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Recovering Microsoft Windows systems using the IBM Spectrum Protect Backup-Archive Client

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Use the IBM Spectrum Protect Backup-Archive Client with the Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) to recover your Windows systems, including system state. The information below includes tips for backing up Windows systems, steps for creating WinPE bootable media, and steps for system recovery.
Successful recovery of a Microsoft Windows operating system relies on advance preparation:
  • Keep your backup-archive software current. If you update the backup-archive client on your Microsoft Windows systems, create new recovery media with the same, or later, version of the backup-archive client software.
  • You can use the backup-archive client to protect and recover physical and virtual machines. However, for virtual machines that are hosted by VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V, the preferred alternative is to use IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments.
  • The preceding information for creating bootable media includes a script that automatically creates the WinPE image. You can use the same instructions and script to build images suitable for recovering Windows 7, Windows 2008, and later Windows versions.
This content was previously available on the IBM Spectrum Protect wiki, hosted on the developerWorks Connections Platform, which was discontinued on 31 March 2020.

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Modified date:
27 April 2020