Launching Bare-Metal Restore

Follow the instructions below to start the Bare-Metal Restore of selected Recovery Points.

Note
The process is the same for all Boot methods:
  • Live CD
  • PXE Network Boot


1. Click on "Recovery Points" in the Main Menu to open the "Recovery Points" screen.

Enterprise Edition LiveCD Server, PXE Server

2. Select an Agent from the drop-down menu located on the "Recovery Points" list toolbar.

Select a Disk Safe from the drop-down menu located on the "Recovery Points" list toolbar.

3. In the "Recovery Points" list, click on the "Bare-Metal Restore" icon in the "Actions" column for the Recovery Point from which you are going to restore.

Tip
To find a Recovery Point, you can use the Basic and Advanced List Filters. See Customizing the Recovery Points List.

4. The "Bare-Metal Restore" window opens.

5. Look through the information on the Introduction screen and click "Next."

6.

Note
Hereinafter on this page there are some changes (for the 4.2.0 version). Please refer to this link Bare\-Metal Restore Device Auto\-Mapping explaining the new feature: Bare-Metal Restore Device Auto-Mapping.

The next screen lists each filesystems and swap device (if Linux) available in the Recovery Point.

Here, you can select the filesystem you want to restore. All available filesystems are listed. At least one must be selected by clicking on the appropriate check-box.

Tip
To display file ystem properties, click on the "Plus" icon in front of the fil system name. The following data is provided for each filesystem:
  • Content Type - Either "MBR" (Master Boot Record) or a filesystem of a special type. The most common filesystem types are NTFS (Windows) and EXT3 (Linux).
  • Device Path - The path used by the operating system to identify the hard disk or partition. In Windows, it looks like \\?\Volume2cb24442-fd22-11df-b57d-806e6f6e6963. In Linux, it looks like /dev/hda or /dev/sda. The Device Path saved in the Recovery Point refers to the Device that this Recovery Point was created for. If you are performing a Bare-Metal Restore to an alternate Agent, the Device Path will be different.
  • Size - Size of the hard disk or partition in gigabytes.
  • Block Size - Minimum amount of space that can be allocated on the hard disk. Depends on the partition size and filesystem used, and is a multiple of 512 bytes.
  • Total Blocks - The total number of blocks (see above) available for data on this partition.
  • Allocated Blocks - The number of blocks allocated for data at the time the Recovery Point was created.

Click "Next" to proceed to the following step.

7. On the next screen, select one (1) of the following options:

To restore to the Agent where the system was installed previously, choose the first option ("Restore to Original Host"). This is the only option that makes sense when you perform a Bare-Metal Restore using Server Live CD or Server PXE Boot.

If you choose to restore to an alternate Agent in the system, select the second option ("Restore to Alternate Agent"). Then select the Agent from the drop-down list. The Agent must be running the R1Soft Backup Disaster Recovery Boot Media and should be known to the CDP Server. When a Host is booted into Disaster Recovery Media, no authentication will be required.

If you choose to restore to an alternate Agent that is not in the system, select the last option ("Restore to Alternate Host Name/IP"). Then enter the Host Name or IP address of the alternate Agent. This option should be selected when you perform a Bare-Metal Restore using Agent Live CD or Agent PXE Boot.

LiveCD Server, PXE Boot Server
LiveCD Agent, PXE Boot Agent

Click "Next" to proceed to the following step.

8. On the next screen, select one (1) of the following options:


9. On the next screen, select one (1) of the following options:

Click "Next" to proceed to the following step.

If you select the "Select Partition Tables to Restore" option, then three (3) additional steps arise:

9.1 Selecting Partition Tables

Select the partition table layout(s) for the filesystems you want to restore.

Tip
To display the partition table properties, click on the "Plus" 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 - The 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.

9.2 Mapping Partition Tables

After choosing partition tables to restore, map the selected Partition Table(s) Recovery Points to physical Disks in the Target Agent. 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 Agent. You can see as many lines in the table as the number of Partition Tables selected for restore. Each Partition Table must be mapped to a physical Disk on the Target Agent before proceeding.

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

9.3 Restoring Partition Tables

Perform the partition table restore by clicking on 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

Notice
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.

10. On the "Choose Software RAID Device" screen, choose one (1) of the following options:


 
Click "Next" to proceed to the following step. 
 

 
If you select the "Select Software RAID Device to Restore" option, then three (3) additional steps arise:

10.1 Select Software RAID Device

Select Software RAID Arrays to restore in the corresponding check-box.

Tip
Click the plus-sign to see the details of a Software RAID Array.
 

 
The following information is available:
  • Content Type
  • Size
  • RAID Level
  • Chunk Size
  • Layout
  • Number of Devices
  • Members
     

 
Click "Next" to proceed to the following step. 
 

 

10.2 Map Software RAID Device

After choosing the Software RAID Arrays to restore, map them.

Notice
Mapping RAID arrays is hierarchical. Instead of mapping the actual RAID device (/dev/md0), you should map its active and spare members.

 
 
Click "Next" to proceed to the following step.  
 

 

10.3 Restore Software RAID Device

When all the members are mapped, click the "Restore Software RAID Devices" button to launch the restore.

Click "Next" to proceed to the following step.


 
11. The following step requires you to map the chosen filesystems to the devices on the target machine. From the drop-down menu, select the destination devices for each source filesystem.

Notice
The target device must be large enough to hold the filesystem.
Notice
Each target device can only be selected once.

Click "Next" to proceed to the following step.

12. You then need to define the following options:

Click "Next" to proceed to the following step.

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

Click "Restore" to start the Bare-Metal Restore task.

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

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

15. The Restore process starts and can take a while. You can go to the "Task History" screen to observe the task progress. See Accessing Task History.

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

Note
You can find more information about the Restore process by reading the Log Messages. The Log Messages for the selected Task are displayed at the bottom of the page.

16. When the process is complete, you can reboot the server you just restored by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del or by executing the reboot command in the root shell.

Notice
Make sure you eject the Disk from the CD-ROM drive so the server will boot from the hard Disk.
Note
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.