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NetVault Plug-in for VMware 13.2.1 - User Guide

Introducing NetVault Plug-in for VMware Installing the plug-in Configuring the plug-in Defining a backup strategy Using the image-level backup method Using the file-level backup method Restoring image-level backups Restoring file-level backups Troubleshooting

Setting up a network share

To create a network share between the NetVault Client and the target virtual machine, use the following procedure.

On the NetVault Selections page, open the NetVault Client on which the plug-in is installed, and then open File System.
Click Network Shares, and select Add Network Share from the context menu.
In the Add New Network Share dialog box, specify file path for the shared drive in the following format:
\\<IP Address or Resolvable Network Name>\<Share Name>\
Click Add to add the network share and close the dialog box.
Click Network Shares, and select Connect As from the context menu.
In the Connection Details dialog box, provide the following information:
Domain: Type the Windows Domain name for the system that contains the shared folders.
Username: Type a Domain Administrator user name. The network share backups must be performed using a Domain Administrator account to fully retrieve the file and directory permissions during a restore. A user belonging to the Administrators Group does not have the Domain Administrator privileges.
Password: Type the password for the user account.

Restoring data

To restore file-level backups, use the following procedure.

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).


Displays savesets created for particular clients. The default selection is Any.

In the Choose Client dialog box, select the clients.

Plugin Type

Displays savesets created using a particular plug-in. The default selection is Any.


Displays savesets created during a specified period. The default selection is Any.


Displays savesets created for particular jobs. The default selection is Any.

In the Choose Job dialog box, select the jobs.
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 files and directories that you want to restore.
In the Relocate box, type the network share path.
NOTE: If you do not perform Step 5 and Step 6, the data is restored to the NetVault Client and not to the shared folder on the virtual machine.
Click , and configure the following settings:
Table 12. 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.

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, 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 the Quest NetVault Plug-in for FileSystem User’s Guide.

To save the settings, click Save, and then click Next.
In Job Name, specify a name for the job.
In the Target Client list, verify that the client from which data was backed up is selected.
For more information about these sets, see the Quest NetVault Administrator’s Guide.
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.

Restoring file-level backups using the built-in Plug-in for FileSystem

The procedure for restoring the file-level backups using the native Plug-in for FileSystem includes the steps outlined in the following steps:


Before you restore the data, verify that the following requirements are met:

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