How to restore Windows System State using BluVault

How to restore Windows System State using BluVault

In our previous blog, we talked about the importance of backing up Windows System State and how it is an essential component of any disaster recovery plan. This blog will focus on the restoration of these backed-up System State files.

For IT administrators, having an easy and effective way to restore all vital System State data in place is always reassuring.

Without a doubt, an enterprise’s ability to back up System State is ineffective without a reliable restoration process. A sound System State restoration process makes safe and usable copies of Windows Server’s system files, start-up files, Registry, AD information, boot records, etc. readily available to replace lost or affected files. For IT administrators, having an easy and effective way to restore all vital System State data in place is always reassuring.

With BluVault, restoration of backed-up System State files is simple, and it offers two different ways to perform restores:

  1. Restore from the Parablu Portal.
  2. Restore using the Parablu Server Agent.

Important Note: System State Backups are meant for recovery to the same server, or to another server with an identical operating system and hardware. Microsoft does not support restoring System State to different hardware.

Restore from Parablu Portal

OneDrive is a sync solution – and not a backup. Superficially, it would seem that they both do the same things – i.e. make copies of your files to the cloud. But sync and backup are two completely different use-cases – and there is a world of difference between the. Let us now examine why OneDrive falls short as a enterprise class backup mechanism.

1. Login to the Parablu Portal

2. Go to the My BluVault tab

3. Click the Name of the Server to view the hierarchy of system state backups that have been performed

4. Based on date and time, select the system state zip file that needs to be restored and right-click

How to restore Windows System State using BluVault - select the system state zip file

5. When you click on the Restore icon, the restore settings page will be displayed. Enter the required information.

  • Source Path: Shows the path of the system state folder which is selected for restore.
  • Select a destination device – User ID/Device Name: Specify the user ID, server name, and the destination folder where the restore will be done.
  • Number of Threads: It refers to the number of restore threads that you want to have running simultaneously. Increasing this number can improve performance when restoring large numbers of folders or files.
  • Disallow new backup during this restore: Check this option to specify that no backup should be initiated from the device/user while this restore is in progress
How to restore Windows System State using BluVault - restore settings

6. Once done, click Initiate Restore to start the restore process

Restore using the Parablu Server Agent

1. Right-click the How to restore Windows System State using BluVault - Parablu Agent icon in toolbar to open the Parablu Agent menu

2. Click Restore to launch the Restore Backup window

How to restore Windows System State using BluVault - Restore Backup

3. Click to select a device in the Select the device to restore pane

4. Double-click to select and view the system state data backed up on the server. The data is displayed as below:

How to restore Windows System State using BluVault - system state data backed up

5. Once you select the system state zip file that you want to restore, click ADD. The file will be added to the Items to restore section.

How to restore Windows System State using BluVault - Items to restore section

6. Select the destination folder and click Restore to start the restoration process

How to restore Windows System State using BluVault - Restore

Restore server from a System State Backup folder restored by Parablu

1. To allow Windows Server Backup to recognize the system state dump you just restored to disk, extract the zip folder and place the WindowsImageBackup directory on the target drive of the server into which you wish to restore.

Important Note: Remember to have installed the same Windows Server version you had on a failed server. Also, remember to install the Windows Server Backup feature on the target Windows Server.

How to restore Windows System State using BluVault - Windows Server

2. In order to perform restore activity, you must boot the server in the DSRM (Directory Services Restore Mode). To do it, run msconfig and select the option Safe Boot -> Active Directory repair in the Boot tab.

How to restore Windows System State using BluVault - Active Directory repair

3. Restart your server. It will boot in the DSRM. Run the Windows Server Backup and select Recover in the right menu.

How to restore Windows System State using BluVault - DSRM

4. In the Recovery Wizard, check the option A backup stored on another location.

How to restore Windows System State using BluVault - Recovery Wizard

5. Then select the disk, onto which you placed the WindowsImageBackup folder in an earlier step.

6. Select the date and time of the backup to be used for recovery and click Next

How to restore Windows System State using BluVault - date and time

7. Select the System Stateoption and click Next

How to restore Windows System State using BluVault - Select Recovery Type

8. Select Original locationand click Next

How to restore Windows System State using BluVault - Select Location

9. The system will show a warning that it is another server backup and if recovered on a different server it may not work. Confirm that to be the case, and then Click OK to proceed.

How to restore Windows System State using BluVault - Save

10. The System will show a warning that System state Recovery cannot be paused or canceled once it started. Click Yes.

11. After the completion of the restore, the server will ask for a restart. After restarting, disable the DSRM option using msconfig and boot the server again in normal mode. The server will come up and be ready to use.

There are several other such built-in features in BluVault and each of them can be leveraged using a few simple steps as we have described above.

For details or if you wish to explore some more, get in touch with our experts or write to us at info@parablu.com to learn more.

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