Browse and Restore - Exchange Public Folder iDataAgent

Restore Data Browse and Restore
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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.

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.

Browse and Restore from the CommCell Console allows you browse and restore mailboxes and mailbox items that were backed up. The browse option can also be invoked from the client, agent, backup set, or subclient level.

Browse and Restore Latest Data

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | client | Exchange Public Folder.
  2. Right-click the BackupSet and click All Tasks | Browse and Restore.
  1. Click OK.

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 method displays data from all cycles that fall under the specified time range.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | client | Exchange Public Folder.
  2. Right-click the BackupSet 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

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | client | Exchange Public Folder.
  2. Right-click the BackupSet 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

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. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | client | Exchange Public Folder.
  2. Right-click the BackupSet 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 from Copies

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. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | client | Exchange Public Folder.
  2. Right-click the BackupSet 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.
  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | client | Exchange Public Folder.
  2. Right-click the BackupSet 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 and No-Image Browse and Restore

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. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | client | Exchange Public Folder.
  2. Right-click the BackupSet 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 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. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | client | Exchange Public Folder.
  2. Right-click the BackupSet 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.

Establish the Page Size for a Browse

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. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | client | Exchange Public Folder.
  2. Right-click the BackupSet 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 Filters

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. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | client | Exchange Public Folder.
  2. Right-click the BackupSet 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 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.
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.
Subject This can be used to filter mails sent with a specific subject. You can enter the subject of the mail in Subject box.
Received 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