Diskless Boot Recovery Solution

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by markymoo, Sep 7, 2014.

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  1. markymoo

    markymoo Registered Member

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    Diskless Booting

    The scenario

    You have no system image backup available, no LAN server network, no secondary pc, no backup, destroyed backups, destroyed secondary drive, multiple HD failures etc.

    You don't even have no boot device or faulty. No USB. No CD. No hard drive. Although, you do have a internet connection.

    You need to restore your system image. The only backup you have is online, in the cloud storage.

    The solution

    I have developed an automatic recovery solution that's not ready yet, that when the PC is switched on, it boots off your network which downloads from a internet server, a recovery environment into RAM such as WinPe or something simpler. The recovery then automatically downloads and restores a system image backup, which is automatically restored to the system drive.

    The recovery medium and configuration has been done for you by your instructions and is waiting permenately online. The recovery can be configured totally to your individual restore requirements.

    It can be customized to download and run any backup software and any backup image. This would also be a solution for those who have difficulty configuring a restore setup or just don't want to be troubled by it. I do it for you. It is possible to have multiple configurations for multiple system restores.

    It works off wired network without boot disk, but to boot off wireless it needs to load from a boot device, as it not possible to write to a EPROM of a wireless network card.

    A restore medium can be as small as 2MB, which takes seconds to download and restore the system backup.

    You could just use it, to restore your restore medium from the internet, then use it to auto restore the system image on a emergency backup drive.

    All the configuration you need to do, is set the IP address to the server where your restore medium and backup images are kept.

    There is services already to backup to the cloud, but no services or software available yet to restore from the internet.

    Ideal particularly for fast internet connections.

    Features -

    Physical USB stick already configured for wireless.
    100GB Backup storage with encryption available for backup images.


    The main benefit offered here is peace of mind. The knowledge a backup is safe on the internet and encrypted ready to restore should the worst happen or just for the neatness and convenience to restore over the net. A system backup stored away safe from your premises on the web, on multiple servers(for extra protection) is safe as a last resort.

    Network boot is nothing new. Individuals have done something similar to this, but for themselves only and for internal LAN networks. This is now made easy for everybody to use and with extra services provided.

    Would anybody be interested in this?
     
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    Maybe I'm just tired but I don't understand what you're talking about. If everything is destroyed or missing? Sorry not trying to be a smart***.
     
  3. MerleOne

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    Sure, this system would be a plus, does it handle diff or incremental imaging ?
     
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    I think what he's referring to is all the local devices are trashed (disk, CDs, whatever... no local way to BOOT the system, no local storage elements working)... BUT, there's an image in "the cloud." Using your system's network BOOT feature, brings up a RESTORE environment which then uses the network to access the cloud and restore your system.
     
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    Thank you. I guess I don't understand OPs meaning of network BOOT when it's clearly stated there is no network. And what media is there to recover to when:

    "The scenario
    You have no system image backup, no network, no secondary pc, no backup, destroyed backups, destroyed secondary drive, multiple HD failure happens etc.
    You don't even have no boot device or faulty. No USB. No CD. No hard drive.You need to restore your system image. The only backup you have is online. The cloud."


    I mean if my HDDs are destroyed & I have no USB, DVD etc. What I am doing using a pen & paper?
     
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    Zapjb... you be right (I didn't notice the "no network" statement :)). Maybe he's booting off a culular link... :doubt:
     
  7. Peter2150

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    I find the scenario to improbable to go thru the effort. Macrium is in all my machines boot menu's. I have two IFL CD's 3 Macrium CD's, 5 or 6 different SP CD's and an IT edition USB key which will also restore. So the possiblity of all that getting trashed at the same time is nil.
     
  8. Brian K

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    Mark,

    To simplify, you are proposing creating and restoring images to/from the cloud. But restoring the images directly from the cloud rather than downloading them and then doing a local restore. Is that correct?
     
  9. markymoo

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    I have edited the whole lot to make more sense. Regarding no network, I meant no LAN network. A single PC with a single network card is sufficient, providing your solitary ethernet internet connection.
     
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    Thanks for rewriting the original post. Now I have some semblance of what you are proposing. I believe this could have some use.

    Some businesses & governments run physical backups weekly, daily or hourly (guess) to underground storage facilities miles underground.

    But I would like to think every entity with the resources would at least store daily offline encrypted data at numerous banks, vaults or whatever.

    Now your service if workable, secure, reliable & affordable. If chosen should only be in addition to physical on & off premises backups. Situation based solutions applied.

    Edit: But I am still confused as to whom would choose & use this. At 1st even in the rewritten solution. I believe it's alluded/stated that physical medium say HDD are destroyed or not available. So to restore my OS or data. I'd have to go out & buy a HDD? Why wouldn't I at least have an image on a HDD in a drawer? Seems as mentioned highly unlikely and not for those with any modicum of intelligence such as a Wilders member assuredly.
     
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  11. andylau

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    What is the possibility will happen in the scenario that you do not have everything except an internet connection?
     
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    OP has decided to end the thread, and thanks all for participating!
     
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