How to perform a restore with ShadowProtect

In this tutorial I will walk you through performing a restore of my SQL server running Windows 2008 R2 with StorageCraft ShadowProtect. I will be restoring this server into a new virtual machine.

I will be using the ShadowProtect Recovery Environment CD version 2.1.1 x64 to perform the restore.

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1. Boot the virtual machine from CD/DVD and make sure you have the StorageCraft Recovery Environment CD mounted.


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2. The StorageCraft Recovery Environment will start to load.


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3. I will select English for the language and click Ok.


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4. click on the Disk Map and select the first hard disk. Right click and select Disk Utility.


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5. Click on Format Drive and select Master Boot Record. Click format.


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6. Click on Format when asked if you are sure you want to format the drive.


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7. I will create a partition of 106MB for the Windows System Reserve, type will be NTFS and you can give the partition a name. Click Create.


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8. The partition is created.


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9. Right click the free space within hard disk 1 and click on Create Partition. I will allocate the remaining size, select NTFS as the type and you can optionally give the partition a name. Click Create.


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10. Now our hard drive is partitioned correctly we can start to restore.


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11. Close this window and make sure you are on the Disk Map tab. Right click the first 105MB partition and select Restore Volume.


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12. The Restore wizard starts. Click the hard drive icon above the Name window.


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13. I will add the hard drive with the label backups as this is where my images are located. Click Ok.


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14. Browse to the System Reserved backup image that you wish to restore and click Next.


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15. This window will list the image dependencies. Click Next.


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16. Select the 105MB partition and click Finish. The restore will begin.


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17. If you click on the tasks tab you can see the restore running and also when it completes.


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18. Once the restore finishes you will return to this screen. Double click on the SCRE icon.


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19. Now we will repeat the same steps for the second partition. Right click on the 42.8Gb partition and click Restore Volume.


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20. Browse to the backup images you wish to restore from. This partition had a backup file name starting with C_VOL-b001*.spi. Select the date and time you wish to restore form. Click Next.


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21. This window will list the dependencies. Click Next.


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22. Select the 42.8GB partition and click Finish to begin the restore.


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23. Clicking on the Tasks tab you can see the restore job status.


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24. The restore job is now complete. Click on the file menu and select exit.


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25. Select Restart or Shut Down. Make sure you unmount the StorageCraft Receovery Environment CD.


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26. Windows will now begin to boot. You will most likely receive this message that Windows did not shut down successfully. Select Start Windows Normally.


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27. Press CTRL ALT DELETE and log onto the server.


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28. You will most likely also receive the unexpectedly shutdown window. Type a comment and click Ok.


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29. I will open up my Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio and just make sure all my databases are mounted and everything is working correctly.


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30. My Windows 2008 R2 with SQL Server is now restored and fully functioning.

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All the tutorials included on this site are performed in a lab environment to simulate a real world production scenario. As everything is done to provide the most accurate steps to date, we take no responsibility if you implement any of these steps in a production environment.