iSCSI access from Recovery Environment

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iSCSI access from Recovery Environment

Veeam Logoby -Steve! » Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:29 pm

Is it possible to load an iSCSI initiator from within the Veeam recovery environment?

I backup to an iSCSI target, so would like to be able to bare metal recover direct from iSCSI as well. I know I could connect to my iSCSI target from another device and copy the backup set locally to recover, but I'd like to avoid that if possible.

So any tips on connecting to an iSCSI target from within the recovery environment?

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Re: iSCSI access from Recovery Environment

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:52 pm

Hello Steve,
Honestly, I never tested it - can’t even say if the iSCSI component is included in the recovery media. However, there is no built in functionality for sure, so feel free to test if it’s possible via CMD.
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Re: iSCSI access from Recovery Environment

Veeam Logoby adiskandar » Sun Sep 18, 2016 12:27 pm

Hi,

Realize that this is a year old thread but clearly there is an enterprise demand for iSCSI initiation in the recovery environment for bare metal backup to LUNs.

As an enterprise, we need this feature for full and assured BCP. I tested this out recently with the latest available version of Veeam endpoint to restore one of our physical (but with SAN boot) server and the recovery environment doesnt initiate the iSCSI connection to recognize the drive (although it recognizes the 10G network card).

Appreciate if there are any developments on this.

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Re: iSCSI access from Recovery Environment

Veeam Logoby Mike Resseler » Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:10 am

Adi,

As we stated above, we never tested this (it still is an endpoint product :-)). When you tried, did you tried to initiate it manually through the command line or just looked if it started after booting the recovery media?

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Re: iSCSI access from Recovery Environment

Veeam Logoby Vvas » Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:36 am

Hi.
Files for iSCSI Initiator (example for Windows 7: iscsicli.exe, iscsicpl.exe, iscsicpl.dll...... msiscsi.sys.... etc) are absent in an image of WinRE/Veeam Recovery Media.
Whether it is possible to include support of iSCSI Initiator in the disk Veeam Recovery Media?
What WinPE version is used during creation of Veeam Recovery Media?
Thanks.
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Re: iSCSI access from Recovery Environment

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:09 pm

Hi Vvas,

VEB uses native Windows components built-in to the OS and create a Recovery media based on existing recovery environment (Windows RE). There is no way to include iSCSI initiator to the RE image.

P.S. However, if you have a Windows ADK pre-installed VEB will use Windows PE to build an image, so if PE supports that - then there is a way to create a custom PE image with iSCSI initiator on board.
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Re: iSCSI access from Recovery Environment

Veeam Logoby Vvas » Thu Sep 29, 2016 3:24 pm 2 people like this post

Thanks.
Really works at custom PE image with iSCSI initiator (test W7x64).
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Re: iSCSI access from Recovery Environment

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:06 pm

Interesting. You’ve created a custom PE image and then loaded the Recovery Media components, right?
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Re: iSCSI access from Recovery Environment

Veeam Logoby Vvas » Sun Oct 02, 2016 4:34 pm 1 person likes this post

No.
Didn't find the separate Recovery Media component.
In the test for W7x64 files and a part of the register for operation of ISCSI were added to boot.wim which was created by wizard VEB.
P.S. communication language only English?
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Re: iSCSI access from Recovery Environment

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:57 pm

Aaa, got it.

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Re: iSCSI access from Recovery Environment

Veeam Logoby RegEdit714 » Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:08 am

Hello, I know i am responding to a port that is a few months old but was wondering if this was ever addressed or figured out? I have encountered the same issue when performing a bare metal restore with iSCSI. Seems that Vvas may have had some luck but i do not really understand what was done?

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