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Site Manager allows image backups to be restored to the managed computer they were taken from without leaving the Site Manager interface. This process is designed for simple restore activity with the following features:

  • Non system partitions will be restored without restarting the client computer.
  • System partitions will be restored by restarting the client computer in Windows RE (if available) or Windows PE. 
    Note:  If required, the Windows PE Component files will first be automatically copied to the client PC and the recovery boot menu added.   The restore will then automatically be continued in the PE rescue environment. 
  • Full progress of the restore is shown in the dashboard 'Activity' widget. This includes restorations running in Windows PE.
  • A configurable restoration alert message dialog can optionally be shown on the client computer.
  • Users logged on to the client computer can optionally cancel the restore operation. 

Advanced Restores

To restore a computer which is not online in Site Manager or requires options not available in the Site Manager restore, see the Restoring an Image Through Macrium Reflect.

Site Manager will copy user-supplied drivers from the server to the target agent immediately before the restore so that the recovery environment supports agent hardware. Drivers to be copied should be placed in the Rescue Media Working Directory generic drivers folder appropriate for the operating system of the target agent. Use the table below to determine the right path:

Operating System of Target AgentCPU SizeSubfolder Name
Windows Vista or later64-bitPE10x64
Windows Vista or later32-bitPE10x86
Windows XP or Windows 764-bitPE3x64
Windows XP or Windows 732-bitPE3x86

For example, drivers to be used during restores of 64-bit Windows 10 machines should be placed in workingDirectory\drivers\PE10x64\ where workingDirectory is the Rescue Media Working Directory as specified in the Rescue Media settings. These folders will need to be created manually.

Restoring an Image using Site Manager

The Site Manager restore process is a wizard driven process with a number of stages. These are:

Selecting a Computer 


Select the 'Restore' side menu and select a computer to restore.

Note:  Only one PC can be restored at a time

Click 'Next' to display a list of images found in repositories for the selected computer.  Selecting an image file will display the Disk(s) and Partition(s) in the image file. 


Selecting an Image File to Restore

Note: You can only restore one disk at a time, but you can select one or many partitions on each disk.

Select the partition(s) to restore and click Next.


Selecting Restore Options

Rapid Delta restoreOnly changed blocks are restored and the restore completes much faster with this option selected.

Affects restore operations to SSD only.

Reflect can flag all unused blocks using the TRIM operation. Writing to an unused block is much quicker than an in-use block as it avoids both the slow erase operation and the read-modify-write cycle. This results an increase of both the lifetime and the performance of the device.
It is effective for all Windows operating systems, even those that support SSD trim as the file system driver can only TRIM blocks on de-allocation; it cannot TRIM blocks written by another process. It is also effective for USB attached SSDs.

Verify image before restore

Perform a full image verification prior to starting the restore process. If any corruption is found in the source image file then the restore will be aborted.

Note: Selecting this option with increase the restore time considerably.
Network Share AuthenticationEnter any authentication details to enable the computer being restored to access the image file network location. This will be pre-populated with the authentication information saved in the repository configuration.
Display Message

When enabled, a message dialog is displayed to inform the client user(s) that a restore operation is about to start, This dialog includes a list of the partitions being restored together with custom message text.

 Example restore message dialog...

Allow user to cancelWhen enabled, the restore can be cancelled by the client logged in user.
Message to displayThe text to be display in the message dialog.
Seconds to displayThe number of seconds to display the client message dialog.

Enter/Select the restore options and click Next


Reviewing the Restore and Finishing

A summary of the restore selections and options is displayed. Confirm everything is OK and click 'Start Restore'

Viewing a Restore Progress

The Restore starts and a message dialog is displayed on the client computer (if the Allow user to cancel option has been selected)


In Site Manager, notifications indicate the success of the restore request and initialization. 

The message countdown and restore can be monitored in the dashboard Activity widget. 

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