SnapProtect - Advanced Restore - Notes Database iDataAgent

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Out-of-Place Restore of Database

By default, the IBM Domino iDataAgent restore data to the client computer from which it originated; this is referred to as an in-place restore. You can also restore the data to another Client computer. The restored data assumes the rights (i.e., permissions) of the parent directory. Even after the Notes Database iDataAgent is removed from a given client, you can browse the client's backup data and restore it to another computer provided that the backed up data has not expired.

  1. From the CommCell Console, navigate to Client Computer | <Notes Database Client> | Instance.
  2. Right-click the subclient that contains the data you want to restore and click Browse and Restore.
  3. Click View Content.
  4. Expand the Subclient and select the required database. Its entire contents will be automatically selected in the right pane.
  5. Click Recover All Selected.
  6. Uncheck the Restore to the Same folder Checkbox.
  7. Click Browse and select the destination folder on the same client machine.
  8. Click OK.

Restoring Data from a Backup Copy

You can perform a restore from the backup copy by setting the appropriate copy precedence number.
  1. From the CommCell Console, navigate to Client Computer | <Notes Database Client> | Instance.
  2. Right-click the subclient that contains the data you want to restore and click Restore.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Expand the Subclient and select the required database. Its entire contents will be automatically selected in the right pane.
  5. Click Recover All Selected.
  6. Click the Advanced button.
  7. Click the Copy Precedence tab and select the Restore from Copy Precedence checkbox.
  8. In the Copy Precedence box, type the copy precedence number for the backup copy.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Click OK to close the Restore Options window and start the restore job.

Scheduling a Restore

  1. From the CommCell Console, navigate to Policies | Storage Policies.

    Right-click the <storage policy> and click Properties.

    Click the Copy Precedence tab.

    Click OK.

  2. From the CommCell Console, navigate to Client Computer | <Notes Database Client> | Instance.

    Right-click the subclient that contains the data you want to restore and click Browse and Restore.

  3. Click View Content.

  4. Expand the Subclient and select the required database. Its entire contents will be automatically selected in the right pane.

    Click Recover All Selected.

  5. Uncheck the Restore to the Same folder Checkbox.

    Click Browse and select the destination folder on the same client machine.

    Click Job Initiation tab and click Schedule.

    Click Configure.

  6. Select the appropriate scheduling options.  For example:
    • Click Weekly.
    • Check the days you want the run the restore job.
    • Change the Start Time to 9:00 PM
    • Click OK to close the Schedule Details dialog
    • Click OK to close the Restore Options dialog

    The restore job will execute as per the schedule.

Additional Options

The following table describes the available additional options to further refine your restore operations:

Option Description Related Topic
Startup Options

The Startup Options are used by the Job Manager to set priority for resource allocation. This is useful to give higher priority to certain jobs. You can set the priority as follows:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, click Client Computers | <Notes Database Client> | Instance
  2. Right-click the <Instance> that contains the data you want to restore, point to All Tasks and then click Browse and Restore.
  3. In the Browse Options dialog box, click View Content.
  4. In the  Client Browse tab, select the data to be restored and click Recover all Selected.
  5. In the Restore Options for All Selected Items dialog box, click Advanced.
  1. In the Advanced Restore Options dialog box, click Startup.
  2. On the Startup tab, select Change Priority.
  3. Enter a priority number - 0 is the highest priority and 999 is the lowest priority.
  4. Select the Start up in suspended State check box to start the job in a suspended state.
  5. Click OK.
Refer to Job Priority and Priority Precedence.
Copy Precedence By default, the system retrieves data from the storage policy copy with the lowest copy precedence. If the data was pruned from the primary copy, the system automatically retrieves data from the other copies of the storage policy in the lowest copy precedence to highest copy precedence order. Once the data is found, it is  retrieved, and no further copies are checked.

You can retrieve data from a specific storage policy copy (Synchronous Copy or Selective Copy). If data does not exist in the specified copy, the data retrieve operation fails even if the data exists in another copy of the same storage policy. Follow the steps given below to retrieve the data from a specific storage policy copy:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, click Client Computers | <Notes Database Client> | Instance
  2. Right-click the <Instance> that contains the data you want to restore, point to All Tasks and then click Browse and Restore.
  3. In the Browse Options dialog box, click View Content.
  4. In the  Client Browse tab, select the data to be restored and click Recover all Selected.
  5. In the Restore Options for All Selected Items dialog box, click Advanced.
  1. In the Advanced Restore Options dialog box, click Copy Precedence.
  2. On the Copy Precedence tab, select the Restore from copy precedence check box.
  3. Enter the copy precedence number.
  4. Click OK.
Refer to Recovering Data From Copies.
Data Path Options

The data recovery operations use a default Library, MediaAgent, Drive Pool, and Drive as the Data Path. You can use this option to change the data path if the default data path is not available. Follow the steps given below to change the default data path:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, click Client Computers | <Notes Database Client> | Instance
  2. Right-click the <Instance> that contains the data you want to restore, point to All Tasks and then click Browse and Restore.
  3. In the Browse Options dialog box, click View Content.
  4. In the  Client Browse tab, select the data to be restored and click Recover all Selected.
  5. In the Restore Options for All Selected Items dialog box, click Advanced.
  1. In the Advanced Restore Options dialog box, click Data Path.
  2. On the Data Path tab, select the MediaAgent and Library.
  3. Select the Drive Pool and Drive for tape library.
  4. Select the name of the Proxy server if you wish to restore using a proxy server.

    You can select the Proxy server only when you are restoring from a snapshot. This option is not available for a regular restore.

  5. Click OK.
Refer to Change Data Path.
Encryption

If the client's data is encrypted with a pass phrase, you must enter the pass-phrase to start the data recovery operation. Follow the steps given below to enter the pass-phrase:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, click Client Computers | <Notes Database Client> | Instance
  2. Right-click the <Instance> that contains the data you want to restore, point to All Tasks and then click Browse and Restore.
  3. In the Browse Options dialog box, click View Content.
  4. In the  Client Browse tab, select the data to be restored and click Recover all Selected.
  5. In the Restore Options for All Selected Items dialog box, click Advanced.
  1. In the Advanced Restore Options dialog box, click Encryption.
  2. Enter the Pass Phrase.
  3. Click OK.
Refer to Data Encryption.

This option enables users or user groups to get automatic notification on the status of the data recovery job. Follow the steps given below to set up the criteria to raise notifications/alerts:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, click Client Computers | <Notes Database Client> | Instance
  2. Right-click the <Instance> that contains the data you want to restore, point to All Tasks and then click Browse and Restore.
  3. In the Browse Options dialog box, click View Content.
  4. In the  Client Browse tab, select the data to be restored and click Recover all Selected.
  5. In the Restore Options for All Selected Items dialog box, click Advanced.
  1. In the Advanced Restore Options dialog box, click Alerts.
  2. Click Add Alert.
  3. From the Add Alert Wizard dialog box, select the required threshold and notification criteria and click Next.
  4. Select the required notification types and click Next.
  5. Select the recipients and click Next.
  6. Click Finish.
  7. Click OK.
Refer to Alert
CommCell Readiness Report The CommCell Readiness Report provides you with vital information such as connectivity and readiness of the Client, MediaAgent, and CommServe. It is useful to run this report before performing a backup or a recovery operation. Follow the steps given below to generate the report:
  1. On the CommCell Console menu bar, select the Reports tab.
  2. Click Readiness.

    The Report Selection dialog box appears.

  3. If necessary, select Reports | CommServe | CommCell Readiness in the left pane.
  4. Select the Computers tab, and then click Modify below the Computers list.
  5. In the dialog box that appears, clear Include All Client Computers and All Client Groups.
  6. Select the appropriate client from the Exclude list, and then click Include >.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Select the MediaAgent tab, and then clear Include All MediaAgents.
  9. Select the appropriate MediaAgent from the Exclude list, and then click Include >.
  10. Click Run.

    The report appears in your default Web browser.

Refer to CommCell Readiness Report.
Restore Job Summary Report

The Restore Job Summary Report provides you with information about all the data recovery jobs that are run in last 24 hours for a specific client and agent. You can get information such as failure reason, failed objects, job options, and so on. It is useful to run this report after performing the restore. Follow the steps given below to generate the report:

  1. On the CommCell Console menu bar, select the Reports tab.
  2. Click Summary.

    The Report Selection dialog box appears.

  3. If necessary, select Reports | Jobs | Job Summary in the left pane.
  4. On the General tab, select Data Recovery Jobs.
  5. Select the Computers tab.
  6. Select the appropriate client and the appropriate agent.
  7. Click Run.

    The report appears in your default Web browser.

Refer to Restore Job Summary Report.