Virtual machines (VMs) and separate boot partitions allow you to run additional operating systems on your computer. This article highlights best practices for backing up virtual machines or separate boot partitions with the Code42 app.
Common applications that create virtual machines or boot partitions include:
- Boot Camp
The Code42 app can back up the files within virtual machines or boot partitions.
The Code42 app does not support Universal Naming Convention (UNC) file paths (for example, //SERVERNAME/shareddir/). File selections must use an absolute path (for example, C:/) to enable backup and restore.
Back up files within a virtual machine or boot partition
We recommend installing an instance of the Code42 app inside the virtual machine or boot partition. This provides individual file backup and real-time backup support for those files. Alternatively, you could copy files from the virtual machine to an external drive, and back up the external drive from your primary operating system.
- We don't recommend backing up operating system or application files.
- Installing the Code42 app within a virtual machine is not a free installation requires a CrashPlan for Small Business license.
Virtual machine disk images, exports, and snapshots are excluded from CrashPlan for Small Business backups. For more details on what file types and folders are excluded from CrashPlan for Small Business backups, see What is not backing up (CrashPlan for Small Business).