How to create a PlateSpin Flexible Image from Computer Associates' BrightStor system restore

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  • 09-Nov-2005
  • 27-Apr-2012

Environment

PowerConvert v5.5 and higher

Situation

The following article will outline the required procedures for creating a PlateSpin Flexible Image from a Raw Volume data created by Computer Associates' BrightStor restore.

Please note that the below does not apply to Domain Controllers. Domain Controller images can be created only with PlateSpin Take Control Transfer.

Resolution

When restoring a system backup with Computer Associates' BrightStor system restore, some crucial files will be relocated by default. In order to use the restore output when creating a PlateSpin Flexible Image (from Raw Volume Data) the files must be relocated by the user prior to the image creation job.

  1. The backup of the source system must include the System State and the entire C drive
  2. The Backup Exec restore must be redirected to a folder on the PlateSpin Image Server and must include the System State restore (Note - this article will use F:\restore\ as an example for a Backup Exec restore output folder)
  3. Once the restore process is completed the following steps must be completed before the image creation process:
    1. Browse to F:\restore\System files\c\  - and copy the Windows folders (e.g. Winnt or Windows) to the root of the restore folder (.e.g. F:\restore\) - when prompted for file overwrite click "Yes to all" as many times as needed until the copy is completed - next, copy the boot files (e.g.boot.ini, ntdetect.com and ntdlr) to the root of the restore folder (.e.g. F:\restore\) when prompt for file overwrite click "Yes to all"
    2. Browse to F:\restore\System Protected Files\c\  - and copy the Windows Folder (e.g. Winnt or Windows) and the Program Files folders to the root of the restore folder (.e.g. F:\restore\) - when prompted for file overwrite click "Yes to all" as many times as needed until the copy is completed
    3. Browse to F:\restore\Registry\C\ - and copy the Windows directory (e.g. Winnt or Windows) to the root of the restore folder (.e.g. F:\restore\) - when prompted for file overwrite click "Yes to all" as many times as needed until the copy is completed
    4. Once you have completed all the above steps you can remove the F:\restore\System files\, F:\restore\System Protected Files\  and the F:\restore\Registry\ folders
  4. Upon completion of the above steps use the restore directory (F:\restore\) as a Mapping path for the source's C drive during the PlateSpin Flexible Image creation.

For complete instructions on how to create PlateSpin Flexible Images using Raw Volume Data please refer to the PlateSpin PowerConvert User Guide.

For more information on Computer Associates' BrightStor Systems backup and restore features please refer to your Computer Associates' BrightStor literature.

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