How to do a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials bare metal restore, using boot from LAN

Posted by Paul Braren on Dec 15 2014 in
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  • Watch a bare metal restore of a Lenovo ThinkPad T61p over gigabit ethernet, using the WS2012R2E's capability to do boot from LAN for the recovery media. That's right, no need to use USB/DVD/CD, it just works, it's one of the best features introduced with the 2012 version, and works great for busy home labs, restoring physical PCs or VMs with ease, with no more hunting for your recovery media.

    The prequel to this video is setting up the server, which isn't hard, and is well documented here:

    Here's the 5 minute demonstration video. Enjoy!