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Asigra File Recovery

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Doug Oakes [fa icon="calendar'] May 1, 2013 [fa icon="tags'] Data Backup & Recovery

Self service recovery of one or more files from Asigra file system backup.

In the DS-User Interface, Open restore dialog for backup set

Select recovery objects

For restore of most recent backup of a directory, browse to specific folder and select that folder.
For other options select Show Files or Advanced

Selection of an individual file

Advanced selection options

Default is the latest generation of data (most recent backup)
See Asigra DS-Client documentation for detailed description of options

Selection of a backup session for selective data option

Data selected from specific backup session

Note that not all data will be included in any backup session. The "From" date may need to be moved in order to pick up files which had not changed at the time of a particular session.

Restore files to original location

Use this option with caution as more recent versions of files may be overwritten

Alternate restore options

The server, destination share and path may all be changed.
Note that by default the entire directory structure is restored below the destination. The full path is noted in the bottom pane. The path can be truncated (from the top directory shown in red) by incrementing the counter on the right.

Overwrite warning pop-up

Keep default performance options

Other restore options

Normally these are left at the default.

Restore progress window

Restored files

Note full path of restore

To document the restore open the Activity Log

Select the parameters to locate the specific restore job

Select the restore job and open the detailed log

Right-Click on the log entries and select "Save As..."

Select a directory location and appropriate name for the log file

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Asigra DS-User Installation and Log file viewing

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Doug Oakes [fa icon="calendar'] March 29, 2012 [fa icon="tags'] Data Backup & Recovery


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VMware Backups using NetBackup 7

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Doug Oakes [fa icon="calendar'] October 6, 2010 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, VMware, Data Backup & Recovery

Configuring NetBackup 7 for VMware backup (using vStorage API)

Configure VMware backup host in Netbackup

right-click on master server, select "Properties"

Add VMware Backup Host

Configure Credentials on vCenter

Create the backup policy for Virtual Machine Backup

The parameters shown are not the default but reflect a configuration that seems to be optimal for test environment. Your mileage may vary.
These specific parameters have been changed from the default
Client Name Selection determines how Virtual Machines are identified to Netbackup. VM Display name option matches the VM name as identified in vCenter
Transfer type determines how VM data is transfered to Netbackup host. The san option uses Fibre Channel or iSCSI SAN (Note:, LUNs containing VMWare Data Stored must be presented to Netbackup host). The nbd option resorts to a network copy, should the san option fail.
Existing snapshot handling, when set to Remove NBU, will remove stray NetBackup snapshots from VMs if encountered but ignore all other snapshots.

Configure remaining backup policy options based on backup windows etc.

If options need to be changed ('cuz mine didn't work in your environment ;) ) , change on the policy's attributes window

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Why is my backup running slow?

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Doug Oakes [fa icon="calendar'] October 8, 2009 [fa icon="tags'] Data Backup & Recovery

Backup systems, while a necessary part of any well managed IT system, are often a large source of headaches for IT staff. One of the biggest issues with any back system is poor performance. It is often assumed that performance is related to the efficiency of the backup software or the performance capabilities of backup hardware. There are, however, many places within the entire backup infrastructure that could create a bottleneck.
Weekly and nightly backups tend to place a much higher load on systems than normal daily activities. For example a standard file server may access around 5% of its files during the course of a day but a full backup reads every file on the system. Backups put strain on all components of a system from the storage through the internal buses to the network. A weakness in any component along the path can cause performance problems. Starting with the backup client itself, let’s look at some of the issues which could impact backup performance.

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