Desktop Disaster Recovery in
Virtual and Physical Environments Leveraging Master Images and a Layered User Environment
Traditional desktop disaster recovery is a long accepted best practice in the industry for ensuring that mission critical business data is never lost and that user productivity is minimized in the event of a local data or widespread disaster of desktop infrastructure.
Image-based backups have emerged in the last ten years as a superior method for backing up any type of PC or server. Rather than backing up a system on an individual file basis, these technologies take a ‘snapshot’ of a PC’s or server’s hard drive contents and then use the entire image to restore a machine if needed. The process is much quicker and arguably more dependable than file-by-file solutions.
Streamlined Disaster Recovery - Leveraging Master Images and a Layered User Environment
Many organizations now also leverage image-based technology to build a master image(s) for physical desktops or virtual desktops. The base operating system is first considered for the image as well as any default application(s) that may or may not be included in the master image design. In the event of a physical or virtual desktop disaster, a user can have their base desktop restored with the appropriate image within only a few minutes. There are obvious omissions to this approach as it omits the most critical information from a desktop environment, the user’s data, their persona, and configuration.
Liquidware Labs ProfileUnity is a leading solution that enables full desktop disaster recovery when leveraging master image restores for virtual and physical environments. ProfileUnity separately stores user persona and configurations at every logoff and ensures that they are available at every login, even on new desktops, non-persistent VDI implementations, and reimaged workstations. The solution also enables immediate access to user-authored data stored on a disaster recovery or replicated network drive.