This TechNote contains a step-by-step description of the Intelligent Disaster Recovery (IDR) process, using the IDR Recovery Wizard , illustrating the various selections that need to be made in the process.
The welcome Screen is the first dialog box that appears. Select the appropriate option and click next
- Automated Recovery : This option is selected if the IDR disc is created using the .DR file of the server being restored.
- Manual Recovery : This options is selected if the IDR disc was created using a .DR file of a different server and the .DR file for the server to be restored is missing or is not included in the IDR disc.
NOTE: The *.dr file contains specific information for the system you are protecting including:
- Hardware-specific information for each computer, such as hard disk partition information (Windows 2000 only), mass storage controller information, and Network Interface Card information.
- A list of catalog entries that identify the backup media used to recover the computer.
- For Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 computers, Windows Automated System Recovery (ASR) configuration
information. The ASR files are necessary to recreate partitions on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 computers
during the recovery process.
- The bootable media also contains a text filed called <computer name>-diskconf.txt, which contains information about the
computer’s hard disk layout.
The second screen will show all the detected storage controllers and loads drivers for storage devices like SCSI, RAID, USB Tape Device, and etc.
The third screen will show all .DR files included in the IDR disc and will show information about the Machine name and OS for respective .DR files. Select the .DR file for the server being restored and click next.
If the .DR file for the server being restored is not included in the disc and if the location of .DR file is known and accessible then use “ Browse for Disaster Recovery Files “ option.
This screen shows the current Hard Disk layout as well as the Hard Disk layout stored in the .DR file and gives an option to either keep the current Hard Disk layout or use the Hard Disk layout which is stored in the .DR file.
NOTE:- It is recommended to use the original Lay out because if the original layout is not restored, there may be insufficient disk space when files are restore.
This screen shows the progress bar about restoring the Hard Disk layout depending on the selection made in Step 4.
This step shows the restored hard disk layout and also gives an option to run Disk Management to perform any addition changes to the restored hard disk layout.
This step will provide different restore method.
- Use locally attached media device : Select this option if the backup media is located on the server being restored, tape device is connected to this server or the server happens to be a media server with backup media present on it.
- Install networking, and then restore remote backup-to-disc folders: Select this option if the backups are stored at a network location (local drive of a remote server) or on a Network Attached Storage device.
- Install networking, and then restore from a remote media server: Select this option if the server being restored is not the media server or if you have another media server available in the network and has access to your backup media.
This screen will show all available network adapters on the server and will configure the network adapters. It also has an option to configure the network adapters manually.
This screen will show the available network connections once the network adapters are configured in the previous step.
IDR by default will always try to assign an IP address from the default DHCP server. If your network configuration requires a static IP address for the server then select the network connection you want to use and click on “configure”.
This screen will allow you to provide the details about the Media server to be connected to and user credentials (User credentials needs to be the same as Backup Exec Service Account credentials).
Note: This screen will be skipped if you have selected either “Use locally attached media device “ or “Install networking, and then restore remote backup-to-disc folders” in Step 7 and will be replaced by a screen asking you to configure the Backup to Disc folder and selecting the media to restore from.
This screen will show you the backup set information and media labels of the last full backup catalogs of the server and will also let you choose which drive or resource you want to restore.
Note: This screen only comes up if “Install networking, and then restore from a remote media server” is selected in the Step 7. If any of the first two options are selected in Step 7 above screen will be replaced with the following screen
This screen shows the progress of the restore job and various other information like Media label of the backup media from where the restore is pulling all data, Drive on which the restore is running, total amount of bytes restored etc.
This screen will show up once the restore is complete. If the .DR file for the server being restored was not updated and if there are any other media that contains any backup set for the same server which needs to be restored, you can provide addition media at this screen.