Backup Exec Preparations for SDR Disks – Part 2

As already in part 1 ” Backup Exec – Create SDR data carrier “, we want to show today which measures are necessary before the actual SDR creation in Backup Exec . Basically, this is all very easy to do, but it takes a little time. First, the Backup Admin changes to the ” Home ” of the Backup Exec . If an SDR data carrier has not yet been created, the Backup Admin will see the following message in the ” Simplified Disaster Recovery ” area.

No SDR disk was created

There simply click on the note ” Create SDR disk “. Then the ” Wizard for creating an SDR disk ” appears, which guides the user quite well through the necessary steps. First, you can choose whether we want to connect to another Backup Exec server to create an SDR disk for it. This would be useful if we have multiple backup servers , but only want to install the Windows ADK ( Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit) on one.

Specify source location

After that, the source location must be specified. As a rule, the administrator will select point 1 ” Create new SDR disk image (.iso) “, since this is the most sensible when creating an SDR disk for the first time . However, it is also possible to create the SDR disk from a CD, DVD, folder or another ISO file (image).

Installation of Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK)

Then it is checked whether the ADK , the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit, is already installed. Without installing the ADK, no SDR disk can be installed. To do this, check the box “I understand that ADK must be installed”.

Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit

Please note that the ADK is relatively large and that approximately 3GB of data is downloaded from the Internet during installation. Then you will be asked in which folder the installation should take place.

Windows ADK location

Everyone can answer the window to participate to improve the user-friendliness as desired and then accept the license agreement with Next . Finally, you will be asked to install the desired ADK features . The ” Deployment tools ” and the “Windows preinstallation environment ( Windows PE ) are activated by default. These settings can be left as they are.

Windows ADK features

Installation of the Windows Assessment Deployment Kit

Now that occurs installation of Windows Assessment Deployment Kit (ADK) , as you can see below here can. The installation takes a relatively long time due to the size. Of course, it depends on the speed of your internet connection and the server performance . With us the installation took about 20 minutes.

Installation of Windows ADK Assessment Deployment Kit

After that, the necessary preparations for the creation of the SDR data carrier are completed. We then describe how the creation of the SDR data carriers works in the third part of this series. The third part of this series can be found under ” Backup Exec – Create SDR Disk – Part 3 “.

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