Restoring NDMP data

During the restore process, you can select individual files for restore if file history was enabled for the backup job.

Backup Exec cannot gather sufficient file and directory information on an NDMP restore to accurately populate the Job Summary and Set Detail Information sections of the job history with the number of files, directories, files skipped, corrupt files, and files in use. These numbers always appear as 0.

NDMP backup sets cannot be cataloged unless the following option is selected as a catalog default:

Use storage media-based catalogs

See Setting catalog defaults.


You cannot exclude files and directories from restore jobs on NDMP servers. Excluded directories and files are restored.

To restore NDMP data

  1. On the navigation bar, click the arrow next to Restore.

  2. Click New Restore Job.

  3. Select the data you want to restore.

  4. To change or test logon credentials, on the Properties pane, under Source, click Resource Credentials.

    See Changing and testing resource credentials for restore jobs.

  5. On the Properties pane, under Source, click Device.

    See Device options for restore jobs.

  6. On the Properties pane, under Settings, click NDMP.

  7. Select any of the following options:

    Restore Access Control Lists

    Select this option to restore NetApp Access Control Lists.

    Enable Direct Access Recovery

    Select this option to have Backup Exec use Direct Access Recovery (DAR) during the restore job. With DAR-enabled recovery, Backup Exec can specify the exact location of a file in a backup data stream. The NDMP server can then read the data applicable to the single file being restored, which reduces the amount of information that is processed and significantly reduces recovery time. If DAR is not available, the restore may take significantly longer.

    Restore without writing data to disk (Verify data without doing a restore)

    Select this option to test the validity of the data that you selected for the restore job. Backup Exec does not restore the data. For NetApp/IBM filers, you should use this option to verify data instead of Backup Exec's verify backup job option.

  8. Do one of the following:

    • Start the restore job.

    • Select other restore options from the Properties pane, and then start the restore job.

More Information

Setting catalog defaults

Restoring data by setting job properties

Backing up NDMP resources

Setting default backup and restore options for NDMP