After reading the thread, I decided to do some testing, as Victor S seems to have done.
I had good backup images on a NAS and on an internal hard drive. Making sure I altered the name (changed back later) of the Backup Folder, I copied the NAS version of the image to my internal hard drive. I also copied the version on the internal hard drive to the NAS and to another computer on my network. The result was image files moved from their original location but still using the WindowsImageBackup
Using the Windows Recovery Environment to restore an image, I could find all the images. No problems with dates or whatever.
Things to keep in mind, if an image in on your system, it needs to be in the root directory of the drive. I do not think the image can be found if it is within another folder. On the network, putting it inside other folders is allowed, like public or whatever. You just have to make sure you know the designation and have credentials.
My system is a little different in that the Windows Recovery Environment will not load a driver
for my Network adapter, so my network does not work. When this was the situation, I would get an Internal Error message about the network not being reachable. Loading a driver using the Advanced button, allowed me to get the network working. Using Shift+F10 to open a command prompt and typing ipconfig
will tell you if your network has been assigned an IP address.
So, I will conclude the answer to your original question is, yes it should be an option to copy backup images to network locations. Backing up directly to a network location is also an option.
I only tested images, and not the full backup capability which also backs up files.