Restoring Guest Files and Folders for OpenStack

You can restore files and folders from a backup of an OpenStack instance or image to a VSA proxy.

When restoring files from a Linux instance, the File Recovery Enabler specified for the hypervisor is used to recover files.

Before You Begin

If a passkey is configured for restores, you must have the passkey.


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Protect > Virtualization.

    The Virtual machines page appears.

  2. On the Hypervisors tab, click the hypervisor.

    The hypervisor page appears. The VM groups area displays summary information for any existing VM groups.

  3. On the VM groups tab, in the row for the VM group, click the action button action_button , and then click Restore.

    The Select restore type page appears.

  4. To restore from a specific copy of backup data, in the upper-right corner of the page, click Settings, and then from the Source list, select the copy.

    If you leave select Automatic selected, the restore operation searches for the requested data in the primary copy, and automatically selects a different copy if the data is not found in the primary copy.

  5. Select Guest files and folders to restore files or folders to the source instance, to another instance, or to a guest agent.

    The Restore page appears.

  6. Expand the tree on the left and select the objects to be restored on the right. Select an item or click on an entry in the Name column to browse within an item. For hierarchical data such as files, folders, and disks, you can click an entry in the path listing above the right pane to return to a higher level of the hierarchy.

    In the top right corner of the page, a "Showing" message indicates what backup data is being displayed. You can click the down arrow beside this message and select any of the following options:

    • Show latest backups: Only display data for the most recent backups.

    • Show backups as of a specific date: Only display data up to the date you specify.

    • Show backups for a date range: Only display data within the data range you specify.

  7. Click Restore.

    Provide the following information:

    • Restore ACLs: Select one of the following options:

      • Restore ACLs Only: Restore permissions from the backup and apply them to the files specified for the restore.

      • Restore Data Only: Restore files and folders with the default permissions for the destination path.

      • Restore Both Data and ACLs: Restore files and folders while preserving source file and folder permissions.

    • Unconditional Overwrite: Select this check box to overwrite source files or folders with the same names.

    • Restore Destination: Leave the default settings to restore in place, or modify the following values to restore out of place:

      1. For Destination client, select the VSA proxy to be used for the restore.

      2. For Specify destination path, enter or browse to the location where the file or folder will be restored.

        A file or folder can be restored to an NFS-mounted file system (Unix). Clients with NFS mounted to another machine can restore to that mount. Click the Browse button to see if the mount is visible.

    • Preserve Source Paths: Use the Preserve or Remove options to determine how many levels of parent folders are created for restored files. For example, when restoring a file from the /MEMOS/SALES folder, you can preserve two levels to create both folders, or preserve one level to create only the SALES folder.

    • Impersonate User: Select this option to specify a different user for the restore operation, and enter user credentials in the User Name, Password, and Confirm Password boxes.

  8. Click Submit.