How to backup and restore a personal XenClient VM using Windows 7

1. Review and note the VM specs of the image to be backed up. In our test, we used, 1 vCPU, 2048 MB Ram, and 30 GB Hard Drive.

2. Attach an external USB HD to the VM. In this example, we used a 100GB drive attached as Drive F:

3. On the running VM, open “Control Panel > System and Security > Backup and Restore”. Choose “Create a system image”

4. The next dialog box will ask you where to save the backup. This should locate the attached USB drive by default. Choose the external USB device and click Next

5. A confirmation screen will open. Confirm your settings and choose “Start backup”

The backup will now run.

6. When completed, you will be prompted to create a “System Repair Disc”. Choose Yes

7. Place a blank CD into the drive and choose “Create disc”

8. When completed, remove the disc and label it accordingly. Choose Close

9. Choose OK at the next screen.

10. And choose Close at the last screen.

You have now successfully created the system image and the system repair CD.
You can now remove the external USB device and shutdown the VM.
Restoring the system image to a NEW VM

1. Mount the external USB drive onto another computer. In this example, I used my work laptop and the drive assigned is D:

2. On the XenClient system, insert the “System Repair Disc” created above into the CD drive. On the Citrix Receiver, choose “Add VM > Install from Disc”.

3. For this example, we will call the VM “Test-Restore”

4. Choose the same values as the original image.

5. Choose the same virtual disk size as the original image.

6. Choose “Start VM & Install OS” and click Finish

7. The VM will boot from the System Repair CD. At the first screen, choose the keyboard input and click Next

8. At the next screen, choose the Restore option and click Next

9. The program will complain that it cannot find the image – this is expected. Click Cancel.

10. Choose “Select a system image” and click Next

11. Choose the Advanced option

12. Choose “Search for a system image on the network”

13. Choose “Yes” when asked if you are sure.

14. Specify the network path to the image. In this example, I used my laptop and the external USB device is the D: drive. (Reference Step 1 above.)

15. Provide your credentials when prompted and click OK

16. Choose the image found and click Next (Note the correct computer name)

17. Choose the backup file and click Next

18. At the “Choose additional restore options” screen, just click Next

19. At the last screen, review the settings and click Finish

20. Read the warning message and click “Yes”

21. The restore will now begin.

22. When completed, the VM will reboot and you can login.

PS – the above testing and dcoumentation was done by the Citrix IT Security team.