Performs a system recovery using the parameters that you specify.

This subcommand can be run only from the Windows Recovery Environment, and it is not listed by default in the usage text of Wbadmin. (You can access the Windows Recovery Environment from a Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista installation DVD: Insert the DVD and follow the steps in the wizard until you see the link Repair your computer. Click this link to open the System Recovery Options dialog box.)


This subcommand applies only to Windows Server 2008.

To perform a system recovery with this subcommand, you must be a member of the Backup Operators group or the Administrators group, or you must have been delegated the appropriate permissions.

For examples of how to use this subcommand, see Examples.


wbadmin start sysrecovery
-backupTarget:{<VolumeHostingBackup> | <NetworkShareHostingBackup>}


Parameter Description


Specifies the version identifier for the backup to recover in MM/DD/YYYY-HH:MM format. If you do not know the version identifier, type wbadmin get versions.


Specifies the storage location that contains the backup or backups that you want to recover. This parameter is useful when the storage location is different from where backups of this computer are usually stored.


Specifies the name of the computer that you want to recover. This parameter is useful when multiple computers have been backed up to the same location. Should be used when -backupTarget is specified.


Restores all volumes from the selected backup. If this parameter is not specified, only critical volumes (volumes that contain the operating system's state) are restored. This parameter is useful when you need to restore noncritical volumes during system recovery.


Restores a disk configuration to the state that existed when the backup was created.


This parameter deletes all data on volumes that host operating system components. It might also delete data from data volumes.


Valid only when specified with the -recreateDisks parameter and must be input as a comma-delimited list of disk identifiers (as listed in the output of wbadmin get disks). Excluded disks are not partitioned or formatted. This parameter helps preserve data on disks that you do not want modified during the recovery.


Skips checking your recovery disks for bad cluster information. If you are restoring to an alternate server or hardware, we recommend that you do not use this parameter. You can manually run chkdsk /b on your recovery disks at any time to check them for bad clusters, and then update the file system information accordingly.


Until you run chkdsk as described, the bad clusters reported on your recovered system may not be accurate.


Runs the command with no prompts to the user.


To start recovering the information from the backup that was run on March 31, 2005 at 9:00 A.M., located on drive d:, type:

wbadmin start sysrecovery -version:03/31/2005-09:00 -backupTarget:d:

To start recovering the information from the backup that was run on April 30, 2005 at 9:00 A.M., located in the shared folder \\servername\shared: for server01, type:

wbadmin start sysrecovery -version:04/30/2005-09:00 -backupTarget:\\servername\share -machine:server01

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