Loading...

Advanced Restore - Exchange Public Folder Agent

Table of Contents

Restoring a Public Folder

You can restore a public folder to the same client from which it was backed up.

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > agent.
  2. Right-click the backup_set, and then click All Tasks > Browse and Restore.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Expand the backup_set and select the required public folder in the left pane.
  5. Click Recover All Selected.
  6. Click OK.

Restoring a Public Folder Item

You can restore individual public folder items, such as messages, to another public folder.

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > agent.
  2. Right-click the backup_set, and then click All Tasks > Browse and Restore.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Expand the backup_set and expand the required public folder in the left pane.
  5. Select a public folder item from the right pane.
  6. Click Recover All Selected.
  7. Click OK.

Restoring an Attachment

You can browse a backupset and restore an attachment of a message.

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > agent.
  2. Right-click the backup_set, and then click All Tasks > Browse and Restore.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Expand backup_set > public_folder in the left pane of the Client Browse window.
  5. In the right pane, select the message that contains the required attachment.

    For all the messages that have attachments, a paper clip icon appears in the list of messages.

  6. Click Recover All Selected.
  7. Click OK.

Finding and Restoring

Use Find to search and locate messages from a data protection backup. Find is available from a backup set, subclient, or by right-clicking a Public Folder, a message, or a Public Folder item from the Client Browse tab.

Finding a Message with a Specific Subject

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > agent.
  2. Right-click backup_set or subclient, and then click All Tasks > Find.
  3. Type the Subject name of the message to narrow the search by a specific subject line containing the specified text string or wildcard pattern. You can search for partial words without the need for wildcard characters at the beginning and/or end of the search string.

    These wildcards, or a combination of these wildcards, are supported in the Subject field:

    • * for any number of characters, for example, Accounting*.
    • ? for any one character, for example, user_group?.
    • [] for a range of characters , for example, [a-k]Lee.
    • [!] for a negation of a range of characters, for example, [!a-k] Lee.
  4. Click View Content.

    The messages that match the criteria appear in search results.

Finding a Message from a Specific User

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > agent.
  2. Right-click backup_set or subclient, and then click All Tasks > Find.
  3. In From, narrow the search by entering a specified user who sent the message.
  4. Click View Content.

    The messages that match the criteria appear in search results.

Finding a Message Sent to a Specific User

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > agent.
  2. Right-click backup_set or subclient, and then click All Tasks > Find.
  3. In To, narrow the search by entering a specified user the message was addressed to.

    When you search Public Folder data using this field, only the messages that were posted to mail-enabled Public Folders are searchable. If you want to search posts made to a Public Folder, use the Subject or From fields instead.

  4. Click View Content.

    The messages that match the criteria appear in search results.

Finding a Message Received in a Specific Time Range

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > agent.
  2. Right-click backup_set or subclient, and then click All Tasks > Find.
  3. In Received Time, select an entry from the list to narrow the search to messages that were received on the specified date or within the specified date range according to date criteria (Any, Today, Yesterday, This Week, This Month, This Year, Is, After, Before, Between, Specific Date).

    Depending on your selection, additional date range fields might appear below the Received Time field.

  4. Click View Content.

    The messages that match the criteria appear in search results.

Quick Search Using Sampling

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > agent.
  2. Right-click backup_set or subclient, and then click All Tasks > Find.
  3. Click the Advanced Options tab. 
  4. In Sample Every, specify the rate at which messages are sampled to determine whether they match the search criteria.

    The default value of 1 indicates that every message will be sampled. The order in which messages are sampled is based on the order in which the messages were backed up.

  5. Click View Content.

    The messages that match the criterion appear in the search results.

Finding a Message Backed Up at a Specific Time

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > agent.
  2. Right-click backup_set or subclient, and then click All Tasks > Find.
  3. Click the Time Range tab, and specify a time or time range (Latest Cycle, After, Before, Between, Specific Date, Any, Today, Yesterday, This week, This Month, This Year, or Relative) to narrow searches to messages that were backed up within the time period specified.
  4. Click View Content.

    The messages that match the criteria appear in search results.

Adding Search Results to a List

Moving items to the Selected List lets you control the items you need to restore. You can narrow down the list from the Search Results so that you are able to recover only the items from the Selected List.

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > agent.
  2. Right-click backup_set or subclient, and then click All Tasks > Find.
  3. Enter  the required search criteria (for example, Subject, From, To, and so on).
  4. Click View Content.

    The messages that match the criteria appear in the search results.

  5. Right-click a message and select Add to Selected List.
  6. Click the Selected Items tab.

    The selected message appears in the list.

Using Find from a Browse Window

When you use Find as part of a Browse operation, the time range that you selected for the Browse operation is not used for the Find operation. You must redefine the time range.

Procedure

  1. After you perform a Browse operation, right-click a Public Folder or a Public Folder item (for example, calendars, journals, and so on), and then click Find.
  2. Enter required search criteria (for example, Subject, From, To, and so on).
  3. Click View Content.

    The search results appear in the right pane. You can save the results, email, or print them.

Restoring a Message or a Mailbox Item from the Search Results

If the mailbox alias name has changed, restore messages out of place to the current mailbox alias name. Attempting to restore the data in place to a mailbox alias that no longer exists will cause the restore operation to fail.

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > agent.
  2. Right-click backup_set or subclient, and then click All Tasks > Find.
  3. Enter  the required search criteria (for example, Subject, From, To, and so on).
  4. Click View Content.

    The messages that match the criteria appear in the search results.

  5. On the Search Results tab, right-click a Public Folder or a Public Folder item, and then click Restore.

    The Restore Options dialog box appears.

  6. In the Destination Client list, select the name of a client computer.
  7. Click OK.

Save, Email, or Print Search Results

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > agent.
  2. Right-click backup_set or subclient, and then click All Tasks > Find.
  3. Enter the search criteria, and then click View Content.
  4. Click Save, Email, or Print in the upper-right corner of the window.
  5. If Email is selected, enter the SMTP parameters (SMTP Host, To, From, Subject).

Performing an Out-of-Place Restore

By default, the Exchange Public Folder Agent restores 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.

When you perform an out-of-place restore, the restored data inherits the rights (that is, permissions) of the parent directory.

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > agent.
  2. Right-click backup_set or subclient, and then click All Tasks > Browse and Restore.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Select a public folder, a message, or a public folder item from the Client Browse window, and then click Recover All Selected.
  5. In the Destination client list, select the client. The source and destination clients must reside in the same CommCell Console.

    The destination client must have the Exchange Public Folder Agent installed on it.

  6. Click OK.

Restoring to a Different Exchange Version

When you perform a cross-application restore of Exchange Public Folders from a newer version of Exchange Server to an older version, it follows the same compatibility support provided by the Exchange Server, unless otherwise noted.

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > agent.
  2. Right-click backup_set or subclient, and then click All Tasks > Browse and Restore.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Select a public folder, a message or a public folder item from the Client Browse window and click Recover All Selected.
  5. In the Destination client list, select the client.

    The source and destination clients must reside in the same CommCell Console. The destination client must have the Exchange Public Folder Agent installed on it.

  6. Click OK.

Reviewing Data Selected for Restore

When you select multiple Public Folders, messages and Public Folder items from multiple locations, you can review all the data and locations before starting the restore.

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > agent.
  2. Right-click the backup_set, and then click All Tasks > Browse and Restore.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Select a public folder, a message, or a public folder item from the Client Browse window, and then click Recover All Selected.
  5. In the Destination client list, select the client.

    The source and destination clients must reside in the same CommCell Console. The destination client must have the Exchange Public Folder Agent installed on it.

  6. Click Advanced.
  7. Select the Selected Paths/Filters tab.
  8. Click OK.

Scheduling a Restore

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > agent.
  2. Right-click the backup_set, and then click All Tasks > Browse and Restore.
  3. Click View Content.
  4. Select one or more public folders in the left pane.

    The public folder items (for example, calendars, journals, and so on) are selected in the right pane.

  5. Click Recover All Selected.
  6. Click Job Initiation tab, and then click Schedule.
  7. Click Configure.
  8. 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

    The restore job runs according to the schedule that you created.

Restoring by Jobs

The Restore By Jobs feature provides the facility to select a specific backup job to be restored. This method of restoring data is considerably faster as it reads continuously on the tape and retrieves the data and does not depend on the indexing subsystem to get the seek offsets on the media.

This feature can be used to restore point-in-time data associated with a specific backup job, such as full, incremental, differential, and so on.

Consider the following when restoring by jobs:
  • Run a restore by jobs whenever you want to restore the entire contents of the job.
  • Avoid modifying the contents of any associated subclients since this may result in the retrieval of older data.

Use the following steps to restore data by jobs:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the level whose data you want to browse, click View and then click Backup History.
  2. From the Backup History Filter window, select the filter options, if any, that you want to apply and click OK.
  3. From the Backup Job History window, right-click the backup job that need to be restored and select Browse and Restore.
  4. Click View Content.
  5. From the Browse window, select the required content to be restored and click Recover All Selected.
  6. Select the desired restore options and click OK.

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.

Changes made to this configuration will affect all jobs in the entire CommCell.

To configure the job restartability for a specific job, you can modify the retry settings for that job. This will override the setting in the Control Panel. It is also possible to override the default CommServe configuration for individual jobs by configuring retry settings when initiating the job. This configuration, however, will apply only to the specific job.

Backup jobs for this Agent are resumed from the point-of-failure.

Configure Job Restartability at the CommServe Level

  1. From the CommCell Console ribbon, click the Home tab, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Under Data, click Job Management.

    The Job Management dialog box appears.

  3. Click the Job Restarts tab.
  4. From the Job Type list, select the appropriate item.
  5. Select the Restartable check box to make the job restartable.
  6. In the Max Restarts box, change the maximum number of times the Job Manager will try to restart a job.
  7. In the Restart Interval (Mins) box, change the time interval between attempts for the Job Manager to restart the job.
  8. Click OK.

Configure Job Restartability for an Individual Job

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > agent > backup_set.
  2. Right-click the subclient, and then click Backup.

    The Backup Options dialog box appears.

  3. Click Advanced.

    The Advanced Backup Options dialog box appears.

  4. Click the Job Retry tab
  5. Select the Enable Total Running Time check box, and then specify the maximum elapsed time before a job can be restarted or killed
  6. Select the Kill Running Jobs When Total Running Time Expires check box to kill the job after reaching the maximum elapsed time.
  7. Select the Enable Number Of Retries check box, and then specify the number of retries.
  8. 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

Several additional options are available to further refine your restore operations. The following table describes these options.

Be sure to read the overview material referenced for each feature prior to using them.

Option Description Related Topic
Skip Errors and Continue You can continue the restore job regardless of media errors and create a file that lists the full path names of the files that failed to be restored.
  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > agent.
  2. Right-click the backup_set that contains the data you want to restore, and the click All Tasks > Browse and Restore.
  3. In the Browse and Restore Options dialog box, click View Content.
  4. On the Client Browse tab, select the data to be restored, and then click Recover All Selected.
  5. In the Restore Options for All Selected Items dialog box, click Advanced.
  6. In the Advanced Restore Options dialog box, click General.
  7. On the General tab, select the Skip errors and continue check box.
  8. Click OK.
 
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.
  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > agent.
  2. Right-click the backup_set that contains the data you want to restore, and the click All Tasks > Browse and Restore.
  3. In the Browse and Restore Options dialog box, click View Content.
  4. On the Client Browse tab, select the data to be restored, and then click Recover All Selected.
  5. In the Restore Options for All Selected Items dialog box, click Advanced.
  6. In the Advanced Restore Options dialog box, click the Startup tab.
  7. Celect Change Priority, and then type a priority number.

    - 0 is the highest priority and 999 is the lowest priority.

  8. Select the Start up in suspended state check box to start the job in a suspended state.
  9. 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. After the data is found, it is retrieved, and no more 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.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > agent.
  2. Right-click the backup_set that contains the data you want to restore, and the click All Tasks > Browse and Restore.
  3. In the Browse and Restore Options dialog box, click View Content.
  4. On the Client Browse tab, select the data to be restored, and then 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 the Copy Precedence tab.
  2. Select the Restore from copy precedence check box, and then type the copy precedence number.
  3. 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. Refer to Change Data Path.
Encryption If the data on a client is encrypted with a pass phrase, you must enter the pass-phrase to start the data recovery operation. Refer to Data Encryption.
Browse Options Deleted files can be restored manually. You can specify the time range for the deleted items to be restored.
  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > agent.
  2. Right-click the backup_set, and then click All Tasks > Browse and Restore.
  3. Click View Content.
  4. Select the data to be restored, and then click Recover all Selected.
  5. From the Restore Options for All Selected Items dialog box, click Advanced.
  6. From the Browse Options tab, select the Restore deleted items check box.
  7. Select Specify Time Range option to specify the time zone, start time and end time for the deleted items to be restored.
  8. Click OK.
Refer to Job Management.
Command Line Restores You can perform backups or restore from the command line interface (CLI). The commands can be run from the command line or can be integrated into scripts.

You can also generate command line scripts for specific operations from the CommCell Browser using the Save As Script option.

Refer to Command Line Interface.
CommCell Readiness Report The CommCell Readiness Report provides you with vital information such as connectivity and readiness of the client, MediaAgent, and CommServe host. It is useful to run this report before you perform a backup or a recovery operation. 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 were 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 you perform the restore. Refer to Restore Job Summary Report.