Solved

How to Access a iSCSI (WBADMIN) Backup in Server 2008 R2 Bare Metal Restore

Posted on 2014-07-28
5
1,788 Views
Last Modified: 2014-09-01
I am working on a new strategy for backup of Server 2008 R2 data.   The SAN is a Synology DS213J configured as iSCSI.  The servers to be backed up are Intel S2600CPand S1200BT motherboards.

I have the backup running smoothly.  Now I want to validate that I can do a WBADMIN bare metal restore from the iSCSI backup.  Booting to the DVD and taking the repair path, I get stuck when I reach the advanced button on "re-image your computer."  I have been able to install a NIC driver (although I am not sure it is the right one).  After that, I can "see" the Synology device by accessing it via the UNC name (DISKSTATION).  It prompts for a username and password.  I provide that, but the explorer window that opens shows no entries.  I think that is expected since there are no shares on the Synology.

How can I access the iSCSI backup when performing a WBADMIN bare metal restore?

Thanks in advance,
Leon
0
Comment
Question by:leonvan
[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
5 Comments
 
LVL 58

Expert Comment

by:Cliff Galiher
ID: 40225913
Using windows built-in backup? You can't. Windows PE is what runs from boot media and that has no iSCSI support, which is what you'd need. Most companies with a budget for a SAN either use a mower full featured backup product or use off-site media for bare metal and the iSCSI target only for data incrementals. It is simply a known limitation of WSB and WinPE.
0
 

Accepted Solution

by:
leonvan earned 0 total points
ID: 40251320
For anyone that may be interested in a workaround, I have been able to perform a bare metal restore of a backup that is stored on an iSCSI NAS.  At a high level, I used a Windows 7 computer to act as an intermediary.  The windows 7 machine picks up the iSCSI disk and shares it out.  When performing the bare metal restore, I added the network drivers and picked up the backup from the share.  It may not be "simply elegant", but it does allow WBADMIN to create incrementals.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:leonvan
ID: 40260104
I figured out how do to do it.
0
 

Expert Comment

by:Chaste Swedge
ID: 40295826
WHICH Network Drivers? I've tried your steps (as well as others) but to no avail.

How does Windows 7 understand that this is a system image, and why does WS2012R2 NOT understand that?

I've made a copy of the data from the iscsi drive to a physical drive on the Win7 machine, and then shared that directory.

WS2012R2 still does not see the system image?
0
 

Author Comment

by:leonvan
ID: 40296771
You need to find the network drivers specific to your hardware.  This can be a bit of a challenge for intel.  They bury the drivers in the exe.  For example, my server is S1200BT.  It has two intel NICs.
NICs: 82574L and 82579.
I unpacked the exe on another machine and used the grep command in Cygwin to search the contents of the folders for each driver by name.  The drivers were located in the following files:
NDIS62/e1q62x64  
NDIS62/e1c62x64  
Copy these folders to a flash or usb to mount on the server at restore boot.
Once in the right folder, use the setup information file with the right name and select the setup information file.

You may also want to look at http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2009/02/04/windows-server-backup-2008-restore-from-network-location.aspx 


Good luck,
Leon

BTW - No need to make a copy on the windows 7 machine.  When the iSCSI is shared out, WS2012R2 will see the folder  WindowsImageBackup in the root of the shared drive if it has network access (you will need to enter connection info - user, password, and group id).
0

Featured Post

Microsoft Certification Exam 74-409

Veeam® is happy to provide the Microsoft community with a study guide prepared by MVP and MCT, Orin Thomas. This guide will take you through each of the exam objectives, helping you to prepare for and pass the examination.

Question has a verified solution.

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

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Sync home folder not working- urgent 13 53
iCloud for Desktop 3 63
2.5" SATA SSD to Desktop computer 4 40
VMWare Server 2.0 virtual machine won't start 30 56
Restoring deleted objects in Active Directory has been a standard feature in Active Directory for many years, yet some admins may not know what is available.
Is your phone running out of space to hold pictures?  This article will show you quick tips on how to solve this problem.
This tutorial will give a an overview on how to deploy remote agents in Backup Exec 2012 to new servers. Click on the Backup Exec button in the upper left corner. From here, are global settings for the application such as connecting to a remote Back…
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of transferring the five major, necessary Active Directory Roles, commonly referred to as the FSMO roles to another domain controller. Log onto the new domain controller with a user account t…

740 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