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Perform a Bare Metal Restore to Physical Hardware using Dell AppAssure

You want to perform a Bare Metal Restore (BMR) to physical hardware from a Dell AppAssure backup image.

Solution

AppAssure is great about restoring individual files or even entire machines to VMware but it can also restore to bare metal, even if the original machine was a VMware guest.

  1. Create an AppAssure BMR boot disk
    You’ll want to make sure you either include any drivers you may need during the ISO creation, or have them available.  Unless both the NIC and the storage devices for your target machine use drivers included in Windows by default, you’re probably not going to be able complete the BMR without those drivers
  2. Burn the ISO you created to a CD and boot your hardware off it. It may take a little while for the RRC to appear but you should see something like below.  Make sure to note the IP address.
  3. If you don’t see an IP address in the “Current Network Configuration” section, you probably are missing a driver. Switch to the “Network” tab (or click the “->” button next to the blank configuration). If the Adapter field is empty, you’ll need to load additional drivers using the “Load a Network Driver…” button at the bottom of the screen.
  4. If the “Volumes” list is empty on the first tab, switch to the “Manage Disks” tab. If the “Disks” section is empty, you’ll need to load drivers for your controller using the “Load Disk Driver…” button.  If the disk is visible but the “Volumes” section is blank, you probably just need to partition the disks.
  5. Switch to the “Credentials” tab. Make sure the credentials used are correct.  In this case, the credentials are for a test lab. If I needed to restore a production box using this disk, I’d have to update them to be able to talk to our production AppAssure Core.
  6. Leave your machine running and jump onto your AppAssure core.  Select the machine you want to restore and click the “Restore” button on the Summary tab.
  7. Check the box next to “Bare Metal Restore to a  Replace Recovery Console (RRC) instance” and type in the IP address of the hardware you booted off the BMR disk. Click “Check” to verify that the target hardware and the Core can talk over the network. Note: it does not verify credentials so if you didn’t do step 3 above, do so now. Click Next once the button becomes active.
  8. Check the box next to the disk you want to restore (the only option is C: in this case) and next to the disk you’re restoring to (X: is listed but is not available because it is the ramdisk the RRC running off of). Click Next.
  9. At this point, you should be ready to do the restore; just click Start.  You can monitor the restore from both the window on the Core and from the Monitor window that opens on the RRC.

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