Welcome to the Manage Backup and Recovery - Part 2 Practice Lab. In this module you will be provided with the instructions and devices needed to develop your hands-on skills.

Learning Outcomes

In this module, you will complete the following exercises:

  • Exercise 1 - Configure System Restore Point
  • Exercise 2 - Enable Windows Advanced Startup

After completing this lab, you will be able to:

  • Create and enable system restore
  • Enable Windows Advanced startup options using Registry Editor and System Configuration tool

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives are covered in this lab:

  • Understand backup and recovery methods - Configure system restore, configure recovery boot options such as Last Known Good and various Safe mode options

Lab Duration

It will take approximately 60 minutes to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Configure System Restore Point

System Restore is a feature in Windows 10 similarly available in earlier versions that gives you the ability to roll the computer back to its working state to include - system settings, installed programs and system files. This feature provides a convenient method of backing out from system changes such as the installation of an untested update, installation of a faulty device driver or unintentional changes in the Windows Registry. Changes such as these can cause system problems with Windows. To be able to use system restore, it is important to note that Windows computer can restart on its own and that you can sign-in to the computer.

System Image Recovery is the alternative if Windows becomes inaccessible due to system-wide problems or hardware issues. This method can reinstate Windows to its last backup state and recover missing system files as well.

Exercise 2 - Enable Windows Advanced Options

All Windows versions support the Advanced boot options for troubleshooting the operating system. Pressing F8 key is the traditional method of invoking the Advanced boot options. Beginning with Windows 10 and earlier versions like Windows 8.x, the F8 key is not supported by default. The only means to support the F8 key to invoke the Advanced options is by introducing new entries in the registry using the Registry Editor application.

The Advanced options provide a number of settings for fixing common Windows errors, namely:

Safe mode, Safe mode with Networking, Safe mode with Command Prompt - This option starts Windows with a minimal set of drivers and services. It is useful for resolving system errors due to faulty device drivers, incompatible application.

Enable Boot Logging - Windows starts with the usual set of device drivers and network services. When enabled, a file called “ntbtlog” is created that summarizes the different device drivers and Windows services that successfully started during the startup of Windows.

Enable low-resolution video (640x480) - This option starts Windows with the low resolution of 640 by 480 pixels. It is useful to troubleshooting display adapter driver issues.

Last Known Good Configuration - similar to System restore point. When Windows starts, it saves the data in the registry which contain the system configuration that led to a successful startup of the operating system. This option can be selected to resolve problems about errors in the Registry and faulty device drivers as it will roll back to a known good configuration that started Windows successfully. Last Known Good will not solve problems of missing operating system files in Windows or a server-based application.

Directory Services Restore mode - This applies to Windows servers that run Active Directory Domain Services role. It is used for restoring system state data typically from a latest backup.

Debugging mode - This is an advanced startup mode for troubleshooting Windows using serial cables and beyond the scope of this lab.

Disable automatic restart on system failure- Prevents Windows from automatically restarting when it encounters a blue screen or kernel error. This option interrupts a never-ending loop of restarts.

Disable Driver Signature Enforcement - when selected this loads installed device driver that is not digitally signed by the hardware vendor.

Start Windows normally - this option boots Windows through the user login screen.

In this exercise, you learn how to enable the advanced boot options using the Windows registry and view the menu during Windows startup.

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