how to restore automatically a disk image ?

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  1. ste78

    ste78 Registered Member

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    Hello,
    I would like to restore automatically a disk image every night on a Windows server.
    What product should I use ? what's the way to do this ?
    Thanks

     
  2. Peter2150

    Peter2150 Global Moderator

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    Is the disk image always the same?

    Are you trying to reset the machine to a standard configuration?

    Pete
     
  3. ste78

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    Yes, that's I want to do !:p
     
  4. Peter2150

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    I don't know of any imaging software that can do this automatically, or that I'd trust it if it could. You might look at FDISR Server edition. I believe it may have the frozen snapshot feature, in which case a reboot would accomplish what you want. But again automatically.

    Another thought is Returnil, which has a scheduling function. Again a reboot restores the system to it's original. Again I am not sure it's totally automatic. This might be the closest.

    Pete
     
  5. Brian K

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    ste78,

    Automatic, unattended restores have been an interest of mine lately. It can be done with Terabyte applications (Image for Windows/ Image for DOS), Drive SnapShot and Norton Ghost (only with the DOS versions). IFW/ IFD is the easiest and comes with software for for the reboot phase.

    TeraByte have TBOSDT (a Development Tool) which can create a bootable FAT file system in a file. The file can be as small as 1 MB. It contains IFD, your command line and the boot files. After you get the hang of what it's about you can create a file in a few minutes. When run, it will do the 3 am scenario.

    Another way is to have a second OS. Either Windows or DOS. At 3 am the computer shuts down, boots into the other OS, runs the restore and reboots to your restored OS. This was the first technique I used for an unattended restore and is my favourite way but the bootable FAT file system in a file is so easy.
     
  6. Hairy Coo

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    Dont have any auto answers,but a very easy to restore app.that would require minimal human intervention would be Rollback, or one of the hardware ISR cards which are used in the Chinese PC hire halls extensively to restore systems to an original state,or FDISR Rescue.
     
  7. ste78

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    That seems to be nice.
    I'll try to use it.
    Thanks;)
     
  8. ErikAlbert

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    IMO an automatic restore is simply forgotten in most IB Softwares, because none of these developpers thought long enough, that some users might need this to keep their system partition clean.
    If a backup can be automated, it must be very easy to do the same for restore.
    I hope that in the future more IB Softwares will have that feature instead of adding gadget features, like backup of emails, settings, etc...
     
  9. Huupi

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    In server environments its common practice to backup unattended,but thats another world where IT boys using special scripts to automate the whole process. o_O

    BTW you can ask Nate from Storagecraft if he can provide a script,there is always discussion going on there mostly in the IT/Server forum.
    Must admit always far above my head,but who knows !
     
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  10. Brian K

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    Let me know if you have any questions. It took me ages to sort this out with trial and error but like most things, "it's easy if you know how".

    The TeraByte bootable file can be made in a few seconds once you have set up a batch file.
     
  11. Hairy Coo

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    Good one,Brian,You should sell it commercially!!:)
     
  12. Brian K

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    Hairy Coo,

    Good thought. No, anyone can have a copy of my hard work.
     
  13. MrDrew

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    Brian K,

    Do you have your batch script available for download at all? I've been trying to automate restoring from a backup everytime a computer gets restarted, and was originally looking at Secure Zone to get this done. However, no pdfs from Acronis seem to be available from their website? Just joined the forum and came across your posts.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated



    MrDrew
     
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