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Rapid Recovery 6.1.2 - User Guide

Introduction to Rapid Recovery Core Console Core settings Repositories Encryption keys Protecting machines
About protecting machines with Rapid Recovery Support for dynamic and basic volumes Understanding the Rapid Recovery Agent software installer Deploying Agent to multiple machines simultaneously from the Core Console Using the Deploy Agent Software Wizard to deploy to one or more machines Modifying deploy settings Understanding protection schedules Protecting a machine About protecting multiple machines Settings and functions for protected Exchange servers Settings and functions for protected SQL servers
Managing protected machines Snapshots and recovery points Replication Events Reporting VM export Restoring data Bare metal restore
Bare metal restore for Windows machines Understanding boot CD creation for Windows machines Using the Universal Recovery Console for a BMR Performing a bare metal restore for Linux machines Viewing the recovery progress Starting a restored target server Troubleshooting connections to the Universal Recovery Console Repairing boot problems Performing a file system check on the restored volume
Managing aging data Archiving Cloud storage accounts The Local Mount Utility The Central Management Console Core Console references Command Line Management utility PowerShell module
Prerequisites for using PowerShell Working with commands and cmdlets Rapid Recovery PowerShell module cmdlets Localization Qualifiers
Scripting REST APIs About us Glossary

Performing a bare metal restore for Windows machines

To perform a bare metal restore for Windows machines, perform the following tasks.

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:

A 64-bit central processing unit (CPU). The Rapid Recovery boot CD includes the Win PE 5.1 operating system. Rapid Recovery BMRs are not compatible with x86-based CPUs. You can only perform a BMR on a 64-bit CPU.
Backups of the machine you want to restore. You must have a functioning Rapid Recovery Core containing recovery points of the protected server you want to restore

Performing a bare metal restore using the Restore Machine Wizard

You can use the Restore Wizard to create a boot CD as well as perform a bare metal restore (BMR).

Before performing a BMR, see Prerequisites for performing a bare metal restore for a Windows machine or Prerequisites for performing a bare metal restore for a Linux machine, as appropriate. If starting your BMR for a Windows machine from the Core Console, see Performing a bare metal restore for Windows machines.

The protected machine must have the Agent software installed and must have recovery points from which you can perform the restore operation.

Managing a Windows boot image through the wizard includes the following actions:

4.
Click Next.
5.
On the Destination page, select Recover to any target machine using a boot CD.
If you already loaded a boot CD onto the BMR target machine, select I already have a boot CD running on the target machine, click Next, and then go to Step 16.
To establish a network connection with the BMR target, select Use the following IP address, and then enter the information described in the following table.

Table 145. Network connection options

Option

Description

IP address

The IP address for the restored machine.

Subnet mask

The subnet mask for the restored machine.

Default gateway

Specify the default gateway for the restored machine.

DNS server

Specify the domain name server for the restored machine.

If you have an UltraVNC account and would like to use it to complete the BMR, select Add UltraVNC, and then enter the information described in the following table.

Table 146. UltraVNC connection credentials

Option

Description

Password

The password for your UltraVNC account.

Port

The port you want to use to connect to the BMR target. The default port is 5900.

8.
Click Next.
9.
To establish a network connection for the restored machine, select Use the following IP address as described in the following table.
To define UltraVNC information, select Add UltraVNC as described in the following table.

Use this option if you require remote access to the recovery console. You cannot log on using Microsoft Terminal Services while using the boot CD.

Table 147. UltraVNC connection

Option

Description

Password

Specify a password for this UltraVNC connection.

Port

Specify a port for this UltraVNC connection.

The default port is 5900.

e.
Repeat Step c and Step d, as appropriate, until you inject all necessary drivers.

For more information about injecting drivers, see Understanding driver injection in a boot CD.

Rapid Recovery creates the boot CD ISO image.
12.
Click Next.

The target machine, when started from the boot CD, displays the Universal Recovery Console (URC) interface. This environment is used to restore the system drive or selected volumes directly from the Rapid Recovery Core. Note the IP address and authentication key credentials in the URC, which refresh each time you start from the boot CD.

Table 148. Authentication options

Option

Description

IP Address

The IP address provided in the URC on the target machine.

Authentication Key

The authentication key provided in the URC on the target machine.

15.
Click Next.
16.
On the Disk Mapping page, if you want to map volumes manually, proceed to Step 10. If you want to map volumes automatically, complete the following steps:

If you do not want to restore a listed volume, clear the option.

d.
Click Next.
18.
Click Finish.
20.
Click Restore.
21.
In the status message, click OK to confirm that the restore process has started.

Understanding boot CD creation for Windows machines

A bare metal restore for Windows requires a boot image referred to as the boot CD, which you create by defining parameters in the Rapid Recovery Core Console. This image is tailored to your specific needs. You will use the image to start the destination Windows machine. Based on the specifics of your environment you may need to transfer this image to physical media such as a CD or DVD. You must then virtually or physically load the boot image, and start the Windows server from the boot image.

The first step when performing a bare metal restore (BMR) for a Windows machine is to create the boot CD file in the Rapid Recovery Core Console. This is a bootable ISO image which contains the Rapid Recovery Universal Recovery Console (URC) interface, an environment that is used to restore the system drive or the entire server directly from the Rapid Recovery Core.

The boot CD ISO image that you create is tailored to the machine being restored; therefore, it must contain the correct network and mass storage drivers. If you anticipate that you will be restoring to different hardware from the machine on which the recovery point originated, then you must include storage controller and other drivers in the boot CD. For information about injecting those drivers in the boot CD, see .

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