Restore Backup Data - Restore Options

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This section provides general information about the various options available for restoring data. These concepts are outlined below, with links provided for more information on each subject. For detailed restore information and the options supported by each Agent, see the documentation for the particular agent.

Global Restore Options

The following options are available for controlling all restore jobs.

Job Restarts and Job Running Time

For indexing-based, file system-like agents, you can click the Job Retry tab in the Advanced Restore Options dialog box to access the Job Retries and Job Running Time options, when you perform a data recovery operation.

You can also specify the maximum number of allowed restart attempts and the interval between restart attempts for all data recovery jobs. For procedures, see Configuring Job Restart for Specific Jobs.

Restore from Anywhere

This type of restore automatically identifies and recovers 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.

Set a Job Priority

This option allows you to manually set a job priority. This is useful if you have jobs that are very important and must complete, and/or jobs that can be moved to a lower priority. For more information, see Job Priorities and Priority Precedence.

Scheduled Data Recovery Operations

Allows you to schedule a restore job to run at a time that is convenient.

Start in Suspended State

Specifies that this job will start in the Job Controller in a suspended state and cannot run until the job is manually resumed using the Resume option. This option can be used to add a level of manual control when a job is started. For example, you could schedule jobs to start in the suspended state and then choose which scheduled jobs complete by resuming the operation started in the suspended state.

For procedures, see Manually Resuming A Job.

Other Restore Options

The following options are provided which allow you to configure all aspects of the restore operation, to best suit your particular recovery needs. Note that all options are not supported by all agents. For detailed restore information on each agent, refer to the documentation for the particular agent.

Automatic Detection of Regular Expressions

One of the advanced options available during a restore operation is the ability to specify a source path. Certain iDataAgents also allow you to choose to detect or ignore regular expressions (wildcard characters) in the specified source path. This option allows you to restore files and folders which contain regular expressions in their name (e.g., c:\[test]).

Filter Data From Restore or Recovery Operations

In the event that you specify a source path which contains some data objects that do not need to be restored, if supported for your agent, you can tell the system to not restore certain specified items.

Data in Device Node

For the UNIX and Macintosh File System Agents, this restore option specifies if data in the raw device nodes is to be restored.

Overwrite Options

Allows you to select a combination of conditions as to how and when data should be overwritten during data recovery operations.

Pre and Post Processes

Allows you to use the restore phases as triggers to start executable processes, such as a batch file or shell script.

Rename or Redirect Files on Restore

Allows you to rename data or redirect it to a designated location upon restore.

Restore by Jobs

File System iDataAgents for Windows, Unix and Macintosh provide the capability to select a specific backup job from which data can be restored. This feature is also supported for restoring the CommServe in a disaster recovery scenario.

Restore Data Using a Map File

Using a map file allows you to restore individual files and folders to different locations.

Restore Data Using a Specific MediaAgent, Library or Drive Pool

Data can be restored/recovered from any compatible library and drive type in the CommCell, even if the media is not available in the original library in which the data protection operation was performed.

Restore Data Using Wildcard Expressions

Allows you to restore files and/or folders/directories that have a common naming convention.

Restore from Copies

If you need to restore data from a particular storage policy copy, this can be accomplished through the Restore from Copies feature. This type of restore is useful in cases where the data to be restored has been pruned from the primary copy, so the data must be restored from a copy that has a different copy precedence.

Skip Mount Point Restore

For the Unix and Macintosh File System iDataAgents, this advanced restore option provides the capability to filter out mount points during the file system restore, that are part of the backup data. This option is useful in cases where you do not wish to restore the mount points as a part of the file system restore.

Skip Errors and Continue

For index-based agents, this advanced restore/recover/retrieve option enables a restore/recover/retrieve job to continue despite media errors. This option also populates the job's restore.out file with a list of the files (full path) that failed to restore/recover/retrieve.

Recover All Protected Mail

For the Exchange Mailbox Archiver Agent and the Exchange Mailbox iDataAgent, this advanced recovery option provides a means to recover all archived or backed up e-mail messages for specified mailboxes or folders on all active indexes, without having to perform a separate recovery operation for each index cycle.