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Multiple computer recovery media on single USB

Veeam Logoby tdc-ma » Mon Aug 10, 2015 3:25 pm

i understand i could add drivers when creating recovery media, but is there a way to add multiple recovery media profiles onto one USB drive?
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Re: Multiple computer recovery media on single USB

Veeam Logoby JaxIsland7575 » Mon Aug 10, 2015 3:57 pm

You can create multiple .iso files but I do not know of a way to have a single USB drive boot into multiple images.

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Re: Multiple computer recovery media on single USB

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:01 pm

Currently it is not possible.
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Re: Multiple computer recovery media on single USB

Veeam Logoby UniSys » Thu Aug 13, 2015 7:15 am 1 person likes this post

Hi tdc-ma,

I use "YUMI – Multiboot USB Creator" tool to put multiple ISO images on single USB stick. It shows Multiboot menu during PC startup so you can select ISO you need.

I do not know if this trick does exactly what you need, but it works for me. I guess other multiboot USB tools could help also.
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Re: Multiple computer recovery media on single USB

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:28 pm

It’s indeed possible with third party tools. Additionally, we have one of these “multi boot removable drive” device at the QA premises and it’s pretty handy. You place any number of the .iso images and then using the built in controller choose which one to use as a boot image. I wish I had one of these ten years ago...
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[MERGED] Create Universal Recovery Media

Veeam Logoby lowlander » Thu Aug 20, 2015 8:25 am

Hi,

We are aiming to backup all out laptops with Veeam Endpoint Backup. In total we have 10 different hardware platforms for laptops. Is it possible to create 1 universal USB stick as Recovery Media, so we can use this one stick for all our 10 different laptops ?

Next question is : What should be the best approach to accomplish this, regarding creating and testing the 10 different hardware platforms ?
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Re: Multiple computer recovery media on single USB

Veeam Logoby jeancharles » Thu Aug 20, 2015 1:00 pm 1 person likes this post

Hello,

I would recommend using "double driver 4.1" to export storage and network drivers of all required hardware (locally or remotely) and injecting them in the Recovery Media build.

Here is a copy of the executable : https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=EEE1A67E00DC60EA!3234&authkey=!AJhRTQc09RmG_2I&ithint=file%2czip

I recommend using one media and always having handy all your drivers in a folder structure just in case.
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Re: Multiple computer recovery media on single USB

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Thu Aug 20, 2015 4:51 pm

Good advice, but do not forget - you may need to include the multiple driver’s versions: drivers for operating system may vary due the windows version.
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Re: Multiple computer recovery media on single USB

Veeam Logoby rader » Tue Sep 22, 2015 10:57 pm 6 people like this post

This is my version of the bootable stick with multiple restore choices. Just worked it out today for the same reason as you did.

Bootable ISO image should be created on each platform type you need to support. One for Windows 7/8/10/2008/2011/2012 32-bit (if warranted) and one the corresponding 64-bit flavors.
Veeam Endpoint Backup installed.
Create recovery media, on PC Start Button, Veeam, Tools, Create Recovery Media.

Select relevant options and ISO image file as the media type.
Save ISO file to local folder of your choosing.
Change name of ISO file to something descriptive of the OS, click Next and Create on the next screen.
Close when process is complete.

Download and run Yumi on a PC.
Select the format option for the first ISO load to clear the USB stick.
Select a distribution: Unlisted Bootable ISOs: Try Unlisted ISO (GRUB)
Browse to ISO files created earlier.
First ISO loaded now. Click Next to continue.

Process is complete. If you want to add other ISO versions, click Yes to add other Veeam ISO’s.

Important: Leave the boxes unchecked, select the same distribution as before, browse to the next Veeam ISO file and then click Create.

Click next to continue. Add more ISO’s as needed. Rinse and repeat.
Click No to finish creating USB Boot drive.

Remove USB and try it in a computer now.
Boot from USB (of course) and select the GRUB Bootable ISOs and Windows XP/7/8 -> selection.
Now you should have all the bootable ISOs listed in your menu that you created with the Yumi tool.

Mine happen to be:
Boot Win7-32bit.iso
Boot Win7-64bit.iso
Boot Win8.1-64bit.iso

Select the appropriate OS and bits choice for your recovery.
Important !! When you see the “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD”, make sure you press any key. This is just like starting from the CD/DVD boot option from the BIOS.

Now you boot to the Veeam Recovery Console as normal and choose your recovery options based on your need. Mine happen to be recovering the Entire Computer from a Shared Network location.
Enter in the path to the backup file, network credentials as needed, then select the backup file to restore to the computer.

FYI – I also built a boot USB in the same manner using the “Try unlisted ISO (GRUB from RAM) build and it works the same way. Only difference was during the pre-load of Windows RE files. Instead of watching the loading files status bar, before the “Cylon” loading screen, the RAM version displays a RAM loading counter before the “Press any key” prompt. Then it continues normally into the Veeam Recovery Console. Overall there wasn’t that much time difference from startup to Veeam Recovery screen times between the two methods.

FYI #2 – As a test I backed up a Windows 7 32bit to a network share. I then loaded the Windows 74 64bit Veeam Recovery console, selected my 32bit backup from the network share and the Recovery console warned of the different OS platforms and that there may be some drivers issues.

I would have added pictures, but first post probably doesn't allow that.

YMMV of course.
Good luck.
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Re: Multiple computer recovery media on single USB

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Thu Sep 24, 2015 1:08 pm

Hello Randall,
WOW. That is HUGE! Thanks for sharing your solution - it’s awesome to see how people come to the community forums not to ask question but to share their own experience. Thanks again!
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Re: Multiple computer recovery media on single USB

Veeam Logoby rader » Thu Sep 24, 2015 1:31 pm 1 person likes this post

Your welcome.
After many, and continuing, years of using the great talent found on the Internet, it's always good to give back.

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[MERGED] unified recovery media

Veeam Logoby tym » Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:05 am

Hi,

is it possible to use a recovery usb stick for more than one computer? I plan to use VEB for a few office pcs, and I dont want to create a recovery media for every single one of them.

Best,
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Re: Multiple computer recovery media on single USB

Veeam Logoby tym » Thu Oct 01, 2015 12:05 pm

thx for pointing me to this thread! will try yumi now.
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Re: Multiple computer recovery media on single USB

Veeam Logoby steveSi » Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:29 am

Hi,
I was wondering if you had tried my free multiboot solution http://www.easy2boot.com.
For most ISOs, you simply just copy them to the USB stick. If they are PE-based, you may need to rename the extension to .isoPE01.
You can also UEFI-boot. Just drag-and-drop the ISO onto the MPI_FAT32 desktop shortcut (use the MPI Tool Pack download) and copy the .imgPTN file to the USB stick and you can boot multiple UEFI payloads from the one USB stick (any number).
http://www.easy2boot.com/add-payload-files/list-of-tested-payload-files/ is a list of currently tested payloads.
If you have any problems, I would be happy to help.
HTH
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Re: Multiple computer recovery media on single USB

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:42 pm

Hi Steve,
Thanks for joining the discussions. I bet many of will want to test your solution – thanks for sharing!
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