WHS Client Restore v1.2

With the release of Power Pack 3, updated media was released. Included in this media refresh was the Client Restore Disk. Specifically, a number of improvements have been made to the server discovery routines to better identify the server. And I believe, also to more accurately display the progress. Either way, this means that I need to rebuild the X:Files Edition Client Restore Disk. The drivers have been updated again, specifically chipsets (907), lan (907) and mass storage (907). Also WLAN (812.3) support has been added for those wanting to grind their molars as they wait for wireless speeds. Additionally, we’ve added a Vista boot image that loads up a command prompt. This has access to a lot of the windows tools, such as diskpart, chkdsk, bcdedit, format, bootsect, and many others.  This isn’t a fully featured “LiveCD” at the moment, but it is there to make the Recovery Disk a more robust, useful tool. Not just a restore disk.  Now if only we could get Microsoft to see this light!   Oh well. It keeps me busy in the meanwhile! Download of both the ISO and the flash drive archive and MD5 checksums here.

With the release of Power Pack 3, updated media was released. Included in this media refresh was the Client Restore Disk. Specifically, a number of improvements have been made to the server discovery routines to better identify the server. And I believe, also to more accurately display the progress.

Either way, this means that I need to rebuild the X:Files Edition Client Restore Disk. The drivers have been updated again, specifically chipsets (907), lan (907) and mass storage (907). Also WLAN (812.3) support has been added for those wanting to grind their molars as they wait for wireless speeds.

Additionally, we’ve added a Vista boot image that loads up a command prompt. This has access to a lot of the windows tools, such as diskpart, chkdsk, bcdedit, format, bootsect, and many others.  This isn’t a fully featured “LiveCD” at the moment, but it is there to make the Recovery Disk a more robust, useful tool. Not just a restore disk.  Now if only we could get Microsoft to see this light!   Oh well. It keeps me busy in the meanwhile!

Download of both the ISO and the flash drive archive and MD5 checksums here.

Author: Drashna Jael're

Drashna Jael're

21 thoughts on “WHS Client Restore v1.2”

  1. Probably a dumb question, but what is the MD5 checksums file ? Do I need it ? How/when do I use it ?

    Also – if the v1.2 disk is able to connect to my home server does that mean I have all the drivers, and do I still need the flash drive archive ?

    Maybe a better question is – “Are there instructions on how to download and use the client restore files ?”

    Thanks,

    Rich

  2. The MD5 checksum is to verify that the file is both the correct file and that it has correctly downloaded. Just in case you have a bad connection or the like.

    As for the restore disk, it doesn’t have “all” drivers, but it should have most of them. This means that you pretty much shouldn’t need to manually add them.

    Also, the ISO is if you want to burn to CD or DVD, and the archive is mean to extract to a prepared flash drive (aka, made bootable)

  3. I couldn’t find a list of drivers, just updates… wondering if this includes AMD SB700 drivers (64bit) so I can restore to a RAID volume. I’m kinda confused if I will be able to restore my WHS backup which were made on a non-raid volume to a new raid without reinstalling windows 7. Ideas?

  4. the reason I didn’t list the drivers is because i did link to the forum posts where i got the driver packs.

    it lists ATI RAID, but not sure if it has the amd sb700 drivers or not. And ignore the bit-count of the client OS, you always need the vista x86 drivers for the restore disk.

  5. I am new to WHS in the last few months. I have a HP EX 495 and I’m using the OEM version of WHS that came installed (not the X:Files edition)…

    Can I safely use your version of the client restore disk 1.2 (via bootable flash drive) to restore a Dell Mini 10 (sans optical drive) or should I use the standard PP3 client restore disk via flash drive?

  6. The client restore disk is completely independant of the version of WHS you’re using.

    All I did, is download the PP3 restore disk from Microsoft, add a whole bunch of drivers, and added another boot option. If you’re trying to restore a client PC, this should work with and WHS machine.

  7. Thanks for responding Drashna. Thanks to your version of the Restore Disk and the WeGotServed forums guide on bootable flash drives, I’m now the happy owner of a fully recovered Dell Mini 10 (my first WHS restore)

    I had read some posts earlier this week from folks who really had trouble with their Dell Mini restores due to NIC driver incompatibility. I don’t know if the extra magic you added to your version helped me or not, but I’m assuming it did.

    I was back up and running from a corrupt Skype install in just 20 minutes (only a small 14GB SSD drive to restore). Thanks again

  8. Your welcome! I like helping people out.

    As as for the Dell drivers, I’m guessing it’s using one of those realtek drivers that do actually show up but don’t work. Lots of netbooks and laptops with that issue, in fact. The drivers I’ve integrated fix that issue, and don’t require the installer to search for them. 🙂

    And yeah, it’s really nice to see a restore work. It’s amazing just how well it works!

  9. I’m getting a checksum error when opening the USB 1.2 rar. 1.1 seems fine. The 1.2 rar is also only downloading as a 26MB file versus 270MB for 1.1.

  10. Same problem here as well. Version 1.2 rar is corrupt and doesn’t work. Can a new one be created and uploaded please.

  11. Sorry! I had some issues with the file layout. Will have to upload the file again. Though extracting the ISO to a thumbdrive does work, but just don’t use the “less than 512MB of RAM” option.

  12. In regard to drivers, I have a Win7 box with an Intel 82567lm NIC. Can anyone please let me know how I can get the required drivers for WHS in an accessible location for the Restore process. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. (I can download an exe file from Intel, but this then needs to be installed somewhere and there is no point reinstalling what I already have, that WHS cannot see or use.)

  13. In regard to drivers, I have a Win7 box with an Intel 82567lm NIC. Can anyone please let me know how I can get the required drivers for WHS in an accessible location for the Restore process. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. (I can download an exe file from Intel, but this then needs to be installed somewhere and there is no point reinstalling what I already have, that WHS cannot see or use.)

  14. I’ve got a Dell Studio 15 laptop – 1558 exactly – w/the Realtek NIC. No 32 bit drivers available for this model from Dell – x64 only. I tried various 32 bit drivers from the Realtek site – XP, 2003, Vista – you name it – FAIL. Then I found your ISO and burned it – booted it up and first thing I noticed was that my router lit up in green for gigabit mode – previously it was just megabit yellow. Long story short – I’m 5 minutes away from completing a restore from WHS! Awesome job! Microsoft should hire you! Thanks again for a great piece of work! Just wish I’d found it 8 hrs ago.

  15. I can’t get the files to download – seems to be a broken link. Hopefully its just a changed path with the server like you mentioned that happened earlier in this thread.

    I am looking forward to trying out the restore disk you made. I had a hard time restoring the wife’s laptop with the OEM version but finally got it working. I am hoping that your iso will make things even easier in the future if I need it.

    Thanks.

  16. mkztg, yeah link issues. Sorted out. Should work fine now.

    Rarry, thanks for the praise. I wouldn’t know what I’d do at MSFT, other than support. But they *have* awarded me the MVP Award for two years now!

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