Welcome to the Documentation of the AIR-BAG Interface. This page has a break-down of each menu option in AIR-BAG and its explanation. Please review all information and if you still have any questions or issues, please feel free to contact Support.

Click the different sections below to seek to that Menu:


Main Menu Options:


1. Create AIR-BAG Bootable CD-ROM Creates a Disaster Recovery Image of the system and burns directly to CD/DVD writer
2. Image Administrator Invokes the Image Administrator Menu
3. Configuration Menu Invokes the Configuration Menu
4. Support Menu Invokes the Support Menu
Q. Quit Quit to the LONE-TAR Main Menu.


Image Administrator Options:


1. Bootable CD image only This option creates a bootable .ISO CD image to a file. This image can be taken to any system, including Windows® and burnt to a CD. This menu will also display when an image was last created or ever created.

Directory the .ISO image is stored: /usr/air-bag/images/saved_img.dir
Filename of .ISO image: abboot.iso

2. BLT™ Bootable LONE-TAR Backup Image This option creates a BLT .ISO image to a file. This image can only be used in conjunction with a LONE-TAR backup to supported devices. This image cannot be used by itself.

Directory the .ISO image is stored: /usr/air-bag/images/saved_img.dir
Filename of .ISO image: ab_ltboot.iso

3. HP OBDR (One Button Diaster Recovery) This option makes a bootable .ISO CD image to a file for HP tape drives ONLY. This image will be stored at the beginning of a tape backup with LONE-TAR so that the tape cartridge becomes a bootable device and a device you can restore from as well. This option is rarely used today.
4. Write saved AIR-BAG Bootable image to CD This option allows you to write a stored AIR-BAG .ISO image to a CD/DVD burner.
5. Create Bootable USB Hard drive or Flash This option formats a USB drive with three partitions. Two partitions will be reserved for AIR-BAG, while the third partition becomes a stand-a-lone backup partition. Please use this option with care as it will completely format the device and all the contents on that device.

For more information please refer to the README file: /usr/air-bag/README.usb_boot

Q. Quit Quit to the AIR-BAG Main Menu.


Configuration Menu Options:


Boot media This setting cannot be changed. Default setting is CDROM.
1. Enable/Disable Network support This setting will allow you to enable or disable network support which allows you to load configurations into the AIR-BAG image to be able to do Remote Disaster Recovery.
2. Enable/Disable Modem support This setting is hardly used anymore and is disabled by default. This allows modem users to load configurations for their modem to allow Remote Disaster Recovery support.
3. Remote Recovery Auto Load This settings allows users to control a Tape Auto-Loader remotely when enabled. This setting is disabled by default.
4. Change CD-R/RW cdrecord device This is the setting that controls writing to a CD directly from the server. If you are ever having issues writing directly to a CD from AIR-BAGs Menu, edit this variable first. If the setting is set to NO, that means the variable has not been set yet.
5. Change CD/DVD block device name This option is no longer necessary.
6. Blank CD-RW for re-use This option will allow you to reformat a CD-RW for re-use before writing a new AIR-BAG image.
7. Module Options Menu This option allows you to include or exclude modules from AIR-BAG. This menu is great for users needing to add modules to AIR-BAG when doing restores to a completely different system.
8. Exlcude Hard Drive or USB Drive Menu This menu is crucial for users doing USB backups to hard disk. This menu allows you to exclude the USB drives from AIR-BAG so that AIR-BAG ignores those drives for formatting when in Recovery mode.
Q. Quit Quit to the AIR-BAG Main Menu.




Support Menu Options:


What is the purpose of AIR-BAG?

AIR-BAG Disaster Recovery Software is a program that creates a set of bootable media, floppy, CD or .ISO image, that contains critical information about the system, necessary tools to perform the recovery, and the AIR-BAG Menu Interface to aid in the recovery procedure.

AIR-BAG Main Features include:

  • FULLY AUTOMATED mode for hands free recovery.
  • STEP by STEP features for re-sizing partitions.
  • REMOTE RECOVERY to allow technicians to connect via SSH or telnet via network to perform system recovery.

What are the requirements for AIR-BAG?p>


  1. CD-R/RW or enough free space to store .ISO image
  2. AIR-BAG requires that the Linux kernel have loop back device support and RAMDISK support. These are needed to generate the AIR-BAG Recovery Images.
  3. LONE-TAR Master Backup of the system.

How do I create AIR-BAG Bootable Media?


  1. From the AIR-BAG Main Menu, select appropriate option to generate the bootable media, usually Option 1.
  2. Once the AIR-BAG Bootable Media has been generated, shut the system down and bootup from the AIR-BAG Bootable Media, and select the option to test the hard drive and backup accessibility. This will ensure that the newly created media is functioning properly.

In the event of a system crash, how do I recover?


  1. Boot the system from the AIR-BAG Bootable Media.
  2. Insert you LONE-TAR Master Backup into the drive.
  3. Select option 1 for FULLY Automated Recovery.
  4. To resize the original partitions, perform step by step recovery from the Utilities Menu by selecting each option in order from 2-5.

WARNING: Performing any recovery option from the AIR-BAG Main Menu will DESTROY all DATA on the Hard Drive. Do NOT select this option to test AIR-BAG unless you are absolutely are positive about what you are doing.

How do I contact technical support?


  1. 1. Technical support is available 9:00am to 5:00pm EST.
  2. 2. There are several methods available for contacting technical support.
    a. Phone: 301-829-1622
    b. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    c. Web Site: www.cactus.com
  3. 24x7 Support is available for valid support contracts. Follow the instructions for support as outlined within the contract.
  4. For information on 24x7 support call 800-LONE-TAR.

What do I do in the event of AIR-BAG error messages?


  1. Ensure that the minimum requirements for AIR-BAG have been met.
  2. Check the support web site at www.cactus.com. There is an On-Line FAQ Database that will help answer many problems and questions.
  3. If all else fails, contact support directly via email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and email entire error message with discription of problem. Or contact technical support directly at 301-829-1622.

What are some recommended strategies for a Disaster Recover Plan?


  1. Create 7 LONE-TAR Master Backups that are Bit Level Verified
  2. Generate 2 sets of AIR-BAG Bootable Media and test each set of bootable media as recommended.
  3. Store 1 LONE-TAR Master Backup and 1 set of AIR-BAG bootable media OFF-SITE. A bank safety deposit box would be an excellent example.
  4. Perform Daily LONE-TAR Master Backups on a one to two week rotation.


  • Set up a schedule to circulate the LONE-TAR Master Backup. that is stored OFF-SITE.