Restoring Data Using the Windows File System Agent

Restore your backed up data to the original location on the same computer by using the default values in the Restore Options dialog box. Optionally, you can choose different combinations of restore options to perform different types of restores. To determine which combination of options is required to meet your needs, refer to the Restore Options section.

If you want to find and restore specific data, see Find. To perform a restore operation by using the command line interface, see Browsing Backed Up Data for Windows File System Agent.

About This Task

By default, when you perform a restore operation, the data is restored in place.

If the version of the backed up file is newer than the one that exists on the destination, the destination file is overwritten.

If the version of the file on the destination is newer, then the backed up file is not restored. The file is skipped during the restore operation. If necessary, you can restore the file out-of-place or rename it during restore.

You cannot directly restore a file or a folder that has special characters, such as square brackets([ ]) in its names. You can restore the parent directory in which these files or folders reside.

Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2016 has a deduplication feature that can be enabled. Data from deduplicated volumes will be backed up in its original state (uncompressed). Therefore, during a restore, ensure that you have enough storage space on the volume to restore the full data size.

Before You Begin

  • Plan the configuration for the restore operations. After selecting the data that you want to restore, you will need to set the Advanced Restore Options for the restore operation. These provide tools to optimize the restores for specific circumstances. The most common advanced options are listed below:
    • General
    • Startup
    • Pre/Post
    • Copy Precedence
    • Data Path
    • Encryption
    • Alert
  • Decide whether you will run the restore immediately or on a schedule.
  • Determine whether you want to save your restore options as a script to run from a command line interface. To save your options as a script, you must define a schedule.


  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > File System > backup set.
  2. In the right pane, right-click a subclient, and click Browse and Restore.
  3. In the Browse and Restore Options dialog box, click View Content.
  4. Select the data that you want to restore, and click Recover All Selected.
  5. On the Restore Option General tab, choose whether you want to run the restore job immediately or schedule it.

    For more information about general restore options, see Restore/Recover Options (General).

  6. On the Restore Option Job Initiation tab, choose how you want to initiate the restore jobs.

    For more information about job initiation options, see Restore Options (Job Initiation).

  7. Optional: To further customize the restore operation, click Advanced.

    For more information about the Advanced Options, see Advanced Restore Options.

  8. To determine which combination of options is required to meet your needs, refer to Restore Options.
  9. Optional: To save the current backup options as a script file, click Save as Script.

    For more information, see Command Line Interface.

  10. Click OK.

If you selected to run the restore operation immediately, you can monitor the progress of your restore job from the Job Controller. If you chose to run the backup job according to schedule, the restore operation runs according to the schedule you defined. For more information, see Job Controller.

After the restore job is complete, you can view the restore job history. For more information, see Job History.

Restore Options

In-Place Restore to Overwrite Data Only if the Backed Up file is Newer

In-Place Restore to Overwrite the Existing Data

In-Place Restore Only When the Data Exists On the Destination Computer

Rename the Files on Restore

Out-of-Place Restore to a Different Folder on the Same Client Computer

Out-of-Place Restore to a Different Client Computer in the Same CommCell

Out-of-Place Restores to the Cloud

Cross-Platform Restore

UNC Path or a NFS-Mounted File System Restore

Browse and Restore Deleted Files

Last modified: 7/1/2020 4:34:26 PM