had a recent backup image of my computer. I was using Drive Backup scheduled for an image on a weekly basis but that alone wasn’t going to help since I was going to need a completely new computer to replace the one that was fried. Granted it was time to buy a new computer, the one that died was on it’s last leg and was over 3 years old.
I ordered a new PC online and when it was delivered I wanted all of my old data to be on the new machine. I was sure that our product had functionality to do this but wasn’t exactly sure how it worked or how difficult it would be since I was now using a completely new set of hardware. I asked my favorite Tech Support rep how hard it would be to restore my computer on the new hardware and he just about laughed at me. He explained that with Paragons Adaptive Restore, I could restore my backup image onto ANY computer and it would be just as easy as running a regular restore with one minor adjustment. Adaptive Restore would do the rest automatically.
What does Adaptive Restore do?
Here is the explanation of what Adaptive Restore does given on our website.
- Change of the Windows kernel settings according to the new configuration. We detect the given hardware profile and automatically install the appropriate Windows HAL and kernel.
- Installation of drivers for boot critical devices. We detect those without drivers and automatically try to install lacking drivers from the built-in Windows repository. If there’s no driver in the repository, we prompt the user to set a path to an additional driver repository, strongly recommending not to proceed until all drivers for the found boot critical devices are installed. In case drivers for these devices are installed, but disabled, they will be enabled.
- Installation of drivers for a PS/2 mouse and keyboard. This action will only be accomplished for Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003.
- Installation of drivers for network cards. We detect those without drivers and automatically try to install lacking drivers from the built-in Windows repository. If there’s no driver in the repository, we prompt the user to set a path to an additional driver repository.
Announcing Adaptive Restore Week
Because of this personal success with Adaptive Restore I wanted to dedicate this as Adaptive Restore week. I figure if an application works this well, we should have a company holiday dedicated to it and share it with all of our readers. I can’t imagine spending time using a backup product that doesn’t include the functionality of restoring to a new machine out of the box. Drive Backup and Paragon’s Backup and Recovery Suite are the only applications on the market that include Adaptive Restore for free. The truth is that you don’t even need to pay for our backup software and can use Adaptive Restore for the price of a dinner out.
In appreciation of Adaptive Restore Week we are offering customers some great deals on our products.
Get Backup and Recovery for Free and buy the Adaptive Restore tool for $14.95
Get the complete Backup and Recovery Suite for 30% off
If you are looking for something in your business environment we have excellent business class backup solutions that you can get at a discount also.
Drive Backup 10 Server 30% off
Drive Backup 10 Workstation 30% off
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Posted in Computer Backup, Drive Backup
Tagged backup, crash, data, disk-imaging, hard drive, ipod, Microsoft, microsoft virtual machine, microsoft vista, Microsoft XP, paragon drive backup, restore, server, smb, software, windows 7
Search your iPod for Music and Video anywhere with Paragon HFS+ for Windows Driver
If you have an iPod you may probably know that it contains all your music inside some sly hidden folders. And when you attach your iPod (excluding Touch models) to the system it can be seen as a simply Removable Flash Drive. It’s not a secret.
In case you use your iPod with iTunes under Windows, its internal volume is probably FAT32 formatted. This file system is native for any Windows OS. So you can simply check it’s contents for special folders and music and do whatever you want with them.
But things get worse if your iPod was configured and synchronized with iTunes under a Mac. In this case inside Windows you’ll see just another RAW volume, with contents you cannot access.
Paragon HFS+ for Windows driver can solve this problem. Let’s see how it can help you.
After the driver installation it will become deeply embedded to the operating system. If there were any HFS+ volumes on internal hard drives, they will become visible and accessible also. Any newly attached media with HFS+ partitions will be mounted automatically. So there are no special actions for you to take.
A Mac configured iPod contains the HFS+ volume and with the help of the newly added driver you will become able to manage all the data inside your player: music, video, and files. As if they were synchronized under Windows. Continue reading
Posted in Universal File System Drivers
Tagged hard drive, ipad, ipod, itunes, Microsoft, microsoft vista, Microsoft XP, ntfs, OS, partition, utunes, windows 7
Tekzilla the internet based technology show hosted by Veronica Belmont and Patrick Norton have a quick review of Paragon Backup and Recovery in their latest episode. You might remember that they mentioned Paragon Backup in a past episode also. Thanks Veronica and Patrick for including us in your show.
Rick the Recruiter doesn’t know which options to choose when he’s setting up software to back up his hard drive. Should he backup folders, the whole computer, or create a disc image? Are incremental backups better than overwrites? If his hard drive fails, should he restore from a disc image, or re-install windows then move his files back over? Veronica and Patrick walk you through their choices for backing a computer, Windows or OS X!
Posted in Computer Backup, Drive Backup, Paragon Software News
Tagged backup, data, disk-imaging, hard drive, Microsoft, microsoft virtual machine, microsoft vista, Microsoft XP, paragon drive backup, paragon_software, restore, software, Windows, windows 7