Before You Begin

You can create a Veeam Recovery Media for a protected computer in Veeam Backup & Replication if the following conditions are met:

  • A protected computer runs a Microsoft Windows OS.
  • A full backup file of one of the following backup types was created for the protected computer on the target location by a Veeam Agent backup job:
  • Entire computer backup
  • Volume-level backup of the computer OS data (created with the Operating system option selected in the backup job settings) or computer system volume
  • File-level backup of the computer OS data created with the Operating system option selected in the backup job settings

 

Before You Begin NOTE

  • You can create a Veeam Recovery Media for a protected computer using a copy of a full backup file that meets all the conditions. The copy must be created by a backup copy job. To learn more, see the Backup Copy section in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.
  • To upgrade a Veeam Recovery Media stored in the full backup file, create a new active full backup. This can be helpful after you upgraded Veeam Agent or the protected computer OS.
  • By default, you cannot create a Veeam Recovery Media for a failover cluster with Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV). You can enable creation of a Veeam Recovery Media for such clusters with a registry value. For more information, contact Veeam Customer Support.

Before you create a Veeam Recovery Media, check the following prerequisites:

Removable Storage Device Scenario (USB, SD Card and Other)

  • The removable storage device must be inserted into a corresponding slot on the computer or connected to the computer.
  • The removable storage device must have enough capacity to store the created recovery image. On average, the size of the created recovery image without manually loaded drivers is 500 MB.
  • During the recovery image creation, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows formats the removable storage device. If you have important information on the device, create a copy of this data in some other location.

CD/DVD/BD Scenario

  • An empty or re-writable CD/DVD/BD must be inserted into a CD/DVD/BD drive on the computer.
  • The CD/DVD/BD must have enough capacity to store the created recovery image. On average, the size of the created recovery image without manually loaded drivers is 500 MB.
  • [For RW CD/DVD/BD] During the recovery image creation, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows erases information on the CD/DVD/BD. If you have important information on the CD/DVD/BD, create a copy of this data in some other location.