Image-level backup recovery as a BMR - recover the entire OS, data, and applications

This article describes the BMR recovery process

BMR - recover the entire OS, data, and applications

The BMR (Bare Metal Restore) recovery process idea is to make a few steps (all of them are described in this article):

  1. Create a .iso file with Xopero ONE agent installed within

  2. Run the OS on the device from the .iso file

  3. Select the device in the Management Service and start the recovery process

Create a .iso file with Xopero ONE agent installed within

To create a .iso file download the SVS Creator from the Xopero website.

Before you start working with SVS Creator, make sure that you have Windows ADK installed - if not, install it.

Extract the files from the ZIP archive to a separate folder, and then run the application by opening the file: SVSCreator.exe.

This will open the SVSCreator application window, where in the first step you need to specify the Temporary work directory path (which is also a location, where the Xopero SVS ISO image will be created), by default it is C:\Windows\Temp. Of course, you can change it if it is necessary. Into this folder, SVSCreator will download three components: Windows PE, Java Runtime Environment, and Xopero ONE Agent.

In the next step, select the New Xopero button (Old Xopero is dedicated to our previous, not supported apps).

After using the Next button, you need to select the operating system architecture that you want to restore(32-bit or 64-bit) and the system version, which you need to restore:

By moving to the next step, the application will automatically download and install the required components. Wait until the process completes.

After preparing all the required components, you can proceed to the next step in order to create an ISO image. Click the Next button, to get into the Drivers section. This part gives you the possibility to add drivers for the operating system that you're going to restore. This is not necessary to use, however, if your device has some dedicated RAID controllers or a network card, it may be needed to use.

By choosing Add button you can simply select the drivers and include them in the .iso image. You can also review all of the selected drivers on the list.

After clicking the Next button, the application will start creating the ISO image for Smart Virtualization Stick.

After the ISO file is created, the user will be notified by the message: ISO image with Windows PE successfully built and information about its location.

Run the OS on the device from the .iso file

If the .iso file-creating process has finished successfully, the next step is to run the OS from this file on the device, on which the restored image-level backup will be recovered. The recommended way is to create a bootable USB drive. To create bootable media, you can use, for example, Rufus software. However, if you want to, you can create some other bootable media and run the OS from it.

If you have bootable media created, run the OS from the .iso file. To start the SVS app from the USB flash drive the BIOS/EFI must be set the boot sequence (boot from USB-HDD).

After starting the SVS in the Windows PE, the following options will be displayed:

  1. Xopero - go to the next window with additional restore options.

  2. Shell - go to the command line (use it, if you need to manually configure the network interfaces).

  3. Reboot - restart the machine.

  4. Shutdown - shutdown the machine.

To recover the image-level backup, hit the Xopero button.

After selecting, a menu will appear displaying the options described below:

  1. Device App - running the Agent Xopero application on the device.

  2. Fix boot problems - solution to problems running the operating system. If you have any problems with the SVSCreator - you can use it.

  3. Drivers - loading the drivers. You can use it to load or add new drivers.

In the next step, select the Device app button.

Enter the address of the management service, as well as the name of the device under which the user wants to see this host in the Xopero ONE system.

After entering the data, select Connect button, and then go to the management panel from another device.

Select the device in the Management Service and start the recovery process

If you successfully connected the device with your management service, in your console you will see the new device connected with it. You will find it in the right-top corner of your window. Click on it, check the checkbox, and hit the Activate button to assign the license.

You don't need to select a license - Xopero ONE will do it manually.

Now, if the license is assigned, go to the device that you want to restore the image of and hit the restore button (available on the right side of the window)

In the next step, select the backup plan which protects your disk (which you want to restore)

In the next step, select the point in time, from which you want to restore the data, hit it, and next select the BMR recovery option.

In the next step, select the disk which you want to restore. To do it, check the checkbox and hit the Restore selected button

Now, the Data to restore field will be filled (because you already chose the disk to restore), so you don't need to configure it. Restore to field will be automatically filled with the device, on which you will restore your image-level backup. If you want to change the device, hit the Edit button. In the Restore directory select the destination disk (from the device, on which you were running the SVSCreator) on which your image-level backup should be restored. In the last part, in the Restore settings, you can optionally reset the drivers.

At this moment, hit the Start now button. Now the recovery process is started. You can see the details in the Tasks tab.

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