One of the ways in which you can use InstantData is to do a Bare Metal Recovery (BMR) directly to new physical (or virtual) hardware.
Note: InstantData BMR is best suited to restoring to a physical machine that is similar to that on which the backup was run. If, as a fallback, you are restoring to different physical hardware, we recommend building a fresh machine and restoring the system state instead.
For an InstantData BMR, you will need:
- Access to the Storage Platform Console
- An external storage device (e.g. USB flash drive)
- A target machine that is physically connected to the internet (this can be a VM)
- A Windows installation DVD
1. In the Storage Platform Console, right-click the relevant account name and go to InstantData > Share.
2. Select Bare Metal Recovery and click Download.
3. Once the zip file has downloaded, extract its contents to the external storage device.
4. Connect this device to the target machine, ensuring that the machine can read the device.
5. Start the target machine using the Windows installation DVD. When presented with the screen below, click Next.
6. Click Repair your computer.
7. Select Command Prompt.
wpeinit to initialise networking. (It is also a good idea to run
ipconfig at this point to ensure your IP address can access the Storage Platform.)
9. Locate the BMR application (InstantDataBMR.exe) on the external storage device. Execute the application on the target machine using command-line arguments, specifying the following parameters:
|Server:||your server name|
|Port:||your port number|
|Account:||your account path|
|Key:||your encryption key|
For help, run the application with
10. InstantData will now start recreating your drives on the target machine. Once this process is complete, reboot your machine.
Under certain conditions (e.g. in VMware), the disk presented to a machine may not be seen as empty of data when attempting an InstantData BMR. The error "Specified physical disk is not empty!" will be presented.
To resolve this, use DiskPart to zero the disk, as follows:
1. From the command line, run
2. At the
diskpart prompt, use
list disk to list the attached disks.
3. Note which disk(s) are your restore targets. Here, Disk 1 is the USB key from which the restore is being run and so should not be modified.
4. Select the disk to be cleaned using
select disk and the number, e.g.
6. Once this has completed, do the same for any other disks required for the restore.
exit to quit DiskPart.
restore command can then be run as normal.
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