Bare Metal Recovery: How to add all volumes

May 28, 2010 at 6:55 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

On the DPM newsgroup ( there was a very interesting thread the last few days.  One of the users asked if it was possible to include all volumes into a Bare Metal Recovery

As you might know, Bare Metal Recovery only protects the critical volumes (boot + system + volumes hosting files of server roles), so if you have a volume with applications or user data or whatever, you need to protect it also.  Now that is not a problem because you can choose BMR and also the additional volumes


Now the user said that this was not OK, because in a disaster, he wanted to recover as quickly as possible.

Luckily, Praveen D [MSFT] found out a good solution, one which I think can be very helpful in some cases, so here goes…

DPM uses windows backup to do the job.  So in your DPM\bin folder, you will find a file called BmrBackup.cmd.  Inside this cmd you will find the command that drives windows backup.

With BMR, you will see something like:

start  /WAIT %SystemRoot%\system32\wbadmin.exe start backup -allcritical -quiet -backuptarget:%1

If you add the option –include:VolumeLetter:,VolumeLetter: then you add your volumes in the BMR.  Don’t forget to increase the volumes for your replica and recovery point volumes.

Thanks Praveen


Mike Resseler