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Advanced Restore - Active Directory iDataAgent

Table of Contents

Restoring Objects

Follow the steps given below to restore an active directory object:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | Active Directory.
  2. Right-click a Backup Set and click All Tasks | Restore.
  1. Click OK.
  2. Select the object that you want to restore. All the attributes of the object are selected automatically.

    The object and its attributes will be restored to the same location from where it is backed up. Ensure that the Organization Unit (OU) of the object still exists on the source computer.

  3. Click Recover All Selected.
  4. Click OK

Restoring Attributes

You can restore attributes of an existing object in the active directory tree. You can perform an in-place restore of the attribute.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | Active Directory.
  2. Right-click a Backup Set and click All Tasks | Restore.
  1. Click OK.
  2. Navigate to the object for which you want to restore the attribute.
  3. Select the attributes that you want to restore and click Recover All Selected.

    The attributes will be restored to the same location from where they are backed up.

  4. Click Recover All Selected.
  5. Click OK.

Restoring Attributes of a Deleted Object

You can restore attributes of a deleted object in the active directory tree. You can perform an in-place restore of the attribute.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | Active Directory.
  2. Right-click a Backup Set and click All Tasks | Restore.
  1. Click OK.
  2. Navigate to the object for which you want to restore the attribute.
  3. Select the attributes that you want to restore and click Recover All Selected.

    The attributes will be restored to the same location from where they are backed up. The object will be recreated while restoring the attributes. Ensure that the Organization Unit (OU) of the object still exists on the source computer.

  4. Click Recover All Selected.
  5. Click OK.

Scheduling a Restore

Follow the steps given below to schedule a restore job:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | Active Directory.
  2. Right-click a Backup Set and click All Tasks | Restore.
  1. Click OK.
  2. Select the name of the client computer from the Destination Client list.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Click Job Initiation tab and click Schedule.
  5. Click Configure.
  6. Select the appropriate scheduling options.  For example:
    • Click Weekly.
    • Check the days you want the run the restore job.
    • Change the Start Time to 9:00 PM
    • Click OK to close the Schedule Details dialog
    • Click OK to close the Restore Options dialog

    The restore job will execute as per the schedule.

Managing Restore Jobs

Once you initiate the restore operation, a restore job is generated in the Job Controller. Jobs can be managed in a number of ways. The following sections provide information on the different job management options available:

Restarting Jobs

Jobs that fail to complete successfully are automatically restarted based on the job restartability configuration set in the Control Panel. Keep in mind that changes made to this configuration will affect all jobs in the entire CommCell.

To Configure the job restartability for a specific job, you can modify the retry settings for the job. This will override the setting in the Control Panel. It is also possible to override the default CommServe configuration for individual jobs by configuring retry settings when initiating the job. This configuration, however, will apply only to the specific job.

Backup jobs for this Agent are resumed from the point-of-failure.

Configure Job Restartability at the CommServe Level

  1. From the CommCell Console ribbon, click the Home tab, and then click Control Panel.
  2. In the Data section, click Job Management.

    The Job Management dialog box is displayed.

  3. On the Job Restarts tab, select the job information.
    • In the Job Type box, select the job that you want set the restart capability for (for example, for DB2 backup jobs, select DB2 Data Protection).
    • Select the Restartable check box.
    • Optional: to change the maximum number of times that the Job Manager tries to restart a job, in the Max Restarts box, select the number of times.
    • Optional: to change the time interval between attempts for the Job Manager to restart the job, in the Restart Interval (Mins) box, select the number of minutes.
  4. Click OK.

Controlling Jobs

The following controls are available for running jobs in the Job Controller window:

Suspend

Temporarily stops a job. A suspended job is not terminated; it can be restarted at a later time.

Resume

Resumes a job and returns the status to Waiting, Pending, Queued, or Running. The status depends on the availability of resources, the state of the Operation Windows, or the Activity Control setting.

Kill

Terminates a job.

Suspending a Job

  1. From the Job Controller of the CommCell Console, right-click the job and select Suspend.
  2. The job status may change to Suspend Pending for a few moments while the operation completes. The job status then changes to Suspended.

Resuming a Job

  1. From the Job Controller of the CommCell Console, right-click the job and select Resume.
  2. As the Job Manager attempts to restart the job, the job status changes to Waiting, Pending, or Running.

Killing a Job

  1. From the Job Controller of the CommCell Console, right-click the job and select Kill.
  2. Click Yes when the confirmation prompt appears if you are sure you want to kill the job. The job status may change to Kill Pending for a few moments while the operation completes. Once completed, the job status will change to Killed and it will be removed from the Job Controller window after five minutes.

Additional Restore Options

The following table describes the available additional options to further refine your restore operations:

Option Description Related Topic
Skip Errors and Continue

This option enables you to continue the restore job regardless of media errors and create a file that lists the full path names of the files that failed to get restored. Follow the steps given below to set this option:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, click Client Computers | Active Directory.
  2. Right-click the <Backup set> that contains the data you want to restore, point to All Tasks and then click Browse Backup Data.
  3. In the Browse Options dialog box, click OK.
  4. In the  Client Browse tab, select the data to be restored and click Recover all Selected.
  5. In the Restore Options for All Selected Items dialog box, click Advanced.
  1. In the Advanced Restore Options dialog box, click General.
  2. On the General tab, select the Skip errors and continue check box.
  3. Click OK.
 
Startup Options

The Startup Options are used by the Job Manager to set priority for resource allocation. This is useful to give higher priority to certain jobs. You can set the priority as follows:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, click Client Computers | Active Directory.
  2. Right-click the <Backup set> that contains the data you want to restore, point to All Tasks and then click Browse Backup Data.
  3. In the Browse Options dialog box, click OK.
  4. In the  Client Browse tab, select the data to be restored and click Recover all Selected.
  5. In the Restore Options for All Selected Items dialog box, click Advanced.
  1. In the Advanced Restore Options dialog box, click Startup.
  2. On the Startup tab, select Change Priority.
  3. Enter a priority number - 0 is the highest priority and 999 is the lowest priority.
  4. Select the Start up in suspended State check box to start the job in a suspended state.
  5. Click OK.
Refer to Job Priority and Priority Precedence.
Copy Precedence By default, the system retrieves data from the storage policy copy with the lowest copy precedence. If the data was pruned from the primary copy, the system automatically retrieves data from the other copies of the storage policy in the lowest copy precedence to highest copy precedence order. Once the data is found, it is  retrieved, and no further copies are checked.

You can retrieve data from a specific storage policy copy (Synchronous Copy or Selective Copy). If data does not exist in the specified copy, the data retrieve operation fails even if the data exists in another copy of the same storage policy. Follow the steps given below to retrieve the data from a specific storage policy copy:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, click Client Computers | Active Directory.
  2. Right-click the <Backup set> that contains the data you want to restore, point to All Tasks and then click Browse Backup Data.
  3. In the Browse Options dialog box, click OK.
  4. In the  Client Browse tab, select the data to be restored and click Recover all Selected.
  5. In the Restore Options for All Selected Items dialog box, click Advanced.
  1. In the Advanced Restore Options dialog box, click Copy Precedence.
  2. On the Copy Precedence tab, select the Restore from copy precedence check box.
  3. Enter the copy precedence number.
  4. Click OK.
Refer to Recovering Data From Copies.
Data Path Options

The data recovery operations use a default Library, MediaAgent, Drive Pool, and Drive as the Data Path. You can use this option to change the data path if the default data path is not available. Follow the steps given below to change the default data path:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, click Client Computers | Active Directory.
  2. Right-click the <Backup set> that contains the data you want to restore, point to All Tasks and then click Browse Backup Data.
  3. In the Browse Options dialog box, click OK.
  4. In the  Client Browse tab, select the data to be restored and click Recover all Selected.
  5. In the Restore Options for All Selected Items dialog box, click Advanced.
  1. In the Advanced Restore Options dialog box, click Data Path.
  2. On the Data Path tab, select the MediaAgent and Library.
  3. Select the Drive Pool and Drive for tape library.
  4. Select the name of the Proxy server if you wish to restore using a proxy server.

    You can select the Proxy server only when you are restoring from a snapshot. This option is not available for a regular restore.

  5. Click OK.
Refer to Change Data Path.
Encryption

If the client's data is encrypted with a pass phrase, you must enter the pass-phrase to start the data recovery operation. Follow the steps given below to enter the pass-phrase:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, click Client Computers | Active Directory.
  2. Right-click the <Backup set> that contains the data you want to restore, point to All Tasks and then click Browse Backup Data.
  3. In the Browse Options dialog box, click OK.
  4. In the  Client Browse tab, select the data to be restored and click Recover all Selected.
  5. In the Restore Options for All Selected Items dialog box, click Advanced.
  1. In the Advanced Restore Options dialog box, click Encryption.
  2. Enter the Pass Phrase.
  3. Click OK.
Refer to Data Encryption.
Browse Options Deleted files can be manually restored by the user. You can specify the time range for the deleted items to be restored.
  1. From the CommCell Browser, click Client Computers | Active Directory.
  2. Right-click the <Backup set> that contains the data you want to restore, point to All Tasks and then click Browse Backup Data.
  3. In the Browse Options dialog box, click OK.
  4. In the  Client Browse tab, select the data to be restored and click Recover all Selected.
  5. In the Restore Options for All Selected Items dialog box, click Advanced.
  1. From the Browse Options tab, select Restore deleted items option.
  2. Select Specify Time Range option to specify the time zone, start time and end time for the deleted items to be restored.
  3. Click OK.
Refer to Job Management.
Alerts

This option enables users or user groups to get automatic notification on the status of the data recovery job. Follow the steps given below to set up the criteria to raise notifications/alerts:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, click Client Computers | Active Directory.
  2. Right-click the <Backup set> that contains the data you want to restore, point to All Tasks and then click Browse Backup Data.
  3. In the Browse Options dialog box, click OK.
  4. In the  Client Browse tab, select the data to be restored and click Recover all Selected.
  5. In the Restore Options for All Selected Items dialog box, click Advanced.
  1. In the Advanced Restore Options dialog box, click Alerts.
  2. Click Add Alert.
  3. From the Add Alert Wizard dialog box, select the required threshold and notification criteria and click Next.
  4. Select the required notification types and click Next.
  5. Select the recipients and click Next.
  6. Click Finish.
  7. Click OK.
Refer to Alerts and Notifications.
CommCell Readiness Report The CommCell Readiness Report provides you with vital information such as connectivity and readiness of the Client, MediaAgent, and CommServe. It is useful to run this report before performing a backup or a recovery operation. Follow the steps given below to generate the report:
  1. On the CommCell Console menu bar, select the Reports tab.
  2. Click Readiness.

    The Report Selection dialog box appears.

  3. If necessary, select Reports | CommServe | CommCell Readiness in the left pane.
  4. Select the Computers tab, and then click Modify below the Computers list.
  5. In the dialog box that appears, clear Include All Client Computers and All Client Groups.
  6. Select the appropriate client from the Exclude list, and then click Include >.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Select the MediaAgent tab, and then clear Include All MediaAgents.
  9. Select the appropriate MediaAgent from the Exclude list, and then click Include >.
  10. Click Run.

    The report appears in your default Web browser.

Refer to CommCell Readiness Report.
Restore Job Summary Report

The Restore Job Summary Report provides you with information about all the data recovery jobs that are run in last 24 hours for a specific client and agent. You can get information such as failure reason, failed objects, job options, and so on. It is useful to run this report after performing the restore. Follow the steps given below to generate the report:

  1. On the CommCell Console menu bar, select the Reports tab.
  2. Click Summary.

    The Report Selection dialog box appears.

  3. If necessary, select Reports | Jobs | Job Summary in the left pane.
  4. On the General tab, select Data Recovery Jobs.
  5. Select the Computers tab.
  6. Select the appropriate client and the appropriate agent.
  7. Click Run.

    The report appears in your default Web browser.

Refer to Restore Job Summary Report.