Bare metal recovery instructions

Steps to take:

Before beginning the Bare Metal Recovery, all requirements must be met including Disk size

Step 1: Download recovery software

The Bare Metal Recovery tool comes in two formats:

  1. EXE - for USB drives and removable storage devices.
  2. ISO - for CDs, DVDs and virtual machines.

The installers are available in the management console.

Step 2. Create a bootable media

Step 3. Boot the target machine

  1. Insert the created Boot CD or connect the USB drive to the target computer.
  2. Turn on the computer and boot it from the CD or USB drive.

Make sure you boot in the appropriate mode (BIOS or UEFI). If you boot in a mode that is not compatible with the firmware used on the source computer, there will be a warning message when you get down to recovery.  

The Bare Metal Recovery boot menu has the following options:

  • Show adapters - check the network adapters detected on the current computer. For each adapter, a state and type is provided.
  • Show current IP settings - check the current Windows IP configuration (adapter, connection-specific DNS suffix, IPv6 address, subnet mask and gateway).
  • Configure LAN - configure IP settings for network adapters.
  • Test network connection (available starting from version 18.4) - make sure connection to the Cloud is available (this is crucial for the completion of recovery).
  • Start Command Prompt - this lets you reach some options outside of the Bare Metal Recovery boot menu (for example, run the DiskPart utility or edit the hosts file).
  • Check/repair boot settings (available starting from version 18.4) - scan all disks for Windows installations. If a boot error is detected, the Bare Metal Recovery tool tries to repair it.
  • Start keyboard layout selection - select another language for the keyboard layout. Reload the current screen to apply the new selection to it.
  • Start VNC (available starting from version 18.4) - enable VNC to be able to connect to the current machine remotely using its IP address.
  • Reboot the computer.

Additional boot options for ISO images:

  • Map network storage. Configure a path to a local network resource where temporary data will be written (logs, Backup Register, etc.). If you skip the setting, operational memory will be used, which may be insufficient. Also, additional drivers can be injected into the restored system and current WinPE image.
  • Install additional drivers from network storage (available starting from version 18.4). Before enabling the feature, create the Additional drivers directory on a network resource, put required drivers there (.inf and .sys files for each driver) and configure access to that resource using the Map network storage feature.

Enable debug logging

You can enable debug logging while inside the BMR tool by following these steps:

  1. In the BMR tool when at the command screen to choose the actions, choose the Start Command Prompt option.
  2. This will bring up a CMD window, in here type notepad '%programfiles%\Backup Manager\config.ini'
  3. This will bring up the config.ini file in a notepad box. Add the following two lines to the [Logging] section:
  4. LoggingLevel=Debug

    LogsLocation=Y:\DebugData\Logs

    If [Logging] does not exist as its own section, you will have to create this yourself.

  5. Save and close the configuration file.

Change Drive Letter

If you want to change the drive letter of the LocalSpeedVault plugged in to the Bare Metal Recovery target device this can be done by using the diskpart commands:

  1. Enter the CMD window from the BMR tool
  2. Type diskpart and hit enter
  3. Type list disk and hit enter
  4. Type select disk 0 and hit enter (for example, the LSV might be another disk)
  5. Type assign letter=R and hit enter (R can be any drive letter not currently in use)
  6. Type exit and hit enter
  7. Continue with the Bare Metal Recovery from the interface as normal

Step 4: Recover the source system

  1. After you have configured the boot settings, press 0 on the keyboard (it will start the Backup Manager installation wizard).
  2. Select an interface language.
  1. Enter your backup device name, password and security code.
  2. When the installation is completed, open the Restore tab and configure your recovery preferences.

The data you select for recovery must be sufficient to boot the system.

Starting from version 18.9, a new setting has been available (Inject additional drivers to the restored system). It lets you perform recovery with or without additional drivers. The feature works on condition that you added the drivers during bootable media creation or through the boot menu settings on the current machine.

  1. Click Restore at the bottom to start the recovery.
  1. When the recovery is completed, eject the USB drive and reboot the computer.

After rebooting the system, some users can get an error message (Windows Error Recovery). This can happen if Windows has detected an unscheduled shutdown. In this case, you need to select "Start Windows Normally". In most cases this is enough to eliminate the error.

Step 5. Recover other data (if applicable)

You can recover the rest of your data according to the general data recovery instruction.

If the Backup Manager was installed on the system drive on the source computer, you will find it available on the target computer. If not, you will need to download it and run the installation.