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Test restore of server backup

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Hi,
I am backing up server 2008 R2 using Windows Backup. I am backing up everything (bare metal, system state C: and D:)
Backup is running daily.
Destination of backup is LUN connected to the server via iSCSI initiator. LUN is created on Synology NAS (DS211)

What I want to do is take this backup and do a test restore on a virtual machine. I do not know how.

That LUN I do not see in windows explorer, only in disk manager on that server so I am not able to see content
On synology I see LUN but also not the content
If I stop backup schedule on server, windows backuo realeses that LUN so it is visible in windows explorer with a drive letter but I am not able to access it (Access denied)

Is there some way, best practise how to do this?

Thanks
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by:Mahesh
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1st check if you can access backup drive (LUN) from remote computer by unc path such as "\\server1\e$" where e$ is your LUN drive.
if its not accessible, then you need to remove LUN from the backup and share one folder on the same LUN.
Now you need to configure your full backup in shared folder (UNC path) created above.

Now you can try restoring this backup on new Virtual Machine through Windows server installation Disk

Please check below article for details and steps
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc755163

Mahesh
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by:helpfinder
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hi mehesh,
thanks for suggestion, but since server backup takes this drive (LUN) I am not able to access it (or I just do not know how?)
it has no drive letter - I can not see it in Computer.
Only I can see it in disk management with name DC01 2013_12_06 19:27 DISK_01

your next suggestion seems like to destroy current backup and schedule new one, right?
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Mahesh earned 500 total points
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What you seen in Disk Management is probably the name (Description)

Basically what happened that your Backup Software has reserved the LUN exclusively for backup and that's why you are unable to use it for normal purposes

If there is no drive letter to LUN, then you must assign it
Then check if you can access LUN, if still not, probably you can add one more LUN \ disk drive to server and the create shared folder there and create new scheduled backup there
OR
If you are OK with destroying original LUN having backup by formatting it, then you just need to delete scheduled backup and then create same on shared folder above. This action will destroy all stored backup on LUN.

Check below articles for more info towards restore
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj713539.aspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753528.aspx

Mahesh
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OK, so it seems I have to "rebuild whole backup schedule and do it another way (share not connected disk etc)
thanks for your efforts
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