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Create NetVault Restore Job For File System on Same Server

Previous post, I successfully backup the file system from client AD01 and in this post I will do file system restoration on the same server.

Steps:

  • Menu > Jobs > Create Restore Job.
  • Review the backed up set.
  • Select the backed up set and click Restore.
  • Expend the tree.
  • I will restore NetVault Client Install Software from C:\User\Administrator\Download\
  • Tick the file.
  • Press on the file to perform additional task like rename/relocate.
  • I rename the file and relocate it to restore folder. I didn’t create the restore folder. The restore job will create the folder during the process.
  • Click OK.
  • Review the setting and click Next.
  • Complete the details require.
  • I just fill in the Job Name and left the rest as default.
  • Make sure the Target Client is the same server we backup.
  • Click Save & Submit.
  • View the job status, Menu > Monitoring > Job Status.
  • Below show the restore job is complete.
  • Go to the client and check the directory and the files.
  • Below show the restore folder created and the software is restored.
  • Review the duration for restore from Menu > Monitoring > Job Status.
  • Select the job and click Manage Job.
  • It show average duration is 1 sec to restore average size 59.52 MiB (62.41 MB).

Great! The file is successfully restore. In the next post I plan to test backup and restore more large size for single file and multiple files to see the different.

Create NetVault Backup Job For File System

Filesystem backup is a most basic protection level for every system. With filesystem backup I can select particular folder or file to be backup. For restore, I can choose particular folder or file to restore.

If user reported the folder or file is missing or corrupted from the system, administrator can restore the specific folder or file as per request. This will speed up the recovery process where only effected folder or file is restore.

Steps:

  • Menu > Jobs > Create Backup Job.
  • Below show the parameter that need to fill in before I can create a backup job.

Note: For organization, it is good to have backup request form. All the information is fill up by the server/application administrator and submit to the backup administrator. This form is record for organization where the list of selection folder or file to backup and how long the backed up that will be keep in the organization. Time to time the backup list and retention need to review so that it match with the server/application Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and most importantly the folder or file that need for recovery is available during the disaster happen.

  • At the Job Name,
    • Enter the Job Name that describe the backup that we want to do.
    • Example: AD01 Filesystem Backup Weekly Full
  • At the Selection,
    • click + icon.
    • Expand the AD01 > File System > Fixed Drives > C:\
    • Select the folder or file that need to protect.
    • In this example I will select folder Users.
    • Set Name for the selection.
    • Click Save.
  • At Plugin Options,
    • Click + icon.
    • Backup Method set to Snapshot Based.
    • Backup Type set to Full.
    • The rest option I left it as default.
    • Set Name for the Plugin Options.
    • Click Save.
  • At Schedule Options, I set the value is Immediate.
  • At Target Storage,
    • Click + icon.
    • Expand the Device Selection > Select Specify devices > Select NVBU VTL.
    • Expend the Media Options
      • Target Media By – Media in group. Set the label to VTL.
      • Reuse Media – With the same group label as target media.
      • Media Request Timeout – 30 Minutes.

Note: Media Options is important part because in this section I can categorize the tape from VTL for specific group. Example I have tape group for file system, database or application. This will split the content of the tape. Since I have limited tape, I just group it as VTL.

Note: Media Request Timeout is a amount of time for backup job waits for the backup media. If the media is not available within the specified interval, the job is automatically aborted.

  • At Advanced Options, I use the Default Advanced Backup Options. By default, the backed up data will no discard.
  • Review the Backup Job and click Save & Submit. The backup job will run the backup process immediate (base on schedule option).
  • Check on Backup Job Status. Menu > Monitoring > Job Status.
  • Below show the backup is complete with 148.44 MiB (155.65 MB) data.

Cool! The file system backup job created and tested running fine.

Add NetVault Client To The NetVault Backup Server

Before I can start backup the client, I need to add the client on the NetVault Backup Server list. Lets add the client to the list.

Steps:

  • Open NetVault Backup Server WebUI.
  • Menu > Configuration > Manage Clients
  • Click Add Client.
  • Below show the NetVault Client (AD01) is visible.
  • Let do the Firewall Test to make sure the connection between client and server is OK.
  • Select the client and click Firewall Test.
  • Below show the result and based on the result, all the test is pass.
  • Make sure the Windows Firewall on client is configure correctly.
  • Since I left the password blank during the client installation and disable the security should be I didn’t have an issue proceed add the client.
  • Optional to enter description for the client. Click Next.
  • Click Next. Since the Windows Firewall is allowing all the communication, there is no addition configuration here.
  • The client is added successfully.
  • Click on Menu > Configuration > Manage Clients
  • Below show the client AD01 is in the list.

Client already in the list, next I need to create a backup job for that client and start protect it.

Hadi Yahya Lab Network Diagram

Here the basic network diagram for Hadi Yahya Lab. I will create all the most common servers that required for my lab. Quest NetVault Backup will protect all the server and store the protected data inside Virtual Tape Library (VTL). After that I will simulate how to perform backup and recovery to all the server. All the setup will run on VMware Station.

Server Details as below:

AD Server

  • Operating System: Windows Server 2016 Standard
  • Processor: 4 Cores
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 60 GB
  • Network: 1x 1Gbps

Mail Server

  • Operating System: Windows Server 2016 Standard
  • Processor: 8 Cores
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 60 GB
  • Network: 1x 1Gbps

Web Server

  • Operating System: CentOS 7 x86_64
  • Processor: 4 Cores
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 60 GB
  • Network: 1x 1Gbps

MSSQL Server

  • Operating System: Windows Server 2016 Standard
  • Processor: 4 Cores
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 60 GB
  • Network: 1x 1Gbps

MySQL Server

  • Operating System: CentOS 7 x86_64
  • Processor: 4 Cores
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 40 GB
  • Network: 1x 1Gbps

Quest NetVault Backup Server + VTL

  • Operating System: Windows Server 2019 Standard
  • Processor: 4 Cores
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 60 GB
  • VTL Storage: 200 GB
  • Network: 1x 1Gbps

I need prepare the VMware Workstation before I can start create all the server.