Go Premium for a chance to win a PS4. Enter to Win

x
?
Solved

SBS 2011 Restore, What Files On The Disk Are Required

Posted on 2012-03-15
4
Medium Priority
?
774 Views
Last Modified: 2016-11-23
Hello Experts,

What I Am Looking For:

I want to be able to kick of a restore on an SBS2011 from a disk that is smaller than the SBS2011 Installation disk, i.e. a cut down version of the installer disk with the minimum requirements to do a restore.

Why:

We are using a Dell server with an iDRAC installed which has a flash card on it that we can hold ISO images up to 2GB or entire folders up to 4GB that can be used boot the server from, etc, when troubleshooting.  The SBS2011 installation disk is 6.5GB but I assume not all the files are required to do the restore part.

So essentially what I really want to do is create an SBS2011 boot disk that will get me to the restore your server screen that is under 2GB.

I am hoping that someone has already done this, but I did not have much luck browsing the web for answers.

Tony
0
Comment
Question by:tonyperth
  • 3
4 Comments
 
LVL 30

Expert Comment

by:pgm554
ID: 37727901
Been there done that,the 6.5 gig is because of Exchange 2010 and there is no getting around the size.
But there is the 2011 repair disc at about 2.5 gigs if that's what your looking for.
if you need to do an image restore,you can use the built in imagex backup or you can go with a 3rd party image backup like Acronis ,Appasure or Symantec System Restore.
0
 
LVL 8

Author Comment

by:tonyperth
ID: 37810160
Hello,

I am testing at the moment, but have managed to get a Windows Restore disk down to a 204MB ISO.  Once I have confirmed it works I will post up my method.

cheers,

tony
0
 
LVL 8

Accepted Solution

by:
tonyperth earned 0 total points
ID: 37810347
Success..

Download DART which is part of the Micosoft Desktop Optimization Pack.  for "testing purposes" you could download it from http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/11254-DaRT-for-Windows-7-Server-2008-R2

Install DART on your SBS2011 (I am using DART versiion 6.5)
Run ERD Commander Boot Media Wizard
Put the SBS2011 installation disk in the server when requested
Select any tools you want, I did not select any as the Windows Restore is automatically on the boot image.
The Wizard creates an ISO, mine was 204MB which is great because Dell limit you to 256MB if you use another manufacturer of Flash disk so it will fit on a cheap one.
Then simply log in to your iDRAC's web interface and create a partition on the vFlash from the image.
Anytime you want to boot from it simply attach it in the iDRAC software then boot from vFlash in the boot optioins at start up.

Cheers,

Tony
0
 
LVL 8

Author Closing Comment

by:tonyperth
ID: 37826735
great tool
0

Featured Post

Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

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

A lot of problems and solutions are available on the net for the error message "Source server does not meet minimum requirements for migration" while performing a migration from Small Business Server 2003 to SBS 2008. This error pops up just before …
Because virtualization becomes more and more common, and, with Microsoft Hyper-V included in Windows Server at no additional costs, and, most server hardware nowadays is more than capable of running a physical Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 or 201…
How to fix incompatible JVM issue while installing Eclipse While installing Eclipse in windows, got one error like above and unable to proceed with the installation. This video describes how to successfully install Eclipse. How to solve incompa…
Is your data getting by on basic protection measures? In today’s climate of debilitating malware and ransomware—like WannaCry—that may not be enough. You need to establish more than basics, like a recovery plan that protects both data and endpoints.…
Suggested Courses

971 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