I have tested the new Veeam Endpoint Backup Free (here you can read about it) – and one question I got via mail was how to create the bootable media (recovery media) for the bare metal restore.
By the way – the bare metal restore recovery image works with virtual machines, too – so you can use it to backup and recover your virtual machines eg. on your free VMware ESXi hosts… – maybe not supported – but working… 🙂
How to – create a Veeam Endpoint Backup Free Recovery Media
Veeam makes it very easy for you – just start the wizzard “Create Recovery Media”. In the first screen you can include additional storage and network hardware drivers if necessary:
In the next step specify where you want to save the ISO file containing the recovery media:
Now you are ready to apply, click next and finish – then wait until the wizzard has created the recovery media for you:
The next step is to burn/write the .iso bootable to a CD/DVD or USB stick – first I used a third party tool for this (UNetbooin), but Mike Resseler was so kind to explain me the easy way 🙂
Just right click the .iso file and select “burn disk image” – a few seconds later you have a bootable device!
To perform a bare metal recovery, boot your laptop or desktop from your newly created emergency medium – eg. the USB stick.
It will take some time and then you will see the following screen:
The menue offers three possibilities:
- Bare Metal Recovery – starts the wizzard to recover the entire computer
- Windows Recovery Environment – launches the Microsoft system image recovery environment
- Tools – here you find some really interesting tools (see below)
To start the bare metal recovery select “Bare Metal Recovery” – and follow the wizzard:
The procedure is very easy and self explaining. It only takes you a few steps and your entire device is recovered!
But it is worth to take a look into the “Tools”, too!
If you open the “Tools” you will see the menue above. It offers the following options – some may be really helpful:
- Command Prompt – opens the MS Windows command prompt
- Reset Password – here you can reset your local administrator account’s password!
- Load Driver – to load additional drivers eg. for storage or network,…
- Memory Diagnostic – runs the MS Windows memory diagnostic tool
- Startup Repair – helps you to fix problems that are preventing your Windows from starting
- Export Logs – to save recovery appliance debug log files