Restoring from normal or archived backups

Whether you restore items from normal or archived backups, the procedure is the same and includes the following tasks:


On IA64 systems, when you restore System State components or Shadow Copy components, you must also select the EFI System partition.

To restore from normal or archived backups

  1. Start the restore as follows, for the appropriate platform:

    On Windows systems:

    • Click File > Select Files and Folders to Restore and select either from Normal Backup or from Archived Backup.

      There may be a delay while NetBackup retrieves the backup images and builds the list of files that you can restore.

      The window title bar displays the following information about how NetBackup is currently set up for the operation:

      • Server

      • Source Client

      • Destination Client

    • If you see backup images without seeing folders or files, select an image or a range of images.

      You can also configure NetBackup so that it searches for backups automatically. In the NetBackup Client Properties dialog box, on the General tab, select Perform Default Search.

    On UNIX systems:

    • Click the Restore Files tab.

      The space under the menu bar displays the following information about how NetBackup is currently set up for the operation:

      • NetBackup server

      • Source client

      • Destination

      • Policy type

    • In the Restore type drop-down list, select either Normal Backups (default) or Archived Backups.

    • Click View > Refresh.

  2. To select the items that you want to restore, in any pane, click the check box to the left of the item.

  3. To preview a list of the removable media (such as tape) that NetBackup needs to perform the restore, take the following action:

    • On Windows systems, click Actions > Preview Media.

    • On UNIX systems, click Preview.

      If the items that you want to restore are in backup images that reside on disk storage units, no media is listed in the preview.

    • Click OK to close the dialog box

  4. To set up how to restore the selected items, take the following action:

    • On Windows systems, click Actions > Start Restore of Marked Files.

    • On UNIX systems, click Restore.

  5. In the Restore Marked Files dialog box, select from the following options to meet the requirements for the restore:


    Restore Options

    Job Priority

    You can change the priority of this restore by clicking Override default priority, and then set a priority number.

    The default is 90000. The available range is 0 to 99999. Higher numbers are higher priority.

    See About Job Priority for restores.

    Use default progress log file name (UNIX only)

    By default, progress log messages are written to the following location on the UNIX client:


    To change the location and the name of the progress log file for this backup, take the following actions:

    • Click this check box to remove the check mark.

    • In the Progress log filename field, enter a new path and file name.

    See About Progress Log Files.

  6. Click Start Restore.

  7. To view the restore progress, take the following action:

    • On Windows systems, in the View Status dialog box that appears, click Yes.

    • On UNIX systems, in the Task Progress tab that appears, click Yes.

    The restore may take a few minutes to complete. After you start a restore operation, you can close Backup, Archive, and Restore and perform other tasks. NetBackup continues the operation in the background.

More Information

Restoring by backup date

Restoring from a specific backup image copy

Finding the items you want to restore

General tab

Marking and unmarking files and directories (folders)

Media required dialog box