Solved

BESR 8.5 bare metal restore

Posted on 2011-03-25
6
619 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I am trying to virtualize my server which is SBS2003.  I am using the same hardware so a P-2-V conversion isn't possible.  I have a backup of the system in both nt backup format and BESR format on an external disk (USB).  I have the VM loaded and assigned drive space to it.  I booted the vm to the restore CD and it runs through and recovers my discs, but it won't boot.  When I remove the cd and tell the vm to reboot it comes up OS not found.  What am I missing?  I am new to VMWare so I can believe that I have missed something.  The person who was going to help me has backed out and now my business is completely down.  HELP!!
0
Comment
Question by:Wyant Niswonger
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
6 Comments
 
LVL 10

Expert Comment

by:joelsplace
ID: 35215749
I think it's BESR issue.  I had the same problem restoring with BESR 2010 last weekend.  The backup has to be made using the shadow copy option and the restore needs to be done by selecting file and browsing to the latest backup.  You then select restore to different hardware, restore MBR and make bootable in the options.  Deselect use mini setup.  Hopefully this translates to 8.5 since mine was 2010.  You also need to prep the partition from the recovery disk command prompt with Diskpart clean command after you select the correct partition with diskpart list.
0
 

Author Comment

by:Wyant Niswonger
ID: 35215788
How can I get to the command prompt from the recovery disk?  I looked and didn't see an option to do that.  I suppose I could alway boot to the the original install CD and try that. (I think).
0
 
LVL 42

Expert Comment

by:paulsolov
ID: 35216540
Why make it hard on yourself..easy solution.

If you have been doing BESR backups just download vmware converter (free standalone) or choose import machine from vCenter.

Point to the SV2I file and you're set
0
Get 15 Days FREE Full-Featured Trial

Benefit from a mission critical IT monitoring with Monitis Premium or get it FREE for your entry level monitoring needs.
-Over 200,000 users
-More than 300,000 websites monitored
-Used in 197 countries
-Recommended by 98% of users

 
LVL 10

Accepted Solution

by:
joelsplace earned 500 total points
ID: 35216758
If the standalone converter actually works that is great and simple.  I've only had it work around 20% of the times that I've tried it.  I usually get blue screens after it finishes or it won't ever start.
Here is their instructions for 8.5 restore http://www.symantec.com/connect/sites/default/files/Symantec%20BESR%20%20Installation.pdf
Here's the list of articles Symantec support sent me.  I don't know how much applies to 8.5.
The first one has the diskpart info in it.
http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH129112 
http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH87092 
http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH146988 
http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH55054
0
 
LVL 42

Expert Comment

by:paulsolov
ID: 35216843
I've use vmware converter work 85%, the other 13% I've used Symantec BESR (actually doing a citrix server right now from a besr image for a customer..60% done).


The trick is to change the controller from IDE to something else in the converter otherwise you'll have issues.
0
 
LVL 10

Expert Comment

by:joelsplace
ID: 35217085
I've tried that.  Most of the failures were going from a chipset other than intel.  Mostly nVidia but some VIA.  Most of them have been disk controller blue screens so that is the right direction to start looking.
0

Featured Post

Ransomware-A Revenue Bonanza for Service Providers

Ransomware – malware that gets on your customers’ computers, encrypts their data, and extorts a hefty ransom for the decryption keys – is a surging new threat.  The purpose of this eBook is to educate the reader about ransomware attacks.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

A look into Log Analysis and Effective Critical Alerting.
Employees depend heavily on their PCs, and new threats like ransomware make it even more critical to protect their important data.
This tutorial will walk an individual through locating and launching the BEUtility application and how to execute it on the appropriate database. Log onto the server running the Backup Exec database. In a larger environment, this would generally be …
How to install and configure Citrix XenApp 6.5 - Part 1. In this video tutorial we have explained step by step installation of Citrix XenApp 6.5 Server on Windows Server 2008 R2 is explained in this video. We have explained the difference between…

695 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question