With the new release UDP6, so comes the functionality of instant Linux BMR (Bare Metal Restore) which allows you to recover physical hardware remotely and instantly. This feature would be also be great for Windows environments not yet available.
A great solution for the remote recovery of physical Windows servers is to use Windows Deployment Service (WDS) integrating Arcserve UDP 6 Restore Capabilities with WDS, allowing for remote physical restore. It is no longer a requirement to have an engineer standing in front of your data centre rack to run system state recoveries on your physical system.
In this post I explain how I have created such an implementation and tested it!
The prerequisites are a Windows server and DHCP server (I used Virtual Servers in my testing but it applies to physical servers too).
The process would be to access your physical server through remote BIOS (e.g. ILO, IPMI or IDRAC or similar) and setting the server to network boot, at which point the server will PXE boot the Arcserve Windows BMR ISO files.
I used one server for the implementation: Server 2012 R2, running Arcserve UDP Console and RPS roles. I added Windows roles WDS and DHCP.
Installation guidance for WDS and DHCP:
How to install and configure Windows WDS
Installing and configuring DHCP
This one server had an Arcserve agent, so I created a BMR ISO for X86 and X64 compatible with ADK 8.1. You can create both Windows 8 and Windows 7 compatible boot kit ISOs for Server 2008 and 2012 physical server spreads in your environment.
*One important thing to note: if you run WDS and DHCP on the same server then some properties need to be altered on WDS as they both listen on the same port.
Once your BMR ISOs are created, browse to their location and mount ISOs.
Then open WDS MMC through Server Manager: under “Boot Images” browse, select add boot image and follow the wizard.
How to add boot images
Unfortunately WDS can’t use ISO format boot images and requires .WIM.
Browse Image location to:
ISO:\AMD64\SOURCES\BOOT.WIM for X64
ISO:\X86\SOURCES\BOOT.WIM for X86
Name your images as this will be displayed at your boot screen.
Once the image has been created and stored, you can begin a network boot. (Log into server remote BIOS interface, initiate boot from network device.)
DHCP will assign an IP address and discover PXE proxy “WDS Server”.
Press F12 to Boot into PXE.
You can now see available images to boot from.
After boot select you will then see the Arcserve Bare Metal Recovery screen.
This is great for large workstation environments and multiple remote sites