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Server Backup Manager allows you to perform a bare-metal restore of Windows dynamic disks. A dynamic disk is a physical disk initialized for dynamic storage. Dynamic disks do not use partitions or logical drives. They use a database to track information about dynamic volumes on the disk and about other dynamic disks in the computer. For more information about dynamic disks, see

Note for Windows dynamic disks and software RAID
If you are using Windows software RAID:# Restore your system disk (e.g., C:) while booted from Live CD.
  1. Reboot into Windows.
  2. Ensure the Backup Agent is running.
  3. Use Windows Disk Manager to re-create your dynamic disk configuration (e.g. spanned volumes or software RAID).
  4. Use Server Backup Manager's Bare-Metal Restore wizard to restore the remaining dynamic disks, mapping filesystems to the dynamic disks you created using Windows Disk Manager.

1. Load the Backup Agent in recovery mode and install the manager key

Follow the instructions below to load the Backup Agent in Recovery mode and to install the Manager Key.

1. Boot the Server from Live CD or PXE Network Boot.

2. Then you may need to configure the network settings.

3. To add the key to the Backup Agent, run the following command on the Server where the Agent is installed:

r1soft-setup --get-key [Manager_URL]

The --get-key function downloads the Key from the Manager. For this option to work, the Backup Manager should be up and accessible from the Agent Server via the network.

2. Restoring Windows System Volume

Follow the instructions below to start the Bare-Metal Restore of the Windows system (boot) Volume.

1. Click Settings in the Main Menu and then select Disk Safes. The Disk Safes screen displays.

2. For the Disk Safe that you want to restore, click the corresponding Actions menu and select Open Recovery Points.

The Recovery Points window displays. 

3. In the Recovery Points window, click the corresponding Actions menu for the Recovery Point from which you are going to restore and click Bare Metal Restore.

4. The Bare Metal Restore window displays. Review the information on the Introduction screen and click Next.

5. In the Choose Filesystems section, select the disk where the Windows system has been previously installed. If you are restoring Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2, you should also restore the hidden boot partition (it is the first partition marked for the restore in the screenshot below).

You can restore all disks in a single operation. In this case, select all check-boxes.

Click *Next* to proceed to the following step.

6. On the Host screen, select the Restore to Original Host option.

Click Next to proceed to the following step.

7. On the Restore Storage Configuration screen, choose the Select Storage Configuration to Restore option.

Click Next to proceed to the following step.

8. On the Choose Partition Tables screen, choose the Select Partition Tables to Restore option. Selecting this option lets you pick partition tables from the Recovery Point to restore to the target Server.
Click Next to proceed to the following step.

9. In the Select Partition Tables screen, select the partition table layout(s) for the filesystems you want to restore.

To display the partition table properties, click the > icon in front of the partition table's name.
  • Content Type - Either MBR (Master Boot Record) or another special type of partition.
  • Size - Size of the partition table in gigabytes.
  • Number Of Sectors - Shows the total number of partition table sectors.
  • Sector Size - The value of the sector in bytes.
  • Serial Number - Full serial number of the partition table.
  • Partitions - The list of partitions allocated with the partition table.

Click Next to proceed to the following step.

10. After choosing partition tables to restore, map the selected Partition Table(s) Recovery Points to physical Disks in the Target Server. From the drop-down menu, select the physical Disks you are going to restore to.

You are provided a table that allows you to map the chosen partition tables to physical Disks on the Target Server. You can see as many lines in the table as the partition tables selected for restore. Each partition table must be mapped to a physical Disk on the Target Server before proceeding.

After selecting the Disks, click Next to proceed to the next page.

11. Perform the partition table restore by clicking the Restore Partition Tables button. Once confirmed, the Partition Table Restore will be initiated. A busy indicator will be displayed while the restore is in progress. Restoring the partition table should not take a lot of time because the partition table fits into one 512-byte sector.

Restored partition tables will overwrite the existing partition table layout on the target devices.

When the process is over, click "OK" in the notification pop-up. Click Next to proceed to the following step.

12. On the Restore Options screen, select the Reboot After Restore option.

Click Next to proceed to the following step.

13. On the Summary page, confirm the selected Bare-Metal Restore options. Each selected filesystem is listed, along with the name of the target device to which it is being mapped.

14. Click the Restore button to start the Bare-Metal Restore task.

The data Restore is initiated. Click "OK" in the notification pop-up.

The Task results can be sent via email as a Report.

15. The Restore process will start. It can take a while because a lot of data (several gigabytes) should be transmitted over the network. You can go to the "Task History" screen to monitor the task progress. See Access Task History.

The Task History page displays the State, Alert, Type, Progress percentage, and the Started time stamp of the Bare-Metal Restore process.

16. When the process is complete, the server being restored should reboot automatically. If for some reason it does not reboot, you can reboot it by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del or by executing the reboot command in the root shell.

Make sure you eject the Disk from the CD-ROM drive so the server will boot from the hard Disk.
If the Disk you used for your Bare-Metal Restore is larger than the Disk you backed up previously, the free space on the new Disk will remain free. You can create a new Partition in this space.

3. Booting Windows

Once the system disk has been restored, boot Windows. 

4. Configuring Windows Dynamic Disks

After restore, only disk C will contain all the data it should contain. All the other disks -- called "Simple Volumes" -- will be created, but will remain unformatted. You should use Windows Disk Manager to format them and then restore data to them.

Disk Management is a system utility for managing hard disks and the volumes or partitions that they contain. Disk Management enables you to perform most disk-related tasks.

1. Run the Windows Disk Manager.

2. Create the necessary dynamic drives.

3. Format the unformatted Simple Volumes (in this example, disk D).

Find more information here:

5. Restarting Backup Agent

When all the volumes are formatted, you should restart the Backup Agent. See Restart Backup Agent.

6. Restoring Simple Volume Filesystems

Use the Backup Manager to restore a dynamic disk filesystem.

1. Click Settings *in the Main Menu and then select *Disk Safes. The Disk Safes screen displays.

2. For the Recovery Point from which you want to restore, click the corresponding Actions menu and select Open Recovery Points.

The Recovery Points window displays.

3. In the Recovery Points window, click the corresponding Actions menu for the Recovery Point from which you are going to restore and click Browse. The Browse Recovery Point window displays.

4. Select the check-boxes next to the files and folders you want to restore and click the Restore Selected button.
The Restore Files window displays.

5. Specify the following options:

  • Restore to Agent - Select the Server with dynamic disks you have just created.
  • Restore to Folder - In our example, we select "Original Location".

6. Click the Restore button. The process will start immediately.

A notification window will inform you that the Restore task has been scheduled. It means the Task has started. The "Reporting" screen displays the progress of the Task.
Click "OK" in the displayed window.

The Task results can be sent via email as a Report.

7. To view the Restore Task details, access the "Reporting" window. See Access Task History.

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