Image Deployment using Acronis

Setup

  • Make sure that you connect your PC to be imaged onto a network port configured for VLAN 420 (connected to Asimov)

  • Boot ACRONIS 10 LINUX CD
    • Note: CD image is located at \\asimov\rawiso\linux_utils\Acronis\acronis10.iso
  • - OR -
    • PXE boot on vlan 420 and pick Acronis Backups and Recovery 10 ISO
  • Pick Acronis Backup & Recovery 10:
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  • Check networking configuration
    • Make sure the IP address is in the range: 192.168.1.xxx
    • If not, click on "Configure Network", click on the checkbox "Auto configuration", Click "OK"

  • Click on Run management console :
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Using Disk Management Tool

Note: we have discovered that Acronis will not restore an image onto a system with existing partitions. Therefore, we need to delete the existing partitions using the steps below:

  • Click on "Navigation" in the menu and pick "Disk Management"
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Deleting Existing Partitions

  • Highlight Disk
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    • If the disk already says "Unallocated" then you are done - nothing else to do!
    • Right-click on Partition you want to delete, and select "Delete Volume":
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      • If there is data on the volume, you will be asked if you are sure. Click "OK" if you are
    • Example view after deleting all of the partitions:
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    • Click on "Commit x operations" to save your changes
      • Click on "Proceed"
      • The "Task Details - Disk Management" screen will appear. Wait until it reaches 100%, then click the "Close" button. IMAGE
    • If you click Exit before doing the above, it will prompt to commit changes - then pick Commit :
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  • you will return to the Acronis main screen

Deleting Existing Partitions with DD

  • Enter a shell prompt Actions Menu (use ALT F1 to exit when you are done)
  • fdisk -l
    • list existing partitions.
    • Note: you may see partitions like /dev/sda1 /dev/sda2 and so on these are partitions on the disk /dev/sda
    • The Partition Table is at the start of the disk so if we overwrite the beginningof /dev/sda then we erase the partition table itself.
  • We can use dd is the shell to zero out the Partition Table
    • dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=1M count=1000
      • Overwrites the first 1G of disk /dev/sda with zeros
  • Exit the shell

Recover Data Process (Restoring an Image)

  • make sure you have deleted any existing partitions first (see above)
  • From the Acronis Main Screen, click on "Recover"
  • Archive - click on Change - this with open the Backup Archive Selection window:
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Samba Mount ASIMOV Process

  • Backup Archive Selection :
    • Fill in Path: smb://asimov/images then click on GREEN ARROW to the right:
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    • TIP: If you know the exact file you want you can type in its full location (ie smb://asimov/images/research/winxp-ubuntu-x32 and when its done loading just click OK)
    • Access Credentials - enter cscf-adm or cscf-op and the 2010 password - see safe:
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    • wait for a while ... a minute or so ... until ASIMOV appears in the left-hand pane with all of its folders underneath

Backup Archive Selection

  • Navigate to the folder where the Acronis Archive resides, eg: Network Folders -> CSCFSUPPORT -> ASIMOV -> IMAGES -> research:
    • Expand Network Folders (ie click + ):
      • It will take about 1 minute*:
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    • Expand CSCFSUPPORT :
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    • Expand research :
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    • Expand WinXP-Ubuntu-x32 :
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  • Open Archive
    • Highlight Folder (eg: WinXP-Ubuntu-x32 on left) IMAGE

  • Highlight Archive Name (eg: WinXP-Ubuntu10.10-x32 on Right) - click OK :
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  • It will show a "Checking Vault..." screen

Disk Method (automatically adjust partitions)

  • On the Recover Data screen, in the section "What to Recover":
  • Click on the dropbox to Right of Data Type
    • Click on "Disk" and click "OK"
  • On the Recover Data screen, in the section "Where to Recover":
  • Click Change to Right of Recover Disk 1 to
    • Click on "Disk 1" and click "OK"

Partition Method (default, manually select partitions)

MBR Selection

  • On the Recover Data screen, in the section "Where to Recover":
  • Click Change to Right of Recover Disk 1 MBR to :
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    • Click on "Disk 1" and click "OK"

Partition Selection

  • On the Recover Data screen, in the section "Where to Recover":
  • Scroll down to see the partitions
  • TIP: For an 80GB hard drive make the first two partitions 36GB or else the image is too big
  • Click Change to the right of each partition :
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    • Click on Disk 1, then pick Unallocated space:
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  • Click on Change on next partition if needed :
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    • Click on Disk 1, then pick Unallocated space:
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  • Click on Change on next partition if needed :
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    • Click on Disk 1, then pick Unallocated space:
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  • See Universal Restore Options section of specialized hardware options - should NOT be required if image was syspreped!

Starting Restore

  • Click OK - we assume all of the right hand side option have been filled in previously (hint: you should not see any yellow bars if you scroll up and down):
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  • Operation Progress:
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  • Task Details :
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  • On a 1 Gigabit connection, you can expect it take about 10 minutes. On a 100Mb connection, it takes about 35 minutes.
  • Once the "Task Execution" bar reaches 100%, you can click "Close"
  • You will be returned to the main Acronis Menu Screen

Restart the system

  • From the main Acronis Menu Screen, click "Action" -> "Exit" or click the [x] button
  • Remove the Acronis 10 CD
  • Click on "Reboot"

Universal Restore Options - OPTIONAL (only if standard restore doesn't work)

*Note:

  • This step can allow restore to alien hardware when image was not sysprepped*
  • This might fix bluescreen problems on sysprepped images - only try this if the normal restore fails!

  • Click Use under Universal Restore:
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  • Click Change* to right of Search Folder :
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  • Expand Network folder * (ie click *'+' ) :
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  • Expand CSCFSUPPORT :
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  • Expand research :
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  • Highlight drivers :
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Topic revision: r20 - 2013-05-01 - MikeGore
 
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