The key to successfully
recovering computers after a disaster is to carefully and properly
prepare those computers for a disaster.
Figure: How to prepare computers for IDR
Preparing computers for IDR involves the
Using the IDR Configuration Wizard to determine the
alternate location where a copy of the *.dr file will be
Performing full backup jobs on the computers to be
Creating the bootable recovery media using the IDR
You can create the following types of bootable
media with the IDR Preparation Wizard:
CD-R (CD-Recordable) or CD-RW (CD-Rewritable).
Bootable tape (the tape device must support
Consider what type of
Windows computer is being protected, the available hardware, and
the system BIOS when selecting the type of bootable media to
create. You can also combine media to make updating the *.dr files
easier. If you are using bootable CD-R or CD-RW, or tape, you can
still back up the *.dr files to any location using the IDR
Preparation Wizard so that you can easily update them when
Use the following table
to decide which type of media to use.
Table: Bootable media comparison chart
Type of Media
Can also be used to protect remote Windows computers on the
Can create bootable CD images for remote computers.
Requires a BIOS that supports booting from a CD.
Requires a CD burner.
Does not required a CD burner.
Requires a BIOS that supports booting from a SCSI CD and a
bootable tape device that emulates a SCSI CD drive.
Cannot create bootable tape images for remote computers.