About Restore

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The SEP sesam restore is a process that browses for different versions of savesets and copies data from savesets to a client. SEP sesam provides two restore interfaces: GUI restore wizard and web-based Restore Assistant. Restore granularity depends on the selected data type. SEP sesam provides three types of restore; complete restore, generation restore and selective restore.

The restore procedure is configured using a restore task, in which savesets are selected according to date/time and taskname/filename, and the restore type and restore target (for example, a file system folder) are determined.

To restore server data from savesets following data loss due to a disaster, see SEP sesam Server Disaster Recovery.

Restore types

The following restore types are available:

Complete restore
A process by which an entire saveset is restored – all the files of a saveset are selected and restored.
Selective restore
Only a subset of a saveset's files is selected – only selected parts of data on the saveset, such as individual files and directories, are restored.
Generation restore
All generations of backed-up files, including differential or incremental backup files, can be browsed for and selected for restore. SEP sesam automatically switches to the generation view in which all the generations of the files are presented. The selection list displays all files since the last full backup.

Restore procedure

SEP sesam enables you to configure a restore task in the GUI restore wizard or via the web Restore Assistant interface. Even though most of the options are the same in both restore interfaces, the web Restore Assistant interface is designed to be more intuitive and offers additional advanced options while, on the other hand, it does not support the restore of special tasks types, such as MS SQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, etc. Additionally, you cannot schedule restores by using the web Restore Assistant interface; configuring a schedule is only supported in the GUI mode.

Standard (GUI) Restore Procedure

The Standard Restore Procedure is a process that browses for different versions of savesets and copies data from savesets to a client, thus recreating the original data. Restore tasks can be saved, scheduled and run automatically in continuous intervals to check and control data integrity. For details, see Standard Restore Procedure.

SEP sesam enables you to perform a single file restore as well as cross-platform restore by simply selecting the Mount saveset option in the restore wizard. When this option is enabled, the target saveset is mounted to the SEP sesam home directory and is instantly accessible for browsing and searching before the actual restore is triggered. For details, see Cross-Platform Recovery File System Layer.

For details on supported extensions, their features and backup procedures, see SEP sesam Documentation and the SEP sesam OS and Database Support Matrix.

A restore task can be started immediately from the GUI restore wizard or saved and scheduled like any other task. For example, a selective restore can be scheduled to run at the completion of the daily backup routine to check and control the data integrity.

An event and a task must be created in order to perform a scheduled restore. It is also possible to schedule a restore for data that has not yet been backed up. A selective restore can be scheduled to run at the completion of the daily backup routine, e.g., the last backed-up file can be restored (preferably) to a new directory and the integrity of the data can be established.

To add a restore task to the schedule, see Scheduling Restore.

Web Restore Assistant

As of SEP sesam v. 4.4.3 Tigon, you can also use the web Restore Assistant (previously Self-Service Restore Assistant) to perform online restores of data from regular path backups, NDMP and NSS file system path backups, emails from Kopano backups, and virtual machines (VMs) to which you have been granted access. Note that it is not possible to schedule restore tasks in the web Restore Assistant, so you have to start the online restores immediately. For details, see Restore Assistant.

Extension and module support

SEP sesam extensions represent additional modules and functionality that provide consistent backup and restore of databases (Oracle, MS SQL, IBM DB2, Informix SAP R/3, etc.), applications (like SAP), groupware systems (MS Exchange, IBM Domino, etc.) and virtualisation environments (VMware vSphere, Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, RHV). Note that the restore procedure differs for each extension.

For details on specific extension restore, check the extensions list and select the target extension documentation.