Veritas™ System Recovery 18 Service Pack 2 User's Guide
- Introducing Veritas System Recovery
- Installing Veritas System Recovery
- Installing Veritas System Recovery
- Ensuring the recovery of your computer
- Creating a new Veritas System Recovery Disk
- Creation Options
- Storage and Network Drivers Options
- Customizing an existing Veritas System Recovery Disk
- Veritas System Recovery Disk Storage Media/Destination Options
- Storage and Network Drivers Options
- About restoring a computer from a remote location by using LightsOut Restore
- Creating a new Veritas System Recovery Disk
- Getting Started
- Setting up default general backup options
- File types and file extension
- Best practices for backing up your data
- Backing up entire drives
- Defining a drive-based backup
- Backing up files and folders
- Running and managing backup jobs
- Running an existing backup job immediately
- Backing up remote computers from your computer
- About backing up other computers from your computer
- About the Veritas System Recovery Agent
- About deploying the Veritas System Recovery Agent
- Best practices for Veritas System Recovery services
- About controlling access to Veritas System Recovery
- Monitoring the status of your backups
- About monitoring backups
- Monitoring the backup status of remote computers using Veritas System Recovery Monitor
- Adding a remote computer to the Computer List
- Exploring the contents of a recovery point
- Managing backup destinations
- About managing file and folder backup data
- Managing virtual conversions
- Managing cloud storage
- Direct to cloud
- About creation of Amazon Machine Image (AMI) in Amazon from Veritas System Recovery backups
- About S3-Compatible Cloud Storage
- About Veritas System Recovery supporting Veritas Access
- Recovering files, folders, or entire drives
- Recovering a computer
- Booting a computer by using the Veritas System Recovery Disk
- About using the networking tools in Veritas System Recovery Disk
- Copying a hard drive
- Using the Veritas System Recovery Granular Restore Option
- Best practices when you create recovery points for use with the Granular Restore Option
- Appendix A. Backing up databases using Veritas System Recovery
- Appendix B. Backing up Active Directory
- Appendix C. Backing up Microsoft virtual environments
- Appendix D. Using Veritas System Recovery 18 and Windows Server Core
Creating a new Veritas System Recovery Disk
As Microsoft no longer allows redistribution of WinPE, Veritas System Recovery 18 does not include a Veritas System Recovery Disk on a DVD media or as an ISO downloadable from the web. Veritas System Recovery 18 provides a new utility that is calledusing which you can create a system recovery disk on your computer. As a recovery disk is required to restore images created with Veritas System Recovery 18, it is imperative that you create a recovery disk using this utility. To restore the system volume images that are created using Veritas System Recovery 18, you need to create a Veritas System Recovery Disk using this utility. Veritas recommends that you create a recovery disk using this utility at the earliest. By default this utility is installed with Veritas System Recovery 18. Veritas recommends that you test the recovery disk on the computer on which you want the use it.
Theprovides two options to create a Veritas System Recovery Disk based on the disaster recovery needs. Using the option, you can create a recovery disk on Windows 7 and later desktop operating systems, and Windows Server 2008 R2 and later server operating systems. Using the option, you can create a recovery disk on Windows Server 2008 and later server operating system, and Windows 7 and later desktop operating systems. This option requires the download and installation of the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) to create the Veritas System Recovery Disk. The Windows ADK can only be installed on Windows Server 2008 and later server operating systems, and Windows 7 and later desktop operating systems.
The Veritas System Recovery Disk Creation Utility only runs on Windows 7 and later operating systems.
Veritas recommends that the recovery disk is created on the latest operating system available, such as Windows 10, Windows 2016, or Windows Server 2019. The Veritas System Recovery Disk can then be used to recover images of that operating system and all previous operating systems. However, a recovery disk created on an older operating system cannot be used to recovery later operating systems. For example, a Veritas System Recovery Disk created on Windows 2008 cannot be used to recover Windows 2012 images.
The Veritas System Recovery Disk Creation Utility allows creation of a 32-bit or 64-bit recovery disk on a USB thumb drive, as an ISO file, or in the LightsOut Restore format. If theoption is used, Veritas recommends using the latest version of the Windows ADK that is available. A recovery disk created with an older version of the Windows ADK can only restore operating system supported by that ADK. For example, a Veritas System Recovery Disk created using Windows ADK for Windows 8.0 (Windows 8/2012 kernel) can be used to recover Windows 8/2012 and earlier operating systems. It cannot be used to recovery later operating systems, such as Windows 8.1/2012 R2 or Windows 10/2016/2019.
A license key is not required to create a Veritas System Recovery Disk. A license key is required if additional drivers need to be added, or if specifying the startup or network options.
To create a Veritas System Recovery Disk, you can launch thein the following ways:
Launch Veritas System Recovery 18, go to the Tasks menu and click .
On the Windows taskbar, click> > .
In thedialog box, click .
Thebutton is displayed in the dialog box when you launch Veritas System Recovery 18 and is available only until you create the Veritas System Recovery Disk.
If you are connected to a remote computer, theis not available in Veritas System Recovery 18. You cannot create a Veritas System Recovery Disk.
To create a new Veritas System Recovery Disk
- On the Tasks menu, click Create New Recovery Disk.
The Veritas System Recovery Disk Creation Wizard is displayed.
- In the Welcome panel, review the information, and then click Next.
See Welcome Panel.
- In the Creation Options panel, select the disk creation option (Typical or Advanced) to create the Veritas System Recovery Disk and click Next.
Uses Windows ADK 10, version 1809
You require an Internet connection to download Windows ADK.
Creates a 32-bit or a 64-bit recovery disk depending on the operating system installed on your computer.
To create a 32-bit recovery disk, use this option on a 32-bit computer. To create a 64-bit recovery disk, use this option on a 64-bit computer.
Creates 32-bit and 64-bit recovery disks on the same computer.
Windows operating systems that can be recovered
The computer's operating system on which you create the Veritas System Recovery Disk and all earlier versions.
Use this option on the latest operating system to recover all Windows operating systems.
All versions of Windows supported by the product.
Languages available in the recovery environment
The language of your operating system.
One or more of the 11 supported languages selected during Veritas System Recovery Disk creation.
Temporary disk space required on local system
Approximately 500 MB
Approximately 500 MB for each recovery disk that you create. More space is required for each additional language that you select.
An additional 3.5 to 5 GB disk space is required to install Windows ADK.
PowerShell Cmdlets support in recovery environment (for example, Storage Space Creation Cmdlets)
Time required for creation (approximately)
If you select more than one language, approximately 10 minutes are added for each language.
Can be customized on other operating systems
See Creation Options.
- In the Languages panel, select the languages that should be available in the recovery environment, and then click Next.
See Languages Options.
The Languages panel is only available if you select the Advanced creation option.
- In the Veritas System Recovery Disk Storage Media/Destination panel, select the destination to save the recovery disk, and then click Next.
Lets you specify the name that you want to use for the Veritas System Recovery Disk label.
Select the platform of the recovery disk
This option is only displayed if you select the Advanced option to create a Veritas System Recovery Disk.
Select the 32-bit, 64-bit, or both platforms for which you want to create the Veritas System Recovery Disk.
Select a drive to create a Veritas System Recovery Disk on a USB device
Lets you save your new Veritas System Recovery Disk to a USB device.
Select the media drive in which you have inserted in the USB device.
The existing data on the USB device is not formatted during Veritas System Recovery Disk creation. If you have a recovery disk created on the same USB drive, the new recovery disk overwrites the older recovery disk.
Veritas recommends that only privileged users or an administrator should have the rights to access the USB folder. Veritas also recommends that the recovery media files be managed only by trusted users. This is to ensure that the files are always safe and no one can tamper with them.
If you attach an unsupported volume to your computer, the Show Unsupported Devices link is displayed. When you click the link, the Unsupported Devices dialog box with a list of the unsupported volumes and the reason for the unsupported volume is displayed.
A Veritas System Recovery Disk does not support the super formatted USB disk.
You cannot create a 64-bit Veritas System Recovery Disk if your computer has a 32-bit operating system.
Save the Veritas System Recovery Disk as an ISO file
Lets you save your new Veritas System Recovery Disk as an ISO file.
Click Browse and specify the path where you want to save the ISO file.
You can manually burn the saved ISO file to a CD/DVD/Blu-ray.
- In the Licensed Features panel, enter the license key of the product and then click Next.
Use the license key that is activated on this computer
Enables the cold backup feature in the recovery environment using the product license key that is provided.
By default, this option is not available when you create a Veritas System Recovery Disk using the Veritas System Recovery Management Solution Mode.
Use the following license key
Enables the cold backup feature in the new Veritas System Recovery Disk by typing a product license key.
Prompt for a license key
Prompts you for a product license key at the time you want to enable features in the Veritas System Recovery Disk.
By default, this option is selected when you create a Veritas System Recovery Disk using the Veritas System Recovery Management Solution Mode.
- In the Storage and Network Drivers panel, review the list of any storage or network drivers to be included, add, or remove storage and network drivers, and then click Next.
Storage and network drivers
Lets you review the list of any storage or network drivers to be included.
Lets you add additional drivers. The location that you specify should contain the fully extracted installation package for the driver you add. If you have more than one missing storage or network driver, you can click Add for each missing driver.
Deletes the drivers from the driver list that is displayed on the wizard.
Resets the list to the original list of storage and network drivers that is detected on the computer on which the Veritas System Recovery Disk creation utility is run.
- In the Startup Options panel, select the time zone, display language, keyboard layout language for the Veritas System Recovery Disk, and then click Next.
Sets the time zone to use for the Veritas System Recovery Disk.
Sets the default display language for the Veritas System Recovery Disk.
Lets you select the default keyboard layout to use when you boot from the Veritas System Recovery Disk.
See Startup Options.
- In the Network Options panel, select the dynamic or static IP, save the Windows firewall settings to the Veritas System Recovery Disk, and then click Next.
Automatically start network services
Automatically starts network services when you recover the computer through LightsOut Restore. Select this option if you want to enable network services in a recovery environment.
Connects to a network without the need for additional network configuration. You can click this option if you know there is a DHCP server available on the network at the time you restore.
Connects to a network with a particular network adapter and specific address settings. You should select this option only if you know there is no DHCP server (or the DHCP server is unavailable) when you want to recover data.
Use Windows firewall settings
Applies the local computer's firewall settings to the recovery environment. For example, if you turn on the firewall for your local computer and then select this option, the firewall settings are applied for the recovery environment too.
See Network Options.
- In the Setup LightsOut Restore panel, select the Enable LightsOut Restore check box to enable the LightsOut Restore boot option and boot menu display time, and then click Next.
Boot menu label
Indicates the title that appears on the Windows boot menu for LightsOut Restore.
Display boot menu for seconds
Specifies how long you want the boot menu to display.
The default is 10 seconds.
- In the Summary panel, review all of the options that you selected, and then click Finish.
The Progress panel displays the progress status and the approximate time that is required to create theVeritas System Recovery Disk. The Result panel displays a success result if the recovery disk is created successfully or a failed result if the recovery disk is not created successfully.
When a Veritas System Recovery Disk creation fails or is stopped, the recovery disk creation process is stopped. In some cases some files are left mounted in a temporary (folder name, SymSrdTemp) location and the files cannot be deleted. The WimCleaner.exe utility unmounts any such mounted system files and deletes the temporary folder (SymSrdTemp). Veritas System Recovery provides the 32-bit version of the WimCleaner.exe utility.
The utility is at the following location:
<VSRInstallPath>\Utility\WimCleaner.exe. You can double-click the exe file to run the utility or use the command prompt to run the utility.
Veritas recommends that you test the recovery disk after it is created. It ensures that you can use the Veritas System Recovery Disk to start your computer and can access the drive that contains your recovery points.
- Click Close to close the wizard.