A Bare Metal Image backup allows for the restore of an entire system to a similar or dissimilar hardware. They are highly useful for migrations and disaster recovery. Bare Metal Image backups support Full and Incremental backups. Differential backups are not supported.
How to Create Recovery Media
Carbonite Server Backup requires you to create a recovery media in order to perform a Bare Metal restore. It is recommended that you create the recovery media after you schedule your first Bare Metal Image backup.
The Create Recovery Media
button is found near the save button on the main Backup page. Click this button to begin creation of your recovery media. It can also be found at the top of the Restore page. Recovery Media
refers to a bootable Windows PE environment. Recovery media is required to perform a complete bare metal restore.
A Recovery Media
pop up window will appear with important information about Recovery Media. Click Continue
after reading the information.
The Carbonite Recovery Media builder will launch. Click Next
Your next step is to select the type of recovery media you wish to build. Your choices are Removable flash media
which will look for a USB connected device to use as the boot media, ISO Image
which will create an ISO to boot from. We recommend that you use a USB Flash Drive in order to make the Recovery Media. Make your selection and click Next
If you select to use a Removable Flash Device as your recovery media, you may be prompted that any data on the selected USB flash drive will be completely erased.
Adding drivers into the recovery media is the next step. Drivers are useful if you have specific hardware installed that needs drivers before they will work. If you require specific drivers to be installed, click Add storage device drivers
or Add network device drivers
and you will be able to browse to where the drivers are so they can be included in the recovery media. Once you have added all the drivers you need, if necessary, click Next
After you have added any drivers to your recovery media, you are prompted to select your network connection. By default this is automatically set up after you have successfully performed a Bare Metal Restore and restarted the machine. However, if your computer requires specific network settings, you can make those selections or manually configure the settings after you first start it up. We recommend, unless a specific IP address is required, that you connect automatically and obtain an IP address from a DHCP server. Once you have completed your selections, click Next
You are next prompted to mount a network share. By default, the recovery media prompts you to not mount a network share. If you need to mount a share automatically after you boot the drive, you can select the appropriate option, browse to the shared location and provide the appropriate credentials. Click Next
You are then also prompted to list the location of the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK). The Windows ADK is what is used to facilitate the bare metal recovery process and needs to be installed on the computer you are building the recovery media on before you can continue. If you already have the software installed and listed in the field provided, please click Next
to proceed to building the recovery media. Otherwise, please click Download Microsoft ADK
to be taken to the Microsoft Website. If you are having difficulty downloading the Windows ADK, please click this link http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39982
to download it.
Within the Microsoft
page, click Download
to download and then run the ADK installer. The Assessment and Deployment Kit
will run and you will be prompted to select a location to install the ADK. Click Next
once you have selected this location.
The ADK webpage, installer and software are all provided by Microsoft. Installing this software is required before you can create recovery media. If you are experiencing issues with the webpage display, we suggest adjusting your internet settings, attempting the download with another browser, or attempting the download from another computer. If none of these methods fix the issue, we then suggest contacting Microsoft.
The ADK installer will next prompt you if you wish to join a Customer Experience Improvement Program. Please make your selection for Yes or No and click Next
On this screen you will need to review the Microsoft License Agreement and click Accept
There will then be a list of features for you to install. Please ensure that Deployment Tools
and Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)
are selected. Click Install
Once you click Install
, the Assessment and Deployment Kit will process installing on your computer.
After the install has completed, please click Close
and return to the Recovery Media builder.
Now that you have the Assessment and Deployment Kit installed on, please make sure that the path is pointing to the correct location. If not, please click Browse
and navigate to where you installed the ADK. Otherwise, click Next
The recovery media will begin being built with the specifications requested when running the Wizard.
Once completed, you will be prompted with a screen indicating that the recovery media has been built.
CSB will display a message once the Recovery Media has been created.
You will now be able to boot your computer in case of a crash from the media. Please ensure that the media is not stored on the computer itself as you would not be able to access it if the computer crashes and you need to perform a bare metal restore.