This article gets you started with the USB BMR process for disaster recovery. For best results, review the Datto Disaster Recovery Guide before you get started.
Requirements for the target hardware:
- Must be able to boot from USB
- Must be on the same network as the Datto device
- Must be 64-bit hardware
- Bare Metal Restore to EFI Linux agents is not supported. See the Installing the Datto Linux Agent article for more information.
- If you update a protected machine to Mac OS X to version 10.12.5 from an earlier version, you may need to force a new full backup of the agent for continued compatibility with the Bare Metal Restore process.
Figure 1 illustrates the data flow for the Bare Metal Restore solution. See the SIRIS, Alto & DNAS Networking And Bandwidth Requirements article for more information.
You should have the following items available when starting this process:
- USB stick that is at least 8 GB
- We will automatically detect storage controllers and inject them as needed. You may still want to collect any other drivers to apply after the imaging is complete.
- If your backups are encrypted, then you will need the encryption passphrase for the protected system that you are restoring.
Image the USB Drive
- Download the Datto Utilities Image, and image the USB stick. For more information about this process, see Imaging a USB Drive with Datto Utilities.
- Once the imaging process completes successfully, unplug the USB stick, and proceed to the article USB Bare Metal Restore: Booting the target machine from USB.