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NetVault 12.4 - Built-in Plug-ins User Guide

Prerequisites

Before you start the backup procedure, verify that the following requirements are met:

NOTE: On Windows, the Plug-in for Raw Devices cannot be used to back up GPT (GUID Partition Table) style partitions. The plug-in can only be used to back up MBR (Master Boot Record) style partitions.

On Linux, the Plug-in for Raw Devices can be used to back up GPT style partitions.

Backup procedure

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You can also start the wizard from the Guided Configuration link. In the Navigation pane, click Guided Configuration, and then on the NetVault Configuration Wizard page, click Create Backup Jobs.
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In Job Name, specify a name for the job. Assign a descriptive name that allows you to easily identify the job for monitoring its progress or restoring data.
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In the Selections list, select an existing Backup Selection Set, or complete the following steps to create a set.
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Click Create New to open the NetVault Backup Selections page.
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Open the /dev node, and select the applicable disk.
Back Up the Entire Physical Disk: Select the Physical Disk <n> node.
Back Up Master Boot Record (MBR) and System Partition: Open the Physical Disk <n> node, and select the Master Boot Record & System Partition node.
Back Up Individual Partitions: Open the Physical Disk <n> node, and select the Partition <n> nodes that you want to back up.
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Click Save, and in the Create New Set dialog box, type a name for the set. Click Save to close the dialog box.
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In the Plugin Options list, select an existing Backup Options Set, or complete the following steps to create a set.
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Click Create New to open the Raw Partitions Backup Options page.
Backup Reported Disk Size: By default, the plug-in obtains the disk size from the operating system and backs up that amount of data. This option allows you to restore data to any physical disk of the same reported size, even if the actual sizes differ.
Backup Entire Contents: Select this option if the actual and reported disk sizes vary, and you want to back up the entire contents regardless of the reported disk size.
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Click Save, and in the Create New Set dialog box, type a name for the set. Click Save to close the dialog box.
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To submit the job for scheduling, click Save & Submit. You can monitor the job progress from the Job Status page and view the logs from the View Logs page.
To save the job definition without scheduling it, click Save. You can view, edit, or run this job from the Manage Job Definitions page. This job is not displayed on the Job Status page until you submit it.
For more information about Job Status, View Logs, and Manage Job Definitions, see the Quest NetVault Backup Administrator’s Guide.

Restoring a raw device backup

The procedure for restoring a Raw Device Backup includes the following steps:

Prerequisites

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

Restore an entire disk: Unmount the target disk. Verify that the size of the target disk is equal to or larger than the size of the source disk.
Restore an individual partition: On Windows, verify that the size of the target partition is equal to the size of the source partition. When you restore the data to a partition of a different size, the job completes with the message “Partition to Restore to a Different Size than the Backed Up Partition.” This type of restore might require reinstallation or reformatting.
NOTE: The Plug-in for Raw Devices cannot be used to perform cross-platform restores. You cannot restore raw device backups of a Windows Client to a Linux Client or raw device backups of a Linux Client to a Windows Client.
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