How to Backup with PXE Boot?

Posted by @Catherine

March 4, 2015

Backup with PXE Boot gets beyond the conventional solution. This article will state the concept and tell you how to realize it. That is mainly with the help of latest version of AOMEI Backupper Professional and its built-in application: AOMEI PXE Boot Tool.

Know about backup with PXE boot

Usually, backup and restore(or recovery) are two concepts always talk about together. Backup means copying and archiving of computer data so it may be used to recover the original after a data loss occurred. In fact, you can restore your data to a precious point whenever you like as long as you have backed up before.

The PXE(short for Preboot Execution Environment or say Pre-Execution Environment) boot, enables computers to boot through network even without hard disk, especially there is no CD-ROM and removable devices for system recovery.

PXE network boot is one of two possible options for bare-metal restore. With PXE boot and a backup software, it is possible to provide a hands-free, fully-automated disaster recovery and re-deployment system for the entire data center. How useful! In reality, many network administrators are doing so. Here in this article, I would like to share this great solution to more people. This method is suitable for both Windows and Linux bare-metal restores. You can use PXE network boot to boot into server environments.

Now, I think you have already understood the idea - backup with PXE boot. If you don’t, don’t worry, please read the following content.

Backup with PXE boot - AOMEI Backupper Professional

In order to explain clearly, I will introduce you a tool related to backup with PXE boot and show it how to works that is AOMEI Backupper Professional Edition. Since the latest version of it released at the end of 2014, it has a new feature - AOMEI PXE Boot Tool, which is the key in this article. Backupper’s utilities tab, you can find this tool as the picture below.

AOMEI PXE Tool in AOMEI Backupper

Launch this tool on the master computer, select where to boot from. When the “Start Service” button becomes yellow, click it.

Main Screen of AOMEI PXE Boot

Then set up “Network Boot” in the BIOS as the first boot on the clients. When the screen go to the DOS interface, you can see your computer is booting from PXE network. You only need to wait for a few minutes when the booting computers get IP addresses automatically and boot into AOMEI Windows PE Environment.

Note: The above mentioned AOMEI Windows PE Environment is one situation, you can create it by AOMEI PE Builder - another practical software developed by AOMEI Technology. You can also choose other custom backup image files.

Summary

Backup with PXE Boot can be summarized: backup the operating system on the server computer with AOMEI Backupper. Run AOMEI PXE Boot Tool on the server. Open client computers, receive information and get booted as well as recovery.

Thanks to AOMEI Backupper Professional, we can enjoy the easier life taken by technology. With AOMEI Backupper Professional, it is good for backup with PXE boot for multiple computers. If you are really interested in it, just try it!