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Recovery with Veeam Recovery Media
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Recovery with Veeam Recovery Media

Veeam Recovery Media can be used to recover an entire machine or individual partitions when the OS is down or missing.

For recovery to be possible, you must have a system image with the necessary drivers (Linux) or a boot disk (Windows) created before recovery.

Prepare for recovery on Linux

  1. Download image.
  2. Add drivers to Veeam Recovery Media.
  3. Optional: when restoring a virtual machine, check Veeam Cloud Connect cloud repository certificate-imprint.

1. Download image

Restrictions when using Veeam Agent and Veeam Recovery Media are described in System Requirements and Before You Begin of the Veeam documentation.

For more information about the contents of the standard image, see the Drivers in Veeam Recovery Media in the Veeam documentation.

  1. Download a ready-made standard image:

    • on Veeam website (free Veeam account required) — click Get LinkAdditional Downloads to download;
    • from Veeam repository (no account required) — it is recommended to download version veeam-recovery-amd64-
  2. Write down the image. Do not use image burning programs — they may affect the contents and make recovery impossible:

    sudo dd bs=4M if=<path_if> of=<path_of> status=progress oflag=sync


    • <path_if> is the path to the image veeam-recovery-amd64-;
    • <path_of> — the path where the image will be written.

2. Add drivers to Veeam Recovery Media

You may need to include additional machine-specific controller and network device drivers in the image.

  1. On the machine with the backup agent installed, launch the Veeam interface:

    veeamconfig ui
  2. Press m → Patch recovery media.

  3. If the machine is connected to the Internet, select Download and patch ISO.

  4. If the machine is not connected to the Internet, select Patch local ISO and specify the path to the downloaded image.

  5. If the machine on which the restore will be performed uses UEFI, check the appropriate box.

  6. Select the location where the ready Veeam Recovery Media image will be saved.

  7. Press OK. The process of creating the look will take a few minutes.

3. Verify certificate fingerprint

The check can be performed when restoring a machine with Veeam Recovery Media.

  1. When connecting to a cloud repository, select Verify Thumbprint.

  2. Enter the certificate fingerprint:

  3. After certificate validation, enter your Veeam Service Provider Console portal account credentials.

Prepare for recovery on Windows

During recovery, the pre-prepared Veeam Recovery Media boot disk is connected to the computer and booted from it. The preparatory steps may vary depending on the type of computer.

Veeam Recovery Media tools are available for virtual machine recovery:

  • Bare Metal Recovery — data recovery from Veeam Agent backup for Windows;
  • Windows Recovery Environment — restore a system image created by built-in Microsoft Windows tools;
  • Tools — System management and diagnostic tools (command line, password reset, driver loading, memory diagnostics and boot recovery).

Creating a bootable disk

  1. Create a bootable disk through the Create Recovery Media application that was installed with the backup agent. You can include network adapter and storage controller drivers from your current computer in the boot image or add additional drivers. See Creating Veeam Recovery Media in the Veeam documentation for more information about creating a bootable disk.
  2. Save the boot disk to an external drive that will be available in case of recovery.