Viewing backup data using the Backup, Archive, and Restore interface

The Backup, Archive, and Restore interface consists of three primary panes that enable you to select the images that you want to restore. The three panes are the NetBackup History pane, the All Folders pane, and the Contents pane. The NetBackup History pane displays the backup images that are available for restore, the type of backup that was performed, and the policy name. The All Folder pane displays a hierarchal view of the items that are available to restore. This pane updates after you select an image in the NetBackup History pane. The Contents pane displays the file(s) that correspond to the selection that you make in the All Folders pane.

The Backup, Archive, and Restore interface displays information about the backups that have been run. You can then select the backup images that you want to restore. However, it can be difficult to locate a particular restore set for SQL images and the number of associated images for each restore set. One reason is because the interface does not show the database names. You would have to look at each image in the interface and expand each one to see the database name. This method is cumbersome, time consuming, and often confusing for the user.

The Backup, Archive, and Restore interface contains a search feature that enables you to search for an object in the backup images to restore. To begin a search, select some images in the History pane and click on the search (binocular) icon in the interface. A Search Backups dialog box appears with the Start and End dates updated to match the dates that you chose. Enter a keyword in a regular expression format in the Search Folder field. For example, enter *All Partitions* to search for images with "All Partitions" as an object name. You can also enter a word or phrase in the Keyword Phrase field. After you enter the appropriate information, click Search.

If the images that you selected contain an object that matches the keyword you entered, then the interface displays the content of that image.


You can also begin a search by selecting the search (binocular) icon, entering a search folder, a keyword, and a Start and End date.