On Tuesday, I think we performed a world’s first operation on our test environments… a bare metal restore from a backup on iSCSI target, from the Windows Recovery Environment.
The problem is that the WinRE (that you get by booting off the Windows installation DVD on Windows Vista and onwards) does not include the iSCSI Initiator. However, we have been experimenting with our own recovery environment that does include the iSCSI Initiator… and we managed to get it to work! Needless to say, we had a small crowd around our test machine when I “clicked the button” to start the restore… we held our breaths (for around 10 minutes) while the restore took place, and there were high fives when the machine booted back up again.
This feature is still in “proof of concept” stage, so it’s many months away from being included in the main BackupAssist release. However, I thought I’d blog about it, because I’m pretty confident that this is the first time anyone has done a bare metal restore from the Windows RE from an iSCSI target. And it could unlock a new way of performing backups and recoveries.