The initial backup requirement with the Plug-in Server, as well as all restore operations require the use of the Plug-in Offline Client Boot System to boot the target NVBMR Client. This minimal OS loads to a target machine’s memory, rather than to its hard drive. This leaves the hard drive(s) inactive (offline) and in a suitable state for backup or restore.
The Plug-in Offline Client is created on a writable CD. The Plug-in Server lets you create a bootable CD that can be used to prepare a client machine for the restore process.
The following items are required for this procedure:
1. Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows 7 (obtained via download)
2. 32-bit version of a Windows 2003, Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2, or Windows 7 system
3. Plug-in Server “.npk” file (obtained via download)
4. A writable DVD and CD-ROM drive
5. A blank DVD and CD
6. DVD- and CD-generation software
1. Download the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows 7 from the following link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5753
2. Burn the Windows AIK onto a blank DVD or mount using a tool like Alcohol 120% or Daemon Tools.
3. Install the Windows AIK from downloaded media on a Windows System.
You can use the default directory (C:\Program Files\Windows AIK) or another directory of your choosing.
4. Download the “.npk” file for the Plug-in Live Client for Windows, Windows Server Component from the Quest Software web site.
5. Install the Plug-in on a Windows-based NVBU Server.
This create two files, “nvbmrisocreate.exe” and “nvbmriso.pkg,” in the \\NetVault Backup\Util directory.
6. Make sure that the path to where you intend to create the ISO image exists.
If the directory does not exist when you execute the next step, the ISO image will not be created.
7. To create the WinPE ISO image, type the following at the command prompt, and press Enter:
nvbmrisocreate.exe nvbmriso.pkg "<path to AIK>" "<path to bmr_output.iso>"
nvbmrisocreate.exe nvbmriso.pkg "C:\Program Files\Windows AIK" "C:\bmr_output.iso"
8. Insert a blank CD in the writable drive.
9. Create a new CD from the “bmr_output.iso” file generated in Step 7.
Source: Page 74-75 of the BMR Users Guide.