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Recovering data on Windows systems

The information in this section refers to using the NetWorker User program to recover data. If the NetWorker Module for Microsoft Applications Client User program is installed on the client computer, VSS data should be recovered with the NetWorker Module for Microsoft Applications Client User program. The EMC NetWorker Module for Microsoft Applications Administration Guide provides more information about the NetWorker Module for Microsoft Applications Client User program. Note: If VSS is licensed and enabled, the databases must be taken offline before recovering Microsoft Exchange Server or SQL Server data. To recover data to a Windows client using the NetWorker User program: 1. In the NetWorker User program, click Recover to open the Source Client dialog box. 2. Select the source client with the data you want to recover, and click OK. The local client is the default selection. 3. Select the destination client for the recovered data, and click OK. The local client is the default selection. 4. In the left pane of the Recover window, click the appropriate directory folder. 5. Mark each directory and/or file to be recovered by performing one of the following: Select the directory or file, and from the File menu, select Mark. To clear an item, select Unmark from the File menu. Click the checkbox next to the directory or filename. To clear an item, click the checkbox again. If you select My Computer for recovery, all drives are recovered. Note: To recover data from a scheduled backup other than the most recent one, you must change the browse time. 6. Click Start to begin the recovery. It takes the NetWorker server a few moments to recover the files, depending on file size, network traffic, server load, and tape positioning. During this time, messages appear so that you can monitor the progress of the recovery. Note: If an error occurs while recovering Microsoft Exchange Server or Microsoft SQL Server data by using VSS, you must restart the recovery process.

If the recovery is successful, a message similar to this appears: Received 1 file(S) from NSR server server Recover completion time: Tue Jan 21 08:33:04 2009 If the recovery fails due to a problem with VSS or a writer, an error message appears. Use the Windows Event Viewer to examine the event logs for additional information. VSS recovery error messages are also written to the NetWorker log file. Note: The NetWorker User program does not recover any files in parallel. All files are recovered sequentially. To recover files using parallelism, perform recoveries from the command line.