The process to perform a BMR includes creating a boot CD image, burning the image to disk, booting up the target server from disk, connecting to the recovery console instance, mapping volumes, initiating the recovery, and then monitoring the process. Once the bare metal restore is complete, you can continue with the task of loading the operating system and the software applications on the restored server, followed by your unique settings and configuration.
Follow these steps to perform a BMR (for the latest detailed information and instructions on BMR, refer to the Rapid Recovery User Guide, located on the Tech Docs page).
Prerequisites for Performing a Bare Metal Restore for a Windows Machine
- Before you can begin the process of performing a bare metal restore for a Windows machine, you must ensure that the following conditions and criteria exist:
- Backups of the server and the functioning Rapid Recovery Core
- Hardware to restore (new or old, similar or dissimilar)
- Disk or storage equal to or greater than the original size of the backed up disk or volume
- NOTE: Restoring to a smaller disk/volume is not supported.
- Blank CD and CD burning software or USB Drive
- VNC viewer (optional)
- Windows 7 PE (32-bit) compatible storage drivers and network adapter drivers for the target machine
- Storage controller, RAID, AHCI, and chipset drivers for the target operating system
- NOTE: The storage controller drivers are only needed if the restore being performed is to dissimilar hardware.
The following steps will guide you in performing a BMR using the newly created Boot CD. A more complete step by step process is detail in the Rapid Recovery User Guide in the section, "Performing a bare metal restore for Windows machines."
- Create a Boot CD -https://support.quest.com/rapid-recovery/kb/184600
- Restore the Machine by navigating recovery points and the Universal Recovery Console - https://support.quest.com/rapid-recovery/kb/184593
- When the restore is completed, inject drivers for the dissimilar hardware using the URC
- Reboot the Target Machine