Performing a Bare Metal Restore (BMR) of Historical Data

Modified on Tue, 05 Mar 2024 at 11:25 AM

When performing BMR restores, users should select from the available backup sessions retained by the retention rules

Before attempting to perform a Bare Metal Restore (BMR) from an older backup session, consider the following:

  • Select a backup session that is error-free.
  • If there are no active retention rules, the maximum number of generations applies, which is equivalent to a default retention rule of “keep the last <n> generations”. BMR should not be attempted from backup sessions prior to that <n> number of backup sessions.
  • If there are active retention rules, select only from backup sessions retained by the retention rules. Selecting a backup session that falls between the restore points might cause generations to be removed by the retention rules, which could result in the computer being not fully functional after the restore.

To identify a session that is suitable for a Bare Metal Restore (BMR), you can run the Restore Wizard after retention was executed and click Show Files to display the files list. You can then expand the following path:

System State -> Registry -> System Root -> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and check the generations of the SOFTWARE file

This issue will be resolved in 14.2 U6.

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