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Restoring Files

Because regular backups are really the only complete way to protect valuable information, you should also become familiar with the flip side of backing up data, which is restoring data. If a server fails or a user with specific file permissions inadvertently destroys important data, your backup can quickly restore the information to the network.

The restore process enables you to take advantage of the backup files that you have stored on various backup media such as DVDs or on a network share. You specify the backup file that should be restored and the location to which it should be restored. To restore files to your server follow these steps:

1. In the Windows Server Backup snap-in, select Recover in the Actions pane. The Recovery Wizard opens.

2. On the first screen, specify whether you want to recover the data from the local computer or another computer (on the network). If you backed up to media on the local computer such as DVDs, select This Server (which is the default option). Then click Next.

3. On the next screen, specify the date, time, and location (the location of the backup file) for the recovery (see Figure 6.21). Then click Next.

Figure 6.21. Specify the date, time, and location of the backup file for the recovery.

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4. You can recover specific files and folders or an entire volume if you backed up to a network share or available local drive. If you used removable media for your backup, you are limited to recovering an entire volume. Let’s assume that we are restoring from a DVD. Select the Volumes option button and then click Next.

By the Way

Individual files and folders cannot be recovered from removable media such as DVDs. You can, however, recover an entire volume from removable media.

5. On the next screen, you specify the volume that you want to restore by selecting it in the appropriate check box. Then use the drop-down Destination Volume menu (see Figure 6.22) to select the destination for the restored volume. Then click Next to continue.

Figure 6.22. Specify the destination for the restored volume.

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6. A message appears informing you that all data on the destination volume will be lost. Click Yes to continue. Then click Recover. You are asked to supply removable media as needed (if you used removable media such as DVDs). Click OK to continue.

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