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How to Recover System State

Updated: April 21, 2010

Applies To: System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) offers two types of system protection – Bare Metal Restore (BMR) and System State recovery. When you computer has stopped working, you can get it back up and working by restoring BMR or System State, depending which type of protection you have set up. Either ways, the procedure to recover system information is the same.

  1. Recover the BMR or System State backup to a network location.

  2. Use WinRE to start up your system and connect it to the network.

  3. Use Windows Server Backup (WSB) to recover your system information from the network location.

Use the following procedure to recover your system information from DPM to a network location.

To recover system information in DPM

  1. In DPM Administrator Console, click Recovery on the navigation bar.

  2. Browse or search for the data you want to recover, and then, in the results pane, select the data.

  3. Available recovery points are indicated in bold on the calendar in the recovery points section. Select the bold date for the recovery point you want to recover.

  4. In the Recoverable item pane, click to select the recoverable item you want to recover.

  5. In the Actions pane, click Recover. DPM starts the Recovery Wizard.

  6. Review your recovery selection, and click Next.

  7. Select Copy to a network folder. Click Next, and on the Specify Destination dialog box, click Browse to select a destination for the database files. When you have selected a destination, click OK.

    TipTip
    We recommend that you use a new folder to recover the system information. This will make it easier for you to point WSB to the right folder for recovery.

  8. After you have specified the type of recovery, click Next.

  9. Specify your recovery options:

    1. Enable SAN based recovery using hardware snapshots. Select this option to use SAN-based hardware snapshots for quicker recovery.

      This option is valid only when you have a SAN where hardware snapshot functionality is enabled, the SAN has the capability to create a clone and to split a clone to make it writable, and the protected computer and the DPM server are connected to the same SAN.

    2. Notification. Click Send an e-mail when the recovery completes, and specify the recipients. Separate the e-mail addresses with commas.

  10. After you have specified the recovery option, click Next.

  11. Review your recovery settings, and click Recover.

    noteNote
    Any synchronization job for the selected recovery item is canceled while the recovery is in progress.

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