System State Backup and Bare Metal Recovery
Managed Backup Service comes with System State Backup and Bare Metal Recovery features. These features can significantly enhance the abilities of Managed Backup providers and help them provide compelling backup service to their customers.
System State Backup
System State Backup is a feature designed to automate backup and restore of critical operation system components. System State Backup allows scheduled backup and easy recovering of operation system related components in case of a crash. With this feature you can recover operation system on your customers' computers as it was on the moment of the last run of a System State backup. System State Backup is an efficient way to prevent possible consequences of system crash that is useful for servers and workstations.
List of OS components that can be backed up and recovered with the System State Backup:
- Operating system boot file
- System registry
- COM and database
- Active directory
- System volume
- ...and other OS components.
Bare Metal Recovery
Bare Metal Recovery is a feature that is used for backup and recovery of the whole computer, including system state, applications, applications data and user's data. Bare Metal backups contain everything that is required to restore computer as it was on the moment of the run of Bare Metal backup plan.
Bare Metal Recovery can be run on any computer, not only on those, that was a source of backup data. It means that you can restore the whole system with apps and other data on any computer you want. Even if the hardware of the source computer is destroyed, with Bare Metal Recovery you will be able to create its full copy on any other computer. And what's important, Bare Metal Recovery can be run on any computer from "Bare Metal" - with no operating system or any software installed. Note: Managed Backup Service supports only Windows 2008 R2 and higher versions with Bare Metal Recovery.
How to Provide Customers with Bare Metal Recovery and System State Backup
To perform Bare Metal Recovery and System State Backup, you need to request a special build of an MBS Agent with a few easy steps.
Step 1. Go to the "Downloads" page.
Step 2. Click on the "Request Custom Build" button.
Step 3. In the opened windows select the Windows Backup checkbox and click "OK".
Step 4. Wait until the requested build is prepared.
Step 5. When the build is ready you will be able to see it in the "Sandbox Builds".
To make Bare Metal and System State Backup accessible to your customers, click on the "Make public" button. Once you make it public your customers will be able to download the MBS Agent with new features.
How to run Bare Metal or System State Backup on Client's Computer
Step 1. Run Bare Metal Edition of the Online Backup.
Step 2. Click on the "Image Based".
Step 3. Select a storage to keep your Bare Metal backups at.
Step 4. Specify a name for your backup plan.
Step 5. Select a Backup Type from Bare metal recovery or System State.
Step 6. Select an intermediate storage to place backup data before transfer to the cloud storage or file system.
Step 7. Specify encryption and compression options for your backup plan.
Step 8. Set up a schedule.
Step 9. Specify pre/post actions.
Step 10. Specify notification options.
Step 11. See the Summary screen and finish the Backup Wizard.
Now, depending on what type of backup you've chosen on Step 5, you will be able to run a Bare Metal or System State backup plan. To run a backup plan immediately on the end of the backup plan setup, check "Run backup now" box.
Bare Metal Restore
Bare Metal Restore procedure has two general steps:
Restore backup file from the storage via MBS Windows
Restore via Windows Server Recovery tools.
System State Restore procedure doesn't require the second step.
How to run Bare Metal or System State Restore Plan on Client's Computer
Step 1. In MBS Agent, run the Restore Wizard.
Step 2. Choose whether you want to run this restore plan just once or to save the plan for futher using.
Step 3. Select "Bare Metal Restore" or "Restore System State" depending on the type of backup you have.
Step 4. Specify backup you want to restore.
Step 5. Specify a destination where to restore your data. You can restore to a specific location only, no original location for these types of backup. Then you will be able to copy or specify this backup file to recover a system.
Note: if destination is an external drive, you need to specify a root path to be able to continue bare metal or system state recovery on a new computer. This is because a recover from external drive requires WindowsImageBackup folder to be on the root.
Step 6. On the Decryption screen enter a password you've specified in the Backup Wizard (Step 6).
Step 7. See the Summary screen and finish the Restore Wizard. To run a restore plan immediately on the end of the backup plan setup, check "Run backup now" box.
How to Restore a Computer from Bare Metal
To initiate a Bare Metal Recovery on a computer with no operating system you have to restore (or write) your backup data to an external drive. Plug such drive to your Bare Metal computer and switch the computer on.
Step 1. Choose your language, time and currency preferences.
Step 2. Click on the "Repair your computer" link.
Step 3. Check the "Restore your computer using a system image that you created earlier" radio button.
Step 4. Check "Use the latest available system image" radio button.
Step 5. Click "Finish" to start recovery routines.
Step 6. When recovery is finished restart the computer.
Once the computer is restarted, you will find a computer in the same conditions like there were on the source computer on the moment of Bare Metal backup plan run.
With new features Managed Backup Service providers will be able to backup and restore critical operation system components and even the whole system from Bare Metal. Appropriate usage of these features can prevent loss of all the sensitive data and provide your customers with outstanding security level.