arcserve-KB : How to launch Create Boot Kit Utility in the process of creating a boot kit for bare metal recovery

Last Update: 2016-04-25 13:55:51 UTC


CA ARCserve RHA provides a Create Boot Kit for the Bare Metal Recovery utility to help you generate a WinPE-based ISO image. This ISO image contains all the information that is required to perform a bare metal recovery (BMR) if necessary.

Follow these steps:

  1. From the CA ARCserve RHA product installation screen, click Create Bare Metal Recovery Image.

           The Create Boot Kit utility is launched.

       Note: You can also launch the Boot Kit Utility by running CBImage.exe. CBImage.exe is located in the following folders:

  • \BMR\CBImagex64\ (for 64-bit Windows)
  • \BMR\CBImagex32\ (for 32-bit Windows)

       Copy the BMR folder from the RHA iso image to your machine and run CBimage.exe.

      2.  Select the BMR ISO image type.

Select the Windows 8 Kernel when you want to the BMR image to support Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 features. Select the Windows 7 Kernel when you want the BMR image to support Windows 7 or previous versions of Windows such as Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008.

The utility immediately checks your computer to determine if the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) or Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) is already installed. Windows ADK/AIK is a Microsoft tool that lets you deploy Windows operating systems to computers.

To create the bootable ISO image, Windows ADK or AIK must be installed on the computer.

  • If Windows ADK/AIK is installed, the utility advances to the Specify Functionality screen to let you continue creating the boot kit.
  • If Windows ADK/AIK is not installed, the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK)/Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) Information screen opens. You need to download and install Windows ADK from Microsoft website.

Note: For more information, see Installing the Windows ADK and Installing the Windows AIK on the Microsoft website.

3.  Click Next.

     The Select the Boot Kit Method screen opens.

4.  Select a method to create a bootable image and click Next.

     Create a Bootable BMR ISO Image

                      Specifies to create an ISO image that you can burn onto a CD/DVD for storage.

     Create a Bootable BMR USB thumbdrive

                      Specifies to create an ISO image directly onto a portable USB thumbdrive for storage.

You can then use either of these bootable media to initialize the new computer system and allow the bare metal recovery  process to begin. To verify that your saved image is always the most up-to-date version, it is best practice to create a new ISO image every time you update CA ARCserve RHA.

Note: When you are performing a BMR on a virtual machine (VM), then you can also directly attach the ISO image to the VM to start the BMR process without having to first burn it onto a CD/DVD.

The Select Platform and Destination dialog opens.


5.  Select the applicable platform for the ISO image.

You can select either of the two available options, or both. If you select both platforms, it results in added time to create the image.

Be aware of the following considerations:

  • An ISO image that is created from a 32-bit platform can only be used to restore a 32-bit server. An ISO image that is created from a 64-bit platform can only be used to restore a 64-bit server.
  • If you want to boot uEFI firmware system, you should select the x64 platform option.

Specify the Destination.

Specify or browse to the location where the BMR ISO image file is created and stored.

For a USB thumbdrive:

Insert the prepared USB thumbdrive and specify or browse to the USB folder where the BMR ISO image file is created and stored.

Note: When you want to boot the uEFI firmware system, format the USB drive as a FAT32 file system.

Specify the name of the generated BMR ISO image file.

6.  After you specify the platform and location, click Next.

     The Select Languages dialog opens.

7.  Select the language for the generated BMR ISO image. During the BMR procedure, the user interface and keyboard is   integrated with the selected language.

You can select one or more different languages for the BMR ISO image. However, each language that you selected results in added time to create the image. The more languages you select, the longer it takes to complete. As a result, only select the languages that you actually need.

8.  Click Next.

The Specify Drivers dialog opens.

9.  If necessary, select the Integrate additional drivers option.

The driver pane is enabled and you can specify any additional drivers that you want to add (or delete) from the BMR ISO  image.

10.  Click Next.

       A Confirm page for your configuration opens asking you if you want to start the process now.

11.  Click OK to launch the create a bootable BMR ISO image process.

      During the process, the status is displayed.

12.  When the process is complete a confirmation screen opens to indicate that the BMR ISO image was successfully generated. This screen also displays the location and platform for the image, along with a clickable link to browse to that location.

The ISO image is created.

The USB thumbdrive is now a startup disk and you can use this USB thumbdrive to initialize the new computer and allow the BMR process to begin. To create a bootable CD/DVD, see (Optional) Create a BMR CD/DVD.


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