2. Select clone type to be Assisted Cloning.
3. We now must wait until the Primary server is reconfigured in order to be ready for cloning. This is displayed in EMS as below. Please focus on the Operations in progress status and on the Progress Bar showing the reconfiguration of the Primary server. When this is completed the Delete button will become available.
4. When the Primary server is ready to be cloned, please launch Windows Server Backup and select Local Backup then click Backup Once
5. In the Backup Once Wizard select Different options and click Next.
6. In the next window select Custom. Be sure Not to select “Full server” as this may result in a huge backup file. There is no need to include in the backup the data which will be replicated by Engine from Primary to Secondary once the Secondary server is up and running.
7. Click Next and choose Select Items for Backup. Click on Add items.
8. In Select Items please check/enable the Bare metal recovery. This is essential. When you check this option then other options will be automatically checked for you: System state, System reserved, and all critical volumes which contain operating system files.
9. Notice that other driver (like E: in this case) was not automatically selected because this volume does not contain OS files. However there is other content on E: which might need to be included, for example if there’s a "Program Files" folder because this contains application binaries. When done selecting items, click OK.
10. Specify a destination type where the backup file will be saved. In this example we will backup to a directory on a network share for convenience. The backup file created on the Primary server can be also saved on an external disk too.
Note: The network share or the external disk will need to be accessible during the restore on the Secondary.
11. After completing all the steps above, please click Backup.
The backup will take some time…
And will report as “Completed” when finished.
12. Click Close.
Next steps will be performed on the Secondary server.
Remember that the Windows Server Install DVD needs to be inserted into the Secondary unit so that the Secondary machine will boot from the DVD and not from its local hard-disk. Once booted from the DVD you will see the screen below:
1. Click Next and choose the Repair your computer option.
2. Click Troubleshoot.
3. Select System Image Recovery.
4. Windows is going to search the Secondary server for the backup file to restore, but since the backup file is saved on a network share, click Cancel.
5. Click Next.
6. Click Advanced.
7. Choose Search for a system image on the network.
8. Confirm that you want to connect to the network by clicking Yes.
9. WinPE is bringing up the network here. You'll need a DHCP server.
10. When the network is up, type the network folder location for the backup file and click OK.
11. You'll probably need to type in credentials. Click OK.
12. Select a backup location.
13. Click Next.
14. Click on Advanced...
15. Uncheck/disable the Automatically check and update disk error information option, then click OK and click Next.
16. Click OK and click Next once more.
17. Click Finish.
18. Confirm that you sure you want to continue by clicking Yes.
19. When done, the computer asks for a restart. Click Restart Now.
20. There will be some PnP action on the pre-login screen because some new devices are discovered and installed. Once that's completed, login in Windows by using the same administrator name and password as the Primary.
21. The Neverfail system tray is showing the server as Secondary (S) and Passive (-).
22. Run an ipconfig /all command and check to make sure that one Network Adapter is configured with the Secondary channel IP address and the other Network Adapter shows an 169.254. IP address. This 169.254 IP address is to be expected because the Secondary server is passive.
23. At this point you can click the Delete button in EMS so that the Primary server is reverted back to its normal settings.