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Drashna Jaelre

I tried it... it didn't go so well, Backups didn't complete, caused the system to lag out, and the restore didn't go very well, (worse that listed here). 

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I have used PXE to restore in  anger multiple times without any issues. I have 2012 R2 with the Essentials role,

 

I have never used it to restore VM's. All my restores have been to physical machines.  I have not used a USB key since I migrated from WHS2011.

 

I have used PXE on previously installed machines when I want to restore to an earlier point in time.

 

I have also used it instead of cloning when moving the OS from a HDD to SSD or vice versa. In this case I always format using the restore process and let it select the partition sizes. The only time I have had to fiddle around is the case when you want to move to a smaller HDD or SSD.

 

I have never had to use Diskpart or fiddle with bootrec.

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I tried it... it didn't go so well, Backups didn't complete, caused the system to lag out, and the restore didn't go very well, (worse that listed here).

You referring to veem? Doesn't sound good if you are.

I have used PXE to restore in anger multiple times without any issues. I have 2012 R2 with the Essentials role,

 

I have never used it to restore VM's. All my restores have been to physical machines. I have not used a USB key since I migrated from WHS2011.

 

I have used PXE on previously installed machines when I want to restore to an earlier point in time.

 

I have also used it instead of cloning when moving the OS from a HDD to SSD or vice versa. In this case I always format using the restore process and let it select the partition sizes. The only time I have had to fiddle around is the case when you want to move to a smaller HDD or SSD.

 

I have never had to use Diskpart or fiddle with bootrec.

That's good to hear.

Did you need to intialize the disks before hand? Or where you reusing disks?

Basically what state where the disks in for the tool to offer to format and create partitions for you?

 

I'll give it another go with a physical PC but with a uefi BIOS.

See how I go.

 

Thanks for the comments all.

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bandit1170

I have not been able to successfully PXE boot to my WSE2012R2 server.  Restoring via USB has worked flawlessly, but PXE fails with "PXE-053 - No Boot File Received".  The Essentials server is a VM with 2012 R2 server with the Essentials Experience, running on a 2012 R2 Hyper-V host.  I had tried to install and utilize DHCP on the Essentials server, but clients weren't finding the DHCP server.  I have now installed DHCP on a separate physical 2012 R2 server and it is working as expected, except I still can't PXE boot.  Under Client Restore in the Dashboard, I've installed PE 8.1 and then 10 and it says the Client Restore service is running.  This is my home server that replaced WHS v1 and everything else that I've used the server for has worked properly.  I have a WDS server that I built at work and it works properly.  I think there is something missing from the WDS installation.  My other thought is that somehow with it being a VM, it can't be "seen".  Which doesn't make sense to me either.  I'm missing something or the server is missing something, I just don't know what it is.

 

Any theories will be appreciated.

 

db

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Drashna Jaelre

Try restarting the server, if you haven't already.

 

Also, try manually adding boot images to the WDS server.

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Just coming back in here 12 months after my last post in this thread to say that I have now migrated from 2012 R2 with the Essentials role to 2016 Essentials.

 

I just has to restore a client in anger as the HDD failed.

 

It didnt go so well. I restored to exactly the same model  HDD (250GB Seagate in a N54L).

 

When I re-booted it had the Winload.exe error and I had to resort to /RebuildBCD process to fix it.

 

I have done a bit of searching and there are plenty of hits on how to fix this issue, but none on the root cause and how to eliminate the problem going forward.

 

Has anyone come up with the answer since the lost post on this thread?

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Technogod

I used Acronis 2017 to clone my system drive. I deleted the C: partition. Created an empty C: partition. Backed up this empty SSD with Acronis. Used Acronis to restore backup after performing diskpart clean on SSD. I performed a client restore of only the C: partition.. Server was able to see disk was bootable and wanted to overwrite bootable partition. I told it, No. Restore completed successfully. Server did report errors on drive. I scanned drive and it found no errors. I haven't reinstalled the drive back into the computer yet. I ran the client restore from the server due to my lab configuration.

 

I'm going to save the Acronis backup of the empty drive so in an emergency I can quickly restore my system.

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Technogod

I reinstalled the drive. System booted and ran automatic repair. Automatic repair successfully repaired system without any intervention. It found my Vista installation on a separate drive. I used msconfig to delete Vista from boot. Now system boots directly into Windows 10 Pro. 

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Technogod

I had a different result the next time I tried to do a restore. It did not boot. I have switched to Veeam Endpoint Backup. Which I love. All bare metal restores will now be performed using this software.

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