ASR - while no tape drive support ion OS CD

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Drivers' started by Sigurd, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. Sigurd

    Sigurd Guest

    I am trying to make the ASR work where I'm using a tape device that has no
    driver support on the Operating System CD. I have read Article ID : 887494
    (You may be continually prompted to provide the correct media during the ASR
    restore operation on Windows Server 2003 or on Windows XP), which is exactely
    describing my problm. This article instructs the user to modify the "ASR
    floppy". (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;887494).
    My question is however, is it possible to make the ASR process work without
    modifying the ASR diskette, but instead use a driver floppy that contain the
    appropriate drivers (txtsetup.oem type of floppy).
    The system will acess the floppy by pressing "F6" in addition to "F2" (to
    invoke the ASR).
    Main question: Can I use the "F6" fuctionality for tape drive driver loading
    or is this functionality only for Storage Controllers?
     
    Sigurd, Oct 26, 2005
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  2. Sigurd

    CheckAbdoul Guest

    F6 is only for Storage Controllers. You cannot use it to load tape
    drivers. However you can add your custom application to the asr.sif file {
    under the [COMMANDS] section } that loads the tape drivers before your
    recovery application has a chance to recover data.
     
    CheckAbdoul, Oct 26, 2005
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  3. Sigurd

    cristalink Guest

    It's quite easy to try. Prepare txtsetup.oem and see if your driver is
    loaded.
     
    cristalink, Oct 26, 2005
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  4. Sigurd

    Sigurd Guest

    The driver seems to be loaded when I select the appropriate driver on my
    txtsetup.oem disk. However, at the end of the ASR procedure, where the tape
    recovery starts and I'm prompted for the tape, it appears that the driver is
    not loaded. (I'm not promted for the driver floppy after the initial load).
    Could it be something wrong with the floppy?
    --
    Thanks,
    Sigurd E.


     
    Sigurd, Oct 26, 2005
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  5. Sigurd

    cristalink Guest

    Once I was considering F6 to load my tape drivers but ended up with F2 as
    the latter better suited my needs. I'd suggest the following.

    - Modify the ASR floppy to have CMD.EXE or something loaded before NTBACKUP.
    Then you will be able to access the system at the right point to see what's
    going on.
    - Make a simple .sys that does nothing but loads and somehow indicates its
    presence.
    - Write a txtsetup.oem to have your dummy.sys loaded. Once this works,
    proceed with your real driver.

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    http://www.cristalink.com


     
    cristalink, Oct 26, 2005
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