Rapid Recovery

BMR

Folks,

Can someone provide a link to a Quest article or Documentation (User or Installation Guide or White paper) on:
- How to burn a Quest BOOT CD ISO image to a bootable USB Flash drive to enable WinPE storage and network and mouse driver injection.
- How to download and inject WinPE drivers into the "Quest BOOT CD for Bare Metal Restore" to properly connect the physical machine to the network.
- How to navigate the Rapid Recovery 6.1.2.x Core server interface to restore to a physical machine running on the BMR BOOT CD from a Recovery Point.
- How to remove/format/delete a boot partition before performing a recovery test to prove that the BMR Recovery process works as documented.
These are the issues we had in getting our recovery testing to work successfully and consistently.

Can you please provide links or references to material that provides these instructions or walkthroughs or procedures? We've opened the following ticket but no answers on this so far: 

Service Request # 4202989

 

Thanks.

noc@esmsolutions.com

  • Just quickly from memory.

    I assume you know how to use the console to generate the rescue iso. Make one and then use Rufus to make a bootable USB from the iso.

    https://rufus.akeo.ie/

    Don't worry about drivers for now.

    Download your RAID and NIC drivers for the destination server and extract the .inf file for each. Put those .inf files in the "drivers" folder on the bootable USB. You can actually put them anywhere on the USB as you will just browse to them from the recovery console and install them.

    On the destination server create your array volumes and partitions. They have to be the same size or larger than the source machine.

    Boot the destination machine with the USB. It won't get an IP address until you browse to and load the NIC driver. Write down the IP. It wont see the RAID array until you do the same for the RAID driver.

    From your RR server start a BMR. Find your machine by IP and map the volumes.

    The booting of the new machine can take some doing but that should get you close. You may have to go back to a USB boot and repair the boot loader but then again you may not.

    That's about it in a nutshell.

  • Hi noc_29141

    Thanks for stopping by our forum, you updated your service request # 4202989 today with these questions as well, answers will be provided both here and in your ticket.

    Q1: How to burn a Quest BOOT CD ISO image to a bootable USB Flash drive to enable WinPE storage and network and mouse driver injection.

    A1> For step by step instructions to create a boot CD, please refer to our user guide, under "Understanding boot CD creation for Windows machines" at support.quest.com/.../72

    Q2: How to download and inject WinPE drivers into the "Quest BOOT CD for Bare Metal Restore" to properly connect the physical machine to the network.

    A2> To get started with driver injection, please review our user guide, under "Understanding driver injection in a boot CD" at support.quest.com/.../73

    WinPE drivers can be downloaded directly from the source, Microsoft (External link): docs.microsoft.com/.../download-winpe--windows-pe

    Q3: How to navigate the Rapid Recovery 6.1.2.x Core server interface to restore to a physical machine running on the BMR BOOT CD from a Recovery Point.

    A3> For step by step instructions to navigate the Rapid Recovery Core server interface to perform a bare metal restore, please refer to our user guide, under "Performing a bare metal restore using the Restore Machine Wizard" at support.quest.com/.../72
    or the key steps from our Knowledge Base article "How to perform a Bare Metal Restore for a Windows machine (184594)" at support.quest.com/.../how-to-perform-a-bare-metal-restore-for-a-windows-machine

    Q4: How to remove/format/delete a boot partition before performing a recovery test to prove that the BMR Recovery process works as documented

    A4> To remove/format/delete a boot partition, please refer to the following article, from Microsoft (External Link) : support.microsoft.com/.../how-to-use-the-fdisk-tool-and-the-format-tool-to-partition-or-repartit

    Should you have more questions for us, please let us know, hope the above answers satisfy your questions.