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Performing a Restore from an Application-Aware Backup

Important! To restore an application database, initiate a browse and restore operation from the application client:

You can restore application data from the primary snap copy associated with the storage policy.

You can only restore from backups using magnetic disk libraries, and not from backups to tape libraries or virtual tape libraries.

Note: Restores from backup copies are only available for VMware.

In most cases, you will restore the application database in place. If you need to recover the VM and the application, you can restore the VM first through the VMware subclient, then recover the database in place.

By default, the VSA proxy that was used for the backup (or the next available VSA proxy) is also used for the restore.

Notes:

  • Do not use a MediaAgent to perform a VM-level live browse operation at the same time as the same Media Agent is being used for an operation to browse or restore granular data from an application-aware backup for Exchange or SharePoint.
  • If you try to recover an Exchange or SharePoint database when a request to browse or restore granular data from an application-aware backup is in progress, and you receive an error message indicating the VSS snap was not found, retry the operation.

Proxy for IntelliSnap Application Backups

The proxy specified on the IntelliSnap Operations tab for the application subclient must be a VSA proxy that meets the requirements for application-aware backups using IntelliSnap. For new clients created by application-aware backups, the proxy is set automatically on the application subclient, and you do not need to select a value for the proxy.

Application Data Restores from VSA Streaming Backups

For restores from streaming application-aware backups for Windows VMs, a block level driver mounts a pseudo-disk on the MediaAgent that is used for browse and restore operations. The restore gets file system information from the pseudo disk, enabling browse and restore operations to read directly from stored backup data.

By default, Windows VMs use MediaAgent binaries that are included with the application plug-in.

For Linux VMs, the mount happens on the VSA Linux proxy that is used for the restore.

Application Data Restores from VMware IntelliSnap Backups

For restores from application-aware backups performed with IntelliSnap, the application plug-in first mounts the VSA hardware snapshot and then attaches the disk. By default, the snapshot is mounted to the source VM. The application plug-in restores application data, then detaches the disk and unmounts the snapshot.

Mounting Snapshots from the CommCell Console

If you manually mount a snapshot, the destination client must be a VSA proxy that meets the requirements for application-aware backups using IntelliSnap.