Restoring to a Windows or UNIX Client

You can restore NAS data to a Windows or UNIX client computer from the following file servers:

  • Hitachi NAS (BlueArc)
  • NetApp
  • Dell EMC VNX / Celerra, Dell EMC Unity, Dell EMC VNX, and Dell EMC VNXe
  • Dell EMC Isilon

In order to restore data to a Windows or UNIX client, ensure that the appropriate File System agent is installed on the computer where you want the data to be restored.

Before You Begin

Review the limitations for restoring NAS data to a Windows or UNIX client.


  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers> client > NDMP.
  2. Right-click the backup_set, point to All Tasks, and then click Browse and Restore.

    The Browse and Restore dialog box appears.

  3. On the Time Range tab, select Latest Backup, and then click View Content.
  4. Optional: Use non-default browse and restore options. See Browse and Restore.
  5. From the Browse window, select the data to restore in the right pane, and then click Recover All Selected.

    Note: If the path of the files to be restored has a length greater than 1024 characters, you must select a directory at a higher directory level in the file system hierarchy.

    The Restore Options dialog box appears.

  6. On the General tab, select the following options:
    1. From the Destination client list, select a UNIX client or a Windows client.
    2. In the Destination path box, type the full path to the restore destination directory.

Limitations for Restoring NAS Data to a Windows or UNIX Client

The following are general limitations for restoring NAS data to a Windows or UNIX client:

  • Data that was deduplicated using the Celerra file system cannot be restored.
  • Offline files (stubs) cannot be restored.
  • Restores from NetApp SnapMirror to Tape (SMtape) backups are not supported.
  • Restores from Celerra volume based backup (VBB) are not supported.
  • Links within files may not be restored.
  • Empty folders are not restored.

The following are limitations for restoring NAS data to Windows clients:

  • File and directory names with case differences will be treated like files and directories of the same name. This may cause one file/directory to overwrite another during the restore.
  • Files and directories with names containing Unix-specific characters may have those characters replaced with a "_" character or have some other form of modification in the restored file/directory name.
  • Windows allows 1024 characters for filenames, including the path. A filename, including the path, with more than 1024 characters will not be restored to the Windows computer.
  • Links within files may not be restored.

Restoring Files with Access Control Lists (ACLs)

Restores of files that contain Access Control Lists (ACLs) to Windows clients will include the backed up ACLs for the following vendors:

  • Dell EMC VNX / Celerra
  • NetApp

For other file server vendors, files and directories that contain ACLs or permissions are restored but the ACLs are not restored.

Last modified: 4/23/2019 9:15:16 PM