Cloning a File System IntelliSnap Backup

You can duplicate file system data by cloning snapshots that were created during backups.

You can use the instant cloning feature to create a copy of the file system data by using a full IntelliSnap backup.

Before You Begin

  • Have the backup administrator configure a client and a subclient for the clone feature.

  • On the destination client where you want to create the clone, create a directory for the mount path for the clone files.

  • You can clone data to the same computer or a different computer. If you clone data to a proxy server, the following additional criteria must be met:

    • The operating system on the proxy server must be of the same version or later than the operating system on the client computer.

    • The Commvault version on the proxy server and the client computer must be same.

    • The File System Agent and the MediaAgent must be installed on the proxy.

    • The proxy server must have access to the storage array that contains the source data.


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Protect > File servers.

    The File servers page appears.

  2. Click the file server.

    The file server page appears.

  3. Under Subclients, for the subclient that you want to clone, click the action button action_button, and then click Restore.

    The Backup content page appears.

  4. Click Instant clone.

    The Instant clone page appears.

  5. From the Destination server list, select the client that you want the clone to be on.

  6. In the Clone mount path box, enter the path to the mount directory.

  7. Optional: To overwrite an existing clone, move the Overwrite existing clone toggle key to the right.

  8. In the Delete clone after box, type the number of days and hours to retain the clone.

    After the amount of time that you enter passes, the system automatically deletes the cloned data (including the snapshot clones on the storage array) and frees up all resources.

  9. To run a script after the clone is created, in the Post clone script box, enter the path to the script.

  10. To run a script before the clone is deleted, in the Clone cleanup script box, enter the path to the script.

  11. Click Submit.