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NetVault Plug-in for FileSystem 13.0 - User Guide

Performing System State Backups

In Job Name, specify a name for the job.
Click Create New next to the Selections list, and then on the NetVault Selections page, open System State.
Back up System State data: To back up only the System State data, select System State.
Back up for disaster recovery: To use the backup for disaster recovery purposes, select Fixed Drive or C Drive and System State.
NOTE: The Plug‑in for FileSystem lets you select individual System State components, but we recommend that you back up all System State components together.
IMPORTANT: On Domain Controllers, you must always include C Drive in System State backups and restores. When you include the C Drive, all information about the Group Policy Objects (GPOs) is included during backups and restores.

If you back up or restore only the System State data, you cannot edit the GPOs that are restored from the backups. When you try to edit the restored GPO, the following error message is displayed:

“Failed to open the Group Policy Object. You may not have appropriate rights.”

Click Start on the taskbar. Point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Information.
Alternatively, click Start on the taskbar, and select Run. In the Run window, type msinfo32, and then click OK.
Under System Summary, click Software Environment, and then select Services.
Examine Path on the right-hand pane.
In the Registry Editor window, locate the invalid entries. These entries are usually located under the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services.
NOTE: The ImagePath property stores the path to the executable program for a service. The path to the executable program can also be viewed on the General tab of the Services console which can be accessed from Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services.


Restoring data

Restoring data using the plug-in

In the Navigation pane, click Create Restore Job.
On the Create Restore Job — Choose Saveset page, the saveset table provides a list of available savesets. The table shows the saveset name (Job Title and Saveset ID), creation date and time, saveset size, and saveset status.

Saveset is online (all segments are online).

Saveset is partially online (some segments are online).

Saveset is offline (all segments are offline).

You can click Load more to load the next set of records, if available. Each load action fetches a maximum of 5000 records. This button is disabled if there are no more records to load.
NetVault Plug‑in for FileSystem web application supports multiple-column sorting for the tables. However, the first sorted column takes the highest precedence over the sorting of other columns. For example, if the table is sorted by the ‘Start Time’ as the primary sort, selecting sort options on the ‘ID/ Instance/ Phase’ column does not affect the list order.

Sort Ascending

Sorts the column in ascending order.

Sort Descending

Sorts the column in descending order.


Select/ clear to show/ hide the required column (s).

When you select a saveset, the following details are displayed in the Saveset Information area: Job ID, job title, tag, server name, client name, plug-in name, saveset date and time, retirement setting, Incremental Backup or not, archive or not, and saveset size.
On the Create Selection Set page, select the data that you want to restore:
Restore entire saveset: Select the primary or the root node.
Restore individual items: Open the parent node. Browse through the directory tree, and locate the files that you want to restore. To include a file or a directory, select the corresponding check box. When you select a parent node, all the child items within the node are automatically included in the restore job.
Exclude child items: To exclude a file or directory within a selected parent node, click the corresponding check box to replace the check mark with a cross.
On the Create Selection Set page, click Edit Plugin Options, and configure the following options.
Table 6. NetVault Plug‑in for FileSystem Restore Options

Overwrite Newer Files

By default, the plug-in overwrites existing files on the restore destination with the backed-up version in the saveset.

If you do not want to overwrite the existing files, clear this check box.

Reset File Timestamps

By default, timestamps for restored files are reset to what is recorded in the backup saveset.

To restore the files with current timestamp, clear the check box.

Reset Directory Timestamps

By default, directories are restored with current timestamp.

To reset the timestamp to what is recorded in the saveset, select this check box. To use this option, you must also select the Reset File Timestamps check box.

Attempt to Restore Hard Links

To re-establish the links when you restore hard-linked files, select this option. This check box is only available on the Linux and UNIX OS.

Restore Files Modified During Backup

To restore the files that were marked “in flux” during backup, select this check box.

Path to Restore Log

To generate a restore log file, type the filename. The log file provides a list of files that are selected for a restore. The files that are restored successfully are marked with an “o” and the others are marked with an “x.” If you specify an existing filename, the plug-in overwrites the file. The log file is created in CSV file format (.csv), and includes details such as file size, date modified, and file type.

Exclusion List Path

To use an exclusion list, type the full path to the file.

For more information about exclusion lists, see Exclusion lists.

Restore Meta Data

To restore the metadata on Linux and UNIX systems, select the appropriate option:

Compatible: By default, the plug-in restores the metadata only if it is compatible with the current file system. On Mac OS X, at least one of the following requirements must be met to use this option:
Force: Select this option to force the plug-in to restore the metadata regardless of its compatibility with the current file system. On Mac OS X, the following requirements must be met to use this option:
Discard: If you do not want to restore the metadata, select this option.
Click OK to save the settings, and then click Next.
On the Create Restore Job page, specify a name for the job. Assign a descriptive name that allows you to easily identify the job for monitoring its progress.
In the Target Client list, the client from which data was backed up is selected by default. Do not change this setting.
Click Submit to submit the job for scheduling.
You can monitor the job progress from the Job Status page and view the logs from the View Logs page. For more information about these functions, see the Quest NetVault Administrator’s Guide.

Searching for files in savesets

The Search option on the Create Restore Job — Choose Saveset page allows you to find specific files or data items without opening any savesets or browsing through their contents. You can use filenames or regular expressions to find the data items that you want to restore.

To configure or enable the catalog search, click the bulb icon shown near the Search button on the Create Restore Job — Choose Saveset page. The catalog search supports the regular expression syntax used by Elasticsearch. For more information on Elasticsearch, see For more information on catalog search, see the Quest NetVault Administrator’s Guide.

On the Create Restore Job — Choose Saveset page, click Search.
In the Search for files in savesets dialog box, configure the following options:
Search String: Type the search string.
Regular expression search: To use POSIX (Portable Operating System Interface for Unix) regular expressions instead of Elasticsearch in the Search String box, select this check box.
Use legacy search method: This check box is displayed if both cataloged and non-cataloged savesets are included in the search.
To search the data items in one or more specific savesets, select the desired saveset (s) and click Search. If you do not select any saveset, then all savesets are included in the search. On the Search Results page, you can view the specified files or data items. The following search results page is displayed when catalog search is configured and enabled on your NetVault Plug‑in for FileSystem system.
Click Restore selected items.

For more information on searching for files in savesets, see the Quest NetVault Administrator’s Guide.

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