Windows Bare Metal Protection and Recovery

Bare metal technology is used for disaster recovery of protected assets. Use the procedures in this chapter to set up bare metal protection for your Windows assets and to recover failed Windows assets. (To recover the Unitrends appliance itself, see Appliance Disaster Recovery. To set up bare metal protection for assets running other operating systems, see the Bare Metal Protection and Recovery Guide.)

There are two options for hot bare metal recovery (BMR) of Windows agent-based assets: Windows unified BMR (formerly known as integrated BMR) and Windows image-based BMR.

With Windows unified BMR, Unitrends provides Unified Bare Metal™ protection that enables you to perform disaster recovery (DR) right from a file-level or image-level backup. This reduces recovery time, provides additional recovery points, increases on-appliance retention by eliminating the need for bare metal backups, and simplifies the Windows DR process. You perform unified BMR by using the Unified Bare Metal Recovery wizard and standard 32-bit and 64-bit ISO images, eliminating the need to create bare metal ISOs for each protected asset and keep them on-hand in case disaster strikes.

With image-based BMR, you must run bare metal backups and create a separate bare metal ISO for each Windows asset you want to protect. You perform image-based BMR by booting from the asset's bare metal ISO. Image-based BMR can protect older versions of Windows that are not supported by unified BMR.

NOTE  If you have Windows virtual machines, you can protect them by running host-level backups that use hypervisor snapshots or by installing the Windows agent and running file-level backups. If you are running agent-based file-level backups for a VM, use the hot bare metal procedures in this chapter for disaster recovery. If you are running host-level backups for a VM, see Recovering a virtual machine.