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SBAdmin provides the most flexible bare-metal recovery solution for Linux and Unix Systems.


More than just a backup utility, SBAdmin is a complete backup management solution.



As environments grow, it becomes increasingly more difficult, expensive, and inefficient to perform backups to local media. Many backup applications will allow you to perform a backup over the network but will limit you to a single backup location or device. This "wagon-wheel" approach can create lengthy backup windows and a single-point-of-failure because you are not utilizing all available hardware resources.

SBAdmin provides a distributive network backup approach which allows all AIX, Linux, and Solaris client systems to also act as a backup server. There is no limit to the number of backup servers that may be configured, which allows you to run network backups in parallel, utilize multiple backup hardware resources, and reduce backup windows.

When using SBAdmin, all systems are managed from a single, centralized, intuitive interface. Unlike other network backup products, the administrator need not be the backup server. Instead, any client system may be configured as a backup server to store its own backups or backups from any other configured client.

It is also possible to perform system backups to and system recoveries from a mounted NFS share (supported with Network Edition and Workstation Edition). When utilizing this feature, the storage media (the NFS share) will appear local to the client, but will actually exist on a NFS server accessible over the network. No SBAdmin software is necessary on the remote NFS server.


As the need for system availability increases, especially in 24-hour operations, it becomes increasingly difficult to put a system in a non-active state in order to perform a backup. This is particulary problematic when performing backups of databases because the "live data" is typically relational and must be kept in sync. Problems can emerge when you perform a restore because some of the data can be erroneous or partially-updated. While you can quiesce the database during the backup so that no transactions are processed, this does make the database or application unavailable to users.

SBAdmin includes the option to perform a snapshot backup which will backup the data at a consistent point-in-time and make it unnecessary to quiesce the database or application. By performing snapshot backups, users may continue to access and modify "live data" in the online copy, while the backup includes all data as it was when the backup process started. This ensures the relational data, when restored, is all at the same point-in-time, no matter how long the backup takes.

SBAdmin snapshots supported with the following:

  • AIX - Any standard JFS2 filesystem
  • Linux - Any filesystem or raw volume using LVM
  • Solaris - Any ZFS filesystem or ZFS volume



Every company needs to keep an off-site copy of their backups, whether they operate from a single location or multiple branch offices. Backups can be stored at a remote backup site, a remote disaster recovery site or to a private or public cloud service. But storing backups offsite is only part of the solution. A business continuity/disaster recovery plan must include the ability to recover mission-critical systems in a timely manner. How timely depends on a predetermined Recovery Time Objective (RTO) which weighs the cost of system recovery against loss of operations due to downtime.


There are a myriad of software solutions and hardware appliances for sending data off-site, each touting its ability to backup and restore data quickly and efficiently. But very few address the issue of having systems to restore the data to after a failure or disaster occurs! Storix SBAdmin provides disaster recovery solutions for Linux, AIX and Oracle Solaris servers, from restoring a single server from a remote backup site to rebuilding an entire data center at a remote disaster recovery site.  An SBAdmin system backup completely restores the operating system, applications, user, network and device configuration and optional user data in a single step.


Advanced Features

  • Write backups locally and/or to remote recovery sites
  • Copy backups written locally (tape or disk) to remote recovery site
  • Replicate backups to remote sites using deduplication appliances
  • Recover a local system using backups from a remote site
  • Perform bare-metal recovery to dissimilar hardware (P2P) at remote site
  • Perform bare-metal recovery to different virtual environments (P2V, V2V) at remote site


Backup strategies will typically specify the length of time a backup should be kept. This is called a backup retention policy. Once the retention time has been exceeded then the backup becomes obselete and the media may be overwritten or backup removed. This process can become inefficient and difficult to maintain if it has to managed by an individual manually.

SBAdmin provides a feature for managing your backup retention policies. Backups written to tape will never be overwritten until their retention policy has been exceeded, and disk space will be automatically recovered when disk backups have expired.

Backup retention policy features:

  • Configured on a global or job-specific basis
  • Specify the number of days to retain a backup
  • Specify the number of backups to retain


Not to be overlooked in any backup solution are the features that provide advanced data protection and that the application does not expose any security risks. You want the assurance that your backup data is safely managed and that there are safeguards should this backup fall into unauthorized hands.

When using SBAdmin, you can be assured that your backup data is both safe and secure. SBAdmin includes built-in security which limits access to backup servers, directories and devices. In addition, SBAdmin offers a backup encryption feature which is designed to ensure the backup data will only be read by those with the proper authentication.


The optional Backup Data Encryption feature ensures privacy of your data during and after a backup is performed. The data is encrypted on the client system, so only encrypted data is sent over the network when writing to a remote server. The encrypted data stored on the backup media may only be read by the original client system, or another system with the proper encryption keys installed.


SBAdmin provides enhanced network security by limiting access to backup commands, files and directories, to specific hosts. Permissions on backups written to disk files or a TSM server may also be set so that only the originating host may read the backup. Using standard TCP/IP socket communications, you may also define your own port numbers to use, allowing you to further control access across firewalls.


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