Advanced Restore - OSSV Plug-In

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Restoring an OSSV Volume

By default, an OSSV volume is restored to the same location from where it was backed up and the existing volume data is overwritten.

You can perform the following restore operations:

  • File level restore, where you can browse and select the files/folders in the volume you want to restore.
  • Volume level restore, where you can restore the entire contents of the OSSV volume.

In-place restores from tape are not supported with the OSSV Plug-In.

Follow the steps given below to restore an OSSV volume:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client>.
  2. Right-click the OSSV Plug-In agent and click All Tasks | Browse.
  3. Right-click the snapshot you want to restore and then click Browse Files.
  4. Click the volume in the left pane, select the data you want to restore in the right pane and then click Recover All Selected.
  1. Select the client computer that will start the restore process from the Execution Host drop-down list.
  2. Click OK.

Performing an Out-of-Place Restore

You can restore the data to the following locations:

  • Different OSSV client
  • Windows or Unix client

Restoring to a Different OSSV Client

You can perform a volume level restore to a different Windows or Unix client computer that has the OSSV Plug-In Agent installed.

  1. Ensure the OSSV Plug-In agent is installed on the client where you wish to restore the volume. See Getting Started - OSSV Plug-In Deployment on a UNIX Computer for installation steps.
  2. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client>.
  3. Right-click the OSSV Plug-In agent and click All Tasks | Browse.
  4. Right-click the snapshot you want to restore and then click Browse Files.
  5. Select the volume in the left pane and click Recover All Selected.
  1. Select the client computer that will start the restore process from the Execution Host drop-down list.
  2. Click Restore to a different location.
  3. Select the client computer from the Destination Host drop-down list.
  4. Specify the destination path by clicking Browse.
  5. Click OK.

You can also perform a file level restore using the steps above.

Restoring to a Client

You can restore files/folders to a Windows or Unix client computer that has the File System Restore Enabler software installed.

  1. Ensure the File System Restore Enabler is installed on the client where you wish to restore the data. See Advanced Restore - NAS iDataAgent -  Restoring to a Client (File System Restore) for installation steps.
  2. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <File Server Client> | NetApp NAS NDMP.
  3. Right-click the <On-Demand backup set> which contains the backup data from your OSSV Plug-In client and click All Tasks | Browse Backup Data.

    On-Demand backup sets containing the data from your OSSV Plug-In client have the following naming convention:

    _<OSSV Client Name>_<OSSV Subclient Name>

  4. Click OK.
  1. Click the On-Demand backup set in the left pane, select the data you want to restore in the right pane and then click Recover All Selected.
  1. Select the client computer where the File System NDMP Enabler was installed from the Destination client drop-down list.
  2. Specify the destination path by clicking Browse.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Verify that the restored data is available in the restore destination.

 

Managing Restore Jobs

Once you initiate the restore operation, a restore job is generated in the Job Controller. Jobs can be managed in a number of ways. The following sections provide information on the different job management options available:

Restarting Jobs

Jobs that fail to complete successfully are automatically restarted based on the job restartability configuration set in the Control Panel. Keep in mind that changes made to this configuration will affect all jobs in the entire CommCell.

Restore jobs for this Agent restart from the beginning.

Configure Job Restartability at the CommServe Level

  1. From the CommCell Console toolbar, click Control Panel.
  2. Under the System section, click Job Management.
  3. Click Job Restarts tab and select a Job Type.
    • Select Restartable to make the job restartable.
    • You can change the value for Max Restarts to change the maximum number of times the Job Manager will try to restart a job.
    • You can change the value for Restart Interval (Mins) to change the time interval between attempts for the Job Manager to restart the job.
  4. Click OK.

 

Configure Job Restartability for an Individual Job

To configure the job restartability for a specific job, you can modify the retry settings for the job. This will override the setting in the Control Panel.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client>.
  2. Right-click the OSSV Plug-In agent and click All Tasks | Browse.
  3. Right-click the snapshot you want to restore and then click Browse Files.
  4. Click the volume in the left pane, select the data you want to restore in the right pane and then click Recover All Selected.
  1. In the Restore Options for All Selected Items dialog box, click Advanced.
  2. Click the Job Retry tab.
  3. Select Enable Total Running Time and specify the maximum elapsed time before a job can be restarted or killed.
  4. Select Enable Number Of Retries and specify the number of retries.
  5. Click OK.

Controlling Jobs

The following controls are available for running jobs in the Job Controller window:

Suspend

Temporarily stops a job. A suspended job is not terminated; it can be restarted at a later time.

Resume

Resumes a job and returns the status to Waiting, Pending, Queued, or Running. The status depends on the availability of resources, the state of the Operation Windows, or the Activity Control setting.

Kill

Terminates a job.

Suspending a Job

  1. From the Job Controller of the CommCell Console, right-click the job and select Suspend.
  2. The job status may change to Suspend Pending for a few moments while the operation completes. The job status then changes to Suspended.

Resuming a Job

  1. From the Job Controller of the CommCell Console, right-click the job and select Resume.
  2. As the Job Manager attempts to restart the job, the job status changes to Waiting, Pending, or Running.

Killing a Job

  1. From the Job Controller of the CommCell Console, right-click the job and select Kill.
  2. Click Yes when the confirmation prompt appears if you are sure you want to kill the job. The job status may change to Kill Pending for a few moments while the operation completes. Once completed, the job status will change to Killed and it will be removed from the Job Controller window after five minutes.

Additional Restore 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, navigate to Client Computers | <Client>.
  2. Right-click the OSSV Plug-In agent and click All Tasks | Browse.
  3. Right-click the snapshot you want to restore and then click Browse Files.
  4. Click the volume in the left pane, select the data you want to restore in the right pane and then click Recover All Selected.
  1. 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.
Alerts

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, navigate to Client Computers | <Client>.
  2. Right-click the OSSV Plug-In agent and click All Tasks | Browse.
  3. Right-click the snapshot you want to restore and then click Browse Files.
  4. Click the volume in the left pane, select the data you want to restore in the right pane and then click Recover All Selected.
  1. 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 Alerts and Notifications.
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.