Backup Exec 2010 R3 Intelligent Disaster Recovery (IDR) step by step

Prerequisites to perform IDR

  1. Perform a full Backup of the OS
  2. A softcopy OS of the same version that have backup


IDR Preparation Steps

Open the Symantec Backup Exec console, Tools -> Wizards -> Intelligent Disaster Recovery Preparation Wizards.

Follow the instruction of the wizard; an IDR ISO image file will be created. The OS that I backup is Windows 2008 R2 Ent SP1 size 13GB but the IDR ISO image file is about 260MB

IDR Recovery Step by Step

1.  Firstly I create an empty Virtual Machine, then I mounted the IDR ISO image file, it will automatically start with the screen as below

2.  Click Enter, waiting for few minutes to load the image

3.   Select Automated Recovery, then click Next

4.   This screen shows all the detected storage controllers and loads drivers for storage devices like SCSI, RAID, USB Tape Device, and etc.

5.   Select the .DR file for the server being restored and click next.

6.   Due to insufficient disk space, I created a VM which is smaller than the original layout but since the total backup size is about 13GB, 20GB is still enough for this restoration. Select Keep current layout, then Next

NOTE: It is recommended to use the original Lay out because if the original layout is not restored, there may be insufficient disk space when files are restored

7.    Click Next, unless you want to run Disk Management to perform any addition changes to the restored hard disk layout

8.   Select Use the network to restore from a remote media server, click Next

9.   This screen will show all available network adapters on the server and will configure the network adapters. It also has an option to configure the network adapters manually.

10.   IDR by default will always try to assign an IP address from the default DHCP server. If your network configuration requires a static IP address for the server then select the network connection you want to use and click on Configure.

NOTE: After the server is restore, the IP address assign shall be overwrite with the original IP address of the OS if the OS is using static IP

11.   Enter the information as request, then click Next

Note: This screen will be skipped if you have selected either “Use locally attached media device “ or “Install networking, and then restore remote backup-to-disc folders” in Step 7 and will be replaced by a screen asking you to configure the Backup to Disc folder and selecting the media to restore from.

12.   This screen will show the backup set information and media labels of the last full backup catalogs of the server and will also let you choose which drive or resource you want to restore.

13   This screen shows the progress of the restore job and various other information such as Media label of the backup media from where the restore is pulling all data, drive on which the restore is running, total amount of bytes restored and etc.

14.   While the restore process is running, you can see the Restore Job at Backup Exec console is running

15.   Once the restore is complete, click No to deny additional media to restore

16.   Click Finish and don’t forget to unmount the ISO file image

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