Adding the Acronis Plug-in to WinPE 2.x or 3.0

Bootable Media Builder provides three methods of integrating Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 with WinPE 2.x or 3.0:

  • Adding the Acronis Plug-in to the existing PE ISO. This comes in handy when you have to add the plug-in to the previously configured PE ISO that is already in use.
  • Creating the PE ISO with the plug-in from scratch.
  • Adding the Acronis Plug-in to a WIM file for any future purpose (manual ISO building, adding other tools to the image and so on).

To be able to perform any of the above operations, install Bootable Media Builder on a machine where Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) is installed. If you do not have such machine, prepare as described in How to create bootable media.

Bootable Media Builder supports only x86 WinPE 2.x or 3.0. These WnPE distributions can also work on x64 hardware.

A PE image based on Win PE 2.0 requires at least 256MB RAM to work. The recommended memory size for PE 2.0 is 512MB. A PE image based on Win PE 3.0 requires at least 512MB RAM to work.

  Adding Acronis Plug-in to WinPE 2.x or 3.0 ISO  

To add Acronis Plug-in to WinPE 2.x or 3.0 ISO:

  1. When adding the plug-in to the existing Win PE ISO, unpack all files of your Win PE ISO to a separate folder on the hard disk.
  2. Start the Bootable Media Builder either from the management console, by selecting Tools > Create Bootable Media or, as a separate component.
  3. Select Bootable media type: Windows PE.

    When creating a new PE ISO:

    • Select Create Windows PE 2.x or 3.0 automatically
    • The software runs the appropriate script and proceeds to the next window.

    When adding the plug-in to the existing PE ISO:

    • Select Use WinPE files located in the folder I specify
    • Specify path to the folder where the WinPE files are located.
  4. Specify network settings for the machine network adapters or choose DHCP auto configuration.
  5. [optional] Specify Windows drivers to be added to Windows PE. Once you boot a machine into Windows PE, the drivers can help you access the device where the backup archive is located. Click Add and specify the path to the necessary *.inf file for a corresponding SCSI, RAID, SATA controller, network adapter, tape drive or other device. You will have to repeat this procedure for each driver you want to be included in the resulting WinPE boot media.
  6. Choose whether you want to create ISO or WIM image or upload the media on Acronis PXE Server.
  7. Specify the full path to the resulting image file including the file name, or specify the PXE server and provide the user name and password to access it.
  8. Check your settings in the summary screen and click Proceed.
  9. Burn the .ISO to CD or DVD using a third-party tool or copy to a flash drive.

Once a machine boots into WinPE, Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 starts automatically.

To create a PE image (ISO file) from the resulting WIM file:

  • replace the default boot.wim file in your Windows PE folder with the newly created WIM file. For the above example, type:

    copy c:\AcronisMedia.wim c:\winpe_x86\ISO\sources\boot.wim

  • use the Oscdimg tool. For the above example, type:

    oscdimg -n –bc:\winpe_x86\ c:\winpe_x86\ISO c:\winpe_x86\winpe_x86.iso

For more information on customizing Windows PE, see the Windows Preinstallation Environment User’s Guide (Winpe.chm).

Adding the Acronis Plug-in to WinPE 2.x or 3.0