List Media (Media Prediction) - Overview


List media, also known as Media Prediction, is an operation that displays all source media associated with a data protection operation performed from a specific backupset or instance. It is used to identify the source media required by restore jobs.

The List Media operation is displayed as a job (with appropriate controls, such Suspend, Resume, and Kill) in the Job Controller. Appropriate event messages appear in the Event viewer.

Use Cases

Prior to running a restore job, you can use List Media:

Media Availability

To ensure that media required by an operation is available in the library, especially if you are restoring/recovering data across a firewall.

Identifying Exact Media

To identify the exact media necessary to restore a file or folder where data spans several media.

Identifying Faster Media for Restores

To identify and restore from a copy that accesses a faster disk media rather than slower tape media.

Identifying Media Associated with Alternate Copy

To identify media associated with an alternate copy, when the media containing data associated with a specific copy is not readily available. This can happen if the media is exported from the library or is being used by another operation.

Key Benefits

The Media Prediction operation can be used to:

  • Restore data associated with a specific backup set, subclient or instance
  • Restore the index required to browse data associated with a specific backup set or subclient
  • Restore specific files (or folders)
  • Restore data associated with a specific job