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SR 2013 recovery disk for VMware Hypervisor 5.0

Created: 29 Jan 2013 • Updated: 30 Jan 2013 | 3 comments
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I was simulating a server scenario (EFI based) in my virtual server (VMware Vsphare 5.0).

Details :-

1. VM Env. details - VMware Vsphare 5.0

2. VM OS -  Win 2008 R2 (EFI enabled BIOS) .

3. System Recovery - SR 2013.

4. SR 2013 Recovery Disk.

Now, I have installed and successfully backed up the system (including EFI system reserved Partition) using SR 2013.

But Unable to boot using the SR 2013 recovery Disk on to a different VM where EFI is enabled in the BIOS.

I have tried using SR 2011 Recovery Disk and was successfully bootable when changed to non-EFI based BIOS in the VM setting.

This NON-EFI based BIOS(Target server) will not be able to restore a EFI based system (Source backed up server) check the below link on this :-

My query :-

1. Does SR 2013 supported in VMware VSphare 5.0?

2. Is there any bug/problem compatibility issue with VMware or EFI based server.

3. Or else I am going through a wrong procedure.

Please, help me with this query....


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PravinAmin's picture


Symantec System Recovery 2013 disk is Windows PE 4.0 based which can boot from ESXi 5.0 update 4 and ESXi 5.1. Please refer to for more details.

You'll need to update the ESXi 5.0 with Update 4.


PravinAmin's picture

Please resolve this thread as solved as you are able to restore in ESXi environment.


mrinal.sarkar6200's picture


Its done......cheeky

I have use the local ESXi Shell command to update the ESXi server.

I have successfully update the ESXi 5.0 to ESXi 5.0 update 4.

Here, are some of the links that I used for the update of ESXi server for the usage of SR 2013 Recovery Disk(PE 4.0).

Command Line for update:-

Step to involve before Update:-

Just to add:-

The NIC need to be changed to "e1000" or e1000e". Which I have changed and its done.

I have  simple selected the date of the backed up data and its was through.


Certified Symantec Professional.

Work mostly with Netbackup, Backup Exec, Storage Foundation, DLO and System Recovery

Mrinal Sarkar

Howrah, India