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Propose to have RAD utility to include a "Snapshot/Clone" function that snap the image "exactly as is" the state of the cRIO/PAC at that image creation instance; that would include the entire drive structure, configurations, bit files, network settings, etc. Restoring from such type of image onto the cRIO will, without fail, guarantees its functionality (at least back to the state the image is created).
This come after the 2nd time of suspected corruption, when I deployed with error in LV causing irreversible/permanent impairment to my deployed RT application. First time being without a backup, that led me to reformat, reinstall and redeploy for one mistake in deployment. Second time being with a backup, apparently incomplete image using the RAD16 (http://www.ni.com/example/30986/en/), upon deployment failure and image restoration, the damage has not been reversed.
Hopefully to see this option developed soon, as the conventionally advised method of reformatting, reinstalling and redeploying cRIO, is not really practical.