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Physical Imaging Standard Restoring via Bare Metal Recovery

This section includes the following topics:

  • Overview
  • Downloading the Recovery Media Creator as an ISO File
  • Downloading the Recovery Media Creator as a USB Flash Drive
  • Running Recovery Media
  •  Adding Missing Drivers

Overview

Bare Metal Recovery (BMR) allows you to restore a physical image to either a similar or a dissimilar physical machine. You can create the Recovery Media as a USB thumb drive or create the Recovery Media as an .ISO file.

The following tasks are performed using BMR:

1.       Downloading the BMR Media Creator.

2.       Downloading and installing Microsoft ADK is required to create the pre-installation media required to perform a bare metal recovery.

3.       Running recovery media creator generates the Recovery Media restore.

4.       Running the Recovery Media restore.

 

 

Downloading the Recovery Media Creator as an ISO File

To download the Recovery Media Creator, perform the following steps.

1.       Navigate to the Computer page. See Navigating to the Computer Page for instructions.

 

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2.       Select the Restore tab.

The Restore Selections page is displayed.

 

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3.       Click the Bare Metal Recovery image125.png icon.

 

 

The Download Recovery Media Creator screen is displayed.

 

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4.       Click the Download button.

The Recovery Media Creator zip file is downloaded to your Downloads folder.

5.       Open the Recovery Media Creator zip file and run the Recovery Media Creator executable (.exe).

The Windows Component Required screen is displayed, if Windows 8.1 ADK is not installed.

 

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6.       Click the link, download, and then install ADK.

Note: Ensure that the Deployment Tools and Windows PE check boxes are selected. Save disk space by deselecting the other options.

7.       Click the Close button.

The Recovery Media options screen is displayed.

 

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8.       Select the ISO File radio button, and then click Next.

The Platform options screen is displayed.

 

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9.       Select your recovery media platform’s radio button.

·         Select x86 in most circumstances, unless you are restoring to a machine that boots in UEFI mode, or whose hardware supports only 64-bit drivers.

·         Select x64 if you are restoring to a machine that boots in UEFI mode, or whose hardware supports only 64-bit drivers. 

Note: It is recommended to create recovery media for each platform so you are covered in both cases at restore time. Check the hardware vendor’s website to determine if their hardware supports only x64.

10.   Click Next.

The Path screen is displayed.

 

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11.   Select the Browse button and choose your folder location.

The Next button is activated.

 

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12.   Click the Next button.

 

 

The Create screen is displayed.

 

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13.   Click the Create button.

The progress screen is displayed.

 

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After the Recovery Media is created, the following screen is displayed.

 

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14.   Click the Close button, and then burn the .ISO file to a DVD.

15.   Use the DVD to boot your recovery machine to begin a Bare Metal Restore.

Downloading the Recovery Media Creator as a USB Flash Drive

To download the Recovery Media Creator, perform the following steps.

1.       Navigate to the Computer page. See Navigating to the Computer Page for instructions.

 

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2.       Select the Restore tab.

 

 

The Restore Selections page is displayed.

 

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3.       Click the Bare Metal Recovery image147.jpg icon.

The Download Recovery Media Creator screen is displayed.

 

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4.       Click the Download button.

The Recovery Media Creator zip file is downloaded to your Downloads folder.

5.       Open the Recovery Media Creator zip file and run the Recovery Media Creator executable (.exe).

 

 

The Recovery Media options screen is displayed.

 

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6.       Select the USB Flash Drive radio button, and then click Next.

The Drive Destination screen is displayed.

 

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7.       Type the drive destination and click Next.

 

 

CAUTION! The following caution is displayed advising you to back up all the data before it is erased.

 

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8.       Back up your data, and then click the Create button.

The Progress screen is displayed.

 

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After the Recovery Media is created, the following screen is displayed.

 

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9.       Click the Close button, and then boot your recovery machine from this USB flash drive to begin a bare-metal restore.

Running Recovery Media

To run the Recovery Media, perform the following steps.

1.       Boot the recovery machine from the disk or flash drive to start the recovery application.

The Start Recovery Wizard screen is displayed.

 

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2.       Click Start Recovery Wizard.

 

 

The log in screen is displayed.

 

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3.       Type your credentials, select the Computer ID, and then click the Login button.
Note: If you have a private key associated to your computer, you are prompted to enter it.

The SelectBackup Set Type screen is displayed.

 

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4.       Select the backup set type from which you want to restore physical imaging revisions, and then click Next.

Note: To restore from a secondary catalog, click the Restore From Secondary Catalog button.

The Select Recovery Volumes screen is displayed.

 

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5.       Select the volumes and the revisions to be restored.

The selections are displayed in the right pane.

Note: The latest version of a volume is selected for restore by default. You can restore older versions of volumes by clicking on the volume name and selecting the revision in the Select Revision box.

6.       Click the Next button.

If the backup was online only, the recovery media takes the blocks directly from the Cloud.

If the backup was online & local or local only, the Local Vault Location is displayed.

 

 

Note: If the backup was local only, you must select the path for Local vault.
If the backup was online & local, you can click Cancel to advance to the Map Recovery Volumes to Target Disks page.

 

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7.       Select the Local Vault location of your source machine’s image backups, and then click OK.

The Map Recovery Volumes to Target Disks screen is displayed.

 

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Important The automatic option erases all data on the target machine. You can retain data using the manual option, but as a best practice it is recommended to back up any data to be kept on the target machine before starting a bare metal restore.
Ensure that the disk has enough space to store those volumes.

8.       To automatically restore all selected volumes to the target machine’s disk, select the Automatic radio button.

9.       To manually create volumes on the target machine, select the Manual radio button.

The manual fields are displayed.

10.    For manual restore, click the Disk Management button and then, select which source volume to restore to which target volume. 
Note: This option allows for a higher degree of flexibility upon restore (for example, you can restore a source volume as a larger target volume; or change the layout of volumes across disks). 
Note: If WinPE cannot recognize the target machine’s disks and the target machine is using a RAID controller, you are asked to supply the RAID controller driver.

11.   Click the Start Recovery button to begin the restore.

The Recovery Progress and Logs screen is displayed.

 

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12.   Click the View Action Logs button to observe progress.

 

 

When successfully restored, the following message is displayed.

 

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After the restore is completed without errors, chkdsk runs automatically.

 

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13.   Check your boot volume for errors and attempt to fix them, and then click Exit.

14.   If you are restoring volumes to a machine with dissimilar hardware, inject missing drivers by rebooting the machine or clicking the Add Missing Drivers button.

15.   Click the Restart button to boot from the recovered volumes.

 

 

Adding Missing Drivers

To Add Missing Drivers, perform the following steps.

1.       Boot the recovery machine from the disk or flash drive to start the recovery application.

The Start Recovery Wizard and Add Missing Drivers screen is displayed.

 

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2.       If the machine does not boot because of a driver issue, after a BMR, click Add Drivers to Recovered Machine.

The Missing Drivers screen is displayed.

 

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3.       Click the Choose Driver Files button, select missing drivers, and then click the Inject button.

The drivers are added.