Hardware Configurations for Replibit Devices
For our complete list of hardware recommendations visit
Supported Operating Systems
* Microsoft Server 2003 R2 is deprecated and end-of-life. Although Replibit is able to perform backups for this operating system, support is limited to basic troubleshooting and diagnostics.
Supported DR Recovery Mechanisms
Supported Application Aware Backups
** Only the Active Cluster member in the DAG group will receive a VSS-aware backup of the message store. Passive cluster members will receive a crash-consistent backup. (This is a Microsoft limitation of the Exchange VSS Writer.)
Supported Virtual Disk Formats
In general, any supported operating system that can successfully be backed up by Replibit can be virtualized, including both legacy MBR-BIOS based systems, and newer EFI-BIOS based systems.
One notable exception to the rule: XEN Server Virtual Machines with XEN-Tools drivers installed cannot be virtualized on Replibit. XEN-Server 7.x+ paravirtual drivers are incompatible with the KVM Hypervisor used by Replibit.
Bare Metal Recovery
- Replibit currently does not support bare metal recovery onto systems that utilize Windows-Only Drivers. These are typically embedded motherboard RAID controllers on very low-end servers or mid-range workstation devices. Examples of unsupported controllers include the Dell PERC S3xx series, Intel Cxxx controllers, and HP SmartArray B120/B320, as well as most white-box motherboard RAID controllers. These controllers are supported only in SATA/ATA Mode, not RAID Mode. Recovery options back to a physical server using one of these controllers is limited. You may either disable the ‘Fake’ RAID controller and revert to standard SATA mode, or alternatively you can load Windows on the physical hardware in Hyper-V mode and recover the system as a Hyper-V guest.
- The Replibit Bare Metal Restore Wizard cannot recover systems with multiple Windows volumes on a single physical disk. (e.g. C: and E: on Disk 0). If it is necessary to perform a recovery of multiple volumes onto a single disk, refer to the instructions for Manual Partition Recovery .
Unsupported Operating Systems
* Image-based backup and recovery can be a network-intensive operation. Replibit does not support deployment on networks slower than 1Gigabit between the BDR and the Protected System.
** Replibit does not support backup of NTFS volumes shared between multiple services using Microsoft Clustering.
Other Unsupported Configurations
*** Replibit expects a standard Windows partition layout. Uncommon configurations (like custom OEM partitions, boot volume not on Disk 0, C: drive not on a primary partition, etc.) may prevent virtualization from succeeding.
**** Replibit does not support recovery scenarios where multiple volumes exist on a single disk. (e.g. C: and E: on Disk 0) During Recovery each Windows Volume will be created on a separate disk.
Unsupported Hardware Configurations:
- Single-Disk installations from a Replibit appliance or vault (where both the operating system and customer data co-exist on a single drive) are NOT supported for Bring-Your-Own Hardware (BYOD) solutions.
- Single-Disk installations of Replibit are supported ONLY for Axcient-branded Nano devices.
- BYOD solutions are supported only for systems with at least 2 disks: one for the operating system and a separate disk for data.
- It is HIGHLY recommended that you build your BYOD systems with at least 4 disks: one disk for the operating system, and at least 3 disks for your data pool in a RAID configuration to provide redundancy.