Browse and Restore Data - Advanced

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Understanding the Restore Options Window

Browse provides an easy-to-use convenience to search and restore data.

You can open the browse and restore window from backup-set or subclient level. The sub levels displayed in the result window is based on where you start the browse operation.

The Time Zone on the Restore Options dialog box defaults to the client's time zone (not the CommServe time zone).

Selecting Objects from the Restore Window for Restore

The restore window displays objects and consists of two parts:

  • The left pane displays the object tree at the selected level.
  • The right pane displays the contents of the selected object.

Note that the window displays only the data that was obtained by a backup. Data that is excluded by a filter, or data which did not exist as of the specified browse time does not appear in the window.

Selections follow these rules:
  • All selections are recursive.
  • Clicking a box again causes the selection to be cleared.
  • If you select an object in the left pane, then all of its contents are selected.
  • You can select a specific object in the right pane.

Selection status is revealed by the selection icons as follows:

Indicates that the object is not selected for restoration.
Indicates that a portion of the object is selected for restoration. i.e., only some of the child object(s) within the selected object.
Indicates that the entire object, including all of its child objects, are selected for restoration.

View Pie Charts and Size Distribution during Browse

The Show Size Distribution option displays the sizes of files and folders, as both a list and a pie chart. The depiction shows the nine largest single entities (files and folders) sorted by size (largest first), followed by a tenth item showing the sum of the remaining entities. If this option is selected, the browse results are sorted by file and folder size, largest first. If this option is not selected, the results are sorted as for Windows Explorer (folders by name on top, then files by name).

This option is applicable to File System and Simpana OnePass-enabled clients.

Show Distribution Pie Chart

To view the pie chart and see size distribution:

  1. In the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <client> | Agent.
  2. Right-click a <Backup_Set> and click All Tasks | Browse and Restore.
  1. In the Browse and Restore Options dialog box, click the Advanced tab.
  2. Select the Show size distributions option.

    You can view any folder's pie chart and size distribution by selecting that folder.

  1. To export the chart as a file, click one of these icons to the left of the chart:
    • PDF
    • HTML
    • Excel
  2. Select a Paper Size and Zoom if you wish.
  3. Select Orientation as Landscape or Portrait.
  4. Select a Table Overflow Mode.
  5. Click OK.

Browse and Restore Latest Data

Follow the steps given below to view the latest data backed up by a backup set:

  1. In the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <client> | Agent.
  2. Right-click a <Backup_Set> and click All Tasks | Browse and Restore.
  1. Click View Content.

The latest data backed up by all the subclients is displayed in the Client Browse tab.

Browse and Restore Data before a Specified Backup Time

This procedure does not apply to the following agents:

  • SAP Oracle Agent

Follow the steps given below to browse the data backed up before specified time. This will display data from all cycles that fall under the specified time range.

The Time Zone on the Restore Options dialog box defaults to the client's time zone and not the CommServe time zone.

  1. In the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <client> | Agent.
  2. Right-click a <Backup_Set> and click All Tasks | Browse and Restore.
  1. Select Time Range.
  2. Under Absolute Time do the following:
    1. Select the Time Zone.

      For Oracle agents the default Time Zone is the client's time zone. For all other agents the default Time Zone is the CommServe time zone.

    2. Select End Time and enter a date and time to browse and restore data before it.
  3. Click View Content.

Browse and Restore Data between a Specified Backup Time

This procedure does not apply to the following agents:

  • Oracle Agent
  • FlexFrame for Oracle
  • SAP Oracle Agent

Follow the steps given below to browse data between specified time:

  1. In the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <client> | Agent.
  2. Right-click a <Backup_Set> and click All Tasks | Browse and Restore.
  1. Select Time Range.
  2. Under Absolute Time do the following:
    • Select Start Time and enter a date and time.
    • Select End Time and enter a date and time.

    Data in between the time specified here will be browsed and restored.

  3. Click View Content.

Browse and Restore Data Backed up in the Past n Days

This procedure does not apply to the following agents:

  • Oracle Agent
  • FlexFrame for Oracle
  • Oracle Archiving
  • SAP Oracle Agent

You can specify a relative time for Browsing data for Restores. This provides flexibility in trawling backed up data from a wider time span rather than the need to remember an exact time range in which something was backed up.

Follow the step given below to Browse Data from a relative time:

  1. In the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <client> | Agent.
  2. Right-click a <Backup_Set> and click All Tasks | Browse and Restore.
  1. Select Time Range and click Relative Time.
  2. Enter a number in the Last field and select Day, Week, Month or Year to browse and restore data.
  3. Click View Content.

Browse and Restore Troubleshooting Folders

This procedure does not apply to the following agents:

  • Oracle Agent
  • FlexFrame for Oracle
  • Oracle Archiving
  • SAP Oracle Agent

By default, when a browse operation is requested, information about collect files or job specific metadata files of a file system is not included in the browse results. These files are mainly useful at the time of Troubleshooting.

For exchange based agents Troubleshooting folders include backup state data files for the particular subclient. These files are required to be restored back to the Agent if the client machine is rebuilt to allow backups to continue from where they left.

To include these troubleshooting files in your browse results, use the following steps:

  1. In the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <client> | Agent.
  2. Right-click a <Backup_Set> and click All Tasks | Browse and Restore.
  1. From the Restore Options dialog box, click the Advanced Options tab.
  2. Select Include Troubleshooting Folders checkbox.
  3. Click View Content.

Browse and Restore from Copies

This procedure does not apply to the following agents:

  • SAP Oracle Agent

By default, when a browse operation is requested, the software attempts to browse from the storage policy copy with the lowest copy precedence. If the data that you want to browse was already pruned from the primary copy, the software searches the other copies of the storage policy, starting from the copy with the lowest copy precedence to a copy with the highest copy precedence.

This feature is useful in the following conditions:      

  • The media containing protected data for a particular copy has been removed from the storage library, you can choose to browse from a copy whose media are inside the library.
  • Allows browsing from a copy that accesses faster disk media rather than slower tape media.
  • When media drives used by a particular copy are busy with another operation, this helps in browsing from a different copy to avoid resource conflicts.
  1. In the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <client> | Agent.
  2. Right-click a <Backup_Set> and click All Tasks | Browse and Restore.
  1. From the Restore Options dialog box, click the Advanced Options tab.
  2. Select Browse from copy precedence checkbox and specify the preference number.

    If you specify a copy precedence number for a browse operation, the software searches only the storage policy copy with that precedence number in all storage policies used for securing the data. If data does not exist in the specified copy, the browse operation fails even if the data exists in another copy of the same storage policy.

  3. Click View Content.

List Media

List media option is useful to predict media required to restore the index required to browse data. This is useful when the index is not available in the index cache.
This option is also used to list media associated with data protection operations up to the specified date and time range.

The following section describes how to perform this operation.

  1. In the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <client> | Agent.
  2. Right-click a <Backup_Set> and click All Tasks | Browse and Restore.
  1. Click List Media.

    You can use the Latest Data to list media associated with the most recent data protection cycle.

    Or Specify Browse Time to list media associated with data protection operations up to the specified date and time range.

  2. From the List Media dialog box, click List Media for restore within specified time range.
  3. Click OK.
  4. The appropriate media is listed in the Media dialog box.

Image or No-Image Browse and Restore

This procedure does not apply to the following agents:

  • Oracle Agent
  • FlexFrame for Oracle
  • Oracle Archiving
  • SAP Oracle Agent

Image browse displays the structure of the entity as it existed as of some specified time. When you browse data in the image mode, the system by default returns the requested data based on the latest image available. The image browse can only restore the latest version. If the requested version was deleted before the most recent full backup, the default browse will not find the data.

The no-image browse is useful for retrieving data that may have been deleted at some unknown time. It is also useful to retrieve a previous backup version and show deleted files across cycles.

  1. In the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <client> | Agent.
  2. Right-click a <Backup_Set> and click All Tasks | Browse and Restore.
  1. From the Restore Options dialog box, click the Advanced Options tab and select one of the following options:
    • Click and select the Show Deleted Items option to perform a no-image browse of the data.
    • Clear the Show Deleted Items option to perform an image browse of the data.
  2. Click View Content.

Browse and Restore Multiple Versions of a File

This procedure does not apply to the following agents:

  • Oracle Agent
  • FlexFrame for Oracle
  • Oracle Archiving
  • SAP Oracle Agent

By default, the system allows you to browse and recover previously backed up versions of data. This feature allows you to restore more than one version of the same file by restoring each version individually.

If a time range browse is performed, versions are shown across cycles.

  1. In the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <client> | Agent.
  2. Right-click a <Backup_Set> and click All Tasks | Browse and Restore.
  1. Click View Content.
  2. From the Browse Window, right-click the file with multiple versions and then click View All Versions.

The All Version dialog box displays the available versions for the file.

Set the Page Size for Browsing

The Page Size option allows you to specify the number of objects to be displayed in the browse window. You can browse through each page list by selecting the appropriate page number in the Browse window. Once the default is changed, it uses the same page size which was used in previous browse request until changed again.

  1. In the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <client> | Agent.
  2. Right-click a <Backup_Set> and click All Tasks | Browse and Restore.
  1. From the Restore Options dialog box, click the Advanced Options tab.
  2. Enter a value for Page Size.
  3. Click View Content.

Browse and Restore Using a Specified Path

This procedure does not apply to the following agents:

  • Oracle Agent
  • FlexFrame for Oracle
  • Oracle Archiving
  • SAP Oracle Agent

The Browse Path option allows you to specify the starting point for the browse operation.

  1. In the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <client> | Agent.
  2. Right-click a <Backup_Set> and click All Tasks | Browse and Restore.
  1. In the General tab, enter the browse path in Starting Path text area.
  2. Click View Content.

Browse and Restore Using MediaAgent

Data can be restored from any compatible library and drive type in the CommCell. By default, the system automatically identifies and restores data from any configured library in the CommCell, even if the media is not available in the original library in which the data protection operation was performed. Use this procedure to Browse using a specific MediaAgent.

If a MediaAgent is selected for browse, the library and media that are required for restore operation must be accessible to this MediaAgent for restore. The Restore may fail if it is not accessible.

  1. In the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <client> | Agent.
  2. Right-click a <Backup_Set> and click All Tasks | Browse and Restore.
  1. From the Restore Options dialog box, click the Advanced Options tab and choose the MediaAgent that must be used to perform the browse.
  2. Click View Content.

Browse and Restore Using Filters

This procedure does not apply to the following agents:

  • Oracle Agent
  • FlexFrame for Oracle
  • Oracle Archiving
  • SAP Oracle Agent

The filters allow browsing the data as per the parameters specified. You can specify filters for filename, modified date, file size, stubbed files, failed files and folder size for the files you need to browse.

Use the procedure below to browse using the available filters:

  1. In the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <client> | Agent.
  2. Right-click a <Backup_Set> and click All Tasks | Browse and Restore.
  1. From the Restore Options dialog box, click the Filter tab.
  2. Select Add from Filter Criteria and choose a desired filter.

    If more than one filter is used in the browse request, the objects qualifying all the filters will be displayed in the browse results.

  3. Click View Content.

Supported File System Filters

The following filters can be used to include files and folders when browsing data:

Filters Description

File Name

You can filter files by name patterns. For example:
  • *.doc
  • *.*
  • data*.*

Each asterisk (*) represents zero, one or many characters.

You can enter multiple keywords by separating them with AND or OR logical operators, entered in all capital letters. For example:

  • *.docx AND data*
  • *.txt OR *.xlsx
  • Windows* OR Name*
  • Notes:
    • While you can use more than one operator, combining AND and OR operators is not supported.
    • Patterns separated by spaces (without a logical operator) have an implied AND relationship.

Keywords containing spaces are supported by entering them enclosed in double quotation marks ("). For example, to find a file named my data, enter:

  • "my data"

This form of keyword entry does not support wild cards.

Modified Date

You can filter files based on modification date. Options include:
  • Today
  • Yesterday
  • This Week
  • This Month
  • This Year

All folders that satisfy this filter are shown.

File Size

This can be used to filter files based on a size range in KB, MB or GB.

Comparison options provided are:

  • greater than
  • less than
  • greater than or equal to
  • less than or equal to

Stubbed Objects

Use this to filter stubbed files that were backed up.

Contains

This filters file content against the words you enter. The results differ with different combinations of backup and content indexing jobs that ran on the client, as follows:
  • This filter retrieves more-precise results when Content Indexing is enabled, and at least one Content Indexing job has been run after the last backup job.
  • When Content Indexing is enabled, and other filters are used along with this filter, the results are retrieved from the combination of what got backed up and content indexed.
  • If Content Indexing is not enabled, the reference copy job waits for Content Indexing to run on the source subclient.

    If data is pushed to multiple Content Indexing servers, data from the most-recent Content Indexing server is processed.

Two or more filter words or phrases can be combined by placing AND operators or OR operators (but not a combination of ANDs and ORs) between the words.

Supported Exchange Mailbox Filters

The following filters can be used to filter mailbox content while browsing data on a previously backed up mailbox:

Filters Description
From This can be used to filter mails from specific senders, for example, first_name@companyname.com. You can enter the email address of the Sender in From box.

Multiple keywords can be specified together using “AND”, “OR” operators

To This can be used to filter mails sent to specific senders, for example, first_name@companyname.com. You can enter the email address of the recipient in the To box.

Multiple keywords can be specified together using “AND”, “OR” operators.

Subject This can be used to filter mails sent with a specific subject. You can enter the subject of the mail in Subject box.

Multiple keywords can be specified together using “AND”, “OR” operators.

Importance This can be used to filter mails sent with some level of importance. You can select one of the following as importance strengths:
  • High
  • Normal
  • Low
Mail Size This can be used to filter mails of specific size. The following operators can be used to specify the size of the mails:
  • greater than
  • less than
  • greater than equal to
  • less than equal to
Time This can be used to filter mails received on specific day or days. You can use this filter to include mails based on its receiving attributes such as:
  • Today
  • Yesterday
  • This Week
  • This Month
  • This Year
  • Last Week
  • Last Month
  • Last Year
  • Last 2 Years
  • Last 5 Years
Has Attachments This can be used to filter mails that include or exclude attachments.
  • Select the Has Attachments check box to backup mails with attachments.
  • Clear the Has Attachments check box to backup mails without any attachments
Folder Path This can be used to filter mails that reside in a specific folder on the mailbox. Enter a Folderpath in the given text area to backup emails belonging to that folder.

Multiple keywords can be specified together using “AND”, “OR” operators

Attachment Name This can be used to filter mails that include attachments with a specific name.
Categories This can be used to filter mails that have some category specified within the mailbox.
Contains This can be used to filter mails that include certain wordings in their content.

This filter works differently when Content Indexing Engine is installed and a Content Indexing job has been run after the last backup job.

  • If Content Indexing is not enabled, results will be displayed based on the following fields, that is, subject field, to and from.
  • If Content Indexing is enabled on the client and at least one job is Content Indexed, the results will be displayed from the Content Indexed data based on the following fields, that is, to, from, message body, subject, attachment.

Multiple keywords can be specified together using “AND”, “OR” operators

To Browse and Restore Data from more recent jobs, the jobs must be Content Indexed.

Stubbed Email This can be used to filter and only show stubbed emails in a mailbox.
Mailbox Name This can be used to filter mails based on the display name of the mailbox.

To enable this filter ensure that the name server is added under the CommCell security. For details, see Adding a Domain Controller for Active Directory Services.

  • A newly added mailbox will be available to be filtered based on mailbox name after 24 hours.
  • Content indexed mailboxes will not be available to be filtered based on mailbox name.

Browse Database Tables for Oracle and DB2 Databases

Use this browse operation to view and then to restore specific tables instead of the whole database.

In order to browse and restore the database tables, run a full backup of the entire database with the Enable Table Browse option enabled at the Subclient level.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | <Agent>.
  2. Right-click the <backupset>, and then click All Tasks | Browse and Restore.
  3. From the Restore Options dialog box, click the Time Range tab.
  4. Select the Table View check box.
  5. Click OK.