Migrate partitions with Veeam Agent for Windows 1


Background

A recent project I was working on involved deploying five physical servers for use and Veeam repository servers. The problem however is the operating system was pre-instaled on a different RAID set to the one I was expecting it to be on. I could have rebuilt the servers, but I figured it would be quicker to back them up and then bare metal restore the operating system onto the correct RAID set. This would save the hassle of finding OEM media and having to re-install all the devices after the operating system was installed.

Solution

I will assume you know how to create a backup of the system and recovery media with the Veeam Agent for Windows. You can grab a free copy of the agent from here. Download the trial and install it. It will ask if you want to operate in free mode and also run through the recovery media creation wizard.

The steps below outline how to perform the bare metal recovery with advanced disk layout options. This is how you move the operating system onto another set of disks.

Bare metal recovery environment loading, it is a modified version of Windows PE.

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Select the Bare Metal Recovery Option

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If the backup is on local storage, the bare metal recovery process will try to find it automatically. You can however connect to a network share or a different backup set.

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Choose the recovery point you would like to use. I only had one.

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Choose manual restore mode. Note it states that it has the ability to re-allocate partitions and volumes.

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The disk mapping below contains all the volumes included in the backup. Click on customize disk mapping to choose where the volumes are recovered to.

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By default, the disk will map to the original disk set. I wanted to move from the 372GB disk to the 111GB disk.

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Right click on the desired disk and choose to apply disk layout. Note how I am moving from a physically larger disk to a smaller disk. This is possible as the partition size is smaller than the physical disk I am moving to.

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The Disk layout has been mirrored on the new disk.

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We need to remove the original partition information from Disk 0, right click on disk 0 and choose to erase it.

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Note the warning and continue.

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Check the summary and click on restore.

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Monitor the restore progress until complete.

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Complete the process by rebooting the computer.

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Thoughts

At this point it is likely you will need to change the boot order in the BIOS to the drive the data has been restored to. Ensure the boot order has been modified accordingly.

 

Ian


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