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Complete Recovery of a Windows 7

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This article demonstrates how Zmanda Cloud Backup (ZCB) can be used to perform bare metal complete recovery of a laptop system running Windows 7.

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Screenshots have been provided as a reference. Click to expand the screenshots.

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Create backup sets and take backups

You need to install ZCB on the Win 7 laptopsystem. Once installed, configure your backups as follows:

  1. Create a File System backup set to back up the complete Boot drive & System drive. 
    1. In our example, the
    Win 7 laptop has
    1. C:\
    which
    1. drive is both the boot & system drive. 
      1. Back up the entire C:\ to ensure that all application installation directories, all application data, User data, Start Menu items, Shortcuts, etc are included in the backup.
    2. We named this backup set CDrive.
  2. Configure your desired location of backup data in the Backup Where section. You can choose a location on local disk or cloud.
    1. For the purpose of this demonstration, we used an external USB disk that was connected to the laptop.
    2. Make sure it is accessible through the Windows explorer.Change the 'Local Storage' location to a folder on the USB drive.
    3. In this case the drive is mapped as E:\.
    4. We saved the CDrive backup in E:\CDriveBackup.
  3. Complete configuration of your backup set, including storage locations. 
  4. Create a backup for System State. This backup set will back up all system files, boot files, registry data, etc. Change the 'Local Storage' location to a folder on the USB drive.
    1. We named this backup set SystemState.
    2. Choose where to save your backup. We chose E:\SystemState.
  5. Complete configuration of your backup set, including storage locations. 
  6. Run a Full Backup to disk for both backup sets.
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CDrive Backup Set

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SystemState Backup Set

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Backups in Progress

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Backups Complete

Perform Bare Metal Recovery

Install Windows

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Perform Windows Recovery

Recovery starts from a new installation of Windows.

  • Install the original version of Windows with the same Service Pack as the system on which the backups were taken.
  • Make sure that the new server has the exact same drive partitions, Filesystem (such as NTFS), and Windows installation directory as the original machine.
  • The computer name can be the same as the original or a different one.
  • Do not join any domain or Workgroup.
  • Screenshots #5-#8 show a few stages of the Windows installation process.
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System Recovery

Restore Backup Catalogs

Once Windows is installed, system recovery can begin. The first step is to install ZCB and restore backup catalogs.

  1. Install ZCB on the machine.
    1. Install the same version of ZCB in the original location along with its prerequisites, such as Java.

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  1. Click on Tools > Restore Catalog
    1. The Restore Catalog operation will bring back
    the old
    1. any existing backup sets and
    their data that has been stored on the USB disk.
  2. Click on Tools > Restore Catalog and select the Restore Catalog from Local Directory.
  3. Provide the original machine name in the Host Name field.
  4. If you wish to restore catalog for all backup sets, you may leave the Backup Set field blank.
    1. We will leave it blank in this demonstration.
  5. Select your Backup Data Location
    1. This is the location where the backup data has been stored.
    2. Browse to the folders on the USB disk where the data from the backup sets was stored.
    3. For example, browse to E:\CDriveBackup folder to restore the catalog for the Cdrive backup set.
    4. Browse to E:\SystemState to restore the catalog for the SystemState backup set.provide access to the backup data. 
    5. Restore Catalogs from the local directories if possible. Local restores are always faster than cloud restores, as there is no need to download anything.
    6. The Restore Catalog process for the current version of ZCB is outlined in the User Guide available at Help > User Guide, or at http://help.zmanda.com.
  6. Click OK to begin the Restore Catalog process.
    1. ZCB will show you progress of matched catalog entries.
    2. This process may take time to finish depending on how many backup runs are found in the backup data location.
  7. Once ZCB has Restored the Backup Catalog, it will report a success. Click OK to the message.
    Close ask you to restart the user interface. Close ZCB and re-open it to display the restored backup catalog.
  8. Repeat the above steps for the SystemState backup set.
  9. All restored backup sets will be displayed on the left.
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Select "Restore Catalog..."
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Restore Catalog from
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Enter the Host Name

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Enter the Backup
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Select OK to begin
the catalog restore

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Restore Catalog is
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Restore Catalog
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Repeat for SystemState

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Restart ZCB to view the
Restored Backup Sets

 
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Detailed information on the Restore Catalog process can be found in the User Guide. Choose the User Guide that matches your ZCB purchase.

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  1. The backup set(s) that match the restored catalogs will appear on the left side of the program.
  2. Repeat the above steps for each backup set if it did not appear. 

Restore File System and System State

The last step in the Recovery phase is to perform an actual restore of the data.

  1. Restore the data from the Cdrive File System backup set.
    1. Go to the Restore page and select C:* from the *Top Directories view.Set Restore All
    2. Ensure that the Restore Location is set to to Original Location and the Restore PolicyPolicy is set to Overwrite existing. These are the default settings. 
    3. Click on the Restore button.
  2. Repeat the After the File System restore is complete, repeat the process for the SystemState System State backup set.
    1. Do not run the results simultaneously. Do not restore System State first.
  3. The restore process may take a long time. Once the System State restore is completed successfully, ZCB will ask you to reboot the machine.

  4. Reboot the machine. You should find the laptop system in the pre-disaster state.
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Restoring CDrive

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Restoring SystemState

Examples and Screenshots

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Installation
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Examples and Screenshots

The example screenshots were taken with ZCB 4.12. The basic process is the same for any version of the product. 

Create backup sets and take backups

File System Backup Set

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System State Backup Set

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All backups complete

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Perform Windows Recovery

Installing Windows

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Windows Installation Complete

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System Restore: Restore Catalog

Restore Catalogs from Local Disk

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Restore Catalog Complete

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System Restore: Restore File System and System State

Choose "Restore All" for both File System and
System State.

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Choose "Original Location and "Overwrite Existing"
for both File System and System State.

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A restore in progress

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Before and After:

 Original SystemNew System Before RecoveryNew System After Recovery
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