How to Backup and Restore from USB

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How to Backup and Restore from USB

Veeam Logoby Andy C » Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:41 am

I appologise if this has already been asked and answered but I had a quick look and couldn't find much.

I have a setup of 5-10 PCs with Endpoint Backup installed. I have taken an adhoc backup of each PC as a restore point in case the PC becomes faulty and needs to be re installed.

When I installed Endpoint I was prompted to create a bootable media. I have done this on a USB key and the key now contains the folders boot, efi, sources and bootmgr. Is this a generic bootable device or are the files specific to the PC it was created on?

If it is generic and it will get you to the recovery screen on any machine how do I select which backup to use, do I have to copy it onto the same USB device or a different one?

If I ever lost or overwrite this USB recovery media how do I create another? If I follow the Create Recovery Media it just creates a VeeamRE.iso file?

Thanks.
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Re: How to Backup and Restore from USB

Veeam Logoby vmniels » Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:44 am

When doing a recovery you can point to which backup file you want to use. This can be on an external drive, a network share or a Veeam Backup & Replication repository.

You can recreate an USB disk by going into the installation folder (C:\Program Files\Veeam\Endpoint Backup) and run Veeam.Endpoint.RecoveryMedia.exe again.
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Re: How to Backup and Restore from USB

Veeam Logoby Andy C » Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:24 pm

Thanks Niels. Do you know why it wont create the recovery USB on a 1GB drive even though its only 358MB when created on something larger.
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Re: How to Backup and Restore from USB

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Mon Mar 09, 2015 7:41 pm

Probably because we cannot know beforehand how big it will end up with all the drives included (those can take A LOT of space), and thus require certain minimum size based on our testing.
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Re: How to Backup and Restore from USB

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:17 pm

Andrew,
Is this a generic bootable device or are the files specific to the PC it was created on?

It keeps the current PC drivers, thats all.
If it is generic and it will get you to the recovery screen on any machine how do I select which backup to use, do I have to copy it onto the same USB device or a different one?

Yes, you can if you have similar hardware and operating systems on all your machines (or you can include additional drivers while creating the recovery media). The recovery media relies on the windows recovery environment components, which are almost identical in all OSs, driver versions can be different – so it’s recommended to have a recovery media per operating system in your environment.

Wanted to clarify, you used 1GB USB stick for recreating recovery media, right? Could you, please, format it and check again without including additional drivers and let me know the result. Thank you.
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Re: How to Backup and Restore from USB

Veeam Logoby Andy C » Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:49 am

Thanks Anton and Dmitry.

Dmitry - I have tried to create the recovery media again on the formatted 1GB USB and selected the option not to include the drivers and it returns the error:

"Failed to create recovery media: Unknown exception. Error code 1920"
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Re: How to Backup and Restore from USB

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:09 pm

Andrew,
Could you submit a case please? I was told by QA we have fixed this behavior – need to check your recovery media log files. Thanks you in advance.
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Re: How to Backup and Restore from USB

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:46 pm

Andrew,
…and could you please confirm that you are using the new RC built instead of the old BETA?
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