Backup & Recovery

When you have to take your system offline because of a hardware problem or migration, you need to restore your operations as quickly and efficiently as possible so you can get back to business. The key to a successful system recovery is having a fully loaded, fully functional recovery disk.

  • The recovery disk that comes with Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 8.0 is called the Symantec Recovery Disk (SRD). The SRD allows you to recover a system that has been protected by Backup Exec System Recovery. You can also use the SRD for system migrations to dissimilar hardware by enabling the Restore Anyware feature of Backup Exec System Recovery.

The SRD is based on Microsoft WinPE (pre-installation environment) version 2, which boots much faster than previous versions of WinPE. To use the SRD:

  1. Place the disk in your CD-ROM drive and boot the system. A prompt will appear asking you to press any key within five seconds if you want to boot from the SRD. The system will try to boot normally if you don't press a key within five seconds.
  2. After you press a key, the first screen to appear displays the end user license agreement. Click Accept to continue loading the SRD or click Decline to reboot normally.
  3. If you continue loading the SRD, the next screen asks if you want to start Networking Services. Enable Networking Services only if you are restoring backups stored on a network location. If the backups are stored on a local volume, attached USB storage device, or firewire device, you don't need to enable Networking Services.
  4. If you are booting using a multilingual SRD, a prompt will appear asking you to choose a language. The default is English, but you can choose from whatever languages the program offers.
  5. The Symantec Recovery Disk wizard opens. There are five tabs on the left side of the main screen:
    * Home contains options for performing most recovery operations.
    * Recovery gives you access to additional recovery options.
    * Analyze contains options for high-level troubleshooting operations such as checking the hard disk for errors, file exploration, and opening a Windows command prompt.
    * Networking provides networking options such as adjusting network card settings, changing IP addresses, and setting static IP options.
    * Utilities offers options for advanced recovery and troubleshooting, such as partition table operations and master boot record operations. The Utilities tab also gives you access to a support tool that can gather log information from restore operations that failed or were interrupted.
  6. Click the Home tab when you are ready to begin a restore operation.

For most restore operations you need only click the Recover My Computer button on the Home page to launch the Recover My Computer wizard, where you can choose to restore by date, filename, or system. Restoring by date is the fastest option. However, choose this option only if you are restoring the backup to the original server. If you're restoring the backup to a different Windows-based server with an alternate hardware configuration, you will need to choose to restore by filename, browse for the backup file you want to restore, and enable the Restore Anyware feature. Choose to restore by system if you want to recover an entire system.

The key to success in any endeavor is having the right tool to get the job done. When it comes to successfully restoring a system protected by Backup Exec System Recovery, the right tool is the Symantec Recovery Disk.

To learn how to create a customized System Recovery Disk, click here.

For more information about enabling Restore Anyware, click here.