Using Multiple Nodes to Restore Data to CIFS Shares with the Windows File System Agent

By default, restore operation uses a single node when you perform restores to CIFS shares (UNC path). For faster restore operations, you can configure the restore operation to use multiple nodes, and you can define alternate data paths. For more information, see GridStor® (Alternate Data Paths) - Overview.

If you want to perform restores to CIFS shares that are mounted across multiple computers, use multiple nodes.


  • You cannot use multiple nodes for restore operations on clients with only File System Core package installed (Laptop Backup clients).
  • You cannot use multiple nodes for restoring systems state backups.

Before You Begin

  • Verify that you have v11 Service Pack 7 or later installed on the source client computers and on the destination client computers.
  • Verify that the client computer whose data you want to restore was backed up using Indexing Version 2. For more information about Indexing Version 2, see Indexing Version 2: Overview.
  • For more information about general restore options, see Restore/Recover Options (General).
  • For more information about the Advanced Options, see Advanced Restore Options.


  1. From the CommCell Console, expand Client Computers > client > File System > backup set.
  2. In the right pane, right-click a subclient, and then click Browse and Restore.

    The Browse and Restore Options dialog box appears.

  3. Click View Content.
  4. Select the data that you want to restore, and then click Recover All Selected.

    The Restore Options dialog box appears.

  5. On the General tab, complete the following steps:
    1. From the Destination Client list, select the primary node for the restore operation.
    2. In the Number of Streams box, enter the recommended number of data streams that you want to use for the restore operation.


      • The actual number of streams used depends on the restore data set and the number of streams used to back up data.
      • When you perform a restore by jobs operation, the Number of Streams option is not available because restore by job operations use multiple streams by default.
    3. To use multiple nodes for the restore operation, select the Multiple Nodes check box.
    4. Click Advanced.

      The Advanced Restore Options dialog box appears.

    5. On the Data Access Nodes tab, in the Available Data Access Nodes list, select the secondary nodes that will participate in the restore operation, and then click Add.


      • All of the participating restore nodes must be at the same service pack level (v11 Service Pack 7 or later).
      • The destination volume must be shared across all the restore nodes and it must be accessible from all the nodes.
      • All of the participating restore nodes must be time synced.
    6. Click OK.
    7. Clear the Restore to Same Folder check box.
    8. In the Specify Destination Path box, type the destination CIFS path (UNC path).

      For example: \\servername\sharename\directory

    9. Select the Impersonate User check box.
    10. In the User Account box, type a user name.
    11. In the Enter Password box, type a password.
    12. In the Confirm Password box, type the same password.
    13. Click OK.
  6. On the 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. Click OK.


The restore operation restores the selected data to the destination client computer.

Last modified: 1/11/2018 5:44:26 PM