Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Make an Acronis ABR 10 Bootable CD with Custom Drivers

 
Make sure you have applied the Universal Restore key and install the UR components before step 2...
Also make sure you use a non-OEM Win-XP CD (NFR or Retail are ok)
Disable all AV and preferably run from a XP machine (Vista\7 seems to permanently lock certain files interfering with build process)
 
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You can use Acronis Plug-in for WinPE to build BartPE

Introduction

BartPE is software that allows you to boot into Windows-like environment from media. The main advantage is that it uses Windows drivers and has Windows-like graphical user interface.

Acronis Plug-in for WinPE is available in Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 and can be used to build BartPE.

Solution

(!) If you have Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Build 11345, please see Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Build 11345: Backup from BartPE Media Fails with "Failed to enumerate temporary file name. Error code: 267." for correct instructions.

  1. Install Acronis WinPE Media Builder (Build 11133 or lower) from the Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 setup file;
  2. Go to the following folder:

    Windows 32 bit: \Program Files\Acronis\BootableComponents\WinPE
    Windows 64 bit: \Program Files (x86)\Acronis\BootableComponents\WinPE

    and run the export_license.bat script. It will check for available licenses and enable the proper components such as Acronis Universal Restore and/or Deduplication in the plug-in. Running the export_license.bat script will also create acronis.inf file so you can use the plug-in with PE Builder;

  3. Download the Bart PE builder;
  4. Copy the contents of \Program Files\Acronis\WinPE\WinPE (check the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Acronis\WinPE\Settings\WinPE for the plug-in location) to the %BartPE folder%\plugins\Acronis;
  5. Insert your Windows distribution CD if you do not have a copy of Windows installation files on the HDD;
  6. Start the Bart PE builder;
  7. Specify the path to the Windows installation files or Windows distribution CD;
  8. Click Plugins and check whether the Acronis plug-in is enabled. Enable if disabled;
  9. Specify the output folder and the full path to the resulting ISO file including the file name or the media to create;
  10. Build the BartPE;
  11. Burn the ISO to CD or DVD (if this has not been done yet) or copy to a flash drive.

Once the machine boots into the Bart PE and you configure the network connection, select Go -> System -> Storage -> Acronis True Image to start.

(!) If the media does not boot, see Acronis Backup & Recovery 10: Acronis Bootable Media Created with WinPE 1.6 or BartPE Fails to Start.

Adding drivers

BartPE supports adding two types of drivers: storage drivers and network drivers. For instructions on how to add drivers please refer to http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/help/english/drivers.htm

There is also an option to add storage drivers (for RAID or SCSI devices) during BartPE boot-up. (You need to press F6 and point to the diskette with the drivers). Common storage drivers are available at http://nu2.nu/pebuilder/drivers/.

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