Creating a Disaster Recovery Boot DiskThe user would start by opening the NovaBACKUP software and viewing the home
Once the user is ready, click on the Disaster Recovery button this will take the user to the
Launch DR screen (below). On this screen the user is given options to create a schedule or
Launch the Disaster Recovey tool, in this case we will use the tool to create the boot disk.
The user will click next to start the DR Wizard. On this screen you will click the boot disc
button that is highlighted below.
Once this option is chosen, the user will be taken to the Boot Disc Introduction screen (below).
On this screen the user will be given a brief explanation on what to expect and what needs to be
configured in order for the process to be completed.
Above is a screenshot of the Basic option which does not require an Aik or ADK download. The end user will choose this option to create a boot disk for the machine and can be used with any other machine to create boot disk.
Note: The basic option is available for operating systems that are Windows 7 to Windows 8 and Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2012. This is not supported with Windows XP and Server 2003 and you would use the Aik install instead of the ADK install.
The Screen above will show the Basic process to create the boot disk iso file.
With the basic process it is as simple as three clicks and you are burning your new Boot Disk.
The screen above is the Advanced mode for creating a Boot Disk. You would have to use the drop down menu to choose the advanced option. The screen below is the Download screen for the ADK (Assessment and Deployment Kit).
Note: Only computers with operating systems that are Windows 7 and above/ Windows Server 2008 and above would be directed to the ADK installation screen below.
The two installation kits above are used to download the Windows PE Operating System which
is needed for the boot image. Each kit AIK (1.7GB), ADK(1.2MB) are used according to the operating
system on the host machine. After the user downloads the file the Iso file becomes another wizard
(or one similar for the ADK)for the user to install the program on the host machine (below).
Note Even though the site you connect to shows Windows 7 this download is compatible from XP SP3- Windows Server 2012.
Note: If you are using Xp SP3 you must download the MSXML 6 SP1 Setup before installing.
In this window the user has options to do many different things that pertain to this file, but the
option that the user needs to choose is the Windows AIK Setup for normal users, and for professional
IT personnel, they could use the Step-By-Step Deployment option as well. Once the Windows AIK Setup
is chosen, the wizard to install begins (below).
The user is prompted to pick next to start the wizard. Once next is chosen, the user will be
asked to accept the liscence terms (below). After acceptance, choose next.
This action would bring the user to the third screen in the installation process called Selection
Installation. This is where the user will decide the destination of the install and who has
permissions or access to the file (shown below).
To proceed to the next window of the wizard press next. This will take the user to
the Confirmation of Installlation Screen (below). To advance press next.
After this action the installation will begin and the user will see a the window below
if it is a successful installation. The next step is closing the wizard and continuing
the boot creation process (below). This screen give the user the option to
either install the AIK from CD/DVD, the option to create a DVD/CD from a flash
drive or if it is already installed on the host machine not to reinstall.
The second part of the screen is retrieving the file from its installation destination and press next.
This action will bring the user to the "Create the Boot Disk Image" window (below).
In this window, the user click on the Create Image button and starts the process of creating the boot
disk image. In the second box, the user can add/remove files such as drivers and programs. This section
can only be configured if the Show optional files list box is checked. Once the image is created sucessfully,
the screen would look like the screen above with the completed steps checked off in blue. To proceed,
the user will click the next button. This will bring the user to the Write Bootable Image screen (below).
On this screen the user has the option to choose the drive to write the bootable image onto an empty CD/DVD.
For disk imaging it is recommended to use the DVD because of the size. If the user has a large boot image,
the user does not have the option to split the image into two parts. To complete the process choose
the drive and place an empty DVD into the drive and press the finish button. You have successfully created
a Disaster Recovery Boot Disk.
Troubleshooting (advanced users)
If for some unknown reason you are unable to write the boot disk to your media source, either your CD/DVD writer is not detected or Windows cannot identify your flash drive, there is a work around for burning the Boot Disk manually. After you build the boot disk image, the iso file is saved in the %temp% folder. This can be found in Windows 7 and 2008 at C:\Users\profile.name\AppData\Local\Temp. A folder is generated called DRBackup508B04A3 or similar name. In here you can find the DRBoot.iso image. You can then write this image to a Flash disk or CD/DVD using any other software you prefer.