Veritas™ System Recovery
16 User's Guide
Windows Edition
Documentation version: 2017
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Contents
Technical Support
Chapter 1
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Introducing Veritas™ System Recovery 16 ............... 15
About Veritas System Recovery ......................................................
The components of Veritas System Recovery .....................................
What's new in Veritas System Recovery 16 .......................................
Accessing Help and Support for Veritas System Recovery ....................
Sending your feedback regarding Veritas System Recovery 16 ..............
Accessing Veritas QuickAssist (VQA) ...............................................
Chapter 2
Installing Veritas System Recovery
............................. 20
System requirements for Veritas System Recovery ..............................
Supported file systems, disk types, disk partition schemes, and
removable media ...................................................................
Feature availability in Veritas System Recovery ..................................
About the trial version of Veritas System Recovery .............................
Installing Veritas System Recovery ..................................................
Activating and setting up Veritas System Recovery after installation
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Activating Veritas System Recovery after the trial period .................
Updating Veritas System Recovery with LiveUpdate ............................
Uninstalling Veritas System Recovery ...............................................
System requirements for Veritas System Recovery Monitor ...................
Installing Veritas System Recovery Monitor ........................................
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Creating a new Veritas System Recovery Disk ...................................
Welcome Panel ......................................................................
Creation Options ....................................................................
Download and install Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit
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Languages Options ................................................................
Veritas System Recovery Disk Storage Media/Destination Options
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Licensed Features Options .......................................................
Storage and Network Drivers Options .........................................
Startup Options ......................................................................
Network Options ....................................................................
Setup LightsOut Restore Options ...............................................
Customizing an existing Veritas System Recovery Disk ........................
Welcome Panel ......................................................................
Recovery Disk Source Options ..................................................
Veritas System Recovery Disk Storage Media/Destination Options
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Licensed Features Options .......................................................
Storage and Network Drivers Options .........................................
Startup Options ......................................................................
Network Options ....................................................................
About restoring a computer from a remote location by using LightsOut
Restore ................................................................................
Configuring LightsOut Restore ..................................................
Testing the Veritas System Recovery Disk .........................................
Chapter 4
Getting Started
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How to use Veritas System Recovery ............................................... 89
Starting Veritas System Recovery .................................................... 91
Configuring Veritas System Recovery default options ........................... 91
Setting up default general backup options ......................................... 92
Setting a default backup destination ........................................... 93
Improving your computer's performance during a backup ..................... 94
Enabling network throttling ............................................................. 95
Setting default options for the Windows notification area ....................... 96
File types and file extension ............................................................ 96
Adding new file types and extensions ......................................... 97
Renaming file types and extensions ........................................... 97
Restoring default file types and extensions .................................. 98
Deleting a file type and all of its extensions .................................. 98
Removing or changing the unique name for an external drive ................ 99
Configuring default FTP settings for use with Offsite Copy ................... 100
Logging Veritas System Recovery messages ................................... 101
Enabling email notifications for product (event) messages ................... 103
Setting up your first backup using Easy Setup .................................. 104
Home page ............................................................................... 105
Status page ............................................................................... 106
Tasks page ................................................................................ 107
Tools page ................................................................................ 108
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Advanced page .......................................................................... 109
Chapter 5
Best practices for backing up your data .................... 110
About backing up your data ..........................................................
Best practices for backing up data ..................................................
What to do when a backup is finished ............................................
Tips for running defined backups ...................................................
Backup destinations ....................................................................
Backing up dual-boot computers ....................................................
Chapter 6
Backing up entire drives
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Defining a drive-based backup ......................................................
USB disk rotation ..................................................................
Rules for network credentials ..................................................
Running command files during a backup ...................................
Editing backup options ...........................................................
Verifying the integrity of a recovery point ....................................
Viewing the progress of a backup .............................................
Recovery point encryption ......................................................
Compression levels for recovery points ...........................................
Running a one-time backup from Veritas System Recovery .................
Running a one-time backup from Veritas System Recovery Disk ..........
How Offsite Copy works ...............................................................
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Backing up files and folders .......................................... 160
Backing up files and folders .......................................................... 160
Chapter 8
Running and managing backup jobs
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Running an existing backup job immediately ....................................
Running a backup to create an alternate type of recovery point
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Adjusting the speed of a backup ....................................................
Stopping a backup or a recovery task .............................................
Verifying that a backup is successful ...............................................
Viewing the properties of a backup job ............................................
Editing backup settings ................................................................
Enabling event-triggered backups ..................................................
Editing a backup schedule ............................................................
Disabling or enabling a backup job .................................................
Deleting backup jobs ...................................................................
Adding users who can back up your computer ..................................
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Configuring access rights for users or groups ................................... 178
Chapter 9
Backing up remote computers from your
computer ......................................................................
About backing up other computers from your computer ......................
Adding remote computers to the Computer List ...........................
Adding local computers to the Computer List ..............................
Removing a computer from the Computer List ............................
About the Veritas System Recovery Agent ......................................
Using the Veritas System Recovery Agent .................................
About managing the Veritas System Recovery Agent through
Windows Services ..........................................................
About deploying the Veritas System Recovery Agent .........................
Preparing a computer in a workgroup environment to deploy the
Veritas System Recovery Agent .........................................
Deploying the Veritas System Recovery Agent ............................
Manually installing the Veritas System Recovery Agent ................
Best practices for Veritas System Recovery services .........................
Opening Windows services ....................................................
Starting or stopping the Veritas System Recovery Agent service
....................................................................................
Setting up recovery actions when the Veritas System Recovery
Agent does not start ........................................................
Viewing Veritas System Recovery Agent dependencies ......................
About controlling access to Veritas System Recovery ........................
Enabling users or groups to access Veritas System Recovery
....................................................................................
Changing permissions for a user or a group ...............................
Disabling access for users or groups to Veritas System Recovery
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Running Veritas System Recovery using different user rights .........
Chapter 10
Monitoring the status of your backups
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About monitoring backups ............................................................
Refreshing the information that displays about hard disk
configuration changes .....................................................
Icons on the Home page ..............................................................
Icons on the Status page ..............................................................
Configuring Veritas System Recovery to send SNMP traps ..................
Customizing the status reporting of a drive (or file and folder backups)
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Viewing drive details ....................................................................
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Improving the protection level of a drive ........................................... 205
About using event log information to troubleshoot problems ................. 208
Chapter 11
Monitoring the backup status of remote
computers using Veritas System Recovery
Monitor .......................................................................... 209
About Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor ......................................
Starting Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor ...................................
Icons on the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor console ..................
Configuring Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor default options ..........
Adding a remote computer to the Computer List ................................
Importing a text file to add multiple remote computers to the
Computer List ................................................................
Modifying the logon credentials for the remote computers ...................
Removing a remote computer from the Computer List ........................
Viewing the backup protection status of a remote computer .................
Viewing the Protection Status report ...............................................
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Exploring the contents of a recovery point ............... 220
About exploring recovery points .....................................................
Exploring a recovery point through Windows Explorer ........................
Mounting a recovery point from Windows Explorer .......................
Opening and restoring files within a recovery point ............................
Dismounting a recovery point drive .................................................
Viewing the drive properties of a recovery point ................................
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Managing backup destinations
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About backup destinations ............................................................
Differences between drive-based backups and file and folder backups
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Cleaning up old recovery points .....................................................
Deleting a recovery point set .........................................................
Deleting recovery points within a recovery point set ...........................
Making copies of recovery points ...................................................
About managing file and folder backup data .....................................
Viewing the amount of file and folder backup data that is stored
on a backup destination ...................................................
Manually deleting files from your backups of files and folders
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Finding versions of a file or folder .............................................
Downloading OpenStorage Files ....................................................
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Automating the management of backup data .................................... 240
Moving your backup destination ..................................................... 241
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Managing virtual conversions
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Defining a virtual conversion job ....................................................
Running an existing virtual conversion job immediately .......................
Viewing the properties of a virtual conversion job ..............................
Viewing the progress of a virtual conversion job ................................
Editing a virtual conversion job ......................................................
Deleting a virtual conversion job ....................................................
Running a one-time conversion of a physical recovery point to a virtual
disk ....................................................................................
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Recovering files, folders, or entire drives ................. 260
About recovering lost data ............................................................
Recovering files and folders by using file and folder backup data ..........
Recovering files and folders by using a recovery point ........................
Recovering a secondary drive .......................................................
Recovering a drive ......................................................................
Exploring files and folders on your computer by using Veritas System
Recovery Disk ......................................................................
Recovering files and folders by using Veritas System Recovery Disk
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Recovering a computer .................................................. 277
About recovering a Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)-based
computer ............................................................................
Booting a computer by using the Veritas System Recovery Disk ...........
Configuring a computer to start from a USB device or DVD ...........
Preparing to recover a computer by checking the hard disk for errors
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Recovering a computer ................................................................
Recovering a computer from a virtual disk file ...................................
Recovering a computer with different hardware .................................
About using the networking tools in Veritas System Recovery Disk
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Starting networking services ...................................................
Mapping a network drive from within Veritas System Recovery
Disk .............................................................................
Configuring network connection settings ....................................
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Viewing the properties of a recovery point in the Veritas System
Recovery Disk ...................................................................... 302
Viewing the properties of a drive within a recovery point in the Veritas
System Recovery Disk ........................................................... 303
About the Support Utilities ............................................................ 304
Chapter 17
Copying a hard drive
...................................................... 306
Preparing to copy a hard drive ....................................................... 306
Copying one hard drive to another hard drive ................................... 307
Chapter 18
Appendix A
Appendix B
Using the Veritas System Recovery Granular
Restore Option ........................................................... 311
About the Veritas System Recovery Granular Restore Option ..............
Best practices when you create recovery points for use with the
Granular Restore Option ........................................................
Protecting your Microsoft Exchange server for successful backups
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Starting the Granular Restore Option ..............................................
Starting Granular Restore Option and opening a specific recovery point
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Restoring a Microsoft Exchange mailbox .........................................
Restoring a Microsoft Exchange email folder ....................................
Restoring a Microsoft Exchange email message ...............................
Restoring files and folders using Granular Restore Option ...................
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Backing up databases using Veritas System
Recovery ......................................................................
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About backing up databases using Veritas System Recovery ...............
Creating a manual cold (offline) backup ...........................................
Creating an automatic warm backup ...............................................
Creating a hot (online) backup using Veritas System Recovery ............
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Backing up Active Directory .......................................... 330
Tips for protecting a domain controller in Active Directory .................... 330
Appendix C
Backing up Microsoft virtual environments
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About backing up Microsoft virtual hard disks ................................... 332
About backing up and restoring Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines
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Appendix D
Using Veritas System Recovery 16 and Windows
Server 2008 Core ...................................................... 335
About Veritas System Recovery 16 and Windows Server 2008 Core
.......................................................................................... 335
Installing Veritas System Recovery 16 on Windows Server 2008 Core
using commands .................................................................. 336
Index
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Chapter
1
Introducing Veritas™
System Recovery 16
This chapter includes the following topics:
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About Veritas System Recovery
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The components of Veritas System Recovery
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What's new in Veritas System Recovery 16
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Accessing Help and Support for Veritas System Recovery
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Sending your feedback regarding Veritas System Recovery 16
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Accessing Veritas QuickAssist (VQA)
About Veritas System Recovery
Veritas System Recovery is the gold standard in Windows® system recovery. It
allows businesses to recover from system loss or disasters in minutes, not hours,
or days. Veritas System Recovery provides fast, easy-to-use system restoration to
help IT administrators meet recovery time objectives. You can even perform full
bare metal recovery to dissimilar hardware and virtual environments for servers,
desktops, or laptops. It also provides the ability to recover systems in remote,
unattended locations using LightsOut Restore.
Veritas System Recovery captures a recovery point of the entire live Windows
system. The backup includes the operating system, applications, system settings,
files, and other items. The recovery point can be conveniently saved to various
media or disk storage devices including SAN, NAS, Direct Attached Storage, RAID,
and so forth. When systems fail, you can quickly restore them without the need for
manual, lengthy, and error-prone processes.
Introducing Veritas™ System Recovery 16
The components of Veritas System Recovery
You can manage Veritas System Recovery remotely using one of the following:
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Another licensed copy of Veritas System Recovery
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Veritas System Recovery Monitor
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Veritas System Recovery Management Solution (distributed separately)
Veritas System Recovery Management Solution is licensed with Veritas System
Recovery. You are not required to purchase a separate license for Veritas
System Recovery Management Solution.
Veritas System Recovery Management Solution is a centralized management
application. It provides IT administrators an at-a-glance view of system recovery
jobs across your entire organization. You can centrally deploy, modify, and maintain
recovery activities, jobs, and policies for local and remote systems. You can also
monitor real-time status and quickly resolve any problems that are identified.
Using the integrated Granular Restore Option, you can quickly restore individual
Microsoft® Exchange emails, folders, and mailboxes.
See “The components of Veritas System Recovery” on page 16.
See “What's new in Veritas System Recovery 16 ” on page 17.
The components of Veritas System Recovery
Veritas System Recovery includes two key components: the program itself, and
the Veritas System Recovery Disk.
Key product components
Table 1-1
Key component
Description
Veritas System Recovery program (user The Veritas System Recovery program lets you define, schedule, and run
interface)
backups of your computer. When you run a backup, recovery points of your
computer are created. You can then use the recovery points to recover your
entire computer, or individual drives, files, and folders.
The Veritas System Recovery also lets you do the following:
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Manage the size of the recovery point storage (backup destination) so
that you can use your computer's valuable disk space for other purposes.
Monitor the backup status of your computer to make sure that your
valuable data is backed up on a regular basis.
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What's new in Veritas System Recovery 16
Table 1-1
Key product components (continued)
Key component
Description
Veritas System Recovery Disk
Microsoft no longer allows redistribution of WinPE. Starting from Symantec
System Recovery 2013 R2, Veritas no longer ships the Veritas System
Recovery Disk with the product. A new utility is provided using which you
can create a Veritas System Recovery Disk with the latest Windows operating
system. The Veritas System Recovery Disk is used to start your computer
in the recovery environment. If your computer's operating system fails, use
the Veritas System Recovery Disk to recover your system drive (the drive
where your operating system is installed).
See “Defining a drive-based backup” on page 118.
See “Backing up files and folders” on page 160.
See “Recovering a computer” on page 281.
See “About Veritas System Recovery” on page 15.
See “What's new in Veritas System Recovery 16 ” on page 17.
What's new in Veritas System Recovery 16
Veritas System Recovery includes many enhancements and new features. Refer
to the following table for information about the latest features and enhancements:
Note: Not all the listed features are available in all versions of this product.
Table 1-2
Feature
What's new in Veritas System Recovery 16
Description
Microsoft Surface Veritas System Recovery 16 is now supported on Microsoft Surface
Pro 4 support
Pro 4. You can use all the features of Veritas System Recovery on
Microsoft Surface Pro 4.
Note: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 supports only Windows 10 64-bit
operating system.
32 TB Volume
support
With Veritas System Recovery 16, you can backup and restore up to
32 TB volumes only for a 64-bit operating system.
Note: Veritas recommends that you have minimum 8 GB RAM to
backup or restore volumes more than 16 TB.
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Accessing Help and Support for Veritas System Recovery
Table 1-2
Feature
What's new in Veritas System Recovery 16 (continued)
Description
Symantec System Symantec System Recovery is now renamed to Veritas System
Recovery is now Recovery.
Veritas System
Recovery
Windows Server
2016 support
Veritas System Recovery 16 now supports Windows Server 2016. You
can back up and recover the computers that have the Windows Server
16 operating system.
Incremental backup of REFS volumes is supported. You can also back
up and recover the system drives of UEFI and BIOS-based computers.
SQL Server 2016 Veritas System Recovery 16 now supports SQL Server 2016. You can
support
back up and recover the computers that have the SQL Server 2016.
See “About Veritas System Recovery” on page 15.
See “The components of Veritas System Recovery” on page 16.
Accessing Help and Support for Veritas System
Recovery
To learn more about Veritas System Recovery, visit the Help and Support page.
The Help and Support page provides access to the product's Help system and
the User's Guide. It also includes access to the Veritas Knowledge Base where you
can find troubleshooting information.
To access Help & Support
1
Start Veritas System Recovery.
2
On the Help menu, click Help and Support.
See “About Veritas System Recovery” on page 15.
See “What's new in Veritas System Recovery 16 ” on page 17.
Sending your feedback regarding Veritas System
Recovery 16
Please take a moment to share your feedback and ideas with Veritas regarding
Veritas System Recovery 16.
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Accessing Veritas QuickAssist (VQA)
To send feedback
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Do one of the following:
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Click Share Your Ideas in the upper-right corner of the Veritas System
Recovery 16 window.
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On the Help menu, click Share Your Ideas.
See “About Veritas System Recovery” on page 15.
See “What's new in Veritas System Recovery 16 ” on page 17.
Accessing Veritas QuickAssist (VQA)
Veritas QuickAssist (VQA) is a diagnostics tool that collects technical data. VQA is
a tool that is loaded on a computer experiencing a problem so that it can be scanned.
Scans can be run against the system for common issues as well as installation
requirements. VQA enables self-diagnosis attempts, and if this does not resolve
the issue, the tool has the ability to collect and upload data for a support case.
To access Veritas QuickAssist (VQA)
1
Start Veritas System Recovery.
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On the Help menu, click Veritas QuickAssist.
The Veritas QuickAssist utility is launched. To view the Help for the utility, click
Help > View Help.
See “About Veritas System Recovery” on page 15.
See “What's new in Veritas System Recovery 16 ” on page 17.
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Chapter
2
Installing Veritas System
Recovery
This chapter includes the following topics:
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System requirements for Veritas System Recovery
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Supported file systems, disk types, disk partition schemes, and removable media
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Feature availability in Veritas System Recovery
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About the trial version of Veritas System Recovery
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Installing Veritas System Recovery
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Updating Veritas System Recovery with LiveUpdate
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Uninstalling Veritas System Recovery
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System requirements for Veritas System Recovery Monitor
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Installing Veritas System Recovery Monitor
System requirements for Veritas System Recovery
Before you install Veritas System Recovery, ensure that your computer meets the
system requirements. Review the Readme file on the installation DVD for any known
issues.
The following table lists the system requirements for Veritas System Recovery to
function properly.
Installing Veritas System Recovery
System requirements for Veritas System Recovery
Table 2-1
Minimum system requirements
Component
Minimum requirements
Operating system
You can find a list of compatible operating systems, platforms, and
applications at the following URL:
https://www.veritas.com/support/en_US/search-results.html?keyword=V-306-17*
RAM
Available hard disk
space
The following list indicates the memory requirements for each
component of Veritas System Recovery:
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Veritas System Recovery Agent: 512 MB
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Veritas System Recovery user interface and Recovery Point
Browser: 512 MB
Veritas System Recovery Disk: 1.5 GB (dedicated)
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LightsOut Restore: 1.5 GB
The following list indicates the hard disk space requirements for
Veritas System Recovery and other items:
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DVD-ROM drive or
USB drive
When you install the entire product: Approximately 2 GB is
required for a full install, depending on the language of the product
you select.
Recovery points: Sufficient hard disk space on a local hard disk
or network server for storing recovery points.
The size of recovery points depends on the amount of data you
have backed up and the type of recovery point that is stored.
LightsOut Restore: 2 GB
The drive must be capable of being used as the startup drive from
Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) and BIOS-based
computers.
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Supported file systems, disk types, disk partition schemes, and removable media
Table 2-1
Minimum system requirements (continued)
Component
Minimum requirements
Software
The following Microsoft .Net Framework versions are required for
installing and using Veritas System Recovery:
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Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 or later: Required to run and use
Veritas System Recovery.
Note: If the required .NET Framework versions are not already
installed, the Veritas System Recovery installation program
automatically installs them on your computer.
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Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable
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Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64/x86 Redistributable
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Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable
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Veritas System Recovery installer installs .NET 4.5.2 on the
following platforms:
■ Windows 7 SP1 (x86 and x64) and above
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Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64) and above
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Windows Server 2008 SP2 (x86 and x64) and above
Note: By default, Windows 10/Windows Server 2016 operating
systems are installed with .Net Framework 4.6.
If you want to restore emails using the Granular Restore Option,
you must have Microsoft Outlook 2007, 2010, or 2013 installed.
See “Supported file systems, disk types, disk partition schemes, and removable
media ” on page 22.
Supported file systems, disk types, disk partition
schemes, and removable media
Veritas System Recovery supports the following file systems, disk types, disk
partition schemes, and removable media:
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File systems, disk types, disk partition schemes, and removable
media
Table 2-2
Support
Description
Supported
Veritas System Recovery supports the following file systems:
file systems
■ FAT16, FAT16X
■
FAT32, FAT32X
■
Resilient File System (ReFS)
Note: Veritas System Recovery supports full and incremental backups
of ReFS volumes.
■
NTFS
Note: You must decrypt encrypted NTFS drives before you attempt to
restore them. You cannot view the files that are in a recovery point for an
encrypted NTFS drive.
■
Supported
disk types
and disk
partition
schemes
Linux Ext2, Linux Ext3
Veritas System Recovery supports the following disk types and disk partition
schemes:
■
Dynamic disks
■
GUID partition table (GPT)
■
Master Boot Record (MBR)
■
Linux swap partitions
■
4K sector (native) disk volumes:
Veritas System Recovery supports backup of 4K sector (native) disk
volumes. As the VHDX format supports 4Kn disks, Veritas System
Recovery now uses the VHDX format. Since VHDX format is supported
on Windows 8/Windows Server 2012 and later, virtual conversion for 4K
sector (native) volumes is now supported on Windows 8/Windows 2012
and later.
To check the sector size of the disk, run the following command and see
the BytesPerSector value.
■ For Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2: fsutil fsinfo ntfsinfo
<drive letter:>
■
Removable
media
For Windows 8/Windows Server 2012 and later: fsutil fsinfo
sectorinfo <drive letter>
Veritas System Recovery also lets you save recovery points to most USB
devices, 1394 FireWire devices, RDX, REV, Jaz, Zip drives, and
magneto-optical devices.
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Feature availability in Veritas System Recovery
Supported drive types with Bytes per Sector Value and
Bytes per Physical Sector Value
The following table lists the drive types, Bytes per Sector value, Bytes per Physical
Sector value and whether or not Veritas System Recovery supports them.
Table 2-3
Drive types and support
Bytes per Sector
value
Bytes per
Physical Sector
value
Drive type
Supported Yes/No
4096
4096
4K native
Yes
512
4096
Advanced Format
Yes
(also known as 512E)
512
512
512-byte native
Yes
4096
512
4K emulation
Yes
See “System requirements for Veritas System Recovery” on page 20.
Feature availability in Veritas System Recovery
Veritas System Recovery is packaged to meet various markets. Some features
might not be available, depending on the product you have purchased. However,
all features are documented. You should be aware of which features are included
with the version of the product you have purchased. If a feature is not accessible
in the product user interface, it is likely not included with your version of the product.
Refer to the Veritas website for information about the features that are included
with your version of Veritas System Recovery.
About the trial version of Veritas System Recovery
If you choose to delay installation of the license key, all features in Veritas System
Recovery remain enabled during the 60-day trial period.
You cannot use Veritas System Recovery Disk, a component of Veritas System
Recovery, during the trial period.
You need a valid license key to use the following key features of Veritas System
Recovery Disk:
■
Back Up My Computer wizard
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■
Recover My Computer wizard, which lets you use Restore Anyware to restore
a virtual disk (.vmdk, .vhd, v2i, or vhdx) back to a physical computer that has
different hardware.
The trial period ofVeritas System Recovery begins when you do any one of the
following in the software:
■
Define a drive-based or file and folder backup.
■
Recover a computer.
■
Copy a drive.
■
Consolidate incremental recovery points.
■
Run a drive-based backup or file and folder backup.
■
Define a scheduled convert to virtual disk job.
■
Run a scheduled convert to virtual disk job.
■
Define a one time convert to virtual disk job.
■
Define a drive-based or file and folder backup.
■
Recover a computer.
■
Consolidate incremental recovery points.
■
Run a drive-based or file and folder backup.
If you use the product in trial mode, it expires after 60 days. However, all features
are enabled until the end of the trial period, at which time you must purchase the
product or uninstall it. You can purchase a license at any time (even after the trial
period expires) without reinstalling the software.
See “Activating Veritas System Recovery after the trial period” on page 30.
Installing Veritas System Recovery
Before you begin, you should review the system requirements for installing Veritas
System Recovery.
See “System requirements for Veritas System Recovery” on page 20.
Note: During the installation process, you might be required to restart the computer.
You should ensure proper functionality of the computer after it restarts. To do so,
log on again using the same user credentials that you used to log on when you
installed Veritas System Recovery.
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The Veritas System Recovery installation program lets you install Veritas System
Recovery Monitor. You can either install Veritas System Recovery Monitor while
installing Veritas System Recovery or install it later by running the installation
program again.
See “Installing Veritas System Recovery Monitor” on page 33.
To install Veritas System Recovery
1
Log on to your computer using either the Administrator account or an account
with administrator privileges.
2
Insert the Veritas System Recovery product DVD into the media drive of the
computer.
The installation program should start automatically.
If the installation program does not run, type the following command at a
command prompt:
<drive>:\browser.exe
Replace <drive> with the drive letter of your media drive.
3
On the DVD browser panel, click Installation, and then click Install Veritas
System Recovery to start the installation.
4
On the License Agreement panel, read the license agreement, and then click
I accept the terms in the license agreement.
5
Click Next.
6
On the Installation Type panel, select either Typical Installation or Custom
Installation, and then click Next.
A typical installation installs all of the features of Veritas System Recovery. A
custom installation allows you to install selected features.
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7
If you selected Custom Installation in step 6, select the options that you want
to install, and then click Next.
If you selected Typical Installation in step 6, proceed to step 8.
System Recovery Disk Creation Utility
Veritas does not ship the Veritas System
Recovery Disk with the product. Instead,
Veritas System Recovery provides an
option to create a Veritas System Recovery
Disk for all computers in your environment.
You can use this disk to recover any other
computer in your environment.
The Veritas System Recovery Disk
Creation Utility is installed by default on all
the computers on which you install Veritas
System Recovery 16. You need to create
a Veritas System Recovery Disk only on a
computer with the latest Windows
operating system in the environment as a
recovery disk created on an older version
of the operating system cannot recover the
latest operating system.
Backup and Recovery Service
Installs the primary service that is required
to back up or recover your computer.
Recovery Point Browser
Enables you to browse, mount, copy,
verify, and restore files and folders using
recovery points.
User Interface
Installs the product user interface that is
required for interacting with the Veritas
System Recovery Service.
Agent Deployment
This option appears when you expand the
User Interface option.
Allows the computer on which you have
installed Veritas System Recovery to
deploy the Veritas System Recovery Agent
to other computers. The Veritas System
Recovery Agent is required for remote
recovery management.
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Granular Restore Option
This option appears when you expand the
User Interface option.
Lets you open recovery points and restore
Microsoft Exchange mailboxes, folders,
and individual messages. You can also
restore unstructured files and folders.
The Granular Restore Option now supports
Exchange Server 2013. You can take
backups and recover the files of Exchange
Server 2013.
LiveUpdate
8
Keeps your Veritas software up to date
with the latest product updates.
On the Destination Folder panel, select a folder where you want to install
Veritas System Recovery, and then click Next.
To troubleshoot a problem in Veritas System Recovery after it is installed, it is
recommended that you run the SupportGather.exe utility. This utility gathers
the existing log information and also runs the partinfo.exe and SMEdump.exe
utilities to gather additional log information. This log information is in clear text.
The log file and the .exe utilities are located in the <VSR Installation
folder>/Utility folder.
Note: Veritas recommends that only privileged users or an administrator can
access the Utility folder. Veritas recommends using AppLocker or Software
Restriction Policies (SRP) to allow execution of only signed binaries in Veritas
System Recovery. You can enable the SRP or AppLocker options on your
Windows operating system.
See http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh994614.aspx, to learn more
about the SRP and Applocker options.
Note: Veritas recommends that you place binaries and libraries in theVeritas
System Recovery installation folder. Only privileged users or an administrator
should have the rights to access the installation folder.
9
If you select the Typical installation, in the Installation Warning panel, select
the I have read the warning check box, and then click Next.
See “Creation Options” on page 44.
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10 On the Installation Review panel, review the Veritas System Recovery
installation summary, and then click Install.
The progress status of the installation process is displayed on the Progress
panel.
11 After the installation completes, remove the product DVD from the media drive,
and then click Finish to close the installation wizard.
12 Restart your computer.
If you choose not to restart your computer at this time, you cannot run Veritas
System Recovery until after you restart your computer.
See “Activating and setting up Veritas System Recovery after installation”
on page 29.
Activating and setting up Veritas System Recovery after installation
After you complete Veritas System Recovery installation and restart your computer,
the Veritas System Recovery setup wizard starts automatically. Using the setup
wizard you can license or activate your product. You can then run LiveUpdate to
check for product updates, and then configure your first backup.
Note: If Veritas System Recovery installer installs .NET 4.5.2, the installer prompts
you to run Windows update.
To complete the installation of Veritas System Recovery
1
In the Welcome panel, click Next.
The Welcome page might appear the first time that you run Veritas System
Recovery.
2
Do one of the following:
■
Click I've already purchased the product and have a license key.
Note: You can find the license key on the back of your product DVD jacket.
Do not lose the license key. You must use it when you install Veritas System
Recovery.
■
Click Activate later to delay the activation of your license. After the trial
period ends, the product will no longer work.
See “About the trial version of Veritas System Recovery ” on page 24.
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■
If Veritas System Recovery is a trial version and you want to purchase a
license key, click visit the following website:
http://veritas.force.com/public
■
If you have a Volume Incentive Program (VIP) Activation key, enter it in the
appropriate spaces as it appears on your certificate.
3
Click Next.
4
Do any of the following:
5
■
Click Run LiveUpdate to check for any product updates since the product
shipped.
■
Click Launch Easy Setup to open the Easy Setup window when you
complete the install process. (This option is not available in the server
versions of Veritas System Recovery.)
Click Finish.
See “Activating Veritas System Recovery after the trial period” on page 30.
Activating Veritas System Recovery after the trial period
If you do not activate Veritas System Recovery before the trial period ends, the
software stops working. However, you can activate the product at any time after
the trial period expires.
To activate Veritas System Recovery after the trial period
1
On the Help menu, click Enter License Key.
2
Click I've already purchased the product and have a license key.
Note: You can find the license key on the back of your product DVD jacket.
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3
Enter the license key in the appropriate spaces.
4
Click Next, and then click Finish.
After Veritas System Recovery is installed, a folder is created with the metadata
and the configuration data. The following folder contains the metadata and the
configuration data, such as job configuration data, Veritas System Recovery
logs, backup job history:
C:\Program Data\Veritas\Veritas System Recovery
Note: Veritas recommends that only privileged users or an administrator have
the rights to access this folder. If a non-administrative user is configured to use
Veritas System Recovery with the Security Configuration Tool, add the user
to this folder's access control list. This is application data and so it needs to
be protected to avoid tampering.
See “About the trial version of Veritas System Recovery ” on page 24.
Updating Veritas System Recovery with
LiveUpdate
You can receive software updates for your version of the product over an Internet
connection. LiveUpdate connects to the Symantec LiveUpdate server and
automatically downloads and installs updates for each Veritas product that you
own.
You run LiveUpdate as soon as you install the product. You should continue to run
LiveUpdate periodically to obtain program updates.
To update Veritas System Recovery with LiveUpdate
1
On the Help menu, click Run LiveUpdate.
2
In the LiveUpdate window, click Start to install the updates.
3
When the installation is complete, click Close.
Some program updates might require that you restart your computer before
the changes take effect.
See “Installing Veritas System Recovery” on page 25.
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Uninstalling Veritas System Recovery
When you upgrade Veritas System Recovery from a previous version of the product,
the install program automatically uninstalls the previous versions. If required, you
can manually uninstall the product.
Follow your operating system's instructions on how to uninstall software.
See “Activating Veritas System Recovery after the trial period” on page 30.
System requirements for Veritas System Recovery
Monitor
Table 2-4
Minimum system requirements for Veritas System Recovery
Monitor
Component
Description
Operating system
The following Microsoft Windows 32-bit and 64-bit operating
systems are supported:
■
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 or R2
■
Microsoft Windows 7 (All Editions)
■
Microsoft Windows 8 (Desktop Edition)
■
Microsoft Windows 8.1
■
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update
■
Microsoft Windows 10 (Desktop Edition)
■
Microsoft Windows Server 2012
■
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
■
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Update
■
Microsoft Windows Server 2016
See the Veritas System Recovery Software Compatibility List
(SCL) for more information.
Available hard disk space
25 MB
Software
Microsoft.NET Framework 4.5.2
Microsoft Windows screen 1024 x 768 pixels (recommended)
resolution
See “Installing Veritas System Recovery Monitor” on page 33.
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Installing Veritas System Recovery Monitor
Before you begin, you should review the system requirements for installing Veritas
System Recovery Monitor.
See “System requirements for Veritas System Recovery Monitor” on page 32.
To install Veritas System Recovery Monitor
1
Log on to your computer using either the Administrator account or an account
with administrator privileges.
2
Insert the Veritas System Recovery product DVD into the media drive of the
computer.
The installation program should run automatically.
If the installation program does not run, type the following command at a
command prompt:
<drive>:\browser.exe
Replace <drive> with the drive letter of your media drive.
3
On the DVD browser panel, under More Useful Links, click Install Veritas
System Recovery Monitor.
4
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
After you complete the installation, you must configure the Windows Firewall
exceptions before you start Veritas System Recovery Monitor.
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Chapter
3
Ensuring the recovery of
your computer
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
Creating a new Veritas System Recovery Disk
■
Customizing an existing Veritas System Recovery Disk
■
About restoring a computer from a remote location by using LightsOut Restore
■
Testing the Veritas System Recovery Disk
Creating a new Veritas System Recovery Disk
As Microsoft no longer allows redistribution of WinPE, Veritas System Recovery
16 does not include a Veritas System Recovery Disk on a DVD media or as an ISO
downloadable from the web. Veritas System Recovery 16 provides a new utility
that is called System Recovery Disk Creation Utility using which you can create
a system recovery disk on your computer. As a recovery disk is required to restore
images created with Veritas System Recovery 16, it is imperative that you create
a recovery disk using this utility. To restore the system volume images that are
created using Veritas System Recovery 16, you need to create a Veritas System
Recovery Disk using this utility. Veritas recommends that you create a recovery
disk using this utility at the earliest. By default this utility is installed with Veritas
System Recovery 16. Veritas recommends that you test the recovery disk on the
computer on which you want the use it.
The System Recovery Disk Creation Utility provides two options to create a
Veritas System Recovery Disk based on the disaster recovery needs. Using the
Typical option, you can create a recovery disk on Windows 7 and later desktop
operating systems, and Windows Server 2008 R2 and later server operating
systems. Using the Advanced option, you can create a recovery disk on Windows
Ensuring the recovery of your computer
Creating a new Veritas System Recovery Disk
Server 2008 and later server operating system, and Windows 7 and later desktop
operating systems. This option requires the download and installation of the Windows
Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) to create the Veritas System Recovery
Disk. The Windows ADK can only be installed on Windows Server 2008 and later
server operating systems, and Windows 7 and later desktop operating systems.
Note: The Veritas System Recovery Disk Creation Utility only runs on Windows 7
and later operating systems.
Veritas recommends that the recovery disk is created on the latest operating system
available, such as Windows 10 or Windows 2016. The Veritas System Recovery
Disk can then be used to recover images of that operating system and all previous
operating systems. However, a recovery disk created on an older operating system
cannot be used to recovery later operating systems. For example, a Veritas System
Recovery Disk created on Windows 2008 cannot be used to recover Windows 2012
images.
The Veritas System Recovery Disk Creation Utility allows creation of a 32-bit or
64-bit recovery disk on a USB thumb drive, as an ISO file, or in the LightsOut
Restore format. If the Advanced option is used, Veritas recommends using the
latest version of the Windows ADK that is available. A recovery disk created with
an older version of the Windows ADK can only restore operating system supported
by that ADK. For example, a Veritas System Recovery Disk created using Windows
ADK for Windows 8.0 (Windows 8/2012 kernel) can be used to recover Windows
8/2012 and earlier operating systems. It cannot be used to recovery later operating
systems, such as Windows 8.1/2012 R2 or Windows 10/2016.
A license key is not required to create a Veritas System Recovery Disk. A license
key is required if additional drivers need to be added, or if specifying the startup or
network options.
To create a Veritas System Recovery Disk, you can launch the Create Veritas
System Recovery Disk Wizard in the following ways:
■
Launch Veritas System Recovery 16, go to the Tasks menu and click Create
New Recovery Disk.
■
On the Windows taskbar, click Start > All Programs > System Recovery Disk
Creator.
■
In the Veritas System Recovery Disk Status dialog box, click Create Now.
Note: The Create Now button is displayed in the Veritas System Recovery
Disk Status dialog box when you launch Veritas System Recovery 16 and is
available only until you create the Veritas System Recovery Disk.
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Note: If you are connected to a remote computer, the Veritas System Recovery
Disk Creation Wizard is not available in Veritas System Recovery 16. You cannot
create a Veritas System Recovery Disk.
To create a new Veritas System Recovery Disk
1
On the Tasks menu, click Create New Recovery Disk.
The Veritas System Recovery Disk Creation Wizard is displayed.
2
In the Welcome panel, review the information, and then click Next.
See “Welcome Panel” on page 43.
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3
In the Creation Options panel, select the disk creation option (Typical or
Advanced) to create the Veritas System Recovery Disk and click Next.
Feature Description
Typical
Advanced
Uses Windows ADK for
Windows 10
No
Yes
You require an Internet
connection to download
Windows ADK.
See “Download and install
Windows Assessment and
Deployment Kit (ADK)”
on page 50.
Platform support
Creates a 32-bit or a 64-bit Creates 32-bit and 64-bit
recovery disk depending on recovery disks on the same
the operating system
computer.
installed on your computer.
To create a 32-bit recovery
disk, use this option on a
32-bit computer. To create
a 64-bit recovery disk, use
this option on a 64-bit
computer.
Windows operating
systems that can be
recovered
See “Veritas System
Recovery Disk recovery
matrix” on page 47.
The computer's operating All versions of Windows
system on which you create supported by the product.
the Veritas System
Recovery Disk and all
earlier versions.
Use this option on the latest
operating system to recover
all Windows operating
systems.
Languages available in
The language of your
the recovery environment operating system.
One or more of the 11
supported languages
selected during Veritas
System Recovery Disk
creation.
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Temporary disk space
Approximately 500 MB
required on local system
Approximately 500 MB for
each recovery disk that you
create. More space is
required for each additional
language that you select.
An additional 3.5 to 5 GB
disk space is required to
install Windows ADK.
PowerShell Cmdlets
Not Available
support in recovery
environment (for example,
Storage Space Creation
Cmdlets)
Available
Time required for creation 10 minutes
(approximately)
20 minutes
Can be customized on
other operating systems
Yes
Yes
If you select more than one
language, approximately 10
minutes are added for each
language.
See “Veritas System
Recovery Disk
customization support
matrix” on page 49.
See “Creation Options” on page 44.
4
In the Languages panel, select the languages that should be available in the
recovery environment, and then click Next.
See “Languages Options” on page 54.
Note: The Languages panel is only available if you select the Advanced
creation option.
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5
In the Veritas System Recovery Disk Storage Media/Destination panel,
select the destination to save the recovery disk, and then click Next.
Disk label
Lets you specify the name that you want to use for the
Veritas System Recovery Disk label.
Select the platform of the This option is only displayed if you select the Advanced
recovery disk
option to create a Veritas System Recovery Disk.
Select the 32-bit, 64-bit, or both platforms for which you
want to create the Veritas System Recovery Disk.
Select a drive to create a Lets you save your new Veritas System Recovery Disk to
Veritas System Recovery a USB device.
Disk on a USB device
Select the media drive in which you have inserted in the
USB device.
The existing data on the USB device is not formatted
during Veritas System Recovery Disk creation. If you have
a recovery disk created on the same USB drive, the new
recovery disk overwrites the older recovery disk.
Note: Veritas recommends that only privileged users or
an administrator should have the rights to access the USB
folder. Veritas also recommends that the recovery media
files be managed only by trusted users. This is to ensure
that the files are always safe and no one can tamper with
them.
If you attach an unsupported volume to your computer,
the Show Unsupported Devices link is displayed. When
you click the link, the Unsupported Devices dialog box
with a list of the unsupported volumes and the reason for
the unsupported volume is displayed.
A Veritas System Recovery Disk does not support the
super formatted USB disk.
Note: You cannot create a 64-bit Veritas System
Recovery Disk if your computer has a 32-bit operating
system.
Save the Veritas System Lets you save your new Veritas System Recovery Disk
Recovery Disk as an ISO as an ISO file.
file
Click Browse and specify the path where you want to
save the ISO file.
You can manually burn the saved ISO file to a
CD/DVD/Blu-ray.
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See “Veritas System Recovery Disk Storage Media/Destination Options”
on page 54.
6
In the Licensed Features panel, enter the license key of the product and then
click Next.
Use the license key that is
activated on this computer
Enables the cold backup feature in the recovery
environment using the product license key that is
provided.
Note: By default, this option is not available when
you create a Veritas System Recovery Disk using
the Veritas System Recovery Management Solution
Mode.
Use the following license key
Enables the cold backup feature in the new Veritas
System Recovery Disk by typing a product license
key.
Prompt for a license key
Prompts you for a product license key at the time
you want to enable features in the Veritas System
Recovery Disk.
Note: By default, this option is selected when you
create a Veritas System Recovery Disk using the
Veritas System Recovery Management Solution
Mode.
See “Licensed Features Options” on page 57.
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7
In the Storage and Network Drivers panel, review the list of any storage or
network drivers to be included, add, or remove storage and network drivers,
and then click Next.
Storage and network drivers
Lets you review the list of any storage or network
drivers to be included.
Add
Lets you add additional drivers. The location that
you specify should contain the fully extracted
installation package for the driver you add. If you
have more than one missing storage or network
driver, you can click Add for each missing driver.
See “Adding a Storage or Network Driver”
on page 59.
Remove
Deletes the drivers from the driver list that is
displayed on the wizard.
Reset
Resets the list to the original list of storage and
network drivers that is detected on the computer
on which the Veritas System Recovery Disk creation
utility is run.
See “Storage and Network Drivers Options” on page 58.
8
In the Startup Options panel, select the time zone, display language, keyboard
layout language for the Veritas System Recovery Disk, and then click Next.
Time zone
Sets the time zone to use for the Veritas System
Recovery Disk.
Display language
Sets the default display language for the Veritas
System Recovery Disk.
Keyboard layout
Lets you select the default keyboard layout to use
when you boot from the Veritas System Recovery
Disk.
See “Startup Options” on page 60.
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9
In the Network Options panel, select the dynamic or static IP, save the
Windows firewall settings to the Veritas System Recovery Disk, and then click
Next.
Automatically start network Automatically starts network services when you recover
services
the computer through LightsOut Restore. Select this option
if you want to enable network services in a recovery
environment.
Dynamic IP
Connects to a network without the need for additional
network configuration. You can click this option if you know
there is a DHCP server available on the network at the
time you restore.
Static IP
Connects to a network with a particular network adapter
and specific address settings. You should select this option
only if you know there is no DHCP server (or the DHCP
server is unavailable) when you want to recover data.
Use Windows firewall
settings
Applies the local computer's firewall settings to the
recovery environment. For example, if you turn on the
firewall for your local computer and then select this option,
the firewall settings are applied for the recovery
environment too.
See “Network Options” on page 60.
10 In the Setup LightsOut Restore panel, select the Enable LightsOut Restore
check box to enable the LightsOut Restore boot option and boot menu display
time, and then click Next.
Boot menu label
Indicates the title that appears on the Windows
boot menu for LightsOut Restore.
Display boot menu for seconds
Specifies how long you want the boot menu to
display.
The default is 10 seconds.
See “Setup LightsOut Restore Options” on page 61.
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11 In the Summary panel, review all of the options that you selected, and then
click Finish.
The Progress panel displays the progress status and the approximate time
that is required to create theVeritas System Recovery Disk. The Result panel
displays a success result if the recovery disk is created successfully or a failed
result if the recovery disk is not created successfully.
When a Veritas System Recovery Disk creation fails or is stopped, the recovery
disk creation process is stopped. In some cases some files are left mounted
in a temporary (folder name, SymSrdTemp) location and the files cannot be
deleted. The WimCleaner.exe utility unmounts any such mounted system files
and deletes the temporary folder (SymSrdTemp). Veritas System Recovery
provides the 32-bit version of the WimCleaner.exe utility.
The utility is at the following location:
<VSRInstallPath>\Utility\WimCleaner.exe. You can double-click the exe
file to run the utility or use the command prompt to run the utility.
Note: Veritas recommends that you test the recovery disk after it is created.
It ensures that you can use the Veritas System Recovery Disk to start your
computer and can access the drive that contains your recovery points.
See “Testing the Veritas System Recovery Disk” on page 85.
12 Click Close to close the wizard.
Welcome Panel
The Welcome panel in the Veritas System Recovery Disk Creation Wizard
provides information about the types of recovery disks that you can create and the
format of the recovery disks.
You can create a 32-bit or a 64-bit Veritas System Recovery Disk, using the Typical
or Advanced creation option. If you select the Advanced option, you can create
a multilingual Veritas System Recovery Disk. For the multilingual disk, you must
download and install the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK).
A Veritas System Recovery Disk can be created in the following format:
■
USB disk
■
ISO file (local or network location)
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Note: When you create a recovery disk using the Veritas System Recovery
Management Solution Mode, you can only create an ISO file. The Welcome panel
in the Veritas System Recovery Management Solution Mode also displays the step
that you performing when you create a LightsOut Restore package.
Creation Options
In the Creation Options panel, on the Veritas System Recovery Disk Creation
Wizard, use one of the following options to create the Veritas System Recovery
Disk:
■
Typical
A Veritas System Recovery Disk created using this option is sufficient for your
usual recovery needs.
The option uses the Windows recovery environment available on your computer
to create a Veritas System Recovery Disk. Using this option you can create a
32-bit recovery disk on a 32-bit computer or a 64-bit recovery disk on a 64-bit
computer. The recovery disk is created in the language of the operating system
from which the disk is created, and is one of the 11 languages that Veritas
System Recovery 16 supports. Veritas recommends creating a Veritas System
Recovery Disk on the latest operating system in your environment, such as
Windows 10/2016. The recovery disk can then be used to recover images of
Windows 10/2016 operating system and all earlier operating systems.
The Typical option is only available on the operating systems on which the
Windows recovery environment is also available. You can refer to the following
link to view a list of the operating systems that use the Windows recovery
environment.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff715587.aspx
The customization features are also available during the trial period of Veritas
System Recovery 16 and after the product license is activated.
Note: The Typical option is not available when you create a new Veritas System
Recovery Disk using Veritas System Recovery Management Solution Mode.
See “Non-availability of the Typical option” on page 50.
■
Advanced
If you require to create a multilingual recovery disk or need a PowerShell support
in your recovery environment, use the Advanced option to create a Veritas
System Recovery Disk.
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You can also create both 32-bit and 64-bit recovery disks on the same computer.
You must have Windows ADK installed on your computer to use the Advanced
option to create a Veritas System Recovery Disk.
Note: When you create the Veritas System Recovery Disk using Veritas System
Recovery Management Solution Mode, the Advanced option is selected by default.
The Typical and Advanced creation options are supported on the following
operating systems:
■
Windows 7
■
Windows 8
■
Windows 8.1
■
Windows 10
■
Windows 2008 (Only supported by the Advanced option)
■
Windows 2008 R2
■
Windows 2012
■
Windows 2012 R2
■
Windows 2016
Using the following customization features, you can customize a Veritas System
Recovery Disk as per your requirements:
■
Select the language.
■
Add or remove network and storage drivers.
■
Specify the default network settings.
■
Specify the default license information.
■
Select the time zone, display language, and keyboard layout.
The following table lists a comparison of the features available for each option.
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Table 3-1
Disk Creation Options
Feature Description
Typical
Advanced
Uses Windows ADK for
Windows 10
No
Yes
You require an Internet
connection to download
Windows ADK.
See “Download and install
Windows Assessment and
Deployment Kit (ADK)”
on page 50.
Platform support
Creates a 32-bit or a 64-bit
Creates both 32-bit and 64-bit
recovery disk depending on recovery disks on the same
the operating system installed computer.
on your computer.
To create a 32-bit recovery
disk, use this option on a
32-bit computer. To create a
64-bit recovery disk, use this
option on a 64-bit computer.
Windows operating
systems that can be
recovered
See “Veritas System
Recovery Disk recovery
matrix” on page 47.
The computer's operating
All versions of Windows
system on which you create supported by the product.
the Veritas System Recovery
Disk and all earlier versions.
Use this option on the latest
operating system to recover
all Windows operating
systems.
Languages available in the The language of your
recovery environment
operating system.
One or more of the 11
supported languages selected
during Veritas System
Recovery Disk creation.
Temporary disk space
required on local system
Approximately 500 MB for
each recovery disk that you
create. More space is
required for each additional
language that you select.
Approximately 500 MB
An additional 3.5 to 5 GB disk
space is required to install
Windows ADK.
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Table 3-1
Disk Creation Options (continued)
Feature Description
Typical
Advanced
PowerShell Cmdlets
support in recovery
environment (for example,
Storage Space Creation
Cmdlets)
Not Available
Available
Time required for creation
(approximately)
10 minutes
20 minutes
Can be customized on
other operating systems
Yes
If you select more than one
language, approximately 10
minutes are added for each
language.
Yes
See “Veritas System
Recovery Disk customization
support matrix” on page 49.
Veritas System Recovery Disk recovery matrix
You can recover an operating system using a Veritas System Recovery Disk that
is created with the Typical or Advanced creation options. The following table
provides a list of operating systems that can be recovered using the Veritas System
Recovery Disk.
Veritas recommends that you create a Veritas System Recovery Disk on Windows
10/2016. If u do not have a Windows 10/2016 operating system, you can create
the recovery disk on the most latest operating system that you have in your
environment. If u create a Veritas System Recovery Disk on an older operating
system, you can only recover the operating system on which you created the
recovery disk or older operating system. The host operating system is the operating
system on which you create the Veritas System Recovery Disk. Refer to following
recoverability matrix.
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Table 3-2
Host
operating
system
Recoverability matrix for Veritas System Recovery Disk created
using the Typical option
Operating system that can be recovered (Yes/No)
Windows
2008 SP2
Windows
7/2008 R2
Windows
8/2012
Windows
Windows
8.1/2012 R2 10/2016
Windows
10/2016
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows
8.1/2012 R2
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Windows 8/2012 Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Windows 7/2008 Yes
R2
Yes
No
No
No
Veritas recommends that you use Windows ADK for Windows 10 to create a
recovery disk using the Advanced option.
A recovery disk created using Windows ADK for Windows 8.0 cannot be used to
recover the Windows 8.1/2012 R2 and later operating system. Refer to the following
recoverability matrix.
Table 3-3
Host
operating
system
Recoverability matrix for Veritas System Recovery Disk created
using Windows ADK
ADK version
used
Windows 2008
SP2, Windows
7/2008 R2,
Windows 8/2012,
Windows ADK for
Windows
Windows 10
8.1/2012 R2,
(Recommended)
Windows
10/2016
Windows ADK for
Windows 8.1
Update
Operating system that can be recovered
(Yes/No)
Windows Windows Windows Windows Windows
2008 SP2 7/2008 8/2012 8.1/2012 10/2016
R2
R2
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Windows ADK for Yes
Windows 8.0
Yes
Yes
No
No
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Veritas System Recovery Disk customization support
matrix
You can customize a Veritas System Recovery Disk created using the Typical or
Advanced creation option on other operating systems to have drivers installed on
those computers available in the recovery environment for retargetting. You can
also customize, the recovery environment's startup options, network options. The
following tables provide a list of operating systems on which you can customize the
Veritas System Recovery Disk.
Table 3-4
Customization support matrix for base Veritas System Recovery
Disk created using the Typical option
Veritas System Can be customized on operating system (Yes/No)
Recovery Disk
created on host
operating
system
Windows
2008
Windows
7/2008 R2
Windows
8/2012
Windows
Windows
8.1/2012 R2 10/2016
Windows 10/2016
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows 8.1/2012
R2
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Windows 8/2012
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
Windows 7/2008 R2 No
Yes
No
No
No
Table 3-5
Veritas System
Recovery Disk
created using
Windows ADK
Customization support matrix for a Veritas System Recovery Disk
created using the Advanced option
Can be customized on operating system (Yes/No)
Windows
2008
Windows
7/2008 R2
Windows
8/2012
Windows
8.1/2012 R2
Windows
10/2016
Windows ADK for
Windows 10
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows ADK for
Windows 8.1
Update
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
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Customization support matrix for a Veritas System Recovery Disk
created using the Advanced option (continued)
Veritas System
Recovery Disk
created using
Windows ADK
Can be customized on operating system (Yes/No)
Windows ADK for
Windows 8.0
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Note: A Veritas System Recovery Disk created using Windows ADK for Windows
8.0 can only recover Windows 8 /Windows Server 2012 and earlier operating
systems.
Non-availability of the Typical option
Veritas System Recovery
When you use Veritas System Recovery to create a Veritas System Recovery Disk,
the Typical option is not enabled if the Windows Recovery Environment is not
available or disabled on your computer. You can only create a recovery disk using
the Advanced option.
Veritas System Recovery Management Solution Mode
When you use Veritas System Recovery Management Solution Mode to create a
Veritas System Recovery Disk, the Typical option is disabled. You can only create
a recovery disk using the Advanced option. The Typical option is disabled for the
following reasons:
■
Using the Typical option, you can only create a 32-bit or 64-bit Veritas System
Recovery Disk. To create a LightsOut Restore package, you must create and
upload both 32-bit and 64-bit Veritas System Recovery Disk.
■
Using the Typical option, you cannot create a multilingual recovery disk. To
create a LightsOut Restore package, you need to create and upload a multilingual
disk.
Download and install Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit
(ADK)
Using the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) you can create a Veritas
System Recovery Disk using the Advanced option or setup Lights Out Restore for
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32-bit and 64-bit platforms. You can create the advanced Veritas System Recovery
Disk for any of the available languages.
Note: If Windows ADK is not installed, when you click Next on the Environment
Options page of the Veritas System Recovery Disk Creator wizard, an error message
is displayed. You can continue to create the Veritas System Recovery Disk only
after you download and install Windows ADK successfully.
The following information describes the version of Windows ADK that you need to
select along with steps to download and install the ADK.
Select the version of Windows ADK
Veritas recommends that you create the Veritas System Recovery Disk using the
latest version of Windows ADK that is available (Windows ADK for Windows 10).
You can perform a seamless recovery of the latest Microsoft operating systems
using a Veritas System Recovery Disk.
Windows ADK for Windows 10 can be installed on following operating systems:
■
Client OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1, Windows 10
■
Server OS: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server
2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016
Windows ADK for Windows 8.1 Update can be installed on following operating
systems:
■
Client OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1
■
Server OS: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server
2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2
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Download and install Windows ADK
1
Download and run the Windows ADK for Windows 10.
Note: Windows ADK is a Microsoft product and if any errors are reported when
you download and install the ADK, contact Microsoft support.
The Specify Location page is displayed. By default, Install the Windows
Assessment and Deployment Kit - Windows 10 to this computer is selected.
Note: This page also displays the disk space that is required for the ADK kit
and the disk space available on your computer.
2
Click Browse and select the installation path.
3
Click Next.
The Windows Kits Privacy page is displayed. By default, Yes is selected.
4
Determine if you want to join the program, and then click Next.
The License Agreement page is displayed.
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5
Click Accept.
The Select the features you want to install page is displayed.
6
Select only the Deployment Tools and Windows Preinstallation Environment
(Windows PE) check boxes.
Note: This page also displays the disk space that is required for the features
and the disk space available on your computer.
7
Click Install.
The Installing features page is displayed. You can view the installation
progress of the features.
When the installation is completed, the Welcome to the Windows Assessment
and Deployment Kit - Windows 10! page is displayed.
Note: You can select the Learn more about the Windows Assessment and
Deployment Kit check box to view the Windows ADK documentation.
8
Click Close.
To continue creating the advanced Veritas System Recovery Disk, click Next
on the Veritas System Recovery Disk Creation Wizard.
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Languages Options
The Languages panel, on the Veritas System Recovery Disk Creation Wizard
is only available when you select the Advanced option to create a Veritas System
Recovery Disk.
The default language is selected based on a computer's locale. If Windows ADK
for Windows 10 or 8.1 is installed on your computer, you can select any combination
of the 11 supported languages. If Windows ADK for Windows 8.0 is installed on
your computer, you can select one or more European languages (other than the
computer's default language) or one Asian language.
If multiple administrators use the Veritas System Recovery Disk, you can create
the recovery disk in multiple languages. If you select multiple languages to create
the Veritas System Recovery Disk, more time may be required to create the recovery
disk.
Veritas System Recovery Disk Storage Media/Destination Options
In the Veritas System Recovery Disk Storage Media/Destination, on the Veritas
System Recovery Disk Creation Wizard, select the destination to save the Veritas
System Recovery Disk on a USB disk or as an ISO file.
The Veritas System Recovery Disk Storage Media/Destination panel also
displays the disk space available on the selected drive of your computer. For
example, C drive. You can select multiple destination media. If you select the ISO
option, you can also save the Veritas System Recovery Disk to a network destination.
When you specify a network destination, you must enter a valid user name and
password to access the network.
For a USB media, both the NTFS and FAT32 file systems are supported. If you
need to create a USB Veritas System Recovery Disk that needs to boot on both
BIOS and UEFI (firmware) computers, then you must create the recovery disk on
a FAT32 USB drive.
Note: You cannot create multiple Veritas System Recovery Disks on the same
media.
Veritas System Recovery does not support using a lower version of a Veritas System
Recovery Disk to restore a newer version of an operating system. For example,
you cannot use a Veritas System Recovery Disk created on Windows 7 to restore
a Windows 8 operating system. You cannot restore a Veritas System Recovery
Disk created using Windows ADK for Windows 8.0 to restore a Windows 8.1 or
Windows 10 operating system.
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In the Create Veritas System Recovery Disk Wizard, if you select the Typical or
Advanced option, you can create a 32-bit or 64-bit Veritas System Recovery Disk
on your computer.
When you select the Advanced option, you can create both 32-bit and 64-bit Veritas
System Recovery Disk as ISO files on your computer. Both the ISO files are stored
in the same folder with different names.
The following table describes the options on the Veritas System Recovery Disk
Storage Media/Destination panel.
Table 3-6
Veritas System Recovery Disk Storage Media/Destination options
Option
Description
Disk label
Lets you specify the name that you want to use for the Veritas
System Recovery Disk label.
Select the platform of the This option is only displayed if you select the Advanced option
recovery disk
to create a Veritas System Recovery Disk.
Select the 32-bit, 64-bit, or both platforms for which you want
to create the Veritas System Recovery Disk.
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Table 3-6
Option
Veritas System Recovery Disk Storage Media/Destination options
(continued)
Description
Select a drive to create a Lets you save your new Veritas System Recovery Disk to a
Veritas System Recovery USB device.
Disk on a USB device
Select the media drive in which you have inserted in the USB
device.
The existing data on the USB device is not formatted during
Veritas System Recovery Disk creation. If you have a recovery
disk created on the same USB drive, the new recovery disk
overwrites the older recovery disk.
Note: Veritas recommends that only privileged users or an
administrator should have the rights to access the USB folder.
Veritas also recommends that the recovery media files be
managed only by trusted users. This is to ensure that the files
are always safe and no one can tamper with them.
If you attach an unsupported volume to your computer, the
Show Unsupported Devices link is displayed. When you click
the link, the Unsupported Devices dialog box with a list of the
unsupported volumes and the reason for the unsupported
volume is displayed.
Veritas System Recovery Disk on a USB is not supported for
the following disks or drives:
■
FAT (FAT16) and exFAT formatted drives.
■
Dynamic disk.
■
Hidden volumes (no drive letter is assigned to the USB
volume).
USB is write-protected.
■
■
USB is protected using an encryption software (such as,
BitLocker, TrueCrypt, SEP) at the disk or the volume level.
USB drives that are on extended partitions.
■
USB disk is formatted to GPT layout.
■
U3 USB devices.
■
Native 4K disk greater than 2TB.
■
A Veritas System Recovery Disk does not support the super
formatted USB disk.
Note: You cannot create a 64-bit Veritas System Recovery
Disk if your computer has a 32-bit operating system.
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Table 3-6
Veritas System Recovery Disk Storage Media/Destination options
(continued)
Option
Description
Save the Veritas System
Recovery Disk as an ISO
file
Lets you save your new Veritas System Recovery Disk as an
ISO file.
Click Browse and specify the path where you want to save
the ISO file.
Firmware support matrix for Veritas System Recovery Disk
created on USB drive (Thumb/HDD)
The maximum size of the USB drive (Thumb/HDD) should be up to 2 terabytes.
Table 3-7
Firmware support matrix
Firmware support
FS Type
Supported cluster size
BIOS bootable USB Veritas
System Recovery Disk
FAT32
Up to 8K
NTFS
4K
FAT32
Up to 8K
Both BIOS + UEFI bootable
USB Veritas System
Recovery Disk
Licensed Features Options
In the Licensed Features panel, on the Veritas System Recovery Disk Creation
Wizard, the license key that you enter is added to the Veritas System Recovery
Disk and is also used to enable the cold backup feature of the recovery disk.
The following table describes the options on the Licensed Features panel.
Table 3-8
Licensed Feature options
Options
Description
Use the license key that is
activated on this computer
Enables the cold backup feature in the recovery
environment using the product license key that is
provided.
Note: By default, this option is not available when you
create a Veritas System Recovery Disk using the Veritas
System Recovery Management Solution Mode.
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Table 3-8
Licensed Feature options (continued)
Options
Description
Use the following license key
Enables the cold backup feature in the new Veritas
System Recovery Disk by typing a product license key.
Prompt for a license key
Prompts you for a product license key at the time you
want to enable features in the Veritas System Recovery
Disk.
Note: By default, this option is selected when you create
a Veritas System Recovery Disk using the Veritas
System Recovery Management Solution Mode.
Note: During the trial mode when you create a Veritas System Recovery Disk, all
customization options are available. After the trial mode is over, you can create a
Veritas System Recovery Disk, without customization options (for example, adding
drivers, startup options, and so on). Customizing a Veritas System Recovery Disk
is a licensed feature.
Storage and Network Drivers Options
The Storage and Network Drivers panel, on the Veritas System Recovery Disk
Creation Wizard, displays the list of storage and network drivers available on your
local computer. The drivers are added to the recovery disk and loaded as required
when you boot into recovery environment using theVeritas System Recovery Disk.
These drivers are also used for dissimilar hardware restore.
When you select the Typical option and save the Veritas System Recovery Disk,
only 32-bit or 64-bit drivers are displayed. If you select the Advanced option and
create 32-bit and 64-bit Veritas System Recovery Disks as ISO files, both 32-bit
and 64-bit drivers are displayed. Based on the platforms that you have selected,
you can add the drivers. The 32-bit drivers are added to the 32-bit Veritas System
Recovery Disk and the 64-bit drivers are added to the 64-bit Veritas System
Recovery Disk.
Note: All the storage and network drivers that are available on your computer are
displayed.
The following table describes the options on the Storage and Network Drivers
panel.
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Table 3-9
Option
Storage and Network Driver options
Description
Storage and network Lets you review the list of any storage or network drivers to be
drivers
included.
Add
Lets you add additional drivers. The location that you specify should
contain the fully extracted installation package for the driver you
add. If you have more than one missing storage or network driver,
you can click Add for each missing driver.
See “Adding a Storage or Network Driver” on page 59.
Remove
Deletes the drivers from the driver list that is displayed on the wizard.
Reset
Resets the list to the original list of storage and network drivers that
is detected on the computer on which the Veritas System Recovery
Disk creation utility is run.
Adding a Storage or Network Driver
In the Add Storage and Network Driver dialog box, on the Veritas System
Recovery Disk Creation Wizard, click Browse and select the .inf file of the driver,
which is to be added to theVeritas System Recovery Disk.
You need to provide a suitable driver that is compatible with the version of WinPE
that you use to create a Veritas System Recovery Disk. Drivers that are not
compatible with the version of WinPE used to create this recovery disk, do not load
when you boot into recovery environment using the Veritas System Recovery Disk.
If you create a Veritas System Recovery Disk using the Typical option, the version
of WinPE is the same as the version of the local operating system. If you create a
Veritas System Recovery Disk using Windows ADK for Windows 8.0, 8.1 Update,
or Windows10; you need to provide a Windows 8/2012, Windows 8.1/2012 R2, or
Windows 10/2016 compatible driver.
If you are customizing an existing Veritas System Recovery Disk, the version of
WinPE is mentioned in the SymInfo.xml file at the root of the Veritas System
Recovery Disk media. All the drivers that are added using this wizard are available
when you boot into the recovery disk and are used for HIR (Restore Anyware).
Even if you add a driver that is not compatible with the WinPE version of a recovery
disk, it is added to the Veritas System Recovery Disk. This incompatible driver is
only used when you boot into the recovery environment.
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Startup Options
In the Startup Options panel, on the Veritas System Recovery Disk Creation
Wizard, the options that you select when you create a Veritas System Recovery
Disk are applied when you boot into the recovery disk.
The following table describes the options on the Startup Options panel.
Table 3-10
Startup Options
Option
Description
Time zone
Sets the time zone to use for the Veritas System Recovery
Disk.
Display language
Sets the default display language for the Veritas System
Recovery Disk.
Keyboard layout
Lets you select the default keyboard layout to use when you
boot from the Veritas System Recovery Disk.
Network Options
In the Network Options panel, on the Veritas System Recovery Disk Creation
Wizard, the selected network options are used when you want to recover images
from a network location. To recover images over a network location, you need to
access the remote network location. The network options are applicable when you
boot into theVeritas System Recovery Disk.
The following table describes the options on the Network Options panel.
Table 3-11
Network Options
Option
Description
Automatically start
network services
Automatically starts network services when you recover the
computer through LightsOut Restore. Select this option if you
want to enable network services in a recovery environment.
Dynamic IP
Connects to a network without the need for additional network
configuration. You can click this option if you know there is a
DHCP server available on the network at the time you restore.
Static IP
Connects to a network with a particular network adapter and
specific address settings. You should select this option only if
you know there is no DHCP server (or the DHCP server is
unavailable) when you want to recover data.
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Table 3-11
Network Options (continued)
Option
Description
Use Windows firewall
settings
Applies the local computer's firewall settings to the recovery
environment. For example, if you turn on the firewall for your
local computer and then select this option, the firewall settings
are applied for the recovery environment too.
Setup LightsOut Restore Options
In the Setup LightsOut Restore panel, on the Veritas System Recovery Disk
Creation Wizard, the LightsOut Restore option creates a copy of your recovery
environment on your local computer's hard drive. The LightsOut Restore option lets
you boot into a recovery environment same as a Veritas System Recovery Disk
stored on an external USB media.
The following table describes the options on the Setup LightsOut Restore panel.
Table 3-12
Setup LightsOut Restore options
Option
Description
Boot menu label
Indicates the title that appears on the Windows boot menu for
LightsOut Restore.
Display boot menu for
seconds
Specifies how long you want the boot menu to display.
The default is 10 seconds.
Note: The LightsOut Restore panel is not available in the Veritas System Recovery
Management Solution Mode. Using the Veritas System Recovery Management
Solution Mode, you only create the ISO file and use the file to create the LightsOut
Restore package. The package is deployed on the client computers.
Customizing an existing Veritas System Recovery
Disk
Veritas recommends that you customize a Veritas System Recovery Disk, even if
driver validation succeeds, and your Veritas System Recovery Disk appears to
work. You can customize a Veritas System Recovery Disk, which is available on a
USB device and DVD (manually burned). A custom Veritas System Recovery Disk
contains your computer's current network and storage device drivers. It helps to
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ensure that in an emergency you can get to the recovery points that are required
to restore your computer.
You can customize a Veritas System Recovery Disk created using Windows
Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) 8.0 on the Windows 2008 operating systems.
A customized Veritas System Recovery Disk can also be used as a source for
creating another custom Veritas System Recovery Disk.
To launch the Customize Existing Veritas System Recovery Disk Wizard go to
the Tasks menu and click Customize Existing Recovery Disk.
To customize an existing Veritas System Recovery Disk
1
On the Tasks menu, click Customize Existing Recovery Disk.
The Customize Veritas System Recovery Disk Wizard is displayed.
2
In the Welcome panel, review the information, and then click Next.
See “Welcome Panel” on page 66.
3
In the Recovery Disk Source panel, select the source Veritas System Recovery
Disk and then click Next.
If you know the path to the
source Veritas System
Recovery Disk
Type the path in the Veritas System Recovery Disk
media location field.
If you do not know the path Do the following in the order listed:
to the source Veritas System
■ Click Browse.
Recovery Disk
■ Click Veritas System Recovery Disk ISO File to
locate the path for the ISO image file, or click Veritas
System Recovery Disk Folder to locate the path
for the disk on other media.
■ On the Open dialog box, navigate to the location of
the appropriate ISO image file, media drive, or folder.
■ Click Open.
See “Recovery Disk Source Options” on page 66.
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4
In the Veritas System Recovery Disk Storage Media/Destination panel,
select the destination to save the recovery disk, and then click Next.
Disk label
Lets you specify the name that you want to use for the Veritas
System Recovery Disk label.
Select a drive to
Lets you save your new Veritas System Recovery Disk to a
create a Veritas
USB device.
System Recovery
Select the media drive in which you have inserted in the USB
Disk on a USB device
device.
Note: The existing data on the USB device is not formatted
during Veritas System Recovery Disk creation. If you have a
recovery disk created on the same USB drive, the new
recovery disk overwrites the older recovery disk.
Note: Veritas recommends that only privileged users or an
administrator should have the rights to access the USB folder.
Veritas also recommends that the recovery media files be
managed only by trusted users. This is to ensure that the files
are always safe and no one can tamper with them.
See “How to add new drivers or driver versions to the Veritas
System Recovery Disk” on page 71.
If you attach an unsupported volume to your computer, the
Show Unsupported Devices link is displayed. When you
click the link, the Unsupported Devices dialog box with a list
of the unsupported volumes and the reason for the
unsupported volume is displayed.
Save the Veritas
System Recovery
Disk as an ISO file
Lets you save your new Veritas System Recovery Disk as an
ISO file.
Click Browse and specify the path where you want to save the
ISO file.
You can manually burn the ISO file to a CD/DVD/Blu-ray.
See “Veritas System Recovery Disk Storage Media/Destination Options”
on page 67.
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5
In the Licensed Features panel, enter the license of the product and then click
Next.
Use the license key that is
activated on this computer
Enables the cold backup feature in the recovery
environment using the product license key that is
provided.
Use the following license key
Enables the cold backup feature in the new Veritas
System Recovery Disk by typing a product license
key.
Prompt for a license key
Prompts you for a product license key at the time
you want to enable features in the customized
Veritas System Recovery Disk.
See “Licensed Features Options” on page 72.
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In the Storage and Network Drivers panel, review the list of any storage or
network drivers to be included, add or remove storage and network drivers,
and then click Next.
Storage and network drivers
Lets you review the list of any storage or network
drivers to be included.
Add
Lets you add additional drivers. The location that
you specify should contain the fully extracted
installation package for the driver you add. If you
have more than one missing storage or network
driver, you can click Add for each missing driver.
See “Adding a Storage or Network Driver”
on page 59.
Remove
Deletes the drivers you do not need.
Reset
Resets the list to the original list of drivers that is
detected on the computer.
See “Storage and Network Drivers Options” on page 72.
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7
In the Startup Options panel, select the time zone, display language, keyboard
layout language for theVeritas System Recovery Disk, and then click Next.
Time zone
Sets the time zone to use for the Veritas System
Recovery Disk.
Display language
Sets the default display language for the Veritas System
Recovery Disk.
Keyboard layout
Lets you select the default keyboard layout to use when
you boot from the Veritas System Recovery Disk.
See “Startup Options” on page 74.
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In the Network Options panel, select the dynamic or static IP, save the
Windows firewall settings to the Veritas System Recovery Disk, and then click
Next.
Automatically start network
services
Select this option if u want to enable network
services in a recovery environment. Networking
starts automatically when you recover the
computer through LightsOut Restore.
Dynamic IP
Connects to a network without the need for
additional network configuration. You can click
this option if you know there is a DHCP server
available on the network at the time you restore.
Static IP
Connects to a network with a particular network
adapter and specific address settings. You
should click this option if you know there is no
DHCP server (or the DHCP server is unavailable)
when you recover.
Use Windows firewall settings
Applies the local computer's firewall settings to
the recovery environment. For example, if you
turn on the firewall for your local computer and
then select this option, the firewall is turned on
for the recovery environment.
See “Network Options” on page 74.
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9
In the Summary panel, review all of the options that you selected, and then
click Finish.
The Progress panel displays the progress status and the approximate time
that is required to create theVeritas System Recovery Disk. The Result panel
displays a success result if the recovery disk is created successfully or a failed
result if the recovery disk is not created successfully.
Note: Veritas recommends that you test the recovery disk after it is created.
It ensures that you can use the Veritas System Recovery Disk to start your
computer and can access the drive that contains your recovery points.
See “Testing the Veritas System Recovery Disk” on page 85.
10 Click Close to close the wizard.
Welcome Panel
The Welcome panel on the Customize Veritas System Recovery Disk Wizard
provides information about this wizard and the format of the recovery disk that you
can create.
You can use this wizard to add the missing storage or network drivers in the Veritas
System Recovery Disk. The wizard also identifies and compares the drivers in your
current recovery disk with those available on your computer and lets you add the
missing drivers. You can also update the startup and network options of the recovery
disk.
The Veritas System Recovery Disk can be created in the following formats:
■
USB disk
■
ISO file (local or network location).
After you review the information, click Next.
Recovery Disk Source Options
In the Recovery Disk Source panel, on the Customize Veritas System Recovery
Disk Wizard, do one of the following:
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Table 3-13
Recovery Disk Source Options
Option
Description
If you know the path to the
source Veritas System
Recovery Disk
Type the path in the Veritas System Recovery Disk media
location field.
If you do not know the path to
the source Veritas System
Recovery Disk
Do the following in the order listed:
■
Click Browse.
■
Click Veritas System Recovery Disk ISO File to locate
the path for the ISO image file or click Veritas System
Recovery Disk Folder to locate the path for the disk
on other media.
On the Open dialog box, navigate to the location of the
appropriate ISO image file, media drive, or folder.
Click Open.
■
■
Veritas System Recovery Disk Storage Media/Destination Options
In the Veritas System Recovery Disk Storage Media/Destination panel, on the
Customize Veritas System Recovery Disk Wizard, select the destination to save
the Veritas System Recovery Disk on a USB disk or as an ISO file.
The Veritas System Recovery Disk Storage Media/Destination panel also
displays the disk space available on the selected drive of your computer. For
example, C drive. You can select multiple destination media. If you select the ISO
option, you can also save the Veritas System Recovery Disk to a network destination.
When you specify a network destination, you must enter a valid user name and
password to access the network.
For a USB media, both the NTFS and FAT32 file systems are supported. If you
need to create a USB Veritas System Recovery Disk that needs to boot on both
BIOS and UEFI (firmware) computers, then you must create the recovery disk on
a FAT32 USB drive.
Note: You cannot create multiple Veritas System Recovery Disks on the same
media.
Veritas System Recovery does not support using a lower version of a Veritas System
Recovery Disk to restore a newer version of an operating system. For example,
you cannot use a Veritas System Recovery Disk created on Windows 7 to restore
a Windows 8 operating system. You cannot restore a Veritas System Recovery
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Disk created using Windows ADK for Windows 8.0 to restore a Windows 8.1 and
Windows 10 operating systems.
The following table describes the options on the Veritas System Recovery Disk
Storage Media/Destination panel.
Table 3-14
Veritas System Recovery Disk Storage Media/Destination options
Option
Description
Disk label
Lets you specify the name that you want to use for the
Veritas System Recovery Disk label.
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Table 3-14
Veritas System Recovery Disk Storage Media/Destination options
(continued)
Option
Select a drive to create a
Veritas System Recovery
Disk on a USB device
Description
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Table 3-14
Option
Veritas System Recovery Disk Storage Media/Destination options
(continued)
Description
Lets you save your new Veritas System Recovery Disk to
a USB device.
Select the media drive in which you have inserted in the
USB device.
Note: The existing data on the USB device is not formatted
during Veritas System Recovery Disk creation. If you have
a recovery disk created on the same USB drive, the new
recovery disk overwrites the older recovery disk.
Note: Veritas recommends that only privileged users or
an administrator should have the rights to access the USB
folder. Veritas also recommends that the recovery media
files be managed only by trusted users. This is to ensure
that the files are always safe and no one can tamper with
them.
See “How to add new drivers or driver versions to the
Veritas System Recovery Disk” on page 71.
If you attach an unsupported volume to your computer, the
Show Unsupported Devices link is displayed. When you
click the link, the Unsupported Devices dialog box with a
list of the unsupported volumes and the reason for the
unsupported volume is displayed.
Veritas System Recovery Disk on a USB is not supported
for the following disks or drives:
■
FAT (FAT16) and exFAT formatted drives.
■
Dynamic disk.
■
Hidden volumes (no drive letter is assigned to the USB
volume).
USB is write-protected.
■
■
USB is protected using an encryption software (such
as, BitLocker, TrueCrypt, SEP) at the disk or the volume
level.
USB drives that are on extended partitions.
■
USB disk is formatted to GPT layout.
■
U3 USB devices.
■
Native 4K disk greater than 2TB.
■
A Veritas System Recovery Disk does not support the super
formatted USB disk.
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Table 3-14
Veritas System Recovery Disk Storage Media/Destination options
(continued)
Option
Description
Note: You cannot customize a 64-bit Veritas System
Recovery Disk if your computer has a 32-bit operating
system.
Save the Veritas System
Lets you save your new Veritas System Recovery Disk as
Recovery Disk as an ISO file an ISO file.
Click Browse and specify the path where you want to save
the ISO file.
Firmware support matrix for Veritas System Recovery Disk
created on USB drive (Thumb/HDD)
The maximum size of the USB drive (Thumb/HDD) should be up to 2 terabytes.
Table 3-15
Firmware support matrix
Firmware support
FS Type
Supported cluster size
BIOS bootable USB Veritas
System Recovery Disk
FAT32
Up to 8K
Both BIOS + UEFI bootable
USB Veritas System
Recovery Disk
4K
FAT32
Up to 8K
Both BIOS + UEFI bootable
USB Veritas System
Recovery Disk
How to add new drivers or driver versions to the Veritas
System Recovery Disk
Whenever new drivers or driver versions are added to your computers, you must
add them to the Veritas System Recovery Disk. If your Veritas System Recovery
Disk is on a USB device, you can update it rather than creating a new one.
To update an existing Veritas System Recovery Disk on a USB device, run the
Customize Veritas System Recovery Disk Wizard. During Veritas System
Recovery Disk customization, the existing drivers are retained and only the new
drivers are added to the recovery disk.
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Note: You can add drivers from multiple computers to a single Veritas System
Recovery Disk on a USB device.
See “Customizing an existing Veritas System Recovery Disk” on page 61.
Licensed Features Options
In the Licensed Features panel, on the Customize Veritas System Recovery
Disk Wizard, the license key that you enter here is added to the Veritas System
Recovery Disk and is also used to enable the cold backup feature of the recovery
disk.
The following table describes the options on the Licensed Features panel.
Table 3-16
Licensed Feature options
Option
Description
Use the license key that is activated on
this computer
Enables the cold backup feature in the
recovery environment using the product
license key that is provided.
Use the following license key
Enables the cold backup feature in the new
Veritas System Recovery Disk by typing a
product license key.
Prompt for a license key
Prompts you for a product license key at the
time you want to enable features in the
customized Veritas System Recovery Disk.
Note: During the trial mode when you create a Veritas System Recovery Disk, all
customization options are available. After the trial mode is over, you can create a
Veritas System Recovery Disk, without customization options (for example, adding
drivers, startup options, and so on). Customizing a Veritas System Recovery Disk
is a licensed feature.
Storage and Network Drivers Options
The Storage and Network Drivers panel, on the Customize Veritas System
Recovery Disk Wizard, displays the list of storage and network drivers available
on your local computer. The drivers are added to the recovery disk and loaded as
required when you boot into recovery environment using theVeritas System Recovery
Disk. These drivers can also be used for dissimilar hardware restore.
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If you selected the Typical option to create the Veritas System Recovery Disk, only
32-bit or 64-bit drivers are displayed. If you select the Advanced option and created
32-bit and 64-bit Veritas System Recovery Disks as ISO files, both 32-bit and 64-bit
drivers are displayed. Based on the platforms that you have selected, you can add
the drivers. The 32-bit drivers are added to the 32-bit Veritas System Recovery
Disk and the 64-bit drivers are added to the 64-bit Veritas System Recovery Disk.
Note: All the storage and network drivers that are available on your system are
displayed.
The following table describes the options on the Storage and Network Drivers
panel.
Table 3-17
Storage and Network Driver options
Option
Description
Storage and network drivers
Lets you review the list of any storage or network drivers
to be included.
Add
Lets you add additional drivers. The location that you
specify should contain the fully extracted installation
package for the driver you add. If you have more than
one missing storage or network driver, you can click
Add for each missing driver.
See “Adding a Storage or Network Driver” on page 59.
Remove
Deletes the drivers you do not need.
Reset
Resets the list to the original list of drivers that is
detected on the computer.
Adding a Storage or Network Driver
In the Add Storage and Network Driver dialog box, on the Customize Veritas
System Recovery Disk Wizard, click Browse and select the .inf file of the driver,
which is to be added to theVeritas System Recovery Disk.
You need to provide a suitable driver that is compatible with the version of WinPE
that you use to customize a Veritas System Recovery Disk. Drivers that are not
compatible with the version of WinPE used to customize this recovery disk do not
load when you boot into recovery environment using this Veritas System Recovery
Disk.
If you are customizing an existing Veritas System Recovery Disk, the version of
WinPE is mentioned in the SymInfo.xml file at the root of the Veritas System
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Recovery Disk media. All the drivers added using this wizard are available when
you boot into the recovery disk and are used for HIR (Restore Anyware). Even if
you add a driver that is not compatible with the WinPE version of a recovery disk,
it is added to the Veritas System Recovery Disk. This incompatible driver is only
used when you boot into the recovery environment.
Startup Options
In the Startup Options panel, on the Customize Veritas System Recovery Disk
Wizard, the options selected when you create a Veritas System Recovery Disk are
applied when you boot into the recovery disk.
The following table describes the options on the Startup Options panel.
Table 3-18
Startup Options
Option
Description
Time zone
Sets the time zone to use for the Veritas
System Recovery Disk.
Display language
Sets the default display language for the
Veritas System Recovery Disk.
Keyboard layout
Lets you select the default keyboard layout
to use when you boot from the Veritas System
Recovery Disk.
Network Options
In the Network Options panel, on the Customize Veritas System Recovery Disk
Wizard, the selected options are used when you want to recover images from a
network location. To recover images over a network location, you need to access
the remote network location. The network options are applicable when you boot
into theVeritas System Recovery Disk.
The following table describes the options on the Network Options panel.
Table 3-19
Network Options
Option
Description
Automatically start network
services
Select this option if u want to enable network services
in a recovery environment. Networking starts
automatically when you recover the computer through
LightsOut Restore.
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Table 3-19
Network Options (continued)
Option
Description
Dynamic IP
Connects to a network without the need for additional
network configuration. You can click this option if you
know there is a DHCP server available on the network
at the time you restore.
Static IP
Connects to a network with a particular network adapter
and specific address settings. You should click this
option if you know there is no DHCP server (or the
DHCP server is unavailable) when you recover.
Use Windows firewall settings
Applies the local computer's firewall settings to the
recovery environment. For example, if you turn on the
firewall for your local computer and then select this
option, the firewall is turned on for the recovery
environment.
About restoring a computer from a remote
location by using LightsOut Restore
Veritas System Recovery LightsOut Restore lets administrators restore a computer
from a remote location. It works regardless of the state of the computer provided
that its file system is intact.
For example, suppose you are on vacation in the Bahamas and a computer on your
network in Vancouver goes down. You can connect to the computer from your
remote location by using your server's remote connection capabilities. You can
remotely access a Veritas System Recovery Disk to start the computer in the
recovery environment. You can then use the Veritas System Recovery Disk to
restore files or an entire system partition.
LightsOut Restore installs a custom version of a Veritas System Recovery Disk
directly to the file system on the system partition. It then places a Veritas System
Recovery Disk boot option in the Windows boot menu. Whenever the boot menu
option is selected, the computer boots directly into the Veritas System Recovery
Disk. It uses the files that are installed on the system partition.
LightsOut Restore uses the Windows boot menu, and hardware devices such as
RILO and DRAC. These features combine to let an administrator remotely control
a system during the boot process.
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After you configure LightsOut Restore and add the boot menu option, you can use
a hardware device to remotely connect to the system. After you connect, you can
turn on or reboot the system into theVeritas System Recovery Disk.
Note: If you use Microsoft BitLocker to secure the data on a drive, be aware that
LightsOut Restore does not work on BitLocked drives. Therefore, if you "BitLock"
your system drive, you cannot recover the drive using LightsOut Restore.
See “Configuring LightsOut Restore” on page 76.
Configuring LightsOut Restore
Before you set up LightsOut Restore, review the following information:
Note: If you use Microsoft's BitLocker Drive Encryption to encrypt the data on a
drive, be aware that LightsOut Restore does not work on encrypted drives. You
must turn off BitLocker and then decrypt the drive before you can use LightsOut
Restore on it.
■
Ensure that all of your servers can be managed remotely through a hardware
device such as RILO or DRAC.
■
Install Veritas System Recovery on the servers that you want to protect, and
then define and run backups to create recovery points.
■
Run the Setup LightsOut Restore Wizard to install a custom Veritas System
Recovery Disk directly to the computer's local file system.
The wizard creates an entry in the Windows boot menu that can be used to
boot into Veritas System Recovery Disk .
Note: LightsOut Restore works only on the primary operating system. It does
not work on multiple-boot computers (for example, a computer that starts multiple
operating systems from the same partition). LightsOut Restore is accessible
only from the boot menu. If the file system becomes corrupt and you cannot
access the boot menu, you must boot the computer from theVeritas System
Recovery Disk.
Note: The LightsOut Restore feature requires at least 1 GB of memory to run.
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■
Use the RILO or the DRAC device to connect to the remote server so you can
recover a file or system from a remote location. Then you can turn on the system
or restart it.
■
Open the boot menu as the remote server starts, and then select the name that
you have given to Veritas System Recovery Disk.
The remote server boots into Veritas System Recovery Disk and the connection
through RILO or DRAC is lost.
You must run the Setup LightsOut Restore Wizard on the computer that you want
to protect. The Setup LightsOut Restore Wizard installs a customized version of
a Veritas System Recovery Disk to the computer's local file system. The wizard
creates an entry in the Windows boot menu that you use to boot into the Setup
LightsOut Restore Wizard.
If you need to edit the configuration settings, you must first uninstall LightsOut
Restore from your computer and install it again. To uninstall LightsOut Restore, on
the Tasks menu, click Remove LightsOut Restore.
After the setup is completed, the LightsOut Restore metadata, recovery environment
data, and scripts are stored at the following location:
<system drive>:SRD.
Where <system drive> is replaced with the actual drive letter.
Note: Veritas recommends that only privileged users or an administrator should
have the rights to access the folder.
To launch the LightsOut Restore Wizard go to the Tasks menu and click Setup
LightsOut Restore.
To configure LightsOut Restore
1
On the Tasks menu, click Set Up LightsOut Restore.
The Setup LightsOut Restore Wizard is displayed.
2
In the Welcome panel, review the information, and then click Next.
See “Welcome Panel” on page 81.
3
In the Source Location panel, specify the path or browse to the media drive
in which you placed theVeritas System Recovery Disk, then click Next.
See “Source Location Options” on page 81.
If you know the path to the
source Veritas System
Recovery Disk
Type the path in the Veritas System Recovery Disk
media location field.
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If you do not know the path Do the following in the order listed:
to the source Veritas System
■ Click Browse.
Recovery Disk
■ Click Veritas System Recovery Disk ISO File to
locate the path for the ISO image file or click Veritas
System Recovery Disk Folder to locate the path for
the disk on other media.
■ On the Open dialog box, navigate to the location of
the appropriate ISO image file, media drive, or folder.
■ Click Open.
Note: This panel is only displayed if your computer cannot use the local files
to identify the source location of the media.
4
In the Licensed Features panel, enter the license of the product and then click
Next.
Use the license key that is
activated on this computer
Enables the cold backup feature in the recovery
environment using the product license key that is
provided.
Use the following license key
Enables the cold backup feature in the new Veritas
System Recovery Disk by typing a product license
key.
Prompt for a license key
Prompts you for a product license key at the time
you want to enable features in the customized
Veritas System Recovery Disk.
See “Licensed Features Options” on page 82.
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5
In the Storage and Network Drivers panel, review the list of any storage or
network drivers to be included, add or remove storage and network drivers,
and then click Next.
Storage and network drivers
Lets you review the list of any storage or network
drivers to be included.
Add
Lets you add additional drivers.
The location that you specify should contain the fully
extracted installation package for the driver you add.
If you have more than one missing storage or
network driver, you must rerun the Set Up
LightsOut Restore wizard for each missing driver.
See “Adding a Storage or Network Driver”
on page 59.
Remove
Deletes the drivers you do not need.
Reset
Resets the list to the original list of drivers.
See “Storage and Network Drivers Options” on page 83.
6
In the Startup Options panel, select the time zone, display language, keyboard
layout language for LightsOut Restore, and then click Next.
Time zone
Sets the time zone to use inside LightsOut Restore.
Display language
Sets the default display language for LightsOut Restore.
Keyboard layout
Lets you select the default keyboard layout to use when
you run LightsOut Restore.
See “Startup Options” on page 84.
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In the Network Options panel, select the dynamic or static IP, save the
Windows firewall settings for LightsOut Restore, and then click Next.
Automatically start network
services
Select this option if u want to enable network
services in a recovery environment. Networking
starts automatically when you recover the
computer through LightsOut Restore.
Dynamic IP
Connects to a network without the need for
additional network configuration. This option is
also appropriate if you know there is a DHCP
server available on the network at the time you
restore.
Static IP
Connects to a network with a particular network
adapter and specific address settings. You
should click this option if you know there is no
DHCP server (or the DHCP server may be
unavailable) when you recover.
Use Windows firewall settings
Applies the local computer's firewall settings to
the recovery environment. For example, if you
turn on the firewall for your local computer and
then select this option, the firewall is turned on
for the recovery environment.
See “Network Options” on page 84.
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In the Setup LightsOut Restore panel, enter the LightsOut Restore boot option
label and boot menu display time, and then click Next.
Boot menu label
Indicates the title that you want to appear on the Windows
boot menu for LightsOut Restore.
Time to display boot
menu
Specifies (in seconds) how long you want the boot menu to
display.
The default is 10 seconds.
See “Setup LightsOut Restore Options” on page 85.
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In the Summary panel, review all of the options that you selected, and then
click Finish.
The Progress panel displays the progress status and the approximate time
that is required to installing LightsOut Restore on your computer. The Result
panel in the LightsOut Restore Wizard displays a success result if LightsOut
Restore is installed successfully on your computer. Veritas recommends that
you test the LightsOut Restore recovery environment. To test LightsOut Restore,
boot into the LightsOut Restore recovery environment.
Welcome Panel
The Welcome panel on the Setup LightsOut Restore Wizard provides information
about the setting up LightsOut Restore on your computer. The LightsOut Restore
Wizard installs a customized 32-bit or 64-bit Veritas System Recovery Disk (based
on the operating system of your computer) on the system partition of your computer.
After the setup is complete, you can access the customized recovery disk using
any remote access method.
When you enable this feature, the following options are available when you start
your computer.
■
The operating system installed on this computer
■
Veritas LightsOut Restore
After you review the information, click Next.
Source Location Options
In the Source Location panel, on the Setup LightsOut Restore Wizard, do one
of the following:
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Table 3-20
Source Location Options
Option
Description
If you know the path to the
source Veritas System
Recovery Disk
Type the path in the Veritas System Recovery Disk media
location field.
If you do not know the path to Do the following in the order listed:
the source Veritas System
■ Click Browse.
Recovery Disk
■ Click Veritas System Recovery Disk ISO File to locate
the path for the ISO image file or click Veritas System
Recovery Disk Folder to locate the path for the disk on
other media.
■ On the Open dialog box, navigate to the location of the
appropriate ISO image file, media drive, or folder.
■ Click Open.
Licensed Features Options
In the Licensed Features panel, on the Setup LightsOut Restore Wizard, the
license key that you enter is used to enable the cold backup feature of the recovery
disk.
The following table describes the options on the Licensed Features panel.
Table 3-21
Licensed Features options
Options
Description
Use the license key that is activated on
this computer
Enables the cold backup feature in the
recovery environment using the product
license key that is provided.
Use the following license key
Enables the cold backup feature in the new
Veritas System Recovery Disk by typing a
product license key.
Prompt for a license key
Prompts you for a product license key at the
time you want to enable features in the
customized Veritas System Recovery Disk.
See “Configuring LightsOut Restore” on page 76.
Note: If you want to use the customization features, such as driver injection or
adding new drivers, you need a license.
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Storage and Network Drivers Options
The Storage and Network Drivers panel, on the Setup LightsOut Restore Wizard
displays the list of storage and network drivers available on your local computer.
If you selected the Typical option to create the Veritas System Recovery Disk, only
32-bit or 64-bit drivers are displayed. If you select the Advanced option and created
32-bit and 64-bit Veritas System Recovery Disks as ISO files, both 32-bit and 64-bit
drivers are displayed. Based on the platforms that you have selected, you can add
the drivers. The 32-bit drivers are added to the 32-bit Veritas System Recovery
Disk and the 64-bit drivers are added to the 64-bit Veritas System Recovery Disk.
Note: All the storage and network drivers that are available on your computer are
displayed.
The following table describes the options on the Storage and Network Drivers
panel.
Table 3-22
Storage and Network Drivers options
Options
Description
Storage and network drivers
Lets you review the list of any storage or network drivers
to be included.
Add
Lets you add additional drivers.
The location that you specify should contain the fully
extracted installation package for the driver you add. If
you have more than one missing storage or network
driver, you must rerun the Set Up LightsOut Restore
wizard for each missing driver.
See “Adding a Storage or Network Driver” on page 59.
Remove
Deletes the drivers you do not need.
Reset
Resets the list to the original list of drivers.
See “Configuring LightsOut Restore” on page 76.
Adding a Storage or Network Driver
In the Add Storage and Network Driver dialog box, on the Setup LightsOut
Restore Wizard, click Browse and select the .inf file of the driver, which is to be
added to theVeritas System Recovery Disk.
You need to provide a suitable driver that is compatible with the version of WinPE
that you use to setup LightsOut Restore on this computer. Drivers that are not
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About restoring a computer from a remote location by using LightsOut Restore
compatible with the version of WinPE and used to set up LightsOut Restore on this
computer do not load when you boot into recovery environment from LightsOut
Restore.
Startup Options
In the Startup Options panel, on the Setup LightsOut Restore Wizard, the options
that are selected are applied when you boot into your computer using LightsOut
Restore.
The following table describes the options on the Startup Options panel.
Table 3-23
Startup Options
Options
Description
Time zone
Sets the time zone to use inside LightsOut
Restore.
Display language
Sets the default display language for
LightsOut Restore.
Keyboard layout
Lets you select the default keyboard layout
to use when you run LightsOut Restore.
Network Options
In the Network Options panel, on the Setup LightsOut Restore Wizard, the
selected options are used when you want to recover images from a network location.
To recover images over a network location, you need to access the remote network
location. The network options are applicable when you boot into your computer
using LightsOut Restore.
Table 3-24
Option
Network Options
Description
Automatically start network services Select this option if u want to enable network
services in a recovery environment. Networking
starts automatically when you recover the computer
through LightsOut Restore.
Dynamic IP
Connects to a network without the need for
additional network configuration. This option is also
appropriate if you know there is a DHCP server
available on the network at the time you restore.
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Table 3-24
Network Options (continued)
Option
Description
Static IP
Connects to a network with a particular network
adapter and specific address settings. You should
click this option if you know there is no DHCP server
(or the DHCP server may be unavailable) when you
recover.
Use Windows firewall settings
Applies the local computer's firewall settings to the
recovery environment. For example, if you turn on
the firewall for your local computer and then select
this option, the firewall is turned on for the recovery
environment.
Setup LightsOut Restore Options
In the Setup LightsOut Restore panel, on the Setup LightsOut Restore Wizard,
the LightsOut Restore option creates a copy of your recovery environment on your
local computer's hard drive. The LightsOut Restore option lets you boot into a
recovery environment same as a Veritas System Recovery Disk stored on an
external USB media.
The following table describes the options on the Options panel.
Table 3-25
LightsOut Restore options
Option
Description
Boot menu label
Indicates the title that you want to appear on the Windows boot
menu for LightsOut Restore.
Time to display boot
menu
Specifies (in seconds) how long you want the boot menu to display.
The default is 10 seconds.
Testing the Veritas System Recovery Disk
Veritas recommends that you create a Veritas System Recovery Disk immediately
after the Veritas System Recovery 16 installation is complete and before you start
running backup jobs or recovering backed-up images. If Windows fails to start or
it does not run normally, you can recover your computer by using theVeritas System
Recovery Disk. The drivers that are included on the recovery disk must match the
drivers that are required to run your computer's network cards and hard disks.
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To ensure that you have the drivers required to recover your computer, you can
use the Run Driver Validation tool. The tool is available with the first Veritas System
Recovery Disk that you create. The Run Driver Validation is required to identify
the need for the custom Veritas System Recovery Disk and to compare hardware
drivers on the recovery disk with the drivers required to run your computer's network
cards and hard disks.
You should run the driver validation test any time you make changes to the network
interface cards or storage controllers on a computer.
Note: The driver validation tool on the Veritas System Recovery Disk does not
support wireless network adapter drivers.
You should test the Veritas System Recovery Disk to ensure that the recovery
environment runs properly on your computer.
Testing the Veritas System Recovery Disk lets you identify and solve the following
types of problems:
■
You cannot start Veritas System Recovery Disk.
See “Configuring a computer to start from a USB device or DVD” on page 280.
■
You do not have the necessary storage drivers to access recovery points on
the computer.
■
You need information about your system to help you run Veritas System
Recovery Disk.
The following table summarizes the steps for testing Veritas System Recovery Disk.
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Table 3-26
Testing Veritas System Recovery Disk.
Step
Action
Description
Step 1
Run driver validation Run the driver validation tool to test whether Veritas System
tool
Recovery Disk works with the network cards and storage
devices on the computer. If any drivers are not included on
the recovery disk, the Driver Validation Results dialog box
appears.
The driver validation is added to the recovery disk during
Veritas System Recovery Disk creation. To run the driver
validation tool, insert the recovery disk, and go to the
explorer.
Without access to the correct drivers, a device cannot be
used while you run Veritas System Recovery Disk.
Therefore, if the recovery points are stored on a network or
a local hard drive, you might not have access to them.
You can find the drivers and copy them to a CD or a floppy
disk. You can also create a custom Veritas System Recovery
Disk.
See “Customizing an existing Veritas System Recovery Disk”
on page 61.
Step 2
Boot your computer Boot your computer using the Veritas System Recovery
using Veritas System Disk.
Recovery Disk
See “Booting a computer by using the Veritas System
Recovery Disk” on page 278.
Step 3
Test the restore
Run a mock restore of a recovery point that is stored either
on a network or locally on a computer. Running a mock
restore helps you to test if you can restore your backup.
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Chapter
Getting Started
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
How to use Veritas System Recovery
■
Starting Veritas System Recovery
■
Configuring Veritas System Recovery default options
■
Setting up default general backup options
■
Improving your computer's performance during a backup
■
Enabling network throttling
■
Setting default options for the Windows notification area
■
File types and file extension
■
Removing or changing the unique name for an external drive
■
Configuring default FTP settings for use with Offsite Copy
■
Logging Veritas System Recovery messages
■
Enabling email notifications for product (event) messages
■
Setting up your first backup using Easy Setup
■
Home page
■
Status page
■
Tasks page
■
Tools page
■
Advanced page
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How to use Veritas System Recovery
How to use Veritas System Recovery
Veritas System Recovery helps you in backing up your files, folders, or entire drives.
To back up your data, you need to define a backup. A backup specifies what data
to back up, when to back it up, and where to put the backed-up data.
Using Veritas System Recovery includes the following key tasks:
■
Defining a backup
■
Running a backup
■
Recovering files, folders, or entire drives
Refer to the following figure to understand the relationship of these tasks.
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Figure 4-1
Using Veritas System Recovery
See “Starting Veritas System Recovery” on page 91.
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Starting Veritas System Recovery
Veritas System Recovery is installed in the Windows program files folder by default.
During installation, a program icon is installed in the Windows system tray from
which you can open Veritas System Recovery. You can also open Veritas System
Recovery from the Windows Start menu.
To start Veritas System Recovery
◆
Depending on the Windows version you are running, use one of the following
methods:
■
On the classic Windows taskbar, click Start > Programs > Veritas System
Recovery.
■
On the Windows taskbar, click Start > All Programs > Veritas System
Recovery.
■
In the Windows system tray, double-click the Veritas System Recovery
tray icon.
■
In the Windows system tray, right-click the Veritas System Recovery tray
icon, and then click Open Veritas System Recovery.
When you start Veritas System Recovery, the Veritas System Recovery Disk
dialog box is displayed that lets you know if a recovery disk is created on your
computer. A Veritas System Recovery Disk is critical for system restore and needs
to be created before you start creating and running backup jobs. Veritas recommends
that you create a recovery disk at the earliest on a computer that has the latest
version of the Windows operating system.
On the Veritas System Recovery Disk dialog box, click Create Now to launch
the Veritas System Recovery Disk Creation Wizard. You can also click Tasks
> Create New Recovery Disk to launch the Veritas System Recovery Disk
Creation Wizard.
Configuring Veritas System Recovery default
options
The Options dialog box includes several views that let you configure Veritas System
Recovery default options.
To configure Veritas System Recovery default options
1
On the Tasks menu, click Options.
2
Select an option you want to edit, make any necessary changes, and then click
OK.
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Setting up default general backup options
See “Setting up default general backup options” on page 92.
See “Improving your computer's performance during a backup” on page 94.
See “Enabling network throttling” on page 95.
See “Setting default options for the Windows notification area” on page 96.
See “Adding new file types and extensions” on page 97.
See “Renaming file types and extensions” on page 97.
See “Restoring default file types and extensions” on page 98.
See “Deleting a file type and all of its extensions” on page 98.
See “Removing or changing the unique name for an external drive” on page 99.
See “Configuring default FTP settings for use with Offsite Copy” on page 100.
See “Logging Veritas System Recovery messages” on page 101.
See “Enabling email notifications for product (event) messages” on page 103.
See “Configuring Veritas System Recovery to send SNMP traps” on page 202.
Setting up default general backup options
You can specify the default destination for storing recovery points and file and folder
backup data that is created when you run a backup. This default location is used
if you do not specify a different location when you define a new backup.
You can also choose to prepend your computer's name to backup data file names
and save each backup file to a new subfolder.
To set up general backup options
1
On the Tasks menu, click Options.
2
Click General.
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3
Set the options for your backups.
The following table describes the options on the General page. The options
you configure here are used as default backup options.
Prepend
computer
name to
backup data
file names
Adds the computer name to the beginning of each backup data file
name.
Save backup
files to a
unique
subfolder
Creates a new subfolder that serves as your backup destination.
Default
backup
destination
Lets you specify a path to the folder where you want to store the
recovery points.
This option is useful if you back up more than one computer to the
same drive. For example, you might back up a laptop and a desktop
computer to the same USB or network drive. By prepending the
computer name to each backup data file name, you can more easily
identify which backup data files belong to which computer.
Note: The new subfolder is given the same name as your computer.
For example, if your computer name is "My_Laptop", the new subfolder
is named \My_Laptop.
See “Setting a default backup destination” on page 93.
See “Defining a drive-based backup” on page 118.
4
Click OK.
Setting a default backup destination
You can set a default backup destination for your backup jobs using the General
options.
To set a default destination
1
On the Tasks menu, click Options.
2
Click General.
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3
In the Default backup destination field, specify a path to the folder where
you want to store recovery points and file and folder backup data.
If you do not know the path, click Browse to select the location.
If you entered the path to a location on a network, enter the user name and
password that are required for authentication.
Note: You cannot use an encrypted folder as your backup destination. However,
you can encrypt your backup data to prevent other users from accessing it. To
encrypt your backup data, refer to the Advanced options when you define or
edit a backup.
4
Click OK.
Improving your computer's performance during
a backup
If a backup is running on your computer, your computer's performance might slow
down. The slow down in the computer's performance might be more prominent if
it is the one creating an independent recovery point. The performance slows down
because Veritas System Recovery uses your computer's hard disk and memory
resources to perform the backup.
You can change the speed of the backup to minimize the effect of Veritas System
Recovery on your computer while you work.
Note: During a backup or recovery, you have the option of overriding this default
setting to fit your needs at that moment.
To adjust the effect of a backup on computer performance
1
On the Tasks menu, click Options.
2
Click Performance.
3
Do one of the following:
4
■
To improve your computer's performance during backup jobs, move the
slider bar closer to Slow.
■
To enable backup jobs to run more quickly, move the slider bar closer to
Fast.
Click OK.
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Enabling network throttling
See “Adjusting the speed of a backup” on page 171.
Enabling network throttling
You can limit the effect of a backup on network performance by enabling network
throttling.
Many variables affect the network performance. Consider the following points before
you use this feature:
Table 4-1
Variable
Variables that affect network performance
Description
Network cards Is your network wired or wireless? What are the speeds of your network
cards?
Network
backbone
What is the size of your network pipeline? Does it support 10-MB transfer
rates, or 1-GB transfer rates?
Network
server
How robust is your server hardware? How fast is its processor? How much
RAM does it have? Is it fast or slow?
Backing up
How many computers are scheduled to back up at the same time?
Network traffic Are backups scheduled to run when network traffic is heavy or light?
Consider using this feature only when you know what your network can handle. If
you schedule your backups at staggered intervals and when network traffic is low,
you may not need to use this feature. Avoid backing up multiple computers at the
same time and to the same network destination.
Gather the required information about your network's performance and then schedule
backups accordingly. Enable this feature and set the Maximum network throttling
to a setting that matches the circumstances.
To enable network throttling
1
On the Tasks menu, click Options.
2
Click Performance.
3
Select Enable network throttling.
4
In the Maximum network throttling field, enter the maximum amount (in KB)
of network throughput.
5
Click OK.
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Setting default options for the Windows notification area
Setting default options for the Windows
notification area
You can turn on the Veritas System Recovery icon or turn it off as required. You
can choose to show only error messages, or to show both error messages and
other information, such as the completion of a backup.
To adjust default notification area settings
1
On the Tasks menu, click Options.
2
Click Tray Icon, and then select the options you want to use for the notification
area.
Show system tray icon Displays the Veritas System Recovery icon in the notification
area.
You must select this option to enable or disable any of the
remaining options.
Show missed backups Notifies you when a backup was scheduled but did not run.
For example, it notifies you when your computer was turned
off at the time a backup was scheduled to run.
Show system tray
questions
Offers you helpful prompts in the form of questions that can
help you keep your data backed up.
Show status messages Displays the messages about the status of backup
operations. For example, a backup has started, or your
backup destination is about to get full.
Show error messages
3
Displays the error messages when errors occur so that you
can resolve any issues that might hinder data protection.
Click OK.
File types and file extension
When you define file and folder backups, file types are a quick way to include the
files that you use the most. For example, if you keep music files on your computer,
you can configure a backup to include all music files. For example, .mp3, .wav.
The most common file types and extensions are already defined for you. But you
can define additional file type categories as needed, and then edit them at any time.
For example, if you install a new program that requires the use of two new file
extensions (for example, .pft and .ptp,). You can define a new file type and define
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the two file extensions for that category. Then when you define a backup, you can
select the new category. When the backup runs, all files that end with .pft and .ptp
are backed up.
See “Adding new file types and extensions” on page 97.
See “Renaming file types and extensions” on page 97.
See “Restoring default file types and extensions” on page 98.
See “Deleting a file type and all of its extensions” on page 98.
Adding new file types and extensions
The most common file types and extensions are already defined for you. However,
you can add additional file type categories as needed.
To add a new file type and extensions
1
On the Tasks menu, click Options.
2
Click File Types.
3
At the bottom of the File types list, click Add a file type (+).
4
Type a descriptive name of the new file type category, and then press Enter.
5
At the bottom of the Extensions for list, click Add an extension (+).
6
Type an asterisk (*) and a period, followed by the extension of the file type you
want to define, and then press Enter.
7
Click OK.
See “Renaming file types and extensions” on page 97.
See “Restoring default file types and extensions” on page 98.
See “Deleting a file type and all of its extensions” on page 98.
See “File types and file extension” on page 96.
Renaming file types and extensions
You can rename existing file types and extensions as needed.
To rename a file type and extensions
1
On the Tasks menu, click Options.
2
Click File Types.
3
Select a file type from the File types list, and then do one of the following:
■
Click Rename a file type to edit the name of the selected file type.
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■
4
Select an extension from the Extensions for list and click Rename an
extension to edit the name of the extension.
Click OK.
See “Adding new file types and extensions” on page 97.
See “Restoring default file types and extensions” on page 98.
See “Deleting a file type and all of its extensions” on page 98.
See “File types and file extension” on page 96.
Restoring default file types and extensions
You can restore default file types and extensions as needed.
To restore default file types and extensions
1
On the Tasks menu, click Options.
2
Click File Types.
3
Select a file type from the File types list.
4
Click either Restore default file types list or Restore default extensions
list to restore all default file types or extensions.
Caution: Any file types and extensions you have set up are removed. You
must add them again manually.
5
Click OK.
See “Adding new file types and extensions” on page 97.
See “Renaming file types and extensions” on page 97.
See “Deleting a file type and all of its extensions” on page 98.
See “File types and file extension” on page 96.
Deleting a file type and all of its extensions
You can delete a file type and all its extensions as needed.
To delete a file type and all of its extensions
1
On the Tasks menu, click Options.
2
Click File Types.
3
Select a file type from the File types list, and then do one of the following:
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Removing or changing the unique name for an external drive
■
Click the Remove a file type to delete a file type and all its extensions.
■
Select an extension from the Extensions for list and click Remove an
extension to edit the name of the extension.
Note: You cannot delete a default file type. You can delete all but one extension
of a default file type, and you can add additional extensions to a default file
type.
4
Click OK.
See “Adding new file types and extensions” on page 97.
See “Renaming file types and extensions” on page 97.
See “Restoring default file types and extensions” on page 98.
See “File types and file extension” on page 96.
Removing or changing the unique name for an
external drive
Veritas System Recovery lets you assign unique names to external drives when
you use them as a backup destination or an Offsite Copy destination. Assigning
unique names helps you to manage these destinations and avoid confusion if you
use more than one drive. It is especially helpful when the assigned drive letter
changes each time you plug in the drive.
The Options dialog box lets you see all of your drive unique names in one view.
From this view, you can remove or edit existing names. Veritas System Recovery
lets you assign a unique name when you plug in an external drive in to your computer
for the first time.
Note: Using a unique name does not change the drive label. The unique name is
used only when you access a drive from within Veritas System Recovery.
For example, you might swap out two different external drives that are used as
Offsite Copy destinations during any given week. It would be difficult to identify
which drive your use at any given time based on the drive labels. It becomes more
confusing if the previously assigned drive letter has changed.
You can associate unique names with each drive when you use them with Veritas
System Recovery. The unique name that is associated with a drive is displayed in
various locations in Veritas System Recovery.
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Note: Placing physical labels on each external drive to help you manage the task
of swapping the drives is also a good idea.
For example, if you assigned the unique name, "Cathy Read" to one drive, and
"Thomas Read" to a second drive. Their unique names appear in Veritas System
Recovery whenever the drives are plugged in to your computer.
To remove or change unique name for an external drive
1
On the Tasks menu, click Options.
2
Under Destinations, click External Drives.
3
Select an external drive from the list and then do one of the following:
4
■
Click Remove to delete the unique name that is associated with the external
drive.
■
Click Rename to edit the unique name.
Click OK.
Configuring default FTP settings for use with
Offsite Copy
File transfer protocol , or FTP, is the simplest and most secure way to copy files
over the Internet. Veritas System Recovery serves as an FTP client to copy your
recovery points to a remote FTP server. You can copy your recovery points to an
FTP server as a secondary backup of your critical data.
The Options dialog box lets you configure FTP settings to help ensure that your
recovery points are copied to your FTP server.
To configure default FTP settings for use with Offsite Copy
1
On the Tasks menu, click Options.
2
Under Destinations, click Configure FTP.
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3
Select the appropriate options.
Connection mode: Passive
(Recommended)
Helps prevent conflicts with security
systems. This mode is necessary for some
firewalls and routers. When you use
passive mode, the FTP client opens the
connection to an IP address and port that
the FTP server supplies.
Connection mode: Active
Enables a server to open a connection to
an IP address and port that the FTP client
supplies. Use active mode when
connections or transfer attempts fail in
passive mode, or when you receive data
socket errors.
Limit connection attempts to
Indicates the number of times Veritas
System Recovery tries to connect to an
FTP server before it gives up. Veritas
System Recovery can attempt a maximum
of 100 times.
Stop trying to connect after
Indicates the number of seconds Veritas
System Recovery tries to connect to an
FTP server before it gives up. You can
specify up to 600 seconds (10 minutes).
Default port
Indicates the port of the FTP server that
listens for a connection.
You should consult the FTP server
administrator to be sure that the port you
specify is configured to receive incoming
data.
4
Click OK.
Logging Veritas System Recovery messages
You can specify which product messages (errors, warnings, and information) are
logged as they occur, and where the log file is stored. Product messages can provide
useful information about the status of backups or related events. They can also
provide helpful information when you need to troubleshoot.
Two logging methods are available: Veritas System Recovery logging and the
Windows application log.
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To log Veritas System Recovery messages
1
On the Tasks menu, click Options.
2
Under Notifications, click Log File.
3
Select the appropriate log file options.
Select the priority and
type of messages
Lets you select the priority level at which messages should
be logged. You can choose to log all or no messages
regardless of priority levels.
Select one of the following options:
■
All messages
■
Medium and high priority messages
■
High priority messages
■
No messages
Errors
Logs the error messages as they occur.
Warnings
Logs the warning messages as they occur.
Information
Logs the information messages as they occur.
Log file location
Lets you specify a path where you want to create and store
the log file.
If you do not know the path, you can browse to the location.
Maximum file size
Lets you specify the maximum size (in kilobytes) that the
log file is allowed to grow.
The file is kept within the limit you set by replacing the
oldest logged items in the file with new items as they occur.
4
Click OK.
To configure which product events are written to a Windows event log
1
On the Tasks menu, click Options.
2
Under Notifications, click Event Log.
3
Select the appropriate event log options.
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Select the priority and type Lets you select the priority level at which messages
of messages
should be logged. You can choose to log all or no
messages regardless of priority levels.
Select one of the following options:
4
■
All messages
■
Medium and high priority messages
■
High priority messages
■
No messages
Errors
Logs the error messages as they occur.
Warning
Logs the warning messages as they occur.
Information
Logs the information messages as they occur.
Click OK.
Enabling email notifications for product (event)
messages
Email notifications can be sent to a specified email address if there are any errors
or warnings that occurred when a backup is run.
Note: If you do not have an SMTP server, this feature is unavailable to you.
Notifications can also be sent to the system event log and a custom log file. The
custom log file is located in the Agent folder of the product installation.
If notifications are not delivered, check the setup of your SMTP server to ensure
that it functions properly.
To enable email notifications for product (event) messages
1
On the Tasks menu, click Options.
2
Under Notifications, click SMTP Email.
3
Select the appropriate options.
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Select the priority and type of messages Lets you select the priority level at which
messages should be logged. You can
choose to log all or no messages
regardless of priority levels.
Select one of the following options:
■
All messages
■
Medium and high priority messages
■
High priority messages
■
No messages
Errors
Logs the error messages as they occur.
Warnings
Logs the warning messages as they occur.
Information
Logs the information messages as they
occur.
To address (admin@domain.com)
Lets you specify the email address (for
example, admin@domain.com) where
notifications are to be sent.
From address
Lets you specify the email address of the
sender.
The From address is not mandatory. If you
do not specify a From address, the name
of the product is used.
4
SMTP server (smtp.domain.com)
Lets you specify the path to the SMTP
server that sends the email notification (for
example, smtpserver.domain.com).
SMTP Authentication
Lets you specify the method to authenticate
to the specified SMTP server.
User name
Lets you specify the SMTP user name.
Password
Lets you specify the SMTP password.
Click OK.
Setting up your first backup using Easy Setup
If you had selected the Launch Easy Setup check box during the setup wizard,
the Easy Setup window appears the first time you open the Run or Manage
Backups window.
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Note: The Easy Setup window is not available in server versions of Veritas System
Recovery.
To set up your first backup using Easy Setup
1
On the Tasks menu, click Run or Manage Backups.
2
In the Easy Setup window, either accept the default drive and file and folder
backup settings, or click any of the settings to edit them.
3
Click OK.
4
In the First Backup window, do one of the following:
5
■
Select Run first backup according to schedule to run the backup as per
the schedule that you specified.
■
Select Run backup now to run the backup immediately.
Click OK.
Home page
The Home page provides a general status about the backup protection of your
computer and serves as a Dashboard to access the features of Veritas System
Recovery. You can do the following actions on the Home page:
■
View the summary of the backup protection status of your computer.
See “Icons on the Home page” on page 197.
■
Customize the status reporting of a selected drive, or files and folders.
See “Customizing the status reporting of a drive (or file and folder backups)”
on page 203.
■
Define a backup.
See “Defining a drive-based backup” on page 118.
See “Backing up files and folders” on page 160.
■
Recover a computer or files and folders.
See “Recovering a secondary drive” on page 266.
See “About recovering lost data” on page 260.
■
View the properties of a defined backup.
See “Viewing the properties of a backup job” on page 172.
■
View a pie chart of the specified backup destination.
See “About backup destinations” on page 226.
You can also view the Home page from the View menu.
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Status page
To view the Home page
1
Start Veritas System Recovery 16.
2
On the View menu, click Home.
Status page
The Status page lets you monitor the status of your backups. The Status page
lists each drive on your computer and includes a calendar that contains your backup
histories. The calendar lets you quickly identify when a backup ran, and what type
of backup it was. It identifies your upcoming, scheduled backups. It also lists the
file and folder backup history if you have defined one or more file and folder backups.
Note: You can right-click any of the calendar icons to access a context-sensitive
menu. These menus offer quick access to related tasks. You can also customize
the status reporting of a selected drive, or files and folders.
To monitor backup protection from the Status page, you can do the following:
■
On the Status page, review the Backups calendar and verify that the backup
appears on the date that you ran it.
■
In the Drives column, select the drive that you want to view.
The status information appears in the bottom half of the Status page.
■
Move your mouse over a backup icon in the calendar to review the status of the
backup.
■
To move around in the calendar, use one of the following methods:
■
Click anywhere in the title bar to navigate quickly to a different point in time.
■
Use the scroll bar at the bottom of the calendar to scroll backward or forward
in time.
You can also view the Status page from the View menu.
To view the Status page
1
Start Veritas System Recovery 16.
2
On the View menu, click Status.
See “About monitoring backups” on page 196.
See “Icons on the Home page” on page 197.
See “Customizing the status reporting of a drive (or file and folder backups)”
on page 203.
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See “Recovering a secondary drive” on page 266.
See “Verifying that a backup is successful” on page 172.
See “What to do when a backup is finished ” on page 113.
Tasks page
The Tasks page provides you the links for backup, recovery, and virtual conversion
of your computer.
The following tasks are displayed on the Tasks page:
■
Run or Manage Backups
You can define, edit, run, and delete backups jobs for your computer or files
and folders.
See “Defining a drive-based backup” on page 118.
See “Backing up files and folders” on page 160.
■
One Time Backup
You can define a backup job only once to create a recovery point without saving
the job details.
See “Running a one-time backup from Veritas System Recovery” on page 140.
■
Recover My Computer
You can recover your computer using a specific recovery point created during
backup.
See “Recovering a secondary drive” on page 266.
■
Recover My Files
You can recover specific files or folders using a recovery point created during
backup.
See “About recovering lost data” on page 260.
■
Run or Manage Virtual Conversions
You can define, edit, run, and delete a virtual conversion job where recovery
points are converted to virtual disks.
See “Defining a virtual conversion job” on page 243.
■
One Time Virtual Conversion
You can define a virtual conversion only once without saving the job details.
See “Running a one-time conversion of a physical recovery point to a virtual
disk” on page 253.
You can also view the Tasks page from the View menu.
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Tools page
To view the Tasks page
1
Start Veritas System Recovery 16.
2
On the View menu, click Tasks.
Tools page
The Tools page provides you links to the tools that let you perform various other
tasks.
The following tools are displayed on the Tools page:
■
Manage Backup Destination
You can manage the size of your backup destinations using the features available
in Veritas System Recovery.
See “About backup destinations” on page 226.
■
Run Granular Restore Option
You can restore emails, mailboxes, email folder, files, and folders using Granular
Restore Option.
See “About the Veritas System Recovery Granular Restore Option” on page 311.
■
Run Recovery Point Browser
You can open files within a recovery point and restore the files using Recovery
Point Browser.
See “Opening and restoring files within a recovery point” on page 222.
■
Copy Recovery Point
You can copy recovery points to another location for added security.
See “Making copies of recovery points” on page 231.
■
Copy My Hard Drive
You can make a copy of your operating system, applications, and data on a
new hard disk.
See “Copying one hard drive to another hard drive” on page 307.
■
Customize Existing Recovery Disk
You can customize an existing Veritas System Recovery Disk, which is available
on a DVD (manually burned) or USB device and add missing storage or network
drivers to the recovery disk. You can customize and save the recovery disk on
a USB device or as an ISO file.
See “Customizing an existing Veritas System Recovery Disk” on page 61.
■
Download OpenStorage Files
You can download the offsite copy files from the Amazon S3 storage to your
local computer or network drive.
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See the section called “Using Amazon S3 storage as your Offsite Copy
destination” on page 158.
See “Downloading OpenStorage Files” on page 239.
You can also view the Tools page from the View menu.
To view the Tools page
1
Start Veritas System Recovery 16.
2
On the View menu, click Tools.
Advanced page
The Advanced page offers experienced Veritas System Recovery users a single
view of the most common product features. If you have a good understanding of
Veritas System Recovery, you might prefer to perform most tasks from the
Advanced view.
Note: When you refer to the documentation while you use the Advanced page,
the first one or two steps do not apply. The first one or two steps merely indicate
where to access each feature from the other pages of the user interface. From that
point on, follow the remaining steps of each procedure.
You can view the Advanced page from the View menu.
To view the Advanced page
1
Start Veritas System Recovery 16.
2
On the View menu, click Advanced.
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5
Best practices for backing
up your data
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
About backing up your data
■
Best practices for backing up data
■
What to do when a backup is finished
■
Tips for running defined backups
■
Backup destinations
■
Backing up dual-boot computers
About backing up your data
To back up your computer or your individual files and folders you do the following:
■
Define a backup.
■
Run the backup.
See “How to use Veritas System Recovery” on page 89.
When you define a backup, you decide on the following:
■
What to back up (files and folders, or an entire drive).
■
Where to store the backup data (backup destination).
■
Whether or not to use Offsite Copy to copy backup data to remote locations.
■
When to run the backup (automatically or manually).
Best practices for backing up your data
Best practices for backing up data
■
What compression levels to specify for recovery points, and whether to enable
security settings (encryption and password protection).
■
Which of the many other options you want to use. You can customize each
backup according to your backup needs.
See “Backup destinations” on page 116.
See “Backing up dual-boot computers” on page 117.
Best practices for backing up data
Consider the following best practices before you define and run your first backup.
■
For optimum protection, you should define a drive-based backup and run it on
a regular basis. A drive-based backup backs up and recovers your computer's
system drive. Typically, it is the C drive, which includes your operating system.
You can also use a drive-based backup to back up and recover a specific hard
drive, such as a secondary drive, or to recover lost or damaged files or folders
from a specific point in time.
■
To protect your personal files, such as photographs, music, or documents, you
should define a file and folder backup and select the specific files and folders
that you want to protect.
Table 5-1
Best practices for backing up data
Best
Practice
Description
Schedule
backups at a
time when
you know
your
computer is
on.
Your computer must be turned on and Windows must be running at the time
a backup occurs. If not, any scheduled backups are skipped until the
computer is turned on again. You then are prompted to run the missed
backup.
Use a
secondary
hard disk as
your backup
destination.
You should store recovery points on a hard disk other than your primary
hard disk (C). It helps ensure that you can recover your system in the event
that your primary hard disk fails.
Note: Veritas recommends that you do not back up volumes while
deduplication is running on them. Schedule backups such that deduplication
and backup do not run at the same time.
See “Setting up default general backup options” on page 92.
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Table 5-1
Best practices for backing up data (continued)
Best
Practice
Description
Consider
using external
drives as your
backup
destination.
Using an external drive makes your backup data more portable. Should you
need to remove your critical data from a particular location, you can quickly
grab an external drive on your way out the door.
Give unique
names to
your external
drives to help
you easily
identify them.
You can assign a unique name to each external drive. A unique name helps
you to keep a track of where your backup data is stored for each computer
you back up. It is more useful in situations when the drive letters change
each time you unplug and plug an external drive into your computer. A unique
name ensures that you always know which drive is used when you are
running Veritas System Recovery.
See “How Offsite Copy works” on page 153.
Using a unique name does not change the volume label of a drive. A unique
name helps you to identify the drive when you use Veritas System Recovery.
Once a unique name is assigned, it stays with the drive. If you plug the drive
into a second computer running another copy of Veritas System Recovery,
the unique name appears.
Note: You might also consider placing a sticky label on each drive that
matches the unique name that you have assigned.
Use Offsite
Copy
Use Offsite Copy to copy your latest recovery points to either a portable
storage device or a remote server. By copying recovery points to a portable
hard disk, you can then take a copy of your data with you when you leave
the office.
See “How Offsite Copy works” on page 153.
Run backups When you define your backups, schedule them to run frequently so that you
frequently on have recovery points that span at least the last two months.
a regular
See “Editing a backup schedule” on page 175.
basis.
See “Defining a drive-based backup” on page 118.
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Table 5-1
Best practices for backing up data (continued)
Best
Practice
Description
Keep
personal data
on a separate
drive than the
drive on
which
Windows and
your software
programs are
installed.
You should keep your operating system and software programs separate
from your own data. It speeds the creation of recovery points and reduces
the amount of information that needs to be restored. For example, use the
C drive to run Windows and to install and run software programs. Use the
D drive to create, edit, and store personal files and folders.
For other drive management solutions, go to the Veritas website at the
following URL: https://www.veritas.com/
Verify the
While defining a backup, select the option to verify that the recovery point
recovery point is stable and can be used to recover lost data.
after you
create it to
ensure that it
is stable.
Delete the
corrupt
images.
When the backup destination is a network location, all backup images in the
destination folder are appended with a .tmp extension during the backup. If
the backup is successful, the images are automatically renamed with .v2i
(base) and .iv2i (incremental) extensions. If a network connection to the
destination fails, the backup is unsuccessful. The corrupt images with the
.tmp extension are retained. These files are not tracked by Veritas System
Recovery 16 and can be deleted safely.
When a backup starts to run on your computer, you might notice that the
performance of your computer slows down. Veritas System Recovery requires
significant system resources to run a backup. If slowing occurs, you can reduce
the speed of the backup to improve computer performance until you are finished
working.
See “What to do when a backup is finished ” on page 113.
What to do when a backup is finished
After a backup is complete, consider the following best practices:
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Table 5-2
Best
Practice
Best practices after a backup is finished
Description
Review the
Periodically review the contents of your recovery points to ensure that you
contents of
back up only your essential data.
recovery
See “To open and restore files within a recovery point” on page 223.
points and
file and folder
backup data.
Review the
Status page
to verify that
backups
have
happened
and to
identify any
potential
problems.
Periodically review the Status page. You can also review the events log on
the Advanced page.
The event log records events when they occur, backups, and any errors that
might have occurred during or after a backup.
Note: Backup status and other messages are also conveyed in the system
tray. So you do not need to start the product to identify the status of your
backups.
See “Verifying that a backup is successful” on page 172.
See “To view the Advanced page” on page 109.
Manage
storage
space by
eliminating
old backup
data.
Delete outdated recovery points to make more hard disk space available.
Review the
level of
protection
that is
provided for
each of your
computer's
drives.
Check the Status page on a regular basis to ensure that each drive has a
defined backup.
Maintain
backup
copies of
your recovery
points.
Store backup copies of your recovery points in a safe place. For example,
you can store them elsewhere on a network or you can store them on tapes
for long-term, off-site storage.
Also, reduce the number of file versions that are created when you back up
your files and folders.
See “About managing file and folder backup data” on page 237.
See “Making copies of recovery points” on page 231.
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Table 5-2
Best practices after a backup is finished (continued)
Best
Practice
Description
Delete
corrupt
images
When the backup destination is a network location, all backup images in the
destination folder are appended with a .tmp extension during the backup. If
the backup is successful, the images are automatically renamed with a .v2i
extension. If a network connection to the destination fails, the backup is
unsuccessful. The corrupt images with the .tmp extension are retained. These
files are not tracked by Veritas System Recovery 16 and can be deleted
safely.
Tips for running defined backups
Consider the following tips when you run a defined backup:
■
Veritas System Recovery does not need to be running for a scheduled backup
to start. After you define a backup, you can close Veritas System Recovery.
■
The computer that is backed up must be turned on and Windows must be started.
■
All defined backups are saved automatically so that you can edit them or run
them later.
See “Running an existing backup job immediately” on page 168.
See “Running a backup to create an alternate type of recovery point” on page 169.
See “Editing backup settings” on page 173.
■
Do not run a disk defragmentation program during a backup. Doing so
significantly increases the time that it takes to create the recovery point and
might cause unexpected system resource issues.
■
If you have two or more drives that are dependent on each other, you should
include both drives in the same backup. Including both the drives in the same
backup provides the safest protection.
■
Include multiple drives in the same defined backup to reduce the total number
of backups that must be run. Doing so minimizes interruptions while you work.
■
Use the Progress and Performance feature to reduce the effect of a backup on
your computer's performance. For example, say a scheduled backup starts while
you are in the middle of a presentation. You can slow down the backup to give
more processing resources back to your presentation program.
See “Adjusting the speed of a backup” on page 171.
■
The power management features on a computer can conflict with Veritas System
Recovery during a backup.
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Backup destinations
For example, your computer might be configured to go into hibernation mode
after a period of inactivity. You should consider turning off the power management
features during a scheduled backup.
■
If a backup is interrupted, consider running it again.
■
If you experience problems while creating a backup, you may need to restart
the computer.
See “Best practices for backing up data” on page 111.
See “What to do when a backup is finished ” on page 113.
Backup destinations
You should review the following information before you decide where to store
recovery points and file and folder backup data.
The following table contains the information that you need to consider when selecting
a backup destination.
Table 5-3
Selecting a backup destination
Backup
destination
Information to consider
Local hard drive,
USB drive, or
FireWire drive
The benefits of this option are as follows:
(recommended)
■
Provides for fast backup and recovery.
■
Lets you schedule unattended backups.
■
Reduces cost because drive space can be overwritten repeatedly.
■
Allows for off-site storage.
■
Reserves hard drive space for other uses.
Although you can save the recovery point to the same drive that is
backed up, it is not recommended for the following reasons:
■
■
■
As the number or size of recovery points grows it consumes more
disk space. As a result you have less disk space for regular use.
The recovery point is included in subsequent recovery points of the
drive, which increases the size of those recovery points.
If the computer suffers a catastrophic failure, you may not be able
to recover the recovery point. You may not be able to recover the
recovery point even if you save it to a different drive on the same
hard disk.
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Table 5-3
Selecting a backup destination (continued)
Backup
destination
Information to consider
Network folder
If your computer is connected to a network, you can save your recovery
points and file and folder backup data to a network folder.
Backing up to a network folder typically requires that you authenticate
to the computer that hosts the folder. If the computer is part of a network
domain, you must provide the domain name, user name, and password.
For example, domain\username.
If you connect to a computer in a workgroup, you should provide the
remote computer name and user name. For example:
remote_computer_name\username.
See “Running an existing backup job immediately” on page 168.
See “Running a backup to create an alternate type of recovery point” on page 169.
Backing up dual-boot computers
You can back up dual-boot computers, even if you have hidden drives (partitions)
in the operating system from which you run Veritas System Recovery.
When you run a drive backup, the entire contents of each drive is captured in a
recovery point. When you restore a drive, the recovered drive can be used to start
your computer.
Consider the following points when backing up dual-boot computers:
■
To boot your computer from a restored system, you must back up, and then
restore every drive that includes operating system boot information.
■
Do not create incremental backups of shared data drives if both the following
conditions are true:
■
Veritas System Recovery is installed on both operating systems.
■
Both the operating systems are set to manage the shared drive.
You might encounter issues if you try to use the Veritas System Recovery LightsOut
Restore feature on dual-boot systems. It is not supported.
The same is true for the Veritas System Recovery Restore Anyware feature.
See “Defining a drive-based backup” on page 118.
See “About backing up your data” on page 110.
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Chapter
6
Backing up entire drives
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
Defining a drive-based backup
■
Compression levels for recovery points
■
Running a one-time backup from Veritas System Recovery
■
Running a one-time backup from Veritas System Recovery Disk
■
How Offsite Copy works
Defining a drive-based backup
A drive-based backup takes a snapshot of your entire hard drive, capturing every
bit of information that is stored on it for later retrieval. All of your files, folders, desktop
settings, programs, and your operating system are captured into a recovery point.
You can then use that recovery point to restore individual files or folders, or your
entire computer.
For optimum protection, you should define a drive-based backup and run it on a
regular basis.
By default, scheduled independent recovery point file names and recovery point
set file names are appended with 001.v2i, 002.v2i, and so forth. Incremental recovery
point file names within a set are appended with _i001.iv2i, _i002.iv2i, and so forth.
For example, if your base recovery point is called CathyReadF001.v2i, the first
incremental recovery point is called CathyReadF001_i001.iv2i.
Veritas System Recovery 16 backups are stored in the backup destination as
recovery points. These recovery points can be used to restore the system back to
the point-in-time when the image was created.
Backing up entire drives
Defining a drive-based backup
Note: Veritas recommends that you use AES encryption when you define a backup
to prevent unauthorized access to the files.
The following files are intentionally excluded from drive-based backups:
■
hiberfil.sys
■
pagefile.sys
These files contain temporary data that can take up a large amount of disk space.
They are not needed, and there is no negative effect to your computer system after
a complete system recovery.
These file names do appear in recovery points, but they are placeholders. They
contain no data.
To define a drive-based backup
1
On the Tasks menu, click Run or Manage Backups.
2
In the Run or Manage Backups window, click Define New.
If you have not yet defined a backup, the Easy Setup dialog box appears
instead.
3
Click Back up my computer, and then click Next.
4
In the Drives panel, select one or more drives to back up, and then click Next.
Show Hidden Drives
Lets you see any hidden drives on your hard disk. The
drives are displayed in the drive selection table.
Drive selection table
Lets you select one or more drives to include in the
backup.
Note: Veritas System Recovery 16 is able to display the drives from a GPT
disk even if one of the GPT headers is corrupted or if there is a disk signature
collision.
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5
If the Related Drives panel appears, set the appropriate option, and then click
Next. Otherwise, skip to the next step.
Note: When you back up the system drive of a UEFI-based computer, you
must back up all the related drives. The Related Drives panel lists the EFI
System Partition and Windows Recovery Environment Partition (Windows 8
and 2012) that are critical to successfully restore a UEFI-based computer.
6
Add all related drives
(recommended)
Lets you select and include all related drives
in the backup definition.
Edit the list of selected drives
Lets you select or clear the related drives that
you want or do not want to include in the
backup definition.
Do not add related drives
Lets you deselect (not include) all related
drives in the backup definition.
On the Recovery point type panel, select the recovery point type that you
want the backup to create, and then click Next.
Recovery point set Schedules a base recovery point with additional recovery points
(recommended)
that contain only the incremental changes that were made to
your computer since the previous recovery point.
Incremental recovery points are created faster than the base
recovery point. They also use less storage space than an
independent recovery point.
Note: You can only have one recovery point set defined for
each drive. The Recovery point set option is not available if
you have already assigned a selected drive to an existing backup
and specified Recovery point set as the recovery point type.
This option also is unavailable if you select an unmounted drive
that cannot be part of a recovery point set.
Independent
recovery point
Creates a complete, independent copy of the drives that you
select. This backup type typically requires more storage space,
especially if you run the backup multiple times.
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7
On the Backup Destination panel, select the appropriate options.
Folder
Indicates the location where you want to store the
recovery points.
If Veritas System Recovery detects that this location
does not have enough available space, it alerts you.
You should choose another location that has more
space.
Browse
Lets you browse to locate a backup destination that
you want to use.
Destination Details
Displays the type of destination path. If you add a
network path it also displays the user name.
Recovery points are not automatically encrypted.
Note: Veritas recommends that you use AES
encryption when defining a backup to prevent
unauthorized access to any data contained in the
recovery points.
Edit
Lets you enter the user name and password for
access to the network that is specified in the Folder
field. This option is available only if you selected a
backup destination that is on a network and if you
want to save the recovery point on a network share
See “Rules for network credentials” on page 133.
Customize recovery point file
names
Lets you rename the recovery point.
Default file names include the name of the computer
followed by the drive letter.
You can also save recovery points to a unique
subfolder.
Enable USB Disk Rotation.
Backup files to any USB disk
inserted at this location
Select this check box to enable the USB disk
rotation feature for USB disks.
Add
Lets you add up to two Offsite Copy destinations.
See “USB disk rotation” on page 131.
Offsite Copy automatically copies your latest
recovery points each time a backup completes to
either a portable storage device, such as an external
drive, or to a remote server either through a local
area network connection or to a remote FTP server.
See “How Offsite Copy works” on page 153.
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You cannot use an encrypted folder as your backup destination. You can
choose to encrypt your backup data to prevent another user from accessing
it.
8
(Optional) If you want to make copies of your recovery points to store at a
remote location for added backup protection, click Add, select the appropriate
options, and then click OK.
Enable Offsite Copy
Turns on the Offsite Copy feature.
Prompt me to start a copy when I attach Indicates that you want to have recovery
an external Offsite Copy destination
points automatically copied to external
drive
Offsite Copy destination drives whenever
you plug one in to your computer.
Folder, Network Path, FTP address, or
OpenStorage destination
Lets you specify the destination path of the
offsite copy.
To specify the OpenStorage destination,
type S3:amazon:amazon.com/<bucket
name>
Where
<bucket name> is the location on the
Amazon S3 storage.
Browse
Lets you browse to locate an offsite copy
destination that you want to use.
Destination Details
Displays the type of destination path. If you
add a network path, an ftp path, or an
OpenStorage destination, it also displays
the user name.
Edit
Lets you edit the user name or password
of a specified network path, an ftp path, or
an OpenStorage destination.
Add an additional Offsite Copy
destination
Lets you add a second destination, and
then specify the path to that destination.
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9
(Optional) If you specify an OpenStorage destination (Amazon S3 storage) as
the Offsite destination, click OK.
On the OpenStorage Destination dialog box select the appropriate options,
and then click OK.
Note: Although cloud storage is a part of OpenStorage, Veritas System
Recovery 16 refers to cloud storage as OpenStorage.
Server type
Lets you select the following type of OpenStorage
(Amazon S3 storage).
S3
Server name
Lets you select the following location of the server
on which the Amazon S3 storage exists.
amazon:amazon.com
Log on: User name
Lets you type the Amazon account access key.
Log on: Password
Lets you type the Amazon account secret key.
Logical storage unit
Lets you select the storage location on the Amazon
S3 storage. These storage units are called buckets.
See the section called “Using Amazon S3 storage as your Offsite Copy
destination” on page 158.
10 Click Next.
11 On the Options panel, set the recovery point options you want, and then click
Next.
Recovery point options
Name
Indicates a name for your backup.
Note: This option does not appear if you create a
recovery point using the Back Up My Computer
feature in Veritas System Recovery Disk.
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Compression
Lets you set one of the following compression levels
for the recovery point:
■
None
■
Standard
■
Medium
■
High
See “Compression levels for recovery points”
on page 139.
The results can vary depending on the types of files
that are saved in the drive.
Verify recovery point after
creation
Tests whether a recovery point or set of files is valid
or corrupt.
Limit the number of recovery
Limits the number of recovery point that can be
point sets saved for this backup saved for this backup. You can limit the number of
recovery points to reduce the risk of filling up the
hard drive with recovery points. Each new recovery
point replaces the oldest set on your backup
destination drive.
The backup destination must contain enough free
space for the number of recovery points the job is
set to retain, plus one. For example, if the maximum
number of recovery points to retain is set to 3, the
required space in the backup destination should be
able to hold 4 recovery point sets. Veritas System
Recovery 16 removes the oldest recovery point set
only after the successful completion of the current
backup. This ensures that the number of recovery
points meets the recovery point retention setting.
Note: This option does not appear if you create a
recovery point using the Back Up My Computer
feature in a Veritas System Recovery Disk.
Include system and temporary Includes an indexing support for operating system
files
and temporary files when a recovery point is created
on the client computer.
Note: This option does not appear if you create a
recovery point using the Back Up My Computer
feature in Veritas System Recovery Disk.
Advanced
Lets you add security options to the recovery point.
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Command Files
Lets you use command files (.exe, .cmd, .bat) during
a backup.
See “Running command files during a backup”
on page 133.
Description
Indicates a description for the recovery point. The
description can be anything that helps you further
identify the recovery point's contents.
Advanced options for drive-based backups
Divide into smaller files to simplify
archiving
Splits the recovery point into smaller files
and specifies the maximum size (in MB)
for each file.
Disable SmartSector™ Copying
Copies that are used and unused hard-disk
sectors. This option increases process time
and usually results in a larger recovery
point.
SmartSector technology speeds up the
copying process by copying only the
hard-disk sectors that contain data.
However, in some cases, you might want
to copy all sectors in their original layout,
whether or not they contain data.
Ignore bad sectors during copy
Runs a backup even if there are bad
sectors on the hard disk. Although most
drives do not have bad sectors, the
potential for problems increases during the
lifetime of the hard disk.
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Perform full VSS backup
Lets you perform a full backup on the VSS
storage and send a request for VSS to
review its own transaction log. This option
is used for Microsoft Exchange Server only.
Exchange VSS determines what
transactions are already committed to the
database and then truncates those
transactions. Among other things,
truncated transaction logs help keep the
file size manageable and limits the amount
of hard drive space that the file uses.
If you do not select this option, backups
still occur on the VSS storage. However,
VSS does not automatically truncate the
transaction logs following a backup.
Note: This option does not appear if you
create a recovery point using the Back Up
My Computer wizard feature in Veritas
System Recovery Disk.
Command files options
Command files folder
Specifies the location of command files if
you want them to be located in a place
other than the default location. You can
also specify a location on a per-job basis,
as well as specify a location that can be
shared among several computers. If you
specify a network location, you are
prompted for network credentials.
Browse
Lets you browse to locate a folder for any
command files that you want to use.
User name
Specifies the user name to a command file
folder that is located in a network path.
Password
Specifies the password to a command file
folder that is located in a network path.
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Run before snapshot creation
Indicates that you can run a command file
after a backup has started and before a
recovery point is created. You can run a
command during this stage to prepare for
the recovery point creation process. For
example, you can close any open
applications that are using the drive.
Note: If you use this option, be sure that
the command file has an error recovery
mechanism that is built into it. If the
computer has one or more services that
must be stopped at this stage, and the
command file does not contain any form
of error recovery, one or more of the
stopped services may not be restarted. For
example, stopping a non-VSS aware
database or a resource-intensive
application. An error in the command file
can cause the recovery point creation
process to stop immediately. No other
command files can run.
See “How to use Veritas System Recovery”
on page 89.
Run after snapshot creation
Indicates that you can run a command file
after a snapshot is created. Running a
command during this stage is a safe point
to allow services to resume on the drive
while continuing the recovery point
creation.
Because the snapshot takes only a few
seconds to create, the database is in the
backup state momentarily. A minimal
number of log files are created.
Run after recovery point creation
Indicates that you can run a command file
after the recovery point file is created. You
can run a command during this stage to
act on the recovery point itself. For
example, you can copy it to an offline
location.
Timeout (applies to each stage)
Lets you specify the amount of time (in
seconds) that a command file is allowed
to run.
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12 On the Security Options panel, set a password, select a level of encryption
for the drive-based backup, and then click Next.
Use password
Sets a password and enables AES encryption on
the recovery point when it is created.
This check box is selected by default.
Password
Lets you specify a password for the backup.
Passwords can include standard characters.
Passwords cannot include extended characters,
or symbols. (Use characters with an ASCII value
of 128 or lower.)
You must type this password before you restore a
backup or view the contents of the recovery point.
Confirm password
Lets you retype the password for confirmation.
AES encryption
Encrypts recovery point data to add another level
of protection to your recovery points.
If you upgrade from a previous version to Veritas
System Recovery 16, for older backup jobs where
only password protection is defined, you need to
edit the jobs to select the AES encryption level. If
you do not edit the older backup jobs, they continue
to run without AES Encryption. Veritas
recommends that you edit the job and select AES
encryption level.
Note: If the Use Password check box is selected,
you must define AES encryption.
Choose from the following encryption levels:
■
Standard 128-bit (8+ character password)
■
Medium 192-bit (16+ character password)
■
High 256-bit (32+ character password)
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13 On the Backup Time panel, select the appropriate options to specify the time
and frequency of the backup, and then click Next.
Note: Ensure that the time for running a base backup and an incremental
backup is not the same.
Backup Time options for a recovery point set
Schedule
Runs the backup automatically according to a
specified start time and the selected days of the
week.
Default
Lets you use the default backup time schedule.
Advanced
Sets advanced scheduling options, such as
setting up event triggers that start the backup
in response to specific events.
Run more than once per day
Sets the time between backups and the number
of times to back up.
Start a new recovery point set
(base)
Starts a new recovery point set (base) weekly,
monthly, quarterly, or yearly.
Custom
(Optional) Indicates how frequently a new
recovery point set should be started.
For example, if you select Monthly, a new base
recovery point is created the first time the
backup runs during each new month.
Select event triggers
Lets you select events that automatically create
a recovery point.
Details
Shows you information about the backup time
option you have selected or specified.
Backup Time options for an independent recovery point
No Schedule
Runs the backup only when you run it yourself, manually.
Weekly
Runs the backup at the time and on the days of the week
that you specify.
When you select this option, the Select the days of the
week to protect dialog box appears.
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Monthly
Runs the backup at the time and on the days of the
month that you specify.
When you select this option, the Select the days of the
month to protect dialog box appears.
Only run once
Runs the backup one time on the date and at the time
you specify.
When you select this option, the Create a single
recovery point dialog box appears.
Details
Indicates information about the backup time option you
have selected or specified.
Change Schedule - Drive Backup options
Schedule
Lets you select the days and a start time
for when the backup should run.
Run more than once per day
Indicates that you can run the backup more
than once a day to protect data that you
edit or change frequently.
Time between backups
Specifies the maximum time that should
occur between backups.
Number of times
Specifies the number of times per day that
the backup should run.
Automatically optimize
Lets you select how often optimization
should occur to help manage the disk
space that is used by your backup
destination.
Start a new recovery point set
Indicates how frequently a new recovery
point set should be started
Custom
Lets you customize the start time, and the
days of the week or month to run the
backup.
Event Triggers - General
Lets you select the type of events that
automatically starts a backup.
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14 (Optional) If you want to run the new backup immediately, click Run backup
now.
This option is not available if you configured an independent recovery point
with the option to run it only once.
15 Review the options you have selected, then click Finish.
When the backup destination is a network location, all backup images in the
destination folder are appended with a .tmp extension during the backup. If
the backup is successful, the images are automatically renamed with a .v2i
extension. If a network connection to the destination fails, the backup is
unsuccessful. The corrupt images with the .tmp extension are retained. These
files are not tracked byVeritas System Recovery 16 and can be deleted safely.
USB disk rotation
The USB disk rotation feature lets you create a backup destination on multiple USB
drives. To use this feature, each USB disk must use the same drive letter assigned
to the original USB disk defined in the backup destination. Select the USB disk to
enable the Enable USB Disk Rotation. Backup files to any USB disk inserted
at this location check box. When you select the check box, USB disk rotation is
enabled.
As a part of this feature, a warning is displayed when you define a backup and not
enough is available to complete the backup. The warning is displayed immediately
after the backup job starts. To continue the backup, you can either insert a new
USB disk (at the same mount point) or continue to use the existing USB disk, in
which case the backup job fails.
See “How USB disk rotation works” on page 131.
How USB disk rotation works
Using the USB disk rotation feature, you can rotate your available USB disks to
use as backup destinations. Older backups are automatically cleaned up, depending
on the number of USB disks and the number of recovery points the job is set to
retain. When the recovery point set limit is reached, older recovery points (base
and incrementals) are deleted when the USB disk containing the oldest recovery
points is inserted. Using this feature, you are not required to edit the backup job
and change the backup destination to add a new USB disk.
The following table displays an example of how USB disk rotation works when the
number of USB disks available is 2 and the recovery point set limit is 3.
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USB rotation example
Table 6-1
Day
USB 1
USB 2
Remarks
Monday
1.v2i
Tuesday
1_001.iv2i
Thursday
2.v2i
USB rotated
Friday
2_001.iv2i
Wednesday 1_002.iv2i
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
3.v2i
Tuesday
3_001.v2i
Wednesday
USB rotated
4.v2i
The number of recovery points in this example are
set at 3. When you attach USB 2 and recovery point
set 4 is created, recovery point set one cannot be
deleted as it is on USB 1.
When you attach USB 1 in the future, recovery point
set 1 is deleted automatically before the backup job
starts running.
Thursday
4_001.iv2i
Friday
4_002.iv2i
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
5.v2i
Tuesday
5_001.iv2i
Wednesday 6_v2i
Thursday
6_001.iv2i
Friday
6_002.iv2i
USB rotated and recovery point set 2 is deleted
automatically.
USB rotated and recovery point set 1 is deleted
automatically. After recovery point set 6 is created
successfully, recovery point set 3 is deleted
automatically.
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Rules for network credentials
If you connect to a computer on a network, you must provide the user name and
password for network access, even if you previously authenticated to the network.
The Veritas System Recovery service runs on the local system account.
When you enter network credentials, the following rules apply:
■
If the computer you want to connect to is on a domain, provide the domain name,
user name, and password. For example:
domain\username
■
If you connect to a computer in a workgroup, provide the remote computer name
and user name. For example:
remote_computer_name\username
■
If you have mapped a drive, you may need to supply the user name and
password again because the service runs in a different context and cannot
recognize the mapped drive.
By going to the Tasks menu and selecting Options, you can set a default location.
If the default location is a computer on a network, you can also click the Edit option
and specify the necessary network credentials. Then when you create future backup
jobs, the dialog will default to the location you specified. Another option would be
to create a specific "backup" user account. Then configure the Veritas System
Recovery service to use this account.
See “Defining a drive-based backup” on page 118.
Running command files during a backup
You can use command files (.exe, .cmd, .bat) during a backup. You can use
command files to integrate Veritas System Recovery with other backup routines
that you might be running on the computer. You can also use command files to
integrate with other applications that use a drive on the computer.
Note: You cannot run the command files that include a graphical user interface,
such as notepad.exe. Running such command files causes the backup job to fail.
You can run a command file during any of the following stages during the creation
of a recovery point:
■
Run before snapshot creation
■
Run after snapshot creation
■
Run after recovery point creation
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When you use command files (.exe, .cmd, .bat) during a backup, stop and then
restart non-VSS-aware databases.
To use a Visual Basic script file (.vbs) during a backup, you can create a batch file
(.bat) to run the script. Veritas System Recovery runs any script using a high privilege
account. When the command files are to be located at a place other than the default
location, the Command Files folder specifies the location of these files.
Note: Veritas recommends that only high privilege users or an administrator have
the permission to modify a backup script and access the Command Files folder.
For example, you can create a batch file called Stop.bat that contains the following
syntax:
Cscript script_filename.vbs
Make sure that Cscript precedes the file name of the Visual Basic script.
Warning: The command files cannot depend on any user interaction or have a
visible user interface. You should test all command files independently of Veritas
System Recovery before you use them during a backup.
When the backup begins, the command file is run during the specified stage. The
backup is stopped if an error occurs while a command file is running. Or, the backup
is stopped if the command file does not finish in the time you specified (regardless
of the stage). In either case, the command file is terminated (if necessary), and the
error information is logged and displayed.
Table 6-2
Command files options
Option
Description
Command files folder
Specifies the location of command files if you want them
to be located in a place other than the default location.
You can also specify a location on a per-job basis, as
well as specify a location that can be shared among
several computers. If you specify a network location, you
are prompted for network credentials.
Browse
Lets you browse to locate a folder for any command files
that you want to use.
User name
Specifies the user name to a command file folder that is
located in a network path.
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Table 6-2
Command files options (continued)
Option
Description
Password
Specifies the password to a command file folder that is
located in a network path.
Run before snapshot creation
Indicates that you can run a command file after a backup
has started and before a recovery point is created. You
can run a command during this stage to prepare for the
recovery point creation process. For example, you can
close any open applications that are using the drive.
Note: If you use this option, be sure that the command
file has an error recovery mechanism that is built into it.
If the computer has one or more services that must be
stopped at this stage, and the command file does not
contain any form of error recovery, one or more of the
stopped services may not be restarted. For example,
stopping a non-VSS aware database or a
resource-intensive application. An error in the command
file can cause the recovery point creation process to stop
immediately. No other command files can run.
See “How to use Veritas System Recovery” on page 89.
Run after snapshot creation
Indicates that you can run a command file after a
snapshot is created. Running a command during this
stage is a safe point to allow services to resume on the
drive while continuing the recovery point creation.
Because the snapshot takes only a few seconds to
create, the database is in the backup state momentarily.
A minimal number of log files are created.
Run after recovery point
creation
Indicates that you can run a command file after the
recovery point file is created. You can run a command
during this stage to act on the recovery point itself. For
example, you can copy it to an offline location.
Timeout (applies to each stage)
Lets you specify the amount of time (in seconds) that a
command file is allowed to run.
See “Defining a drive-based backup” on page 118.
See “Running a one-time backup from Veritas System Recovery” on page 140.
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Editing backup options
After you define a backup, you can go back at any time and edit the options you
chose when you first defined the backup.
To edit backup options
1
On the Tasks menu, click Run or Manage Backups.
2
Select the backup you want to edit, and then click Edit Settings.
3
In the Define Backup Wizard make the changes, complete the steps in the
wizard, and then click Finish.
See “Defining a drive-based backup” on page 118.
Verifying the integrity of a recovery point
If you selected the Verify recovery point after creation option on the Options
panel of the Define Backup wizard, the following occurs:
■
Veritas System Recovery verifies that all of the files that make up the recovery
point are available for you to open.
■
Internal data structures in the recovery point are matched with the data that is
available.
Also, the recovery point can be uncompressed to create the expected amount of
data (if you selected a compression level at the time of creation).
Note: The time that is required to create a recovery point is doubled when you use
the Verify recovey point after creation option.
If you prefer, you can have recovery points automatically verified for integrity at the
time they are created.
Table 6-3
Verifying recovery point options
Option
Description
Divide into smaller files to simplify
archiving
Splits the recovery point into smaller files and
specifies the maximum size (in MB) for each
file.
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Table 6-3
Verifying recovery point options (continued)
Option
Description
Disable SmartSector™ Copying
Copies that are used and unused hard-disk
sectors. This option increases process time
and usually results in a larger recovery point.
SmartSector technology speeds up the
copying process by copying only the hard-disk
sectors that contain data. However, in some
cases, you might want to copy all sectors in
their original layout, whether or not they
contain data.
Ignore bad sectors during copy
Runs a backup even if there are bad sectors
on the hard disk. Although most drives do not
have bad sectors, the potential for problems
increases during the lifetime of the hard disk.
Perform full VSS backup
Lets you perform a full backup on the VSS
storage and send a request for VSS to review
its own transaction log. This option is used
for Microsoft Exchange Server only.
Exchange VSS determines what transactions
are already committed to the database and
then truncates those transactions. Among
other things, truncated transaction logs help
keep the file size manageable and limits the
amount of hard drive space that the file uses.
If you do not select this option, backups still
occur on the VSS storage. However, VSS
does not automatically truncate the
transaction logs following a backup.
Note: This option does not appear if you
create a recovery point using the Back Up
My Computer wizard feature in Veritas
System Recovery Disk.
To verify the integrity of a recovery point
1
On the Tools page, click Run Recovery Point Browser.
2
Select a recovery point, and then click OK.
3
In the tree panel of the Recovery Point Browser, select the recovery point.
For example: C_Drive001.v2i.
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4
On the File menu, click Verify Recovery Point.
If the Verify Recovery Point option is unavailable, you must first dismount the
recovery point. Right-click the recovery point and click Dismount Recovery
Point.
5
When the validation is complete, click OK.
See “Recovery point encryption” on page 138.
Viewing the progress of a backup
You can view the progress of a backup while it runs to determine how much time
remains until the backup completes.
To view the progress of a backup
◆
While a backup is running, on the View menu, click Progress and
Performance.
See “Defining a drive-based backup” on page 118.
See “Backing up files and folders” on page 160.
Recovery point encryption
You can enhance the data security by using the Advanced Encryption Standard
(AES) option to encrypt recovery points that you create or archive. You should use
encryption if you store recovery points on a network and want to protect them from
unauthorized access and use.
You can also encrypt recovery points that were created with earlier versions of
Veritas LiveState Recovery or Veritas System Recovery. However, encrypting those
files makes them readable with the current product only.
You can view the encryption strength of a recovery point at any time by viewing the
properties of the file from the Recovery Point Browser.
Encryption strengths are available in 128-bit, 192-bit, or 256-bit. While higher bit
strengths require longer passwords, the result is greater security for your data.
The following table explains the bit strength and required password length.
Table 6-4
Password length
Bit strength
Password length
128 (Standard)
8 characters or longer
192 (Medium)
16 characters or longer
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Table 6-4
Password length (continued)
Bit strength
Password length
256 (High)
32 characters or longer
You must provide the correct password before you can access or restore an
encrypted recovery point.
Warning: Veritas Technical Support cannot open an encrypted recovery point.
Store the password in a secure place. Passwords are case-sensitive. When you
access or restore a recovery point that is password encrypted, Veritas System
Recovery prompts you for the case-sensitive password. If you do not type the correct
password or you forget the password, you cannot open the recovery point.
Besides bit strength, the format of the password can improve the security of your
data.
For better security, passwords should use the following general rules:
■
Do not use consecutive repeating characters (for example, BBB or 88).
■
Do not use common words you would find in a dictionary.
■
Use at least one number.
■
Use both uppercase and lowercase alpha characters.
■
Use at least one special character such as {}()[],.<>;:’"?/|\`~!@#$%^&*()_-+=.
■
Change the password after a set period of time.
See “Defining a drive-based backup” on page 118.
See “Backing up files and folders” on page 160.
See “Verifying the integrity of a recovery point” on page 136.
Compression levels for recovery points
During the creation or copying of a recovery point, compression results may vary,
depending on the types of files that are saved to the drive you are backing up.
The following table describes the available compression levels.
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Table 6-5
Compression level options
Option
Description
None
Indicates that no compression is applied to the recover point. Use
this option if storage space is not an issue. If the backup is saved
to a busy network drive, high compression may be faster than no
compression because there is less data to write across the
network.
Standard
(recommended)
Uses low compression for a 40 percent average data compression
ratio on recovery points. This setting is the default.
Medium
Uses medium compression for a 45 percent average data
compression ratio on recovery points.
High
Uses high compression for a 50 percent average data
compression ratio on recovery points. This setting is usually the
slowest method.
When a high compression recovery point is created, CPU usage
might be higher than normal. Other processes on the computer
might also be slower. To compensate, you can adjust the
operation speed of Veritas System Recovery. Adjusting the speed
may improve the performance of other resource-intensive
applications that you are running at the same time.
See “Defining a drive-based backup” on page 118.
See “Making copies of recovery points” on page 231.
Running a one-time backup from Veritas System
Recovery
You can use One Time Backup to quickly define and run a backup that creates
an independent recovery point. You use the One Time Backup wizard to define
the backup. The backup runs when you complete the wizard. The backup definition
is not saved for future use. You can use the independent recovery point later.
This feature is useful when you need to back up your computer or a particular drive
quickly before a significant event. For example, you can run a one-time backup
before you install new software. Or, you can run it when you learn about a new
computer security threat.
You can also use Veritas System Recovery Disk to create one-time cold backups.
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To run a one-time backup from Veritas System Recovery
1
On the Tasks page, click One Time Backup.
2
Click Next.
3
Select one or more drives to back up, and then click Next.
Note: Veritas System Recovery 16 is able to display the drives from a GPT
disk even if one of the GPT headers is corrupted or if there is a disk signature
collision.
4
If the Related Drives dialog box is displayed, set the appropriate option, and
then click Next. Otherwise, skip to the next step.
Add all related drives
(recommended)
Lets you select and include all related drives
in the backup definition.
Edit the list of selected drives
Lets you select or clear the related drives that
you want or do not want to include in the
backup definition.
Do not add related drives
Lets you deselect (not include) all related
drives in the backup definition.
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5
In the Backup Destinations panel, select the appropriate options.
Folder
Indicates the location where you want to
store the recovery points.
If Veritas System Recovery detects that
this location does not have enough
available space, it alerts you. You should
choose another location that has more
space.
Browse
Lets you browse to locate a backup
destination that you want to use.
Destination Details
Displays the type of destination path. If you
add a network path it also displays the user
name.
Recovery points are not automatically
encrypted.
Note: Veritas recommends that you use
AES encryption when defining a backup to
prevent unauthorized access to any data
contained in the recovery points.
Edit
Lets you enter the user name and
password for access to the network that is
specified in the Folder field. This option is
available only if you selected a backup
destination that is on a network and if you
want to save the recovery point on a
network share.
See “Rules for network credentials”
on page 133.
Customize recovery point file names
Lets you rename the recovery point.
Default file names include the name of the
computer followed by the drive letter.
You can also save recovery points to a
unique subfolder.
Enable USB Disk Rotation. Backup files Select this check box to enable the USB
to any USB disk inserted at this location disk rotation feature for USB disks.
See “USB disk rotation” on page 131.
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Add
Lets you add up to two Offsite Copy
destinations.
Offsite Copy automatically copies your
latest recovery points each time a backup
completes to either a portable storage
device, such as an external drive, or to a
remote server either through a local area
network connection or to a remote FTP
server.
See “How Offsite Copy works” on page 153.
6
Click Next.
7
On the Options panel, select the appropriate options, and then click Next
Recovery Point options
Name
Indicates a name for your backup.
Note: This option does not appear if you create
a recovery point using the Back Up My
Computer feature in Veritas System Recovery
Disk.
Compression
Lets you set one of the following compression
levels for the recovery point:
■
None
■
Standard
■
Medium
■
High
See “Compression levels for recovery points”
on page 139.
The results can vary depending on the types of
files that are saved in the drive.
Verify recovery point after
creation
Tests whether a recovery point or set of files is
valid or corrupt.
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Limit the number of recovery
point saved for this backup
Limits the number of recovery point that can be
saved for this backup. You can limit the number
of recovery points to reduce the risk of filling up
the hard drive with recovery points. Each new
recovery point replaces the oldest set on your
backup destination drive.
The backup destination must contain enough free
space for the number of recovery points the job
is set to retain, plus one. For example, if the
maximum number of recovery points to retain is
set to 3, the required space in the backup
destination should be able to hold 4 recovery
point sets. Veritas System Recovery 16 removes
the oldest recovery point set only after the
successful completion of the current backup. This
ensures that the number of recovery points meets
the recovery point retention setting.
This option appears only if you are creating a
recovery point set.
Note: This option does not appear if you create
a recovery point using the Back Up My
Computer feature in a Veritas System Recovery
Disk.
Include system and temporary
files
Includes an indexing support for operating system
and temporary files when a recovery point is
created on the client computer.
Note: This option does not appear if you create
a recovery point using the Back Up My
Computer feature in Veritas System Recovery
Disk.
Advanced
Lets you add security options to the recovery
point.
Command Files
Lets you use command files (.exe, .cmd, .bat)
during a backup.
See “Running command files during a backup”
on page 133.
Description
Advanced options
Indicates a description for the recovery point. The
description can be anything that helps you further
identify the recovery point's contents.
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Divide into smaller files to simplify
archiving
Splits the recovery point into smaller files
and specifies the maximum size (in MB)
for each file.
Disable SmartSector™ Copying
Copies that are used and unused hard-disk
sectors. This option increases process time
and usually results in a larger recovery
point.
SmartSector technology speeds up the
copying process by copying only the
hard-disk sectors that contain data.
However, in some cases, you might want
to copy all sectors in their original layout,
whether or not they contain data.
Ignore bad sectors during copy
Runs a backup even if there are bad
sectors on the hard disk. Although most
drives do not have bad sectors, the
potential for problems increases during the
lifetime of the hard disk.
Perform full VSS backup
Lets you perform a full backup on the VSS
storage and send a request for VSS to
review its own transaction log. This option
is used for Microsoft Exchange Server only.
Exchange VSS determines what
transactions are already committed to the
database and then truncates those
transactions. Among other things,
truncated transaction logs help keep the
file size manageable and limits the amount
of hard drive space that the file uses.
If you do not select this option, backups
still occur on the VSS storage. However,
VSS does not automatically truncate the
transaction logs following a backup.
Note: This option does not appear if you
create a recovery point using the Back Up
My Computer wizard feature in Veritas
System Recovery Disk.
8
In the Security Options panel, set the password, select the level of encryption
for the one-time backup, and then click Next.
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Use password
Sets a password and enables AES
encryption on the recovery point when it is
created.
This check box is selected by default.
Password
Lets you specify a password for the
backup. Passwords can include standard
characters. Passwords cannot include
extended characters, or symbols. (Use
characters with an ASCII value of 128 or
lower.)
You must type this password before you
restore a backup or view the contents of
the recovery point.
Confirm password
Lets you retype the password for
confirmation.
AES encryption
Encrypts recovery point data to add
another level of protection to your recovery
points.
If you upgrade from a previous version to
Veritas System Recovery 16, for older
backup jobs where only password
protection is defined, you need to edit the
jobs to select the AES encryption level. If
you do not edit the older backup jobs, they
continue to run without AES Encryption.
Veritas recommends that you edit the job
and select AES encryption level.
Note: If the Use Password check box is
selected, you must define AES encryption.
Choose from the following encryption
levels:
■
■
■
Standard 128-bit (8+ character
password)
Medium 192-bit (16+ character
password)
High 256-bit (32+ character
password)
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9
If appropriate, in the lists, select the command files that you want to run during
a particular stage in the recovery point creation process. Then, specify the
amount of time (in seconds) that you want the command to run before it is
stopped.
If you added the command file to the Command Files folder, you may need
to click Back, and then Next to see the files in each stage’s list.
Command files folder
Specifies the location of command files if
you want them to be located in a place
other than the default location. You can
also specify a location on a per-job basis,
as well as specify a location that can be
shared among several computers. If you
specify a network location, you are
prompted for network credentials.
Browse
Lets you browse to locate a folder for any
command files that you want to use.
User name
Specifies the user name to a command file
folder that is located in a network path.
Password
Specifies the password to a command file
folder that is located in a network path.
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Run before snapshot creation
Indicates that you can run a command file
after a backup has started and before a
recovery point is created. You can run a
command during this stage to prepare for
the recovery point creation process. For
example, you can close any open
applications that are using the drive.
Note: If you use this option, be sure that
the command file has an error recovery
mechanism that is built into it. If the
computer has one or more services that
must be stopped at this stage, and the
command file does not contain any form
of error recovery, one or more of the
stopped services may not be restarted. For
example, stopping a non-VSS aware
database or a resource-intensive
application. An error in the command file
can cause the recovery point creation
process to stop immediately. No other
command files can run.
See “How to use Veritas System Recovery”
on page 89.
Run after snapshot creation
Indicates that you can run a command file
after a snapshot is created. Running a
command during this stage is a safe point
to allow services to resume on the drive
while continuing the recovery point
creation.
Because the snapshot takes only a few
seconds to create, the database is in the
backup state momentarily. A minimal
number of log files are created.
Run after recovery point creation
Indicates that you can run a command file
after the recovery point file is created. You
can run a command during this stage to
act on the recovery point itself. For
example, you can copy it to an offline
location.
Timeout (applies to each stage)
Lets you specify the amount of time (in
seconds) that a command file is allowed
to run.
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10 Click Next.
11 Click Finish to run the backup.
Running a one-time backup from Veritas System
Recovery Disk
Using a valid license key, you can create independent recovery points using the
Back Up My Computer feature in Veritas System Recovery Disk. You can create
recovery points of a partition without the need to install Veritas System Recovery
or its agent. This feature is sometimes known as a cold backup or offline backup.
With a cold backup, all files are closed when the backup occurs. You do not copy
any data that may be in the middle of being updated or accessed on the desktop
or server. Cold backups are particularly useful for databases. They ensure that no
files are written to or accessed at any time during the backup so you have a complete
recovery point.
You can also use the Veritas System Recovery Disk to create recovery points if
you experience any of the following:
■
A level of corruption prevents you from starting Windows on the computer.
■
Veritas System Recovery does not function properly while it runs on a Windows
operating system.
■
You want to back up the condition of a damaged system before you recover.
For example, if a computer is severely damaged, you can use the Veritas System
Recovery Disk. You can back up what remains of the system. Then, you can
recover what you can later, after you restore an independent recovery point.
Note: Recovery points that you create using Veritas System Recovery Disk are
restored to dissimilar hardware using Restore Anyware.
When you want to create a backup fromVeritas System Recovery Disk , you are
prompted for a valid license key only for the following scenarios:
■
You create a Veritas System Recovery Disk using the Prompt me for a license
key to use the Backup My Feature option. The computer does not have Veritas
System Recovery installed.
■
You create a custom Veritas System Recovery Disk on a computer that has an
unlicensed installation (60-day trial) of Veritas System Recovery. You then use
the custom Veritas System Recovery Disk to create a backup of a computer.
The computer does not have an installation of Veritas System Recovery.
See “Customizing an existing Veritas System Recovery Disk” on page 61.
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■
You choose not to add a license key at the time you create the customized
Veritas System Recovery Disk.
To run a one-time backup from Veritas System Recovery Disk
1
If you intend to store the resulting recovery point on a USB device (for example,
an external hard drive), attach the device now.
2
Start the Veritas System Recovery Disk on the computer you want to back up.
See “Booting a computer by using the Veritas System Recovery Disk”
on page 278.
3
On the Home panel, click Back Up My Computer, and then click Next.
4
On the Welcome panel, click Next.
5
If you are prompted, on the Specify License Key panel, enter a valid license
key, and then click Next.
6
On the Drives panel, select one or more drives that you want to back up, and
then click Next.
Note: Veritas System Recovery 16 is able to display the drives from a GPT
disk even if one of the GPT headers is corrupted or if there is a disk signature
collision.
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On the Backup Destination panel, set the options you want, then click Next.
Folder
Lets you browse to and specify the location where
you want to store the independent recovery point.
Map a network drive
Maps a network drive by using the UNC path of the
computer on which you want to store the recovery
point.
For example, \\computer_name\share_name or
\\IP_address\share_name.
Browse
Lets you browse to locate a backup destination that
you want to use.
Destination Details
Displays the type of destination path. If you add a
network path it also displays the user name.
Recovery point file name
Lets you edit the recovery point file name.
Rename
Lets you rename the recovery point file name.
Default file names include the name of the computer
and then followed by the drive letter.
8
On the Options panel, set the desired backup options and advanced options
for the recovery point.
Compression
Lets you set one of the following compression
levels for the recovery point:
■
None
■
Standard
■
Medium
■
High
See “Compression levels for recovery points”
on page 139.
The results can vary depending on the types of
files that are saved in the drive.
Security Options > Use
password
Sets a password and enables AES encryption on
the recovery point when it is created.
This option is selected by default.
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Security Options > Password
Lets you specify a password for the backup.
Passwords can include standard characters.
Passwords cannot include extended characters,
or symbols. (Use characters with an ASCII value
of 128 or lower.)
You must type this password before you restore a
backup or view the contents of the recovery point.
Security Options > Confirm
Password
Lets you retype the password for confirmation.
Security Options > AES
encryption
Encrypts recovery point data to add another level
of protection to your recovery points.
If you upgrade from a previous version to Veritas
System Recovery 16, for older backup jobs where
only password protection is defined, you need to
edit the jobs to select the AES encryption level. If
you do not edit the older backup jobs, they continue
to run without AES Encryption. Veritas
recommends that you edit the job and select AES
encryption level.
Note: If the Use Password check box is selected,
you must define AES encryption.
Choose from the following encryption levels:
9
■
Standard 128-bit (8+ character password)
■
Medium 192-bit (16+ character password)
■
High 256-bit (32+ character password)
Verify recovery point after
creation
Tests whether a recovery point or set of files is
valid or corrupt.
Description
Indicates a description for the recovery point. The
description can help you further identify the
recovery point's contents.
Advanced
Lets you further add security options to the
recovery point.
On the Options panel, click Advanced.
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10 On the Advanced options panel, set the advanced backup options you want
for the recovery point, and then click OK.
Divide into smaller files to simplify
archiving
Lets you split the recovery point into
smaller files and specify the maximum size
(in MB) for each file.
Disable SmartSector™ Copying
Lets you copy used and unused hard-disk
sectors. This option increases process time
and usually results in a larger recovery
point.
SmartSector technology speeds up the
copying process by copying only the
hard-disk sectors that contain data.
However, in some cases, you might want
to copy all sectors in their original layout,
whether or not they contain data.
Ignore bad sectors during copy
Lets you run a backup even if there are
bad sectors on the hard disk. Although
most drives do not have bad sectors, the
potential for problems increases during the
lifetime of the hard disk.
11 On the Options panel, click Next.
12 On the Completing the Back Up My Computer Wizard panel, click Finish
to run the backup.
13 When the backup is finished, click Close to return to the main Veritas System
Recovery Disk window.
How Offsite Copy works
Backing up your data to a secondary hard disk is a critical first step to protecting
your information assets. But to make certain your data is safe, use Offsite Copy.
You enable and configure Offsite Copy when you define a new drive-based backup
job. Or you can edit an existing backup job to enable Offsite Copy.
This feature can copy your latest complete recovery points to the following:
■
A portable storage device.
■
A remote server in your network.
■
A remote FTP server.
■
An Amazon S3 storage
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Regardless of the method you use, storing copies of your recovery points at a
remote location provides a crucial level of redundancy if your office becomes
inaccessible. Offsite Copy can double your data protection by ensuring that you
have a remote copy.
When you enable Offsite Copy, you specify up to two offsite copy destinations.
After the backup job finishes creating recovery points, Offsite Copy verifies that
at least one of the offsite copy destinations is available. Offsite Copy then begins
copying the new recovery points to the offsite copy destination.
The most recent recovery points are copied first, followed by the next newest
recovery points. If you have set up two offsite copy destinations, Offsite Copy
copies recovery points to the destination that was added first. If an offsite copy
destination is unavailable, Offsite Copy tries to copy recovery points to the second
destination, if it is available. If neither destination is available, then Offsite Copy
copies the recovery points the next time an offsite copy destination becomes
available.
For example, suppose you have configured a backup job to run at 6:00 P.M. and
configured an external drive as an offsite copy destination. However, when you
leave the office at 5:30 P.M., you take the drive with you for safekeeping. When
the backup job completes at 6:20 P.M., Veritas System Recovery detects that the
offsite copy destination drive is not available and the copy process is aborted. The
following morning, you plug the drive back in to the computer. Veritas System
Recovery detects the presence of the offsite copy destination drive and automatically
begins copying your recovery points.
Offsite Copy is designed to use very few system resources so that the copying
process is done in the background. This feature lets you continue to work at your
computer with little or no effect on system resources.
If an offsite copy destination runs out of disk space, Offsite Copy identifies the
oldest recovery points and removes them to accommodate the most current recovery
points. Offsite Copy then copies the current recovery points to the offsite copy
destination.
See “Defining a drive-based backup” on page 118.
See “Editing backup settings” on page 173.
Using external drives as your Offsite Copy destination
You can use an external drive as your offsite copy destination. This method lets
you take a copy of your data with you when you leave the office. By using two
external hard disks, you can be certain that you have a recent copy of your data
both on site and off site.
For example, suppose on a Monday morning you define a new backup job of your
system drive. You choose a recovery point set as your backup job type. You set
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up an external drive (A) as the first offsite copy destination, and another external
drive (B) as the second offsite copy destination. You schedule the backup job to
run every midnight except on the weekends. You also enable recovery point
encryption to protect the data from unauthorized access.
Before you leave the office on Monday evening, you plug in drive A and take drive
B home with you.
On Tuesday morning, you find that Monday's base recovery point has been
successfully copied to drive A. At the end of the day, you unplug drive A and take
it home for safekeeping.
On Wednesday morning, you bring drive B to the office. You plug in drive B and
Veritas System Recovery detects that drive B is an offsite copy destination. Veritas
System Recovery then automatically begins copying Monday night's base recovery
point and Tuesday night's incremental recovery point. At the end of the day
Wednesday, you take drive B home and place it in a safe place with drive A.
You now have multiple copies of recovery points stored at two separate, physical
locations; your original recovery points stored on your backup destinations at the
office, and copies of those same recovery points stored on your offsite copy
destination drives. Your offsite copy destination drives are stored in a safe place
at your home.
The next morning, Thursday, you take drive A to the office and plug it in. Tuesday
and Wednesday night's recovery points are then automatically copied to drive A.
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Note: Consider using the external drive naming feature that lets you provide a
unique name to each drive. Then place matching physical labels on each external
drive to help you manage the task of swapping the drives.
See “Removing or changing the unique name for an external drive” on page 99.
Each time you plug in either drive A or B, the latest recovery points are added to
the drive. This method gives you multiple points in time for recovering your computer
in the event that the original backup destination drives fail or become unrecoverable.
Using external drives as your offsite copy destination ensures that you have a copy
of your backup data stored at two separate, physical locations.
Using a network server as your Offsite Copy destination
You can specify a local area network server as an offsite copy destination. You
must be able to access the server that you plan to use. You must either map a local
drive to the server, or provide a valid UNC path.
For example, suppose that you set up a local external drive as your first offsite copy
destination. Then you identify a server that is located at a second physical location
from your own office. You add the remote server as a second offsite copy destination.
As backups occur, recovery points are copied first to the external hard drive, and
then to the remote server.
If the remote server becomes unavailable for a period of time, Offsite Copy copies
all recovery points that were created since the last connection. If there is no room
to hold all of the recovery points that are available, Offsite Copy removes the oldest
recovery points from the network server. In turn, it makes room for the newest
recovery points.
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Using an FTP server as your Offsite Copy destination
Using an FTP server as your offsite copy destination is similar to using a network
path. You must provide a valid FTP path to the FTP server.
You must also provide the correct FTP connection information to Veritas System
Recovery for this method to work correctly. When Offsite Copy is configured
correctly, it copies recovery points to the directory that you specified on the FTP
server. If the server becomes unavailable for a period of time, Offsite Copy copies
all recovery points that were created since the last connection. If there is no room
to hold all of the recovery points that are available, Offsite Copy removes the oldest
recovery points or recovery point sets from the FTP server. In turn, it makes room
for the newest recovery points.
See “Configuring default FTP settings for use with Offsite Copy” on page 100.
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Using Amazon S3 storage as your Offsite Copy destination
When you create or edit a backup job, you can provide an Amazon S3 storage as
an offsite destination. After the backup is complete, the recovery points are copied
at the offsite destination (Amazon S3 storage).
Requirements for using the Amazon S3 storage
■
Veritas System Recovery 16 installed.
■
An Amazon S3 account
■
An Amazon access key
■
An Amazon secret key
■
An Amazon S3 bucket
You must create buckets before configuring the offsite destination in Veritas
System Recovery. The buckets are not available for use in Veritas System
Recovery if the bucket name does not comply with the bucket naming convention.
Refer to the following technote to view the bucket naming conventions:
http://www.veritas.com/docs/000107885
■
Ensure that you have Internet connectivity and access to HTTP (Port 80) and
HTTPS (Port 443).
The recovery points created during backup are stored on the cloud storage as OST
(OpenStorage Technology) files. You cannot directly restore your computer using
the OST files available on the Amazon S3 storage. You must first download these
recovery points using the Download OpenStorage Files utility to your computer
or a network location and then start the restore process.
See “Downloading OpenStorage Files” on page 239.
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Chapter
7
Backing up files and
folders
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
Backing up files and folders
Backing up files and folders
You can back up specific files and folders you want to protect. When you run this
type of backup, copies are made of the files and folders you chose to back up. The
files are converted into a compressed format. They are then stored in a subfolder
at the location you specify. By default this location is the same backup destination
that is used for storing recovery points.
The following folders and their contents are excluded by default from file and folder
backups:
■
Windows folder
■
Program files folder
■
Temporary folder
■
Temporary Internet Files folder
These folders are typically not used for storing personal files or folders. The folders
are backed up when you define and run a drive-based backup of your system drive
(typically C).
If you want, you can choose to include these folders when you define the backup.
Backing up files and folders
Backing up files and folders
To back up files and folders
1
On the Tasks menu, click Run or Manage Backups.
2
In the Run or Manage Backups window, click Define New.
If you have not yet defined a backup, the Easy Setup dialog box appears.
3
Select Back up selected files and folders, and then click Next.
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4
On the Select Files and Folders to Back Up panel, select the files and folders
that you want to include in your backup.
Select Files and Folders to Back Up options
Select All
Selects all check boxes in the Types and Folders
column. Selected data types and folders are backed up.
Select None
Deselects all check boxes in the Types and Folders
column. Deselected data types and folders are not
backed up.
Add Folder
Lets you specify additional folders to back up.
Add File
Lets you specify additional files to back up.
Add File Type
Lets you specify additional data file types to back up.
Edit
Lets you edit the options, settings, or properties for a
selected data type name or folder name in the tables
list.
Remove
Lets you remove from the tables list a selected data type
name or folder name that you have added.
Default data types and folders are not removable from
the tables list.
Add Folder options
Folder to back up
Lets you specify the path to a folder that
you want to back up.
Browse
Lets you browse to a path that contains a
folder that you want to back up.
Subfolders
Indicates that you want to back up all
subfolders under the parent folder.
All files
Indicates that you want to back up all files
in all subfolders.
Only files of type
Lets you specify the data file types that you
want to back up.
Add File Type options
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Name
Specifies the name of a data file type and
folder. The name is added to the table list
in the Select Files and Folder to Back
Up panel.
Add an extension
Adds a specific data type file extension that
you want to back up.
Remove an extension
Deletes a specific data type file extension
from the list.
Rename an extension
Renames a specific data type file extension
that you added to the list.
Restore default extension list
Restores the default file extensions that
were added to the predefined list of types
and folders in the Select Files and Folder
to Back Up panel.
Note: On all versions of Windows, the My Documents folder contains two
subfolders by default: My Pictures and My Music. These folders contain only
the shortcuts to folders at another location and not the actual files.
If you intend to back up your pictures and music files, be sure to include the
actual folders where your files are stored.
5
Click Next.
6
In the Name and Destination panel, enter a backup name and destination,
and then click Next.
Name
Indicates the name for the new backup.
Description (optional)
Lets you type a description for the new backup.
Advanced
Adds the security options to the recovery point.
Backup destination
Indicates the default backup location. Or, you can
specify your own local or network path for the recovery
point files.
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Browse
Lets you browse to locate a folder for storing your
backup data.
You cannot use an encrypted folder as your backup
destination. If you want to encrypt your backup data
to prevent another user from accessing it, you can use
the Advanced option.
User name
Specifies the user name if you back up to a folder that
is located in a network path.
Password
Specifies the password to a network path.
Advanced Options for a file and folder backup
Exclude
Lets you deselect any of the following folders that you do not
want to include in the backup:
■
Windows folder
■
Program Files folder
■
Temporary folder
■
Temporary Internet Files folder
■
Save backup files to a unique subfolder
The folders that are listed are typically not used for storing
personal files or folders. Therefore, they are all selected for
backup exclusion by default. These folders are backed up when
you define and run a drive-based backup of your system drive
(typically C).
See “Defining a drive-based backup” on page 118.
7
Click Next
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8
In the Backup Time panel, select the scheduling options you want.
Note: Ensure that the time for running a base backup and an incremental
backup is not the same.
Backup Time options
Schedule
Indicates whether a schedule is enabled
for the backup .
Default
Lets you use the default backup schedule.
Start time
Specifies the start time of the backup.
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Lets you select the days of the week that
you want the backup to run.
Advanced
Runs the backup more than once per day
at a set number of times. You can also
specify the amount of time that should
lapse between backups.
Select event triggers
Lets you select the types of events that
automatically start a backup.
Change Schedule - File Backup Scheduling options
Schedule
Lets you select the days and a start time
for when you want to back up files and
folders.
Run more than once per day
Runs the backup more than once a day to
protect the data that you edit or change
frequently.
Time between backups
Specifies the maximum time that should
occur between file and folder backups.
Number of times
Specifies the number of times per day file
and folder backups should run.
Change Schedule - File Backup event trigger options
General
Lets you select the types of events that automatically
start a backup, such as when you log off from the
computer.
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9
In the Security Options panel, set the password, select the encryption for the
file and folder backup, and then click Next.
Use password
Sets a password and enables AES encryption on the
recovery point when it is created.
This check box is selected by default.
Password
Lets you specify a password for the backup. Passwords
can include standard characters. Passwords cannot
include extended characters, or symbols. (Use characters
with an ASCII value of 128 or lower.)
You must type this password before you restore a backup
or view the contents of the recovery point.
Confirm password
Lets you retype the password for confirmation.
AES encryption
Encrypts recovery point data to add another level of
protection to your recovery points.
If you upgrade from a previous version to Veritas System
Recovery 16, for older backup jobs where only password
protection is defined, you need to edit the jobs to select
the AES encryption level. If you do not edit the older
backup jobs, they continue to run without AES Encryption.
Veritas recommends that you edit the job and select AES
encryption level.
Note: If the Use Password check box is selected, you
must define AES encryption.
Choose from the following encryption levels:
■
Standard 128-bit (8+ character password)
■
Medium 192-bit (16+ character password)
■
High 256-bit (32+ character password)
See “Recovery point encryption” on page 138.
10 In the Completing the Define Backup Wizard panel, review the backup
options you have selected.
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Backing up files and folders
11 To review the total number and size of files to be included in the backup, click
Preview.
Note: Depending on the amount of data you have identified for file and folder
backup, the preview process can take several minutes.
12 If you want to run the backup immediately, click Run backup now, then click
Finish.
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8
Running and managing
backup jobs
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
Running an existing backup job immediately
■
Adjusting the speed of a backup
■
Stopping a backup or a recovery task
■
Verifying that a backup is successful
■
Viewing the properties of a backup job
■
Editing backup settings
■
Enabling event-triggered backups
■
Editing a backup schedule
■
Disabling or enabling a backup job
■
Deleting backup jobs
■
Adding users who can back up your computer
■
Configuring access rights for users or groups
Running an existing backup job immediately
If you have a backup job already defined, you can use Run Backup Now to make
a recovery point immediately. This feature is sometimes useful if you are about to
install a software program. Or, maybe you have modified a large number of files
and you do not want to wait for a regularly scheduled backup.
Running and managing backup jobs
Running an existing backup job immediately
You can run an existing backup job at any time.
To run an existing backup immediately from the notification area
1
On the Windows desktop, right-click the Veritas System Recovery notification
area icon.
2
Click Run Backup Now.
3
Click a backup job to start the backup.
If the menu displays No Jobs, you must start Veritas System Recovery and
define a backup.
To run an existing backup immediately from within Veritas System Recovery
1
On the Tasks menu, click Run or Manage Backups.
2
Select a backup from the list, and then click Run Now.
See “Running a one-time backup from Veritas System Recovery” on page 140.
See “Enabling event-triggered backups” on page 173.
See “Editing a backup schedule” on page 175.
Running a backup to create an alternate type of recovery point
You can use Run Backup With Options to run an existing drive-based backup
but create an alternate type of recovery point.
Note: Using this option does not change the original settings of the defined backup.
To do that, you must open the backup and edit its settings manually.
To run a backup with options
1
On the Tasks menu, click Run or Manage Backups.
2
In the Run or Manage Backups window, select the drive-based backup job
that you want to run.
3
On the Tasks menu, click Run Backup With Options.
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4
On the Run Backup With Options panel, select the appropriate options.
Note: Depending on the current state of the backup, one or more options might
be disabled. For example, if you have not yet run the backup, you cannot select
Incremental recovery point of recent changes because the base recovery
point is not yet created.
Incremental recovery point of recent
changes
Creates a backup that includes the
changes that were made to the drive since
the last backup. This option is available
only if a base recovery point exists.
New recovery point set
Starts a completely new recovery point set
and creates a base recovery point.
Independent recovery point
Creates an independent recovery point,
which is a complete snapshot of your entire
drive. After you select this option, you must
enter a backup location.
Folder
Indicates the location where you want to
store the recovery point.
Browse
Lets you browse to locate a backup
destination that you want to use.
Description Details
Displays the type of destination path. If you
add a network path it also displays the user
name.
Edit
Lets you enter the user name and
password for access to the network that is
specified in the Folder field. This option is
available only if you selected a backup
destination that is on a network. Or, if you
want to save the recovery point on a
network share.
See “Rules for network credentials”
on page 133.
5
Click OK to run the backup job and create the recovery point type you selected.
See “Editing a backup schedule” on page 175.
See “Editing backup settings” on page 173.
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Adjusting the speed of a backup
Depending on your computer's speed, amount of installed RAM, and the number
of programs you run during a backup, your computer can become sluggish.
You can manually adjust the effect of a backup on the performance of your computer
to match your needs at the moment. This feature is useful while you work on your
computer and do not want the backup process to slow you down.
To adjust the speed of a backup
1
While a backup is running, on the View menu, click Progress and
Performance.
2
Do one of the following:
3
■
If you want to increase the speed of your computer by reducing the speed
of the backup, drag the slider toward Slow.
■
If you want the backup to complete quickly, and you have minimal work to
do on your computer, drag the slider toward Fast.
When you are finished, click Hide to dismiss the Progress and Performance
dialog box.
See “Defining a drive-based backup” on page 118.
See “Editing backup settings” on page 173.
Stopping a backup or a recovery task
You can stop a backup or a recovery task that has already started.
To stop a backup or a recovery task
◆
Do one of the following:
■
If the Progress and Performance dialog box is displayed, click Cancel
Operation.
■
If the Progress and Performance dialog box is hidden, on the View menu,
click Progress and Performance, and then click Cancel Operation.
■
If the Progress and Performance dialog box is hidden, on the Windows
system tray, right-click the Veritas System Recovery tray icon. Click Cancel
Current Operation.
See “Defining a drive-based backup” on page 118.
See “Editing backup settings” on page 173.
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Verifying that a backup is successful
After a backup completes, you can validate the success of the backup to ensure
that you have a way to recover lost or damaged data.
The Status page contains a scrolling calendar that is aligned with each drive on
your computer. The calendar lets you quickly identify when a backup ran, and what
type of backup it was. It also identifies upcoming, scheduled backups.
See “Icons on the Status page” on page 199.
Note: When you define a drive-based backup, you should select the option to verify
the recovery point after it is created.
Depending on the amount of data being backed up, this verification can significantly
increase the time it takes to complete the backup. However, it can ensure that you
have a valid recovery point when the backup finishes.
See “Verifying the integrity of a recovery point” on page 136.
To verify that a backup is successful
1
On the Status page, review the Backups calendar, and verify that the backup
appears on the date that you ran it.
2
Move your mouse over a backup icon to review the status of the backup.
See “Defining a drive-based backup” on page 118.
See “Editing backup settings” on page 173.
Viewing the properties of a backup job
You can review the settings and configuration of a defined backup without opening
the backup job.
To view the properties of a backup job
1
On the Home page, click Run or Manage Backups.
2
In the Run or Manage Backups window, select a backup job and then click
Tasks > Properties.
See “Running an existing backup job immediately” on page 168.
See “Running a backup to create an alternate type of recovery point” on page 169.
See “Editing backup settings” on page 173.
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Editing backup settings
You can edit the settings of an existing backup. The Edit Settings feature gives
you access to several of the key pages of the Define Backup Wizard. You can
edit every setting except the option to change the recovery point type.
To edit backup settings
1
On the Tasks menu, click Run or Manage Backups.
2
Select a backup to edit.
3
On the Run or Manage Backups toolbar, click Edit Settings.
4
Make changes to the backup.
See “Defining a drive-based backup” on page 118.
See “Enabling event-triggered backups” on page 173.
Enabling event-triggered backups
Veritas System Recovery can detect certain events and run a backup when they
occur.
For example, when you install new software, a backup can run when it detects that
new software is about to be installed. If a problem occurs that harms your computer,
you can use this recovery point to restore your computer to its previous state.
You can configure Veritas System Recovery to automatically run a backup when
the following events occur:
■
Any application is installed or uninstalled.
■
A specified application is started.
■
Any user logs on or off of the computer.
■
The data that was added to a drive exceeds a specified number of megabytes.
This option is unavailable for backing up files and folders.
To enable event-triggered backups
1
On the Tasks menu, click Run or Manage Backups.
2
Select the backup you want to edit, and then click Change Schedule.
3
Under Event Triggers, click General.
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4
Select the events you want to be detected.
Event Triggers - General options
Any application is installed or uninstall Creates a backup at the time you initiate
an install or uninstall of a software
application.
Specific applications are launched
Creates a backup when you start a
software application.
Application
Lets you specify the software applications
that can trigger a backup when you start
them.
Any user logs on to the computer
Creates a backup when a user logs on to
the computer.
Any user logs off to the computer
Creates a backup when a user logs off
from the computer.
Data added to the drive exceeds
Creates a backup when the amount of data
that is added to the hard disk exceeds a
specified number of megabytes.
Trigger Application options
5
Application
Identifies the name of the software
application's executable file (.exe, .com).
Browse
Lets you browse to a software application.
Applications that trigger a backup
Lists the software applications that can
trigger a backup when you start them.
Add
Adds the software application to the list
box.
Remove
Removes the software application from the
list box.
Click OK.
See “Defining a drive-based backup” on page 118.
See “Editing backup settings” on page 173.
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Editing a backup schedule
You can edit any of the schedule properties for a defined backup to adjust the date
and time.
To edit a backup schedule
1
On the Tasks menu, click Run or Manage Backups.
2
Select a backup to edit.
3
On the toolbar, click Change Schedule.
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4
Make changes to the schedule.
Backup Time options for a recovery point set
Schedule
Runs the backup automatically according to a
specified start time and the selected days of the
week.
Default
Lets you use the default backup time schedule.
Advanced
Sets advanced scheduling options, such as
setting up event triggers that start the backup in
response to specific events.
Run more than once per day
Sets the time between backups and the number
of times to back up.
Start a new recovery point set
(base)
Starts a new recovery point set (base) weekly,
monthly, quarterly, or yearly.
Custom
(Optional) Indicates how frequently a new
recovery point set should be started.
For example, if you select Monthly, a new base
recovery point is created the first time the backup
runs during each new month.
Select event triggers
Lets you select events that automatically create
a recovery point.
Details
Shows you information about the backup time
option you have selected or specified.
Backup Time options for an independent recovery point
No Schedule
Runs the backup only when you run it yourself,
manually.
Weekly
Runs the backup at the time and on the days of the
week that you specify.
When you select this option, the Select the days of
the week to protect dialog box appears.
Monthly
Runs the backup at the time and on the days of the
month that you specify.
When you select this option, the Select the days of
the month to protect dialog box appears.
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Only run once
Runs the backup one time on the date and at the time
you specify.
When you select this option, the Create a single
recovery point dialog box appears.
Details
5
Indicates information about the backup time option
you have selected or specified.
Click OK.
See “Enabling event-triggered backups” on page 173.
Disabling or enabling a backup job
You can turn off a backup and turn it on later. When you turn off a backup, it does
not run according to its defined schedule, if it has one. When a backup is turned
off, triggered events do not run the backup, nor can you manually run the backup.
You can also delete a defined backup (not recovery points).
To turn off a backup job
1
On the Tasks menu, click Run or Manage Backups.
2
Select the backup that you want to turn off.
3
On the Run or Manager Backups dialog box, on the Tasks menu, click
Disable Backup.
Repeat this procedure to turn on the backup. The Disable Backup menu item
changes to Enable Backup when you disable the selected backup.
See “Deleting backup jobs” on page 177.
Deleting backup jobs
You can delete backup jobs when they are no longer needed.
Deleting a backup job does not delete the recovery points or backed up file and
folder data from the storage location. Only the backup job is deleted.
To delete backup jobs
1
On the Tasks menu, click Run or Manage Backups.
2
Select one or more backup names.
3
On the toolbar, click Remove.
4
Click Yes.
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See “About backup destinations” on page 226.
Adding users who can back up your computer
You can use the Security Configuration Tool to control which users on your
computer can access and configure key features of Veritas System Recovery.
For example, all users with Limited Windows accounts can run existing backup
jobs, but they cannot create new jobs or edit existing jobs. Using the Security
Configuration Tool, you can grant administrative privileges to a Limited user
account. When you do, that user has full access to Veritas System Recovery and
can create, edit, delete, and run backup jobs.
Note: By default, all users can run existing backup jobs. But only users with
administrative accounts can create, edit, or delete backup jobs.
To add or users who can back up a computer
1
On the Windows taskbar, click Start > Programs > Veritas System Recovery
> Security Configuration Tool.
2
Click Add.
3
In Enter the object names to select field, type the names of the users or
groups you want to add.
4
Click OK.
5
Click OK to apply your changes and close the Security Configuration Tool.
See “Configuring access rights for users or groups” on page 178.
Configuring access rights for users or groups
You can use the Security Configuration Tool to give users or groups certain
access rights to the features of Veritas System Recovery.
To configure access rights for users or groups
1
On the Windows taskbar, click Start > Programs > Veritas System Recovery
> Security Configuration Tool.
On Windows 7, click Start > All Programs > Veritas System Recovery >
Security Configuration Tool.
2
In Group or user names, select a user or group.
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3
4
Choose from the following options:
Permissions
Allow
Deny
Full Control
Gives a user or a group
access to all of the features
of Veritas System
Recovery. Allows a user
and group to create, edit,
and delete backup jobs,
including existing jobs.
Lets the selected user or
group run existing backup
jobs. Prevents the selected
user or group from creating,
editing, or deleting backup
jobs.
Status Only
Lets the selected user or
group run existing backup
jobs. Prevents the selected
user or group from creating,
editing, or deleting backup
jobs.
Prevents the selected user
or group from accessing
any of the features of
Veritas System Recovery.
Click OK to apply your changes and close the Security Configuration Tool.
See “Adding users who can back up your computer” on page 178.
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9
Backing up remote
computers from your
computer
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
About backing up other computers from your computer
■
About the Veritas System Recovery Agent
■
About deploying the Veritas System Recovery Agent
■
Best practices for Veritas System Recovery services
■
Viewing Veritas System Recovery Agent dependencies
■
About controlling access to Veritas System Recovery
About backing up other computers from your
computer
Veritas System Recovery lets you connect to a second computer and back it up on
your home or your office network. You can manage as many computers as needed,
but you can only manage one computer at a time.
Backing up remote computers from your computer
About backing up other computers from your computer
Note: You must purchase a separate license for each computer you want to manage.
You can deploy the agent without a license for a 60-day evaluation. After that time,
you must purchase and install the license to continue managing the remote
computer. Visit the following website:
http://veritas.force.com/public
First, you add a computer's name or IP address to the Computer List. Then, you
deploy the Veritas System Recovery Agent to the remote computer. After the agent
is installed, the computer automatically restarts. After the computer restarts, you
can then connect to the computer. The Veritas System Recovery product interface
changes to reflect the status of the remote computer. At any time, you can switch
back to manage your local computer.
See “Adding remote computers to the Computer List” on page 181.
See “Adding local computers to the Computer List” on page 182.
See “Removing a computer from the Computer List” on page 182.
Adding remote computers to the Computer List
Before you can back up drives on a remote computer, you must first add the
computer to the Computer List. You can then quickly switch between your local
computer and any other computer on the list.
To add remote computers to the Computer List
1
On the Computers menu, click Add.
2
Do one of the following:
3
■
Type the name of the computer
■
Type the IP address of the computer
If you are in a workgroup environment instead of a domain you must
manually specify the computer name for the computer you want to manage.
You can do so by browsing to it using the Browse option.
■
Click Browse to search for the name or IP address of the computer
Click OK to add the computer to the Computer List.
See “About backing up other computers from your computer” on page 180.
See “Adding local computers to the Computer List” on page 182.
See “Removing a computer from the Computer List” on page 182.
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Adding local computers to the Computer List
Before you can back up drives on a local computer, you must first add the computer
to the Computer List. You can then quickly switch between your local computer
and any other computer on the list.
To add a local computer to the Computer List
1
On the Computers menu, click Add Local Computer.
2
Click OK.
See “About backing up other computers from your computer” on page 180.
See “Adding remote computers to the Computer List” on page 181.
See “Removing a computer from the Computer List” on page 182.
Removing a computer from the Computer List
You can remove local or remote computers from the Computer List.
Removing a computer from the Computer List does not uninstall the agent from
the computer. You must run your operating system's uninstall program instead.
To remove a computer from the Computer List
1
On the Computers menu, click Edit List.
2
Select the remote or the local computer that you want to remove, and then
click the minus sign (–).
3
Click OK
See “About backing up other computers from your computer” on page 180.
See “Adding remote computers to the Computer List” on page 181.
See “Adding local computers to the Computer List” on page 182.
See “Removing a computer from the Computer List” on page 182.
About the Veritas System Recovery Agent
The Veritas System Recovery Agent is the unseen “engine” that does the actual
backing up and restoring of data on a remote computer. Because the Veritas System
Recovery Agent functions as a service, it does not have a graphical user interface.
See “Using the Veritas System Recovery Agent” on page 183.
The Veritas System Recovery Agent does, however, have a tray icon.available from
the Windows notification area. The icon provides feedback of current conditions
and lets you perform common tasks. For example, you can view backup jobs,
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reconnect the Veritas System Recovery Agent, or cancel a task that is currently
running.
You can install the agent manually by visiting each computer you want to protect
and installing the agent from the product DVD. A more efficient method, however,
is to use the Veritas System Recovery Deploy Agent feature. You can remotely
install the agent on a computer in the domain whose data you want to protect.
See “About managing the Veritas System Recovery Agent through Windows
Services” on page 183.
See “About controlling access to Veritas System Recovery ” on page 193.
Using the Veritas System Recovery Agent
You can use the Veritas System Recovery tray icon in the Windows notification
area to quickly access a variety of useful tasks.
To use the Veritas System Recovery Agent
◆
On the Windows notification area, do one of the following:
■
Right-click the Veritas System Recovery tray icon, and then click Reconnect
to restart the service automatically.
You cannot run a backup until the service is running.
■
If Veritas System Recovery is installed on the computer, double-click the
Veritas System Recovery tray icon to start the program.
If only the agent is installed, double-clicking the tray icon only displays an
About dialog box.
■
If the computer has the software installed, right-click the Veritas System
Recovery tray icon to display a menu of common agent tasks.
See “About the Veritas System Recovery Agent ” on page 182.
See “About managing the Veritas System Recovery Agent through Windows
Services” on page 183.
About managing the Veritas System Recovery Agent through
Windows Services
The Veritas System Recovery Agent is a Windows service that runs in the
background.
It provides the following:
■
The ability to locally run scheduled backup jobs, even when there are no or
unauthorized users that are logged on to the computer.
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■
The ability to allow administrators to remotely back up computers throughout
an enterprise from Veritas System Recovery running on another computer.
See “Using the Veritas System Recovery Agent” on page 183.
To use the features of Veritas System Recovery, the Veritas System Recovery
Agent must be started and properly configured. You can use the Windows Services
tool to manage and troubleshoot the agent.
Note: To manage the Veritas System Recovery Agent, you must be logged on as
a local administrator.
You can manage the Veritas System Recovery Agent in the following ways:
■
Start, stop, or disable the Veritas System Recovery Agent on local and remote
computers.
See “Starting or stopping the Veritas System Recovery Agent service”
on page 189.
■
Configure the user name and password that the Veritas System Recovery Agent
uses.
See “About controlling access to Veritas System Recovery ” on page 193.
■
Set up recovery actions to take place if the Veritas System Recovery Agent fails
to start.
For example, you can restart the Veritas System Recovery Agent automatically
or restart the computer.
See “Setting up recovery actions when the Veritas System Recovery Agent
does not start” on page 191.
About deploying the Veritas System Recovery
Agent
You can deploy the Veritas System Recovery Agent to the computers that are on
the Computer List by using the Agent Deployment feature. After you install the
agent, you can create backup jobs directly from Veritas System Recovery.
See “About backing up other computers from your computer” on page 180.
If you deselected the Agent Deployment option during installation, this feature is
not available. You can run the installation again, and select the Modify option to
add this feature back in.
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Your computer must meet the minimum memory requirement to run the Recover
My Computer wizard or the Recovery Point Browser in Veritas System Recovery
Disk.
If you install a multilingual version of the product, you must have a minimum of 1
GB of RAM to run Veritas System Recovery Disk.
If your computers are set up in a workgroup environment, you should prepare your
local computer before you deploy an agent.
See “Preparing a computer in a workgroup environment to deploy the Veritas System
Recovery Agent” on page 185.
See “Deploying the Veritas System Recovery Agent” on page 186.
See “Manually installing the Veritas System Recovery Agent” on page 186.
Preparing a computer in a workgroup environment to deploy the
Veritas System Recovery Agent
You must complete certain steps in Windows to prepare a computer in a workgroup
environment to deploy the Veritas System Recovery Agent.
To prepare a computer in a workgroup environment to deploy the agent
1
On the Windows taskbar, right-click Start, and then click Explore.
2
On the Tools menu, click Folder Options > View.
3
On the View tab, scroll to the end of the list and verify that the Use simple file
sharing check box is not selected, and then click OK.
4
On the Windows Control Panel, click Windows Firewall.
You may need to also click Change Settings if you are running Windows
Server 2008.
5
On the Exceptions tab, select File and Printer Sharing, and then click OK.
Note: You should close any open applications before you continue with the agent
installation. If the Reboot check box is selected, the computer automatically restarts
at the end of the installation wizard.
See “About deploying the Veritas System Recovery Agent” on page 184.
See “Deploying the Veritas System Recovery Agent” on page 186.
See “Manually installing the Veritas System Recovery Agent” on page 186.
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Deploying the Veritas System Recovery Agent
You can deploy the Veritas System Recovery Agent to local or to remote computers.
To deploy the Veritas System Recovery Agent
1
Ensure that you have completed the steps to prepare the computer to deploy
the Veritas System Recovery agent.
See “Preparing a computer in a workgroup environment to deploy the Veritas
System Recovery Agent” on page 185.
2
On the Veritas System Recovery menu bar, click Computers > select a
computer from the menu.
You must have administrator rights on the computer to which you install the
agent.
3
Click Deploy Agent.
4
In the Deploy Veritas System Recovery Agent dialog box, specify the
administrator user name (or a user name that has administrator rights) and the
password.
In a workgroup environment, you must specify the remote computer name.
You cannot use an IP address, even if you have successfully connected to the
computer by using an IP address.
For example, type RemoteComputerName\UserName
5
If you want to restart the computer when the agent installation is finished, click
Reboot when finished.
Note: The computer cannot be backed up until the computer is restarted.
However, be sure to warn the user of the impending reboot so that they can
save their work.
6
Click OK.
See “About deploying the Veritas System Recovery Agent” on page 184.
See “Manually installing the Veritas System Recovery Agent” on page 186.
Manually installing the Veritas System Recovery Agent
You can manually install the Veritas System Recovery Agent to local or to remote
computers.
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To manually install the Veritas System Recovery Agent
1
Ensure that you have completed the steps to prepare the computer to deploy
the Veritas System Recovery agent.
See “Preparing a computer in a workgroup environment to deploy the Veritas
System Recovery Agent” on page 185.
2
Insert the Veritas System Recovery product DVD into the media drive of the
computer.
The installation program should start automatically.
If the installation program does not start, on the Windows taskbar, click Start
> Run, type the following command, then click OK.
<drive>:\browser.exe
where <drive> is the drive letter of your media drive.
3
In the DVD browser panel, click Install Veritas System Recovery.
4
In the Welcome panel, click Next.
5
Read the license agreement, click I accept the terms in the license
agreement, and then click Next.
6
If you want to change the default location for the program files, click Change.
Then locate the folder in which you want to install the agent, and then click
OK.
7
Click Next.
8
Click Custom, and then click Next.
9
Click Veritas System Recovery Service, and then click This feature will be
installed on local hard drive.
This feature is the agent.
10 Set all other features to This feature will not be installed.
11 Click Next, and then click Install.
See “About deploying the Veritas System Recovery Agent” on page 184.
See “Deploying the Veritas System Recovery Agent” on page 186.
See “Manually installing the Veritas System Recovery Agent” on page 186.
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Best practices for Veritas System Recovery
services
The following table describes some best practices for using Veritas System Recovery
services.
Table 9-1
Best practices for using Veritas System Recovery services
Best practice
Description
Check the Events tab first before using Services.
The Events tab in the Advanced view
can help you to track down the source
of a problem. Particularly when it is
associated with the Veritas System
Recovery Agent. You should view the
most recent log entries in the Events
tab for more information about the
potential causes of the problem.
Verify that the Veritas System Recovery Agent starts The Veritas System Recovery Agent
without user intervention.
is configured to start automatically
when Veritas System Recovery starts.
You can view the status information to
verify that the Veritas System
Recovery Agent has started. The
status area in the Task pane displays
a Ready status message when the
agent starts.
You can also test that the Veritas
System Recovery Agent starts
automatically by looking in Services.
You can check the status and restart
the service if necessary. If the Startup
type is set to automatic, you should
restart the agent.
See “Starting or stopping the Veritas
System Recovery Agent service”
on page 189.
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Table 9-1
Best practices for using Veritas System Recovery services
(continued)
Best practice
Description
Use caution when changing default settings for the Changing the default Veritas System
Veritas System Recovery Agent.
Recovery Agent properties can prevent
Veritas System Recovery from running
correctly. You should use caution when
changing the default Startup type and
Log On settings of the Veritas System
Recovery Agent. It is configured to
start and log on automatically when
you start Veritas System Recovery .
See “Opening Windows services ” on page 189.
Opening Windows services
You can use several methods to open Windows services to manage the Veritas
System Recovery Agent.
To open Windows services
1
2
Do one of the following:
■
On the Windows Control Panel, click Administrative Tools > Services.
■
On the Windows taskbar, click Start > Run.
In the Open text field, type services.msc, and then click OK.
Under the Name column, scroll through the list of services until you see Veritas
System Recovery (the name of the agent).
Its status should be Started.
See “Starting or stopping the Veritas System Recovery Agent service” on page 189.
Starting or stopping the Veritas System Recovery Agent service
To start, stop, or restart the Veritas System Recovery Agent service, you must be
logged on as an administrator. (If your computer is connected to a network, network
policy settings might prevent you from completing these tasks.)
You might need to start, stop, or restart the Veritas System Recovery Agent service
for the following reasons:
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Starting ot stopping the Veritas System Recovery Agent service
Table 9-2
Action
Description
Start or
Restart
You should start or restart the agent if Veritas System Recovery is unable
to connect to it on a computer. Or, you cannot reconnect from Veritas System
Recovery.
Restart
You should restart the agent. This restart is necessary if you changed the
user name or password that you use to log on to the agent service. You
should also restart the agent after you have used the Security Configuration
Tool to give additional users the ability to back up computers.
See “About controlling access to Veritas System Recovery ” on page 193.
Stop
You can stop the agent if you believe that it causes a problem on the
computer, or if you want to temporarily free memory resources.
If you stop the agent, you also prevent all of your drive-based backups and
file and folder backups from running.
If you stop the Veritas System Recovery Agent service and then start Veritas System
Recovery, the agent restarts automatically. The Status changes to Ready.
If you stop the Veritas System Recovery Agent service while the software runs, you
receive an error message. Veritas System Recovery is disconnected from the agent.
In most cases, you can click Reconnect from the Task pane or from the Tray icon
to restart the Veritas System Recovery Agent.
To start or stop the Veritas System Recovery Agent service
1
On the Windows taskbar, click Start > Run.
2
In the Run window, type services.msc
3
Click OK.
4
In the Services window, in the Name column, click Veritas System Recovery.
5
On the Action menu, select one of the following:
■
Start
■
Stop
■
Restart
See “Setting up recovery actions when the Veritas System Recovery Agent does
not start” on page 191.
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Setting up recovery actions when the Veritas System Recovery Agent
does not start
You can specify the computer’s response if the Veritas System Recovery Agent
fails to start.
To set up recovery actions when the Veritas System Recovery Agent does
not start
1
On the Windows taskbar, click Start > Run.
2
In the Run window, type services.msc
3
Click OK.
4
In the Services window, on the Action menu, click Properties.
5
On the Recovery tab, in the First failure, Second failure, and Subsequent
failures lists, select the action that you want:
6
Restart the Service
Specify the number of minutes before an
attempt to restart the service is made.
Run a Program
Specify a program to run. You should not
specify any programs or scripts that require
user input.
Restart the Computer
Click Restart Computer Options, and then
specify how long to wait before restarting the
computer. You can also create a message
that you want to display to remote users
before the computer restarts.
In the Reset fail count after box, specify the number of days that the agent
must run successfully before the fail count is reset.
When the fail count is reset to zero, the next failure triggers the action that is
set for the first recovery attempt.
7
Click OK.
See “Starting or stopping the Veritas System Recovery Agent service” on page 189.
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Viewing Veritas System Recovery Agent
dependencies
The Veritas System Recovery Agent depends on other required services to run
properly. If a system component is stopped or is not running properly, the dependent
services can be affected.
If the Veritas System Recovery Agent fails to start, check the dependencies. Check
to ensure that they are installed and that their Startup type is not set to Disabled.
Note: To view the Startup type setting for each of the interdependent services,
you must select one service at a time. Then click Action > Properties > General.
The top list box on the Dependencies tab displays services the Veritas System
Recovery Agent requires to run properly. The bottom list box does not have any
services that need the Veritas System Recovery Agent to run properly.
The following table lists the services the Veritas System Recovery Agent requires
to run properly, along with their default startup setting.
Table 9-3
Required services
Service
Startup type
Event log
Automatic
Plug and play
Automatic
Remote procedure call (RPC)
Automatic
To view Veritas System Recovery Agent dependencies
1
On the Windows taskbar, click Start > Run.
2
In the Run window, type services.msc.
3
Click OK.
4
In the Services window, under Name, click Veritas System Recovery.
5
On the Action menu, click Properties.
6
Click the Dependencies tab.
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About controlling access to Veritas System
Recovery
You can use the Security Configuration Tool to grant the necessary permissions
to access the agent, or the full Veritas System Recovery user interface.
When you use the Security Configuration Tool, any permission that you grant to
the Users group applies to the members within that group.
Note: The agent service can only be run as LocalSystem or by a user who belongs
to the Administrator's group.
The following table describes the permissions that can be allowed or denied for
user and groups who use the Veritas System Recovery Agent.
Table 9-4
Permission options
Option
Description
Full Control
Gives the user or the group complete access to all
Veritas System Recovery functionality as if they
are the administrator. If you do not want users to
define, change, or delete backups, or to manage
recovery point storage, do not give them Full
Control.
Status Only
Users or groups can get status information, and
can run a backup job. But they cannot define,
change, or delete any backup jobs, or use any
other function of the product.
Deny
Users cannot perform any function, or see any
information. They are blocked from any access to
Veritas System Recovery.
A deny setting takes precedence over an inherited allow setting. For example, a
user who is a member of two groups is denied permissions if the settings for one
of the groups denies permissions. User-denied permissions override group-allow
permissions.
See “Enabling users or groups to access Veritas System Recovery” on page 194.
See “Changing permissions for a user or a group” on page 194.
See “Disabling access for users or groups to Veritas System Recovery” on page 195.
See “Running Veritas System Recovery using different user rights” on page 195.
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Enabling users or groups to access Veritas System Recovery
You can use the Security Configuration Tool to add a user or a group so they
can access Veritas System Recovery.
To add users and groups
1
On the Windows taskbar, click Start > Programs > Veritas System Recovery
> Security Configuration Tool.
2
Click Add.
3
In the Select Users or Groups dialog box, click Advanced.
4
If necessary, click Object Types to select the types of objects that you want.
5
If necessary, click Locations to select the location that you want to search.
6
Click Find Now, select users and groups you want, and then click OK.
7
Click OK when you are finished.
See “About controlling access to Veritas System Recovery ” on page 193.
See “Changing permissions for a user or a group” on page 194.
See “Disabling access for users or groups to Veritas System Recovery” on page 195.
See “Running Veritas System Recovery using different user rights” on page 195.
Changing permissions for a user or a group
You can use the Security Configuration Tool to change the Veritas System
Recovery access permissions of a user or a group.
To change permissions for a user or a group
1
On the Windows taskbar, click Start > Programs > Veritas System Recovery
> Security Configuration Tool.
2
In the Permissions for Veritas System Recovery dialog box, select the user
or group whose permissions you want to change. Then do one of the following:
3
■
To set Full Control permissions, click Allow or Deny for the selected user
or group.
■
To set Status Only permissions, click Allow or Deny for the selected user
or group.
Click OKwhen you are finished.
See “About controlling access to Veritas System Recovery ” on page 193.
See “Enabling users or groups to access Veritas System Recovery” on page 194.
See “Disabling access for users or groups to Veritas System Recovery” on page 195.
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See “Running Veritas System Recovery using different user rights” on page 195.
Disabling access for users or groups to Veritas System Recovery
You can use the Security Configuration Tool to remove a user or a group so they
cannot access Veritas System Recovery.
To remove a user or a group
1
On the Windows Start menu, click Programs > Veritas System Recovery
> Security Configuration Tool.
2
Select the user or group that you want to remove, and then click Remove.
3
Click OK when you are finished.
See “About controlling access to Veritas System Recovery ” on page 193.
See “Enabling users or groups to access Veritas System Recovery” on page 194.
See “Changing permissions for a user or a group” on page 194.
See “Running Veritas System Recovery using different user rights” on page 195.
Running Veritas System Recovery using different user rights
If the permissions for a user are insufficient for running Veritas System Recovery,
you can use the Run As feature in Windows. The Run As feature lets you run the
software using an account that has sufficient rights. This situation is true even if
you are not currently logged on with the account.
To perform Run As from Windows
1
On the Windows taskbar, click Start > All Programs > Veritas System
Recovery.
2
Right-click Veritas System Recovery, and then click Run As.
3
In the Run As dialog box, click The following user to log onto with another
account.
4
In the User name and Password fields, enter the account name and password
that you want to use, and then click OK.
See “About controlling access to Veritas System Recovery ” on page 193.
See “Enabling users or groups to access Veritas System Recovery” on page 194.
See “Changing permissions for a user or a group” on page 194.
See “Disabling access for users or groups to Veritas System Recovery” on page 195.
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Chapter
10
Monitoring the status of
your backups
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
About monitoring backups
■
Icons on the Home page
■
Icons on the Status page
■
Configuring Veritas System Recovery to send SNMP traps
■
Customizing the status reporting of a drive (or file and folder backups)
■
Viewing drive details
■
Improving the protection level of a drive
■
About using event log information to troubleshoot problems
About monitoring backups
You should monitor your backups to ensure that you can effectively recover lost
data when you need it.
The Home page provides a general status of your backup protection. The Status
page provides details about which drives are protected, as well as a calendar view
of past and future backups.
Note: In addition to ensuring that you back up each drive, carefully review and
follow best practices for backing up your computer.
Monitoring the status of your backups
Icons on the Home page
See “Icons on the Home page” on page 197.
See “Icons on the Status page” on page 199.
Refreshing the information that displays about hard disk configuration
changes
Use Refresh to update the drive information that is displayed in various views of
the product. This feature is useful when hard disk configurations have changed but
the changes do not immediately appear in Veritas System Recovery. For example,
adding hard disk space or creating a partition.
When you use Refresh, Veritas System Recovery scans all attached hard disks for
any configuration changes. It also updates information on removable media, media
drives, hard drives, file systems, and hard drive letters.
To rescan a computer’s hard disks
◆
On the View menu, click Refresh.
The status bar at the bottom of the product's window indicates when the
scanning takes place.
See “About monitoring backups” on page 196.
Icons on the Home page
On the Home page, the Backup Status pane provides a summary of the backup
protection status of your computer. For example, suppose one or more drives are
not included in a defined backup. In such cases, the background color and status
icon change to reflect the level of backup protection. The Status Details pane
provides recommendations on which actions you should take.
The following table describes each of the levels of backup protection that the Home
page displays.
Table 10-1
Icon
Backup protection levels
Title
Description
Backed up
At least one drive-based
backup is defined and it runs
on a regular basis.
This status indicates that all
drives, files, and folders can
be fully recovered, if
necessary.
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Icon
Backup protection levels (continued)
Title
Description
Partially backed up
A backup is defined, but it is
not scheduled or has not run
for a long time. This status
can indicate that the existing
recovery points are outdated.
It can also indicate that one
or more drives are not
assigned to a defined backup.
A partially protected drive can
be recovered, but if the
recovery points are outdated,
it might not contain the latest
versions of your data.
At risk
No defined backup exists and
no recovery points are
available from which to
recover the drive.
An unprotected drive cannot
be recovered and is at risk.
Status unknown
The status is forthcoming, or
you have not yet licensed
your product.
Either wait a few seconds for
the status to display, or make
sure that you have licensed
your copy of the product.
No backup protection
assigned
The drive that displays this
icon is not monitored for
backup status; or, it is
monitored for errors only.
However, there are no errors
to report.
Use the Customize Status
Report feature on the Status
page to change the status
report setting.
See “About monitoring backups” on page 196.
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See “Icons on the Status page” on page 199.
Icons on the Status page
Refer to the following table for the meaning of each icon that is displayed in the
Backups calendar of the Status page.
Table 10-2
Icon
Backups calendar icons
Description
States
Represents a drive-based
backup that is configured to
create a single, independent
recovery point. When this
icon appears in the Backup
timeline, it indicates that a
drive-based backup is
scheduled to occur.
This icon can appear in the
following states:
Indicates that a backup has
run and an independent
recovery point was created.
Indicates that the backup is
unavailable.
Indicates that the backup did
not run as scheduled. This
problem could occur if an
error prevents the backup
from running or if you
manually cancel a backup
before it completes.
Indicates a drive-based
backup that is scheduled to
run at a future time.
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Table 10-2
Icon
Backups calendar icons (continued)
Description
States
Represents a drive-based
backup that is configured to
create incremental recovery
points. It indicates that a
drive-based backup is
scheduled to occur on the day
that it appears in the backup
timeline.
This icon can appear in the
following states:
Indicates that a backup has
run and an incremental
recovery point was created.
Indicates that the backup is
unavailable.
Indicates that the backup did
not run as scheduled. This
problem could occur if an
error prevents the backup
from running or if you
manually cancel a backup
before it completes.
Indicates that the backup is
scheduled to run at a future
time.
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Table 10-2
Icon
Backups calendar icons (continued)
Description
States
Represents backing up files
and folders. It indicates that
a backup of files and folders
occurs on the day that it
appears in the backup
timeline.
This icon can appear in the
following states:
Indicates that a backup has
run and that backup data for
files and folders was created
successfully.
Indicates that the backup is
not available.
Indicates that the backup did
not run as scheduled. This
problem could occur if an
error prevents the backup
from running, or if you
manually canceled a backup
before it completed.
Indicates that the backup is
scheduled to run at a future
time.
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Table 10-2
Icon
Backups calendar icons (continued)
Description
States
Represents two or more
This icon can appear in the
backups are scheduled to run following states:
on the day on which this icon
appears.
Indicates that two or more
backups have run and the last
backup was created
successfully.
Indicates that two or more
backups are scheduled and
that at least one is
unavailable.
Indicates that two or more
backups have run and the last
backup was unsuccessful.
This problem could occur if
an error prevents a backup
from running.
Indicates that the backup is
scheduled to run at a future
time.
Configuring Veritas System Recovery to send
SNMP traps
If you use Network Management System (NMS) applications, you can configure
Veritas System Recovery to send SNMP traps for different priority and notification
types.
By default, Veritas System Recovery is not enabled to send SNMP traps to NMS
managers. You can configure Veritas System Recovery to send SNMP traps for
different priority and notification types.
To configure Veritas System Recovery to send SNMP traps
1
On the Tasks menu, click Options.
2
Under Notifications, click SNMP Trap.
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3
4
5
Click the Select the priority and type of messages list and select the priority
level at which traps should be generated.
All messages
Send all messages, regardless of priority
levels.
Medium and high priority messages
Send only medium and high priority
messages.
High priority messages only
Send only high priority messages.
No messages
Do not send any messages, regardless of
priority levels.
Select one or more of the following options:
■
Errors
■
Warnings
■
Information
Select the version of SNMP traps to be sent (Version 1 or Version 2), and then
click OK.
The Veritas System Recovery Management Information Base (MIB) is an enterprise
MIB. It contains the Veritas System Recovery SNMP trap definitions. All Network
Management System (NMS) applications have options to load an MIB. You can
use any of these options to load the Veritas System Recovery MIB. If you do not
load the MIB, the NMS application can still receive, and display the traps. However,
the traps are not displayed in informative text. The MIB file, named ssr_mib.mib,
is located in the Support folder on the Veritas System Recovery product DVD.
Customizing the status reporting of a drive (or file
and folder backups)
You can configure how Veritas System Recovery reports the status of a particular
drive (or all backups of files and folders).
For example, suppose that drive D contains unimportant data and you have chosen
not to include it in a drive-based backup. The status on the Home page continues
to report that your computer is at risk. You can configure Veritas System Recovery
to ignore drive D. By ignoring it, you ensure that it does not calculate the status of
drive D in the Backup Status panel on the Home page.
Or, you can specify that only errors, such as missed or failed backups, are included
in the status report.
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Note: The backup status of each drive is reported throughout the product, wherever
the drive is listed. When you customize status reporting for a drive, the status is
reflected anywhere that the drive is listed in Veritas System Recovery.
You should first determine the importance of the data that is on a particular drive.
Or, the importance of data you have included in a backup of files and folders. Then
you can decide on the level of status reporting to assign to it.
To customize the status reporting of a drive (or file and folder backups)
1
On the Status page, click a drive (or File and folders) to select it.
You can also click Customize status reporting from the Home page.
2
Click Customize status reporting.
3
Select a status reporting option.
Full status reporting
Shows the current status of the selected
drive or file and folder backups on the
Home and Status pages.
Select this option if the data is critical.
Errors only status reporting
Shows the current status of the selected
drive or file and folder backups only when
errors occur.
Select this option if the data is important,
but you only want the status to report
errors, whenever they occur.
No status reporting
Does not show any status for the selected
drive or file and folder backups.
Select this option if the data is unimportant
and missed or failed backups do not need
to be reported.
4
Click OK.
Viewing drive details
The Advanced page lets you view details about your hard drives.
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To view drive details
1
On the View menu, click Advanced.
2
On the Drives tab, in the Drive column of the table, select a drive.
3
Review the Details section.
Name
Displays the name that you assigned to the backup when
you defined it.
Type
Identifies the type of recovery point that the backup creates
when it runs.
Destination
Identifies the storage location of the recovery point, or the
location in which the drive should be backed up.
Last Run
Displays the day and time when the backup was last run.
Next Run
Displays the day and time of the next scheduled backup.
See “Improving the protection level of a drive” on page 205.
Improving the protection level of a drive
When the status of a drive-based backup indicates that it needs attention, you
should take steps to improve the status.
You might need to add a drive to an existing backup, edit the schedule of a backup,
or edit the settings of a backup. Or, you may need to define a new backup.
See “About backing up your data” on page 110.
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To improve the protection level of a drive
1
On the View menu, click Status.
2
In the Drives column, select a drive that requires attention.
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3
In the Status panel, right-click on the name of a backup job you want to edit,
and then select one of the following menu items:
Run Backup Now
Runs the selected backup job immediately.
Run Backup With Options
Opens the Run Backup With Options dialog box,
which lets you select the desired recovery point type.
Recovery point option types include Incremental
recovery point, Recovery point set, and Independent
recovery point.
Change Schedule
Opens the Run When dialog box so that you can edit
the backup schedule.
Edit Settings
Opens the Define Backup Wizard, which lets you
edit the backup definition.
This option takes you to the second page of the
wizard.
Edit Offsite
Opens the Offsite Copy Settings dialog box, where
you can edit or change settings for the Offsite Copy
feature.
Remove Backup Job
Deletes the backup that you have selected.
When you delete a backup, only the backup definition
is deleted. The backup data is not deleted (for
example, the recovery points or the backup data of
files and folders).
Disable (Enable) Backup
Turns on or turns off the backup that you have
selected.
Define New Backup
Opens the Define Backup Wizard, where you can
select between backing up your computer or backing
up selected files and folders.
This option is useful if a drive in the Drives column
is not yet assigned to a backup. You can select a
drive that is assigned to a backup job. Then you have
access to the shortcut method for starting the Define
Backup Wizard from the Status page.
Manage Backup Destination
Opens the Manage Backup Destination dialog box,
where you can specify destination drives as well as
delete, copy, or explore existing recovery points on
destination drives.
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Customize Status Reporting
Opens the Customize Status Reporting dialog box,
where you can specify if you want status reporting,
and the type of status reporting.
See “Editing backup settings” on page 173.
About using event log information to troubleshoot
problems
When Veritas System Recovery performs an action, it records the event (for
example, when a backup job runs). It also records program error messages.
You can use the event log to track down the source of problems or to verify the
successful completion of a backup job.
Log entries provide information about the success or failure of numerous actions
by Veritas System Recovery or by a user. It offers a single view of all of the
information and the program error messages.
To access the event log
1
On the Tasks menu, click Options.
2
Under Notifications, click Event Log.
3
Select the appropriate event log options.
The generated event log includes the following information:
Type
Indicates if the event is an error message or other information,
such as the successful completion of a backup job.
Source
Identifies if Veritas System Recovery generates the message
or another program.
Date
Displays the exact date and time that a selected event
occurred.
Description
Lets you review information about an event that can help you
troubleshoot errors.
See “Logging Veritas System Recovery messages” on page 101.
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Chapter
11
Monitoring the backup
status of remote
computers using Veritas
System Recovery Monitor
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
About Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor
■
Starting Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor
■
Icons on the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor console
■
Configuring Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor default options
■
Adding a remote computer to the Computer List
■
Modifying the logon credentials for the remote computers
■
Removing a remote computer from the Computer List
■
Viewing the backup protection status of a remote computer
■
Viewing the Protection Status report
About Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor
Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor is an extremely simple, standalone, lightweight,
and easy to use monitoring application. Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor helps
you determine the backup protection status of the remote computers that you backed
Monitoring the backup status of remote computers using Veritas System Recovery Monitor
Starting Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor
up using Veritas System Recovery. The Veritas System Recovery application was
formerly known as Symantec System Recovery 2013 R2. Monitoring the remote
computers ensures that you can recover lost data.
The Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor application lets you do the following:
■
Monitor the backup protection status for a maximum of 100 remote computers
at a time.
■
Select the view for the remote computers that you want to monitor.
■
Refresh any of the computers in the Computer List to view the latest protection
status. You can also configure an hourly refresh interval for the remote
computers.
See “Starting Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor” on page 210.
See “Icons on the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor console” on page 210.
See “Adding a remote computer to the Computer List” on page 215.
Starting Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor
Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor is installed in the Windows All Programs
menu. During installation, a program icon is installed in the system tray from which
you can open Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor. You can also open Veritas
System Recovery 16 Monitor from the Windows taskbar.
To start Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor
◆
On the Windows taskbar , click Start > All Programs > Veritas System
Recovery Monitor > Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor.
The Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor console appears.
See “Icons on the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor console” on page 210.
Icons on the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor
console
The following table describes the icons on the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor
console:
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Table 11-1
Icon
About the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor console icons
Title
Description
View Options
Lists shortcuts to access most of the commonly used
features of Veritas System Recovery Monitor
application, such as add computer, switch view, and
remove computer.
Add new
computer (Ctrl +
N)
Adds a remote computer to the Computer List that
displays in the Backup Status pane.
Import
Computers (Ctrl
+ I)
Imports a text file to add multiple remote computers.
This text file contains the IP addresses of the remote
computers.
See “Adding a remote computer to the Computer List”
on page 215.
See “Adding a remote computer to the Computer List”
on page 215.
Export (Ctrl + X)
Exports the Protection Status report for the selected
computers on the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor
console in an HTML or in a CSV format.
See “Viewing the Protection Status report” on page 219.
Application
Opens the Settings pane and configure the Veritas
settings (Ctrl + S) System Recovery 16 Monitor default options.
See “Configuring Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor
default options” on page 213.
Switch View (Ctrl Switches between the Category view and All Computers
+ T)
view.
Help (F1)
Accesses the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor's
Help system.
Exit (Alt + F4)
Closes the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor
console.
Search
Searches a remote computer from the Computer List.
At Risk
Indicates that no drive-based backup policy has been
created for the computers that appear in the Computer
List.
The drives, files, or folders of these computers are
unprotected and cannot be recovered and are at risk.
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Icons on the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor console
Table 11-1
Icon
About the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor console icons
(continued)
Title
Description
Need Attention
Indicates that:
■
■
Unknown
Backed up
A drive-based backup policy for the computers that
appear in this Computer List was defined. However,
the policy has not run recently or the computers are
not assigned to the defined backup policy.
Some computers can be recovered, however, if the
recovery points are outdated, they may not contain
the latest version of your data.
Indicates that the backup protection status of the
computers in the Computer List is not known. This
status may appear if the Veritas System Recovery
Monitor cannot connect to the remote computer due to
the following issues:
■
Network connectivity issues
■
Firewall issues
■
Incorrect user name or password
Indicates that a drive-based backup policy was created
and it runs on a regular basis. All the drives, files, and
folders of the remote computers are protected and can
be recovered, if necessary.
Computer Details Opens the Computer Details pane. The Computer
Details pane displays a summary of the backup
protection status for the selected remote computer.
See “Viewing the backup protection status of a remote
computer” on page 217.
Expand /
Collapse
Expands or Collapses the Status pane, which displays
the Category view of the remote computers in the
Computer List.
Remove
Computer
(Delete)
Removes a remote computer from the Computer List.
See “Removing a remote computer from the Computer
List” on page 217.
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Configuring Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor default options
Table 11-1
Icon
About the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor console icons
(continued)
Title
Description
Refresh
Manually refresh the Backup Status pane to see the
Protection Status latest backup protection status for the Computer List.
(Ctrl + R)
You can also select an individual computer from the
Computer List and select refresh to see the latest
backup protection status.
Edit Computer
(Ctrl + E)
Modifies the logon credentials for the remote computers.
Next
Synchronization
Time
Displays the time in minutes that remains for the next
automatic refresh.
See “Modifying the logon credentials for the remote
computers” on page 216.
See “Configuring Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor default options” on page 213.
See “Adding a remote computer to the Computer List” on page 215.
Configuring Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor
default options
The Settings pane lets you configure the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor
default options. The following table describes the options on the Settings pane.
To view the Settings pane
1
2
Do one of the following:
■
On the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor console, click the View Options
icon and then click Settings.
■
On the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor console, click the Application
settings icon.
On the Settings pane, configure the default options.
See “Adding a remote computer to the Computer List” on page 215.
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Configuring Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor default options
Table 11-2
Configure the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor default options
Settings
Do the following
Always on Top
Select the check box to display the Veritas System Recovery
16 Monitor application on the top of the other Microsoft
Windows applications.
Save window location on Select the check box to save the location of the console when
exit
you close the application. When you launch the application
again the console displays in the location you saved.
Start with window OS
Select the check box to automatically start the Veritas System
Recovery 16 Monitor application with the Microsoft Windows
operating system. When you log on to Microsoft Windows,
Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor automatically starts and
monitors the remote computers.
Auto Refresh
Select the check box to enable the automatic refresh Veritas
System Recovery 16 Monitor.
Refresh interval <enter the
time> minutes
You can modify the refresh interval. Ensure that the interval
value must be between 60 min to 720 min.
Expand all tabs on load
Select the check box to expand all the status tabs in the
category view on the Veritas System Recovery Monitor
console, on load.
You can also manually expand and collapse all the Status tabs
as follows.
■
To expand the Backup Status pane, click the Expand icon.
■
To collapse the Backup Status pane, click the Collapse
icon.
Domain Account and
Password
Select the check box if you want to access and monitor a group
of remote computers available in a domain account or an Active
Directory.
Username:
(Domain\username)
Enter the global account name in the format <Domain name \
username>. For example, Veritas\IMG.
Password
Enter the password.
Confirm Password
Retype the password.
Save
To store the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor default
options, click Save.
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Adding a remote computer to the Computer List
Before you can monitor the backup protection status for a remote computer, you
must add the remote computer to the Computer List.
To add remote computers to the Computer List
1
From the bottom-left corner of the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor console,
click Add Machine.
See “Icons on the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor console” on page 210.
2
In the Hostname or IP address field, type the name or the IP address of the
computer that you want to add.
For more information about controlling access to the Veritas System Recovery,
see the Veritas™ System Recovery User's Guide.
3
In the Username field, type the user name for an account that has appropriate
permissions to access the backup protection status of the computer.
4
In the Password field, type the password for the user account.
5
In the Confirm Password field, type the password again to confirm it.
6
Click Add.
See “Modifying the logon credentials for the remote computers” on page 216.
To add multiple remote computers to the Computer List, you can import a text file
that contains the IP address of all the remote computers.
To import a text file
1
Select and configure the domain account and password in the Settings pane.
See “Configuring Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor default options”
on page 213.
2
Create a text file that contains the IP addresses of the remote computers that
you want to monitor.
3
On the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor console, click Import Text file to
add multiple Computers.
4
Browse to select the text file that contains the IP addresses of the remote
computers.
5
Click OK.
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Modifying the logon credentials for the remote computers
Importing a text file to add multiple remote computers to the Computer
List
To add multiple remote computers to the Computer List, you can import a text file
that contains the IP address of all the remote computers.
See “Adding a remote computer to the Computer List” on page 215.
See “Modifying the logon credentials for the remote computers” on page 216.
See “Viewing the backup protection status of a remote computer” on page 217.
Before you import a text file, you must ensure that you do the following:
■
Select and configure the domain account and password in the Settings pane.
See “Configuring Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor default options”
on page 213.
■
Create a text file that contains the IP addresses of the remote computers that
you want to monitor.
To import a text file
1
On the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor console, click Import Text file to
add multiple Computers.
2
Browse to select the text file that contains the IP addresses of the remote
computers.
3
Click OK.
Modifying the logon credentials for the remote
computers
You can modify the logon credential for the selected remote computer from the
Computer List.
To modify the logon credentials for the remote computer
1
On the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor console, select the remote
computer from the Computer List.
2
Click Edit Computer.
3
In the Hostname or IP address field, modify the host computer name or the
IP address of the host computer.
4
In the Username field, modify the user name for an account that has necessary
permissions to access the backup protection status of the computer.
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5
In the Password field, modify the password for the user account.
6
In the Confirm Password field, retype the modified password for the user
account.
See “Adding a remote computer to the Computer List” on page 215.
Removing a remote computer from the Computer
List
You can remove remote computers from the Computer List.
To remove a remote computer from the Computer List
1
On the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor console, select the remote
computer that you want to remove.
Note: If you want to remove multiple computers, Ctrl + click the remote
computers in the Computer List and press Delete key.
2
Click Remove Computer. Deleted computer disappears from the Computer
List.
See “Adding a remote computer to the Computer List” on page 215.
Viewing the backup protection status of a remote
computer
After you add a remote computer to the Computer List, Veritas System Recovery
16 Monitor does the following:
■
Automatically monitors the remote computer.
■
Displays a Computer List where all remote computers can be viewed under the
following protection status category:
■
■
At Risk
■
Need Attention
■
Unknown
■
BackedUp
Lets you view the backup protection status of an individual remote computer.
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Viewing the backup protection status of a remote computer
■
Lets you view the reason or detailed information, if the remote computer that
you monitor is displayed under the following protection state category:
■
At Risk
■
Need Attention
■
Unknown
The Computer Details pane lets you view the detailed information about the
monitored backup protection status for the remote computer.
To view the protection status of a remote computer
1
On the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor console, select a remote computer
from the Computer List.
2
Right-click the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor console. A shortcut menu
appears.
3
Click Computer Details.
Last Updated Time
Displays the last time, when Veritas System Recovery 16
Monitor accessed the computer to check the protection status.
VSR Version
Displays the version of the Veritas System Recovery application.
OS Version
Displays the operating system version of the remote computer,
for which the backup protection status is monitored.
State
Displays the backup protection status of the computer.
Reason
Specifies the reason for the protection state.
See “Icons on the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor console” on page 210.
The View Console functionality lets you monitor a remote computer and view the
backup protection status in the Veritas System Recovery application. You are not
required to enter the command line parameters or user credentials to connect to
the remote computer.
Note: If you have Symantec System Recovery 2011 (version 10.0.2) or later on
your host computer, the View Console link appears active. On a host computer
with a previous version of Symantec System Recovery the link appears inactive.
See “Adding a remote computer to the Computer List” on page 215.
See “Viewing the Protection Status report” on page 219.
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Viewing the Protection Status report
To view the backup protection status for a remote computer in the Veritas
System Recovery
1
On the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor console, select a remote computer
from the Computer List.
2
Click View Console.
Viewing the Protection Status report
The protection status report provides detailed information about the backup
protection status for all the remote computers that are backed up with Veritas System
Recovery. You can export the protection status report to one of the following formats:
■
Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
■
Comma Separated Value (CSV)
See “Icons on the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor console” on page 210.
See “Adding a remote computer to the Computer List” on page 215.
See “Removing a remote computer from the Computer List” on page 217.
To export and view the protection status report
1
On the Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor console, click List of exportable
data formats.
2
From the list of exportable data formats, select HTML or CSV.
3
Click Export computer information to a File.
4
In the Save As window, enter the file name and location where you want to
export the report.
5
Click Save.
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Chapter
12
Exploring the contents of
a recovery point
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
About exploring recovery points
■
Exploring a recovery point through Windows Explorer
■
Opening and restoring files within a recovery point
■
Dismounting a recovery point drive
■
Viewing the drive properties of a recovery point
About exploring recovery points
You can use Veritas System Recovery to explore files in a recovery point. You
mount the recovery point and assign it a drive letter so that it is visible from Windows
Explorer.
You can perform the following tasks on the assigned drive:
■
Run ScanDisk (or CHKDSK).
■
Perform a virus check.
■
Copy folders or files to an alternate location.
■
View disk information about the drive, such as used space and free space.
■
Run programs existing within a mounted recovery point.
Within a mounted recovery point, programs that you run cannot rely on any
registry values. The programs also cannot rely on COM interfaces, Dynamic
Link Libraries (DLLs), or other similar dependencies.
Exploring the contents of a recovery point
Exploring a recovery point through Windows Explorer
You can set up a mounted drive as a shared drive. Users on a network can connect
to the shared drive and restore files and folders from the recovery point.
You can mount one or more recovery points at a time. The drives remain mounted
until you unmount them or you restart the computer. Mounted drives do not take
up extra hard-disk space.
You do not need to mount a drive to restore the files or folders from within a recovery
point.
All security on the NTFS volumes remains intact when they are mounted.
See “Exploring a recovery point through Windows Explorer” on page 221.
See “Dismounting a recovery point drive” on page 224.
See “Viewing the drive properties of a recovery point” on page 224.
Exploring a recovery point through Windows
Explorer
When you explore a recovery point, Veritas System Recovery mounts the recovery
point as a drive letter and opens the recovery point in Windows Explorer.
For each drive that is included in the recovery point, a new mounted drive letter is
created. For example, if your recovery point contains backups of drives C and D,
two newly mounted drives appear (for example, E and F). The mounted drives
include the original drive labels of the drives that were backed up.
To explore a recovery point through Windows Explorer
1
On the Tasks menu, click Manage Backup Destination.
2
Do one of the following:
■
Select a recovery point set that you want to explore and in the Range
column, double-click the date range.
In the Explore Recovery Points dialog box, select the required recovery
points and then click OK.
■
Select the recovery point or recovery point set that you want to explore,
and then click Explore.
If you select a recovery point set, in the Explore Recovery Points dialog
box, select the required recovery points and then click OK.
See “About exploring recovery points” on page 220.
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Opening and restoring files within a recovery point
Mounting a recovery point from Windows Explorer
You can manually mount a recovery point as a drive by opening your backup
destination folder in Windows Explorer.
You can use Windows Explorer to search the contents of the recovery point. For
example, if you cannot remember where a particular file was originally stored, you
can use the Windows Explorer search feature. You can locate the file, as you
normally would locate a file on your hard drive.
To mount a recovery point from Windows Explorer
1
In Windows Explorer, navigate to a recovery point.
The recovery point is located in the storage location that you selected when
you defined your backup.
2
Right-click the recovery point, and then click Mount.
3
In the Mount Recovery Point window, under the Drive Label column, select
the drive that you want to mount.
4
In the Drive letter list, select the letter that you want to associate with the drive.
5
Click OK.
See “About exploring recovery points” on page 220.
Opening and restoring files within a recovery point
Using the Recovery Point Browser, you can open files within a recovery point.
The file opens in the program that is associated with that file type. You can also
restore files by saving them using the application that is associated with them. Or,
you can restore files by using the Recover Files option in the Recovery Point
Browser.
If the file type is not associated with a program, the Microsoft Open With dialog
box is displayed. You can then select the correct program for opening the file.
Note: In the Recovery Point Browser, you cannot view encrypted file system
(EFS) NTFS volumes.
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Opening and restoring files within a recovery point
To open and restore files within a recovery point
1
On the Tools page, click Run Recovery Point Browser.
2
In the Select Recovery Point panel, select a recovery point to restore, and
then click OK.
Recovery Point options by Date
View recovery points by - Date Displays all discovered recovery points in the order
that they are created. If no recovery points are
discovered, the table is empty. In such cases, you
can search all local drives on the computer or browse
to find a recovery point.
Select source folder
Lets you view a list of all the available recovery points
that exist on your computer's local drives or on a
specific drive.
Browse
Locates a recovery point on a local drive or a network
folder.
Select a recovery point
Lets you select the recovery point to restore.
Recovery point details
Displays additional information about the recovery
point that you want to restore.
Recovery Point options by Filename
View recovery points by - File name Lets you view recovery points by their file name.
Recovery point folder and file name Specifies a path and a file name of a recovery
point.
Browse
Locates a recovery point on a local drive or a
network folder.
Recovery point details
Displays additional information about the
recovery point that you want to restore.
3
In the Recovery Point Browser, in the tree panel on the left, select a drive.
4
In the right content panel, double-click the folder that contains the file that you
want to view.
5
Right-click the file that you want to view, and then click View File.
The View File option is grayed out if you select program files with the .exe,
.dll, or .com file extensions.
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6
To restore a file, in the Recovery Point Browser, in the list panel on the right,
select one or more files.
7
Click Recover Files, and then click Recover to restore them to their original
location.
If you are prompted, click Yes, or Yes to All to overwrite the existing (original)
files.
See “About exploring recovery points” on page 220.
Dismounting a recovery point drive
All of your mounted recovery point drives are dismounted when you restart the
computer. You can also dismount the drives without restarting the computer.
Note: Any data that is written to a mounted recovery point is lost when the recovery
point is unmounted. This data includes any data that is created, edited, or deleted
at the time.
To dismount a recovery point drive
1
Do one of the following:
■
In Windows Explorer, navigate to the mounted recovery point.
■
In Recovery Point Browser, in the tree view, locate the mounted recovery
point.
Note: To access the recovery point browser, on the Tools page, click Run
Recovery Point Browser.
2
Right-click the mounted recovery point that is displayed as a drive, and then
click Dismount Recovery Point.
See “About exploring recovery points” on page 220.
See “Viewing the drive properties of a recovery point” on page 224.
Viewing the drive properties of a recovery point
You can view various drive properties of a recovery point using the Recovery Point
Browser.
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To view the drive properties of a recovery point
1
In the Recovery Point Browser, in the tree panel on the left, click the recovery
point that contains the drive that you want to view.
2
Select a drive.
3
Do one of the following:
■
On the File menu, click Properties.
■
Right-click the recovery point, and then click Properties.
Description
A user-assigned comment that is
associated with the recovery point.
Original drive letter
The original drive letter that was
assigned to the drive.
Cluster size
The cluster size (in bytes) of the FAT,
FAT32, or NTFS drive.
File system
The file system type that is used within
the drive. For example, FAT, FAT32, or
NTFS.
Primary/Logical
The selected drive's status as either a
primary partition or a logical partition.
Size
The total size (in MB) of the drive. This
total includes used space and unused
space.
Used space
The amount of used space (in MB) within
the drive.
Unused space
The amount of unused space (in MB)
within the drive.
Contains bad sectors
Indicates if any bad sectors exist on the
drive.
Cleanly quiesced
Indicates whether the database
application quiesced properly when a
recovery point was created.
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13
Managing backup
destinations
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
About backup destinations
■
Differences between drive-based backups and file and folder backups
■
Cleaning up old recovery points
■
Deleting a recovery point set
■
Deleting recovery points within a recovery point set
■
Making copies of recovery points
■
About managing file and folder backup data
■
Downloading OpenStorage Files
■
Automating the management of backup data
■
Moving your backup destination
About backup destinations
A backup destination is the location in which your backup data is stored.
Veritas System Recovery includes the features for managing the size of your backup
destinations so that you can use your computer's valuable disk space for other
purposes.
If you have defined multiple backup destinations, the Backup Destination panel
on the Home page lets you select a destination for which a pie chart is displayed.
Managing backup destinations
Differences between drive-based backups and file and folder backups
The pie chart of the selected destination displays the following information about
the backup drive or folder:
■
Actual data backup
■
Other used space
■
Free space available
See “Cleaning up old recovery points” on page 228.
See “Deleting a recovery point set” on page 229.
See “Deleting recovery points within a recovery point set” on page 230.
See “Making copies of recovery points” on page 231.
Differences between drive-based backups and file
and folder backups
Veritas System Recovery offers two backup methods:
Table 13-1
Backup methods
Method
Description
Drive-based backup
Use this option to back up an entire drive (for example your
system drive which is typically C). You can then restore any
file or folder, or your entire drive.
See “Defining a drive-based backup” on page 118.
File and folder backup
Use this option to back up only the files and folders that you
select. You can then restore any file or all of them at any time.
This option typically requires less disk space than drive-based
backups.
See “Backing up files and folders” on page 160.
Drive-based backups
When you run a drive-based backup, a snapshot of everything is taken and stored
on your computer's hard disk. Each snapshot is stored on your computer as a
recovery point. A recovery point is a point in time. You can use the recovery point
to restore your computer back to the way it was when the snapshot was created.
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Table 13-2
Types of recovery points
Type
Description
Independent
recovery point
(.v2i)
Creates a complete, independent copy of the drives that you select.
This backup type typically requires more storage space than a recovery
point set.
Recovery point
set (.iv2i)
Includes a base recovery point. A base recovery point is a complete
copy of your entire drive, and is similar to an independent recovery
point. The recovery point set also includes recovery points. These
recovery points capture only the changes that were made to your
computer since the creation of the base recovery point.
Although you can recover files and folders from a drive-based backup, you cannot
select a specific set of files or folders to back up. Your entire hard drive is backed
up.
File and folder backups
You can edit or create a select set of personal documents and folders, and then
define a backup for those files and folders. For example, you might want to define
a backup to capture one or more folders. Within those folders contain the files that
you change on a regular basis. This kind of backup is useful because you do not
need to use additional hard disk resources to back up your entire computer.
File and folder backups let you select individual files or folders to back up. You can
also specify a file type to back up. Then Veritas System Recovery can locate and
back up all files of the type you specified. For example, suppose you have Microsoft
Word documents stored at several locations on your computer. Veritas System
Recovery locates all Word documents (files that end with .doc) and includes them
in your backup. You can even edit the list of file types to include the types that are
unique to the software you use.
Veritas System Recovery also keeps multiple versions of the same files for you.
This redundancy means you can restore the version of a file that contains the
changes you need to restore. You can even set a limit to the number of versions
that are kept so that you can control the use of disk space.
Cleaning up old recovery points
Over time, you might end up with recovery points that you no longer need. For
example, you might have several older recovery points that you no longer need
because you have more current ones containing your latest work.
See “Automating the management of backup data” on page 240.
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Deleting a recovery point set
The Clean Up feature deletes all but the most current recovery point set, to help
make more space available on your hard disk.
Note: After you delete a recovery point, you no longer have access to the files or
system recovery from that point in time. You should explore the contents of the
recovery point before you delete it.
To clean up old recovery points
1
On the View menu, click Tools.
2
Click Manage Backup Destination. and then click Clean Up.
Note: The Clean Up button is enabled based on the settings that are selected
in the Manage Backup Destination Settings dialog box and when the recovery
point set limit is reached.
3
In the Clean Up Recovery Points dialog box, select the recovery points that
you want to delete.
The recovery point sets that can be safely removed without eliminating your
latest recovery point are selected automatically. You can also select or deselect
the recovery point sets to specify which ones to remove.
4
Click Delete.
5
Click Yes to confirm the deletion.
6
Click OK.
See “Opening and restoring files within a recovery point” on page 222.
See “About exploring recovery points” on page 220.
See “Deleting a recovery point set” on page 229.
See “Deleting recovery points within a recovery point set” on page 230.
See “Making copies of recovery points” on page 231.
Deleting a recovery point set
If you know that you no longer want a particular recovery point set, you can delete
it at any time.
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Note: After you delete a recovery point, you no longer have access to file or system
recovery for that point in time.
To delete a recovery point set
1
On the View menu, click Tools.
2
Click Manage Backup Destination.
3
In the Recovery Point Sets table, select a recovery point set that you want to
delete.
The recovery point set you select should have only one set associated with it
and appear as "1 Recovery Point" in the table.
4
In the Manage Backup Destination window, on the Tasks menu, click Delete.
5
In the Delete Recovery Point Set dialog box, click Yes to confirm the deletion.
6
Click OK.
See “Cleaning up old recovery points” on page 228.
See “Deleting recovery points within a recovery point set” on page 230.
See “Making copies of recovery points” on page 231.
See “About exploring recovery points” on page 220.
Deleting recovery points within a recovery point
set
A recovery point set can contain multiple recovery points that were created over
time. You can delete recovery points to reclaim more storage space.
The Delete Recovery Points option lets you delete all the recovery points that
were created between the first recovery point and last recovery point in the set.
Warning: Be careful about which recovery points you choose to delete. You can
inadvertently lose data. For example, you create a new document, which is captured
in the third recovery point in a recovery point set. You then accidentally delete the
file, which is captured in the fourth recovery point. If you delete the third recovery
point, you permanently lose the version of the file that was backed up. If you are
unsure, you should explore the contents of a recovery point before you delete it.
See “Opening and restoring files within a recovery point” on page 222.
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You can manually select which recovery points to remove, if you know which
recovery points that you want to keep within a set.
See “Cleaning up old recovery points” on page 228.
To delete recovery points within a set
1
On the View menu, click Tools.
2
Click Manage Backup Destination.
3
In the Recovery Point Sets table, select the recovery point set that contains
recovery points that you want to delete.
The recovery point set you select should have more than one set associated
with it. For example, a recovery point set that contains more than one recovery
point may appear as "4 Recovery Points" in the table.
4
In the Manage Backup Destination window, on the Tasks menu, click Delete.
5
Do one of the following:
6
■
To automatically delete all but the first and last recovery point in the set,
click Automatic.
■
To manually select which recovery points in the set to delete, click Manual,
and then select the recovery points you want to delete.
■
To delete all the recovery points in the set you selected, click Delete all
recovery points in the set.
Click OK.
See “Deleting a recovery point set” on page 229.
See “Making copies of recovery points” on page 231.
See “About exploring recovery points” on page 220.
Making copies of recovery points
You can copy recovery points to another location for added security. For example,
you can copy them to another hard disk, another computer on a network, or on
removable media such as USB disks. You can then store these copies in a protected
location.
You can also create archive copies of your recovery points to free up disk space.
For example, you can copy recovery points to a network location or USB disk, and
then manually delete the original recovery points. You should verify the copies of
the recovery points to ensure that they are valid.
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Making copies of recovery points
To make copies of recovery points
1
On the View menu, click Tools.
2
Click Manage Backup Destination.
3
In the Recovery Point Sets table, select a recovery point set.
4
In the Manage Backup Destination window, on the Tasks menu, click Copy.
5
If the Copy Recovery Point dialog box is displayed, select a recovery point
within the set that you want to copy. Otherwise, skip to the next step.
6
On the Welcome panel of the Copy Recovery Point Wizard, click Next.
7
Do one of the following:
■
If you selected a recovery point in step 5, the recovery point that you want
to copy is already highlighted (selected) for you in the Date table of the
Source panel. Click Next.
■
On the Source panel, select the recovery point that you want to copy.
Recovery point sets appear as single recovery points. Select View all
recovery points to display all incremental recovery points that are included
within the recovery point sets.
Source options when you copy recovery points by Date
View by - Date
Displays all of the discovered recovery
points in the order in which they were
created.
Date
Lets you select an alternate date by
using the drop-down calendar. Use the
calendar if no recovery points are
discovered and displayed in the table.
View all recovery points
Lets you view all recovery points that are
available.
Source options when you copy recovery points by File name
View by - File name
Lets you view recovery points by their
file name.
File name
Specifies a path and a file name of a
recovery point.
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Browse
Lets you browse to a path that contains
a recovery point.
For example, you can browse for a
recovery point (.v2i) or incremental
recovery point (.iv2i) file on an external
(USB) drive. Or, you can browse to a
network location, or removable media.
User name
Specifies the user name if you specify a
recovery point file name that is located
in a network path.
See “Rules for network credentials”
on page 133.
Password
Specifies the password to a network
path.
Source options when you copy recovery points by System
View by - System
Lets you use the current system index
file that is located in the recovery point
storage location. The system index file
displays a list of all of the drives on your
computer and any associated recovery
points from which you can select.
The use of a system index file reduces
the time it takes to convert multiple
recovery points. When a recovery point
is created, a system index file is saved
with it. The system index file contains a
list of the most recent recovery points,
which includes the original drive location
of each recovery point.
Date
Lets you select an alternate date of a
system index file date by using the
drop-down calendar. Use the calendar if
no recovery points are discovered and
displayed in the table.
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Use latest recovery points for this
computer
Restores the most recent recovery points
that exist in the recovery point storage
location on your computer.
The list of drives, source files (.v2i and
.iv2i files), and dates comes from the
most current system index file (.sv2i).
Use alternate system index (.sv2i) file Restores the recovery points that exist
on another computer.
Browse to and select the .sv2i file for Specifies a path to a system index file
the desired system
(.sv2i) file that resides elsewhere, such
as a network location.
If you selected a system index file that is
stored on a network, you are prompted
for your network credentials.
See “Rules for network credentials”
on page 133.
Browse
Lets you browse to a path that contains
a system index file.
For example, you can browse to an
external (USB) drive, a network location,
or to removable media to select a system
index file.
Drives
8
Click Next.
Lets you select the drives with the
recovery points that you want to restore
based on the selected system index file.
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9
In the Destination Location panel, specify the folder path where you want to
copy the recovery point, and then click Next.
Folder
Lets you type the path to which you want
to copy the recovery point.
Browse
Lets you browse to a folder path where you
want to copy the recovery point.
Edit
Lets you edit the destination information.
File name
Lets you select a file name that you want
to rename.
Rename
Lets you renames the file that you have
selected in the File name table.
10 On the Options panel, set the options you want for the copied recovery point,
and then click Next.
Copy recovery point options
Compression
Lets you use one of the following
compression levels for the recovery point:
■
None
■
Standard
■
Medium
■
High
See “Compression levels for recovery points”
on page 139.
The results can vary depending on the types
of files that are saved in the drive.
Verify recovery point after creation
Verifies whether the recovery point is valid
after it is created.
Include system and temporary files
Includes indexing support for an operating
system and temporary files when a recovery
point is created or copied on the client
computer.
Advanced
Lets you add security options to the recovery
point.
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Description
Indicates a description for the recovery point.
The description can be anything that helps
you further identify the recovery point's
contents.
Advanced options
Divide into smaller files to simplify
archiving
Lets you split the recovery point into
smaller files and specifies the maximum
size (in MB) for each file.
For example, to copy a recovery point to
ZIP disks from your backup destination,
specify a maximum file size of 100 MB,
according to the size of each ZIP disk.
11 In the Security Options panel, set the password, select the encryption for the
copied recovery point, and then click Next.
Use password
Sets a password and enables AES
encryption on the recovery point when it is
created.
This check box is selected by default.
Password
Lets you specify a password for the
backup. Passwords can include standard
characters. Passwords cannot include
extended characters, or symbols. (Use
characters with an ASCII value of 128 or
lower.)
You must type this password before
restoring a backup or view the contents of
the recovery point.
Confirm password
Lets you retype the password for
confirmation.
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AES encryption
Encrypts recovery point data to add
another level of protection to your recovery
points.
If you upgrade from a previous version to
Veritas System Recovery 16, for older
backup jobs where only password
protection is defined, you need to edit the
jobs to select the AES encryption level. If
you do not edit the older backup jobs, they
continue to run without AES Encryption.
Veritas recommends that you edit the job
and select AES encryption level.
Note: If the Use Password check box is
selected, you must define AES encryption.
Choose from the following encryption
levels:
■
■
■
Standard 128-bit (8+ character
password)
Medium 192-bit (16+ character
password)
High 256-bit (32+ character
password)
12 Review the options that you selected, and then click Finish.
After the recovery points are safely copied, you can delete them from your computer.
See “Deleting a recovery point set” on page 229.
See “Cleaning up old recovery points” on page 228.
See “Deleting recovery points within a recovery point set” on page 230.
About managing file and folder backup data
Drive-based backups capture your entire hard drive. As such, the size of a recovery
point is typically much larger than the data that is captured during the backup of
files and folders. However, file and folder backup data can take up significant disk
space if it is not managed. For example, audio files, video files, and photographs
are typically large files.
You must decide how many versions of backup files that you want to keep. This
decision can depend on how frequently you change the content of your files and
how frequently you run the backups.
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See “Viewing the amount of file and folder backup data that is stored on a backup
destination” on page 238.
See “Manually deleting files from your backups of files and folders” on page 238.
See “Finding versions of a file or folder” on page 239.
Viewing the amount of file and folder backup data that is stored on
a backup destination
You can view the total amount of file and folder backup data that you have currently
stored.
To view how much file and folder backup data is stored
1
On the Tasks menu, click Manage Backup Destination.
2
In the Drives list, select the drive that you want to use as a backup destination.
Based on the drive that you select, in the Manage Backup Destination panel,
the Space used for file and folder storage box displays the amount storage
space that is currently used.
See “About managing file and folder backup data” on page 237.
Manually deleting files from your backups of files and folders
You can manually delete the files that are stored in your backup destination.
To manually delete files from your backups of files and folders
1
On the Tasks menu, click Recover My Files.
2
Do one of the following:
■
In the Find files to recover box, type the file name of the file that you want
to delete, and then click Search.
■
If you do not know the name of the file, click Search, and then browse for
the file.
3
Click View All Versions to display all versions of each file that exist in the
backup of files and folders data.
4
Select one or more files that you want to delete.
5
Right-click, and then click Delete.
See “About managing file and folder backup data” on page 237.
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Finding versions of a file or folder
You can use Windows Explorer to view information about the available versions
that are included in a backup of files and folders.
You can limit the number of versions of each file and folder that you want to store.
See “Automating the management of backup data” on page 240.
To find versions of a file or folder
1
Open Windows Explorer.
2
Navigate to a file that you know is included in a backup of files and folders.
3
Right-click the file, and then click Show Versions.
See “About managing file and folder backup data” on page 237.
Downloading OpenStorage Files
When you use the Offsite Copy option to backup your recovery points to the Amazon
S3 storage, these files (recovery points) are available in OST (OpenStorage
Technology) format. You must download these files to your computer or a network
destination to use them to restore your computer. Veritas System Recovery 16 has
created a utility using which you can select the OpenStorage location (Amazon S3
storage), the files that you want to download, and then download the files.
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To download OpenStorage files
1
On the View menu, click Tools.
2
Click Download OpenStorage Files and select the appropriate options.
OpenStorage location
Lets you select the OpenStorage location
from where you want to download the
recovery points.
Click the Browse for OpenStorage
Destination icon to change the bucket
name and the logon credentials. Refer to
Step 9 of the Defining a
drive-based backup procedure.
See “Defining a drive-based backup”
on page 118.
Download destination
Lets you select the destination to where
you want to download the recovery points.
You can click Browse and save the
recovery points to your computer or a
network location.
Download destination details
Lets you view the details of the download
destination that you selected.
If you selected a network location, click
Edit to update the network credentials.
Files available in the OpenStorage
location
Lets you select the files (recovery points)
that you want to download.
Select file types available in the
OpenStorage location
Displays the type of files that you can
download.
Recovery Points (*.v2i, *.iv2i, *.sv2i)
3
Click OK.
See the section called “Using Amazon S3 storage as your Offsite Copy destination”
on page 158.
Automating the management of backup data
Veritas System Recovery can monitor your backup storage space and notify you
when it gets full. It can also automatically delete old recovery points and older
versions of files from file and folder backups exceeding the threshold. If you do not
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specify a threshold, Veritas System Recovery notifies you when the disk reaches
90 percent of its total capacity.
You can also manage your file and folder backup data by limiting the number of
versions of backup files that you keep. This kind of maintenance can significantly
reduce the amount of disk space that is required, especially if the file size is large.
To automate the management of backup data
1
On the Tasks menu, click Manage Backup Destination.
2
On the Manage Backup Destination dialog box, click Settings.
3
Select Limit file versions for file and folder backups, and then type a number
between 1 and 99.
4
Select Monitor disk space usage for backup storage. Drag the slider to limit
the total amount of disk space that can be used for your backup data.
5
Do one of the following:
■
Select Warn me when backup storage exceeds threshold if you only
want to be notified when the storage size is exceeded, but you do not want
any action to be taken.
■
Select Automatically optimize storage if you want Veritas System
Recovery to manage the backup data automatically, without prompting you.
Veritas System Recovery automatically deletes the old recovery points,
and limits file versions to remain within the threshold that you set.
6
Select Delay changes until next backup if you do not want to apply your
changes until the next backup runs.
7
Click OK.
See “About managing file and folder backup data” on page 237.
Moving your backup destination
You can change the backup destination for your recovery points and move your
existing recovery points to a new location. For example, suppose you install an
external hard drive for storing your backup data. You can then change the backup
destination for one or more backups to the new drive.
When you select a new location, you can also choose to move the existing recovery
points to the new destination. All future recovery points for the backups that you
select are created at the new location.
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Note: You can move your backup destination to a new internal or external hard
drive. Make sure that the drive is properly installed or connected before you proceed.
To move your backup destination
1
On the Tasks menu, click Manage Backup Destination.
2
In the Manage Backup Destination window, in the Drives list, select the drive
that contains the backup destination that you want to move.
3
Click Move.
4
In the Move Backup Destination dialog box, do one of the following:
5
■
In the New backup destination box, type the path to the new backup
destination.
■
Click Browse to locate and select a new backup destination, and then click
OK.
Select the defined backups that should use the new backup destination.
Deselect the defined backups that you do not want to move.
6
Select Save as default backup destination if you want to use this destination
as the default backup destination for any new backups that you define in the
future.
7
Click OK.
8
To move existing recovery points to the new backup destination, select Move
recovery points, and then do one of the following:
9
■
Select Move the latest recovery points for each backup and delete the
rest.
■
Select Move all recovery points to the new destination.
If you have file and folder backup data that you want to move to the new backup
destination, click Move file backup data.
The Move file backup data option is not available if no backup data of files
and folders is found at the original backup destination.
10 Click OK.
See “About managing file and folder backup data” on page 237.
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Chapter
14
Managing virtual
conversions
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
Defining a virtual conversion job
■
Running an existing virtual conversion job immediately
■
Viewing the properties of a virtual conversion job
■
Viewing the progress of a virtual conversion job
■
Editing a virtual conversion job
■
Deleting a virtual conversion job
■
Running a one-time conversion of a physical recovery point to a virtual disk
Defining a virtual conversion job
You can use Veritas System Recovery to convert recovery points of a physical
computer to VMware virtual disk. You can create a schedule to convert recovery
points to a VMware virtual disk (.vmdk format) or a Microsoft virtual disk (.vhd
format).
Note: If the disk sector size is 4K, the Microsoft virtual disk can only be converted
to a .vhdx format.
You can also convert recovery points directly to VMware ESXi Server. Virtual disks
are excellent for testing and evaluation purposes.
Managing virtual conversions
Defining a virtual conversion job
Note: You cannot convert a 4K disk to a .vmdk format.
You can find a list of platforms that support the virtual disks that are created from
recovery points in the software compatibility list. The software compatibility list is
available at the following URL:
https://www.veritas.com/support/en_US/search-results.html?keyword=V-306-17*
Scheduled conversions use the system index file (.sv2i) to convert recovery points
to virtual disks. The .sv2i file reduces the time it takes to convert multiple recovery
points. When a recovery point is created, a .sv2i file is saved with it. The .sv2i file
contains a list of the most recent recovery points, which includes the original drive
location of each recovery point.
You can also create a one-time virtual conversion.
See “Running a one-time conversion of a physical recovery point to a virtual disk”
on page 253.
To define a virtual conversion job
1
On the Tasks menu, click Run or Manage Virtual Conversions.
2
On the toolbar, click Define New.
3
Select the virtual disk type (and version, if applicable) that you want to create,
and then click Next.
VMware Virtual Disk
(.vmdk)
Converts the recovery points to a .vmdk format.
VMware ESXi Server
Converts the recovery points to a VMware ESXi Server.
Microsoft Virtual Disk
Converts the recovery points to a .vhd or .vhdx format. The
.vhd format is supported for all versions before Windows 8
and the .vhdx format is supported for Windows 8 and above.
This format only supports Workstation version 8.
Note: The Microsoft Virtual Disk type supports .vhd and .vhdx
conversions. The .vhd conversion is available for all operating
systems. The .vhdx conversion is only available for Windows
8/2012 R2 and above. If the sector size is 4K, the virtual disk
can only be converted to a .vhdx format.
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4
In the Source panel, select the recovery points you want to convert, and then
click Next.
Note: If you have specified a password while defining a backup job, the Enter
Password dialog box is displayed. Enter the password that you specified when
you created the backup job and click OK.
Perform conversion using latest
recovery points for this computer
Converts the most recent recovery points
that exist in the recovery point storage
location on your computer.
The list of drives, source files (.v2i and .iv2i
files), and dates comes from the most
current system index file (.sv2i).
Perform conversion using recovery
points for another computer
Converts the recovery points that exist on
another computer.
Browse to and select the .sv2i file for
the desired system
Specifies a path to a system index file
(.sv2i) that resides elsewhere, such as a
network location.
If you selected a system index file that is
stored on a network, you are prompted for
your network credentials.
See “Rules for network credentials”
on page 133.
Browse
Lets you browse to a path that contains a
system index file.
For example, you can browse to an
external (USB) drive, a network location,
or to removable media to select a system
index file.
Drives
Lets you select the drives with the recovery
points that you want to convert based on
the selected system index file.
Sector Size
Displays the sector size as 4K or 512.
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5
In the Virtual Disks Destination panel, set the options you want based on the
virtual disk format and version (if applicable) that you selected earlier. Then
click Next.
Note: Veritas recommends that you select a secure remote network location
as the virtual conversion over a network is unencrypted. If the virtual disk files
and images are stored on a local computer, select a protected folder. Only
privileged users or an administrator should have the rights to access the folder.
The recommendation also applies to a one-time virtual conversion of a recovery
point to a virtual disk.
Virtual Disks Destination options for converting to VMware virtual disk
or Microsoft virtual disk
Folder for virtual disks
Lets you type the path to the folder where
you want to place the virtual disk files.
Note: When you select a path to place
the virtual disk files, the Sector Size of the
source and the destination must be the
same.
Browse
Lets you browse to locate the folder in
which you want to place the virtual disk
files.
User name
Lets you type the user name if you
specified a virtual disk folder location on a
network
See “Rules for network credentials”
on page 133.
Password
Specifies the password to a network path.
Create one virtual disk per volume
Creates one virtual disk file per volume.
If you do not select this option, each drive
is matched to its respective hard drive letter
assignment during the conversion.
Therefore, it results in multiple drives within
one virtual disk file.
Note: This option is not available if the
volumes are on separate disks.
Rename
Lets you edit the file name of the resulting
virtual disk file.
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Virtual Disks Destination options for converting to VMware ESXi Server
ESXi server name or IP address
Lets you type the name of the server or the
server's IP address.
User name
Lets you type a valid administrator user
name that has sufficient rights to an ESXi
server.
Password
Lets you type a valid password to the ESXi
server.
Destination for the virtual disks
Lets you type the path to the folder where
you want to place the virtual disk files.
Browse
Lets you browse to a destination location
for the virtual disks.
Rename
Lets you edit the name of the resulting
virtual disk file.
Next
Specifies the additional options for VMware
ESXi Server virtual disks.
Temporary location for conversion
Lets you type the name of the server or the
server's IP address that you can use as a
temporary location for files.
Temporary Location Credentials
Lets you type a valid administrator user
name and password that has sufficient
rights.
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6
In the General Options panel set the conversion options you want, and then
click Next.
Conversion job name
Lets you type a name for the virtual conversion job or
you can leave the default name.
Split virtual disk into 2 GB
(.vmdk) files
Lets you split the virtual disk into multiple 2 GB .vmdk
files.
For example, use this option if your virtual disk is stored
on a FAT32 drive. Or, any file system that does not
support files larger than 2 GB. Or, if you want to copy
the virtual disk files to a DVD but the size is larger than
the DVD allows.
Note: This option is specific to VMware; it is not
available if you selected Microsoft Virtual Disk as
the conversion format.
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7
In the Conversion Time panel, set the conversion job schedule that you want,
and then click Next.
Conversion Time options for a Weekly schedule
Automatically convert latest recovery
points - Weekly
Converts the latest recovery points to
virtual disks using a weekly schedule.
Default
Uses the default conversion schedule.
Start time
Lets you select the time you want the
conversion to start.
Days
Lets you select the day of the week that
you want the conversion to take place.
Run more than once per day
Converts the recovery points multiple times
throughout a day.
Time between conversions
Lets you select the amount of time to
elapse before the next conversion.
Number of times
Specifies the number of times that you
want the conversion to occur, beginning
from the selected start time.
Details
Displays the conversion time information
you have selected.
Conversion Time options for a Monthly schedule
Automatically convert latest recovery
points - Monthly
Converts the latest recovery points to
virtual disks using a monthly schedule.
Default
Lets you use the default conversion
schedule.
Start time
Lets you select the time you want the
conversion to start.
Days of the month
Lets you select the day of the month that
you want the conversion to take place.
Details
Displays the conversion time information
you have selected.
Conversion Time options for an Only Run Once schedule
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8
Automatically convert latest recovery
points - Only run once
Runs the conversion one time on the date
and at the time that you specify.
Date
Lets you select the day, month, and year
that you want the conversion to run.
Time
Lets you select the time that you want the
conversion to start.
Details
Displays the conversion time information
you have selected.
If you want to run the new conversion job immediately, click Run conversion
now.
This option is not available if you selected the Only run once option in the
Conversion Time panel.
9
Click Finish.
See “Viewing the properties of a virtual conversion job” on page 251.
See “Viewing the progress of a virtual conversion job” on page 251.
See “Editing a virtual conversion job” on page 251.
See “Running an existing virtual conversion job immediately” on page 250.
See “Deleting a virtual conversion job” on page 252.
Running an existing virtual conversion job
immediately
After you create a conversion job, you can use Run Now to create an on-demand
recovery point conversion to virtual disk format. A manual conversion starts
immediately.
To run an existing virtual conversion job immediately
1
On the Tasks menu, click Run or Manage Virtual Conversions.
2
Select the name of a conversion job that you want to run immediately.
3
On the toolbar, click Run Now.
See “Viewing the properties of a virtual conversion job” on page 251.
See “Viewing the progress of a virtual conversion job” on page 251.
See “Editing a virtual conversion job” on page 251.
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See “Deleting a virtual conversion job” on page 252.
Viewing the properties of a virtual conversion job
You can use Properties for a selected virtual conversion job to review a summary
of the settings, options, and assigned schedule.
To view the properties of a virtual conversion job
1
On the Tasks menu, click Run or Manage Virtual Conversions.
2
Select the name of a conversion job whose properties you want to view.
3
On the Tasks menu, click Properties.
4
Click OK.
See “Viewing the progress of a virtual conversion job” on page 251.
See “Editing a virtual conversion job” on page 251.
See “Running an existing virtual conversion job immediately” on page 250.
See “Deleting a virtual conversion job” on page 252.
Viewing the progress of a virtual conversion job
You can view the progress of a virtual conversion job while it runs to determine how
much time remains until the conversion completes.
To view the progress of a virtual conversion job
◆
Do one of the following:
■
On the View menu, click Progress and Performance.
■
On the Tasks menu, click Run or Manage Virtual Conversions, and then
on the View menu, click Progress and Performance.
See “Viewing the properties of a virtual conversion job” on page 251.
See “Editing a virtual conversion job” on page 251.
See “Running an existing virtual conversion job immediately” on page 250.
See “Deleting a virtual conversion job” on page 252.
Editing a virtual conversion job
You can edit the schedule portion of an existing conversion job or you can edit all
aspects of the job.
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To edit a virtual conversion job
1
On the Tasks menu, click Run or Manage Virtual Conversions.
2
Select the name of a conversion job that you want to edit.
3
Do one of the following:
To change the schedule
On the toolbar, click Change Schedule.
Make changes to the conversion schedule,
and then click OK.
To change the job settings
On the toolbar, click Edit Settings.
Make the changes you want in each wizard
pane, and then click Finish.
See “Viewing the properties of a virtual conversion job” on page 251.
See “Viewing the progress of a virtual conversion job” on page 251.
See “Running an existing virtual conversion job immediately” on page 250.
See “Deleting a virtual conversion job” on page 252.
Deleting a virtual conversion job
You can delete virtual conversion jobs you no longer need or use.
When you delete a virtual conversion job, no recovery points or virtual disks are
deleted from the storage location. Only the conversion job itself is deleted.
To delete a virtual conversion job
1
On the Tasks menu, click Run or Manage Virtual Conversions.
2
Select the names of one or more conversion jobs that you want to delete.
3
On the toolbar, click Remove.
4
Click Yes to confirm the deletion.
See “Viewing the properties of a virtual conversion job” on page 251.
See “Viewing the progress of a virtual conversion job” on page 251.
See “Editing a virtual conversion job” on page 251.
See “Running an existing virtual conversion job immediately” on page 250.
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Running a one-time conversion of a physical
recovery point to a virtual disk
You can use Veritas System Recovery to convert recovery points of a physical
computer to VMware virtual disk. You can create a schedule to convert recovery
points to a VMware virtual disk (.vmdk format) or a Microsoft virtual disk (.vhd
format).
Note: If the disk sector size is 4K, the Microsoft virtual disk can only be converted
to a .vhdx format.
You can also convert recovery points directly to VMware ESXi Server. Virtual disks
are excellent for testing and evaluation purposes.
Note: You cannot convert a 4K disk to a .vmdk format.
You can find a list of platforms that support the virtual disks that are created from
recovery points in the software compatibility list. The software compatibility list is
available at the following URL:
https://www.veritas.com/support/en_US/search-results.html?keyword=V-306-17*
You can also create scheduled recovery point conversions to virtual disks.
See “Defining a virtual conversion job” on page 243.
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Running a one-time conversion of a physical recovery point to a virtual disk
To run a one-time recovery point conversion to virtual disk
1
On the Tasks menu, click One Time Virtual Conversion.
2
Click the virtual disk type (and version, if applicable) that you want to create,
and then click Next.
VMware Virtual Disk (.vmdk)
Converts the recovery points to a .vmdk
format. This format only supports
Workstation version 8.
VMware ESXi Server
Converts the recovery points to a VMware
ESXi Server.
Microsoft Virtual Disk
The .vhd format is supported for all
versions before Windows 8 and the .vhdx
format is supported for Windows 8 and
above.
Note: The Microsoft Virtual Disk type
supports .vhd and .vhdx conversions. The
.vhd conversion is available for all
operating systems. The .vhdx conversion
is only available for Windows 8/2012 R2
and above. If the sector size is 4K, the
virtual disk can only be converted to a
.vhdx format.
3
Do one of the following:
■
Click View all recovery points near the bottom of the pane, and then select
a recovery point in the list based on its creation date.
■
In the View by list, select a recovery point source.
Note: If you have specified a password while defining a backup job, the
Enter Password dialog box is displayed. Enter the password that you
specified when you created the backup job and click OK.
Source options when you view recovery points by Date
View by - Date
Displays all of the discovered recovery
points in the order in which they were
created.
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Date
Lets you select an alternate date by
using the drop-down calendar. Use the
calendar if no recovery points are
discovered and displayed in the table.
View all recovery points
Lets you view all recovery points that are
available.
Sector Size
Lets you view the sector size, which is
displayed as 4K or 512.
Source options when you view recovery points by File name
View by - File name
Lets you view recovery points by their file name.
File name
Specifies a path and a file name of a recovery
point.
Browse
Lets you browse to a path that contains a recovery
point.
For example, you can browse for a recovery point
(.v2i) or incremental recovery point (.iv2i) file on
an external (USB) drive. Or, you can browse to a
network location, or removable media.
User name
Specifies the user name if you specify a recovery
point file name that is located in a network path.
See “Rules for network credentials” on page 133.
Password
Specifies the password to a network path.
Source options when you view recovery points by System
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View by - System
Lets you use the current system index
file that is located in the recovery point
storage location. The system index file
displays a list of all of the drives on your
computer and any associated recovery
points from which you can select.
The use of a system index file reduces
the time it takes to convert multiple
recovery points. When a recovery point
is created, a system index file is saved
with it. The system index file contains a
list of the most recent recovery points,
which includes the original drive location
of each recovery point.
Date
Lets you select an alternate date of a
system index file by using the drop-down
calendar. Use the calendar if no recovery
points are discovered and displayed in
the table.
Perform conversion using latest
recovery points for this computer
Converts the most recent recovery points
that exist in the recovery point storage
location on your computer.
The list of drives, source files (.v2i and
.iv2i files), and dates comes from the
most current system index file (.sv2i).
Perform conversion using recovery
points for another computer
Converts the recovery points that exist
on another computer.
Browse to and select the .sv2i file for Specifies a path to a system index file
the desired system
(.sv2i) that resides elsewhere, such as
a network location.
If you selected a system index file that is
stored on a network, you are prompted
for your network credentials.
See “Rules for network credentials”
on page 133.
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Browse
Lets you browse to a path that contains
a system index file.
For example, you can browse to an
external (USB) drive, a network location,
or to removable media to select a system
index file.
4
Drives
Lets you select the drives with the
recovery points that you want to convert
based on the selected system index file.
Sector Size
Lets you view the sector size, which is
displayed as 4K or 512.
Click Next.
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5
Set the virtual disk destination options based on the virtual disk format and
version (if applicable) that you selected, and then click Next.
Virtual Disks Destination options for converting to VMware virtual disk
or Microsoft virtual disk
Folder for virtual disks
Lets you type the path to the folder where
you want to place the virtual disk files.
Note: When you select a folder to place
the virtual disk files, the Sector Size of the
source and destination must be the same.
Browse
Lets you browse to locate the folder in
which you want to place the virtual disk
files.
User name
Lets you type the user name if you
specified a virtual disk folder location on a
network
See “Rules for network credentials”
on page 133.
Password
Specifies the password to a network path.
Create one virtual disk per volume
Lets you create one virtual disk file per
volume.
If you do not select this option, each drive
is matched to its respective hard drive letter
assignment during the conversion.
Therefore, it results in multiple drives within
one virtual disk file.
Note: This option is not available if the
volumes are on separate disks.
Rename
Lets you edit the file name of the resulting
virtual disk file.
Virtual Disks Destination options for converting to VMware ESXi Server
ESXi server name or IP address
Indicates the name of the server or the
server's IP address.
User name
Indicates a valid administrator user name
that has sufficient rights to an ESXi server.
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Password
Indicates a valid password to the ESXi
server.
Destination for the virtual disks
Indicates the path to the folder where you
want to place the virtual disk files.
Browse
Lets you browse to a destination location
for the virtual disks.
Rename
Lets you edit the name of the resulting
virtual disk file.
Next
Specifies a temporary location options for
VMware ESXi Server virtual disks.
Temporary location for conversion
Lets you type the name of the server or the
server's IP address that you can use as a
temporary location for files.
Temporary Location Credentials
Lets you type a valid administrator user
name and password that has sufficient
rights.
Set the general conversion options you want, and then click Next.
Split virtual disk Splits the virtual disk into multiple 2 GB .vmdk files.
into 2 GB
For example, use this option if your virtual disk is stored on a FAT32
(.vmdk) files
drive. Or, any file system that does not support files larger than 2
GB. Or, if you want to copy the virtual disk files to a DVD but the
size is larger than the DVD allows.
Note: This option is specific to VMware; it is not available if you
selected Microsoft Virtual Disk as the conversion format.
7
Review the summary of the choices you made.
If you need to make any changes, click Back.
8
Click Finish.
See “Viewing the properties of a virtual conversion job” on page 251.
See “Viewing the progress of a virtual conversion job” on page 251.
See “Editing a virtual conversion job” on page 251.
See “Running an existing virtual conversion job immediately” on page 250.
See “Deleting a virtual conversion job” on page 252.
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15
Recovering files, folders,
or entire drives
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
About recovering lost data
■
Recovering files and folders by using file and folder backup data
■
Recovering files and folders by using a recovery point
■
Recovering a secondary drive
■
Recovering a drive
■
Exploring files and folders on your computer by using Veritas System Recovery
Disk
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Recovering files and folders by using Veritas System Recovery Disk
About recovering lost data
Veritas System Recovery can restore lost files, folders, or entire drives by using
recovery points or file and folder backup data.
You must have either a recovery point or file and folder backup data to recover lost
files and folders. You must have a recovery point to recover an entire drive. You
can recover recent changes to a lost file or folder. However, your backup data must
be at least as current as the changes that were made to the lost file or folder.
See “Recovering files and folders by using file and folder backup data” on page 261.
See “Recovering files and folders by using a recovery point” on page 263.
Recovering files, folders, or entire drives
Recovering files and folders by using file and folder backup data
Recovering files and folders by using file and
folder backup data
If you defined a backup of files and folders and need to recover files, you can recover
them from a recent file and folder backup.
Veritas System Recovery includes a search tool to help you locate the files that
you want to recover.
See “About recovering lost data” on page 260.
To recover files and folders by using file and folder backup data
1
On the Tasks menu, click Recover My Files.
2
In the left pane of the Recover My Files dialog box, select File and Folder
as the search method.
3
Do one of the following:
■
In the Find files to recover search box, type the whole name or partial
name of a file or folder that you want to restore. Click Search.
For example, type recipe. Any file or folder that includes the word recipe
in its name such as Chocolate Cheesecake Recipes.doc, Cathy Read
Recipes.xls, Recipes for Success.mp3 are found.
■
Click Advanced Search, type or select your search criteria, and then click
Search.
Name
Specify a file name that you want to search.
You can use the following options to filter your search:
■ contains
Look in
■
is
■
starts with
■
ends with
Lets you select the local drives or folders for a file.
Select the Include subfolders check box to extend the
search to the subfolders of the drives or folders.
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File date/time
Lets you select the time and the date of a file by using the
drop-down calendar.
You can use the following options to filter your search:
■ anytime
File size
■
on
■
before
■
after
■
between
Lets you specify the size of the file that you want to search
in KB, MB, or GB.
You can use the following options to filter your search:
■ any size
■
less than
■
greater than
■
between
To return to the standard search text box, click Basic search.
4
In the search results list box, select the files that you want to restore.
5
Click Recover Files.
6
In the Recover My Files dialog box, do one of the following:
■
Click Original folders to restore your files to the same folders where they
existed when they were backed up.
If you want to replace the original files, select Overwrite existing files. If
you do not select this option, a number is added to the file name. The original
file is untouched.
Caution: The Overwrite existing files option replaces your original files
with the files that you restore. Or, it replaces the files of the same names
that are currently stored at that location.
7
■
Click Recovered Files folder on the desktop to restore your files to a
Recovered Files folder on your Windows desktop.
Veritas System Recovery creates this folder during the restore.
■
Click Alternate folder and type the path to the location in which you want
to restore your files.
Click Recover.
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8
If you are prompted to replace the existing file, click Yes. Be certain that the
file that you what to recover is the file that you want.
9
Click OK.
See “Recovering files and folders by using a recovery point” on page 263.
Recovering files and folders by using a recovery
point
You can restore files or folders using recovery points if you have defined and run
a drive-based backup.
See “About recovering lost data” on page 260.
To recover files and folders by using a recovery point
1
On the Tasks menu, click Recover My Files
2
In the left pane of the Recover My Files dialog box, select Recovery Point
as the search method.
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3
If you want to use a different recovery point than the one selected for you in
the Recovery Point dialog box, click Change. Locate the recovery point you
want to use, and then click OK.
Select Recovery Point options when you view recovery points by Date
View by - Date
Displays all of the discovered recovery
points in the order in which they were
created.
Date
Lets you select an alternate date by using
the drop-down calendar. Use the calendar
if no recovery points are discovered and
displayed in the table.
View all recovery points
Lets you view all recovery points that are
available.
Select Recovery Point options when you view recovery points by File
name
View by - File name
Lets you view recovery points by their file
name.
File name
Specifies a path and a file name of a
recovery point.
Browse
Lets you browse to a path that contains a
recovery point.
For example, you can browse for a
recovery point (.v2i) or incremental
recovery point (.iv2i) file on an external
(USB) drive. Or, you can browse to a
network location, or removable media.
User name
Specifies the user name if you specify a
recovery point file name that is located in
a network path.
See “Rules for network credentials”
on page 133.
Password
Specifies the password to a network path.
Select Recovery Point options when you view recovery points by System
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View by - System
Uses the current system index file that is located
in the recovery point storage location. The system
index file displays a list of all of the drives on your
computer and any associated recovery points
from which you can select.
The use of a system index file reduces the time
it takes to convert multiple recovery points. When
a recovery point is created, a system index file is
saved with it. The system index file contains a list
of the most recent recovery points, which includes
the original drive location of each recovery point.
Date
Lets you select an alternate date of a system
index file date by using the drop-down calendar.
Use the calendar if no recovery points are
discovered and displayed in the table.
Use latest recovery points for this Restores the most recent recovery points that
computer
exist in the recovery point storage location on your
computer.
The list of drives, source files (.v2i and .iv2i files),
and dates comes from the most current system
index file (.sv2i).
Use alternate system index (.sv2i) Restores the recovery points that exist on another
file
computer.
Browse to and select the .sv2i file Specifies a path to a system index file (.sv2i) file
for the desired system
that resides elsewhere, such as a network
location.
If you selected a system index file that is stored
on a network, you are prompted for your network
credentials.
See “Rules for network credentials” on page 133.
Browse
Lets you browse to a path that contains a system
index file.
For example, you can browse to an external
(USB) drive, a network location, or to removable
media to select a system index file.
Drives
Lets you select the drives with the recovery points
that you want to restore based on the selected
system index file.
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Note: If Veritas System Recovery cannot locate any recovery points, the Select
Recovery Point dialog box opens automatically.
4
In the Find files to recover field, type the whole name or partial name of a file
or folder that you want to restore, and then click Search.
For example, type recipe. Any file or folder that includes the word recipe in its
name such as Chocolate Cheesecake Recipes.doc, Cathy Read Recipes.xls,
Recipes for Success.mp3 are found.
5
In the Name table, select the files that you want to restore.
6
Click Recover Files.
7
In the Recover My Files dialog box, select the option you want.
Original folders
Recovers the files to the original folder
where they existed when they were backed
up.
New folder ("Recovered Files") on the
desktop
Recovers the files to a new folder that is
created on your Windows desktop called
Recovered Files.
Alternate folder
Specifies the path to an alternate location
where you want your files to be restored.
8
Click Recover.
9
If you are prompted to replace the existing file, click Yes. Be certain that the
file that you want to recover is the file that you want.
10 Click OK.
See “Recovering files and folders by using file and folder backup data” on page 261.
Recovering a secondary drive
If you lose data on a secondary drive, you can use an existing recovery point for
that drive to restore the data. A secondary drive is a drive other than the drive on
which your operating system is installed.
Note: You can recover your system drive (typically, drive C).
For example, suppose your computer has a D drive and the data is lost. You can
restore the D drive back to an earlier date and time.
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To recover a drive, you must have a recovery point that includes the drive that you
want to recover. If you are not sure, review the Status page to determine what
recovery points are available.
See “Icons on the Status page” on page 199.
Note: Before you proceed, close any applications and files that are open on the
drive that you want to restore.
Warning: When you recover a drive, the data in the recovery point replaces all of
the data on the drive. Any changes that you made to the data on a drive after the
date of the recovery point you use to recover it are lost. For example, if you created
a new file on the drive after you created the recovery point, the new file is not
recovered.
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To recover a secondary drive
1
On the Tasks menu, click Recover My Computer.
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2
Select a recovery point.
Recover My Computer options when you view recovery points by Date
View by - Date
Displays all of the discovered recovery points in the
order in which they were created.
Date
Lets you select an alternate date by using the
drop-down calendar. Use the calendar if no recovery
points are discovered and displayed in the table.
View all recovery points
Lets you view all recovery points that are available.
Recover My Computer options when you view recovery points by File
name
View by - File name
Views the recovery points by their file name.
File name
Specifies a path and a file name of a recovery point.
Browse
Lets you browse to a path that contains a recovery point.
For example, you can browse for a recovery point (.v2i)
or incremental recovery point (.iv2i) file on an external
(USB) drive. Or, you can browse to a network location, or
removable media.
User name
Specifies the user name if you specify a recovery point
file name that is located in a network path.
See “Rules for network credentials” on page 133.
Password
Specifies the password to a network path.
Recover My Computer options when you view recovery points by System
View by - System
Uses the current system index file that is located in the
recovery point storage location. The system index file displays
a list of all of the drives on your computer and any associated
recovery points from which you can select.
The use of a system index file reduces the time it takes to
convert multiple recovery points. When a recovery point is
created, a system index file is saved with it. The system index
file contains a list of the most recent recovery points, which
includes the original drive location of each recovery point.
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Date
Lets you select an alternate date of a system index file date
by using the drop-down calendar. Use the calendar if no
recovery points are discovered and displayed in the table.
Use latest recovery
points for this
computer
Restores the most recent recovery points that exist in the
recovery point storage location on your computer.
The list of drives, source files (.v2i and .iv2i files), and dates
comes from the most current system index file (.sv2i).
Use alternate system Restores the recovery points that exist on another computer.
index (.sv2i) file
Browse to and select Specifies a path to a system index file (.sv2i) file that resides
the .sv2i file for the
elsewhere, such as a network location.
desired system
If you selected a system index file that is stored on a network,
you are prompted for your network credentials.
See “Rules for network credentials” on page 133.
Browse
Lets you browse to a path that contains a system index file.
For example, you can browse to an external (USB) drive, a
network location, or to removable media to select a system
index file.
Drives
3
Click Recover Now.
4
Click OK.
5
Click Yes.
Lets you select the drives with the recovery points that you
want to restore based on the selected system index file.
See “Recovering a drive” on page 270.
Recovering a drive
You can set various options to customize the recovery of a drive.
To customize the recovery of a drive
1
On the Tasks menu, click Recover My Computer.
2
Select a recovery point and click Tasks > Custom Recovery to start the
Recover Drive Wizard.
3
On the wizard's Welcome panel, click Next.
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4
In the Recovery Point to Restore panel, set the options you want.
Recovery point file name
Specifies the recovery point you want to use to recover
the drive.
You can use the recovery point that is already added
to this field, or you can browse to a different recovery
point.
Browse
Lets you browse to a path that contains a recovery
point.
For example, you can browse for a recovery point
(.v2i) or incremental recovery point (.iv2i) file on an
external (USB) drive. Or, you can browse to a network
location, or removable media.
User name
Specifies the user name if you specify a recovery point
file name that is located in a network path.
See “Rules for network credentials” on page 133.
Password
5
Specifies the password to a network path.
In the Target Drive panel, select one or more drives that you want to restore,
and then click Next.
If the drive does not have enough space available to restore a recovery point,
press Shift. Select multiple, contiguous destinations that exist on the same
hard disk.
Note: When you select a Target Drive, the Sector Size of the backed-up drive
and the destination drive, must be the same.
6
If the recovery point is password-protected, in the Password dialog box, type
the password, and then click OK.
7
In the Recovery Options panel, select the restore options you want.
Ignore recovery point corruption Automatically excludes the corrupted data and
during restore (potential data loss) continues to restore the recovery point. The
restored data does not contain the corrupted
portion of data.
Note: There may be potential data loss as
corrupted data is excluded from restore.
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Verify recovery point before
restore
Verifies whether a recovery point is valid or
corrupt before it is restored.
This option can significantly increase the time
that is required for the recovery to complete.
Do not verify recovery point
before restore
Does not verify whether a recovery point is valid
or corrupt before it is restored. During restore, if
there is corrupted data on the recovery point, an
error message is displayed and you cannot
restore the recovery point.
Check for file system errors
Checks the restored drive for errors after the
recovery point is restored.
Resize restored drive
Expands the drive automatically to occupy the
target drive's remaining unallocated space.
Set drive active (for booting OS)
Makes the restored drive the active partition (for
example, the drive from which the computer
starts).
This option is appropriate if you restore the drive
on which your operating system is installed.
Restore original disk signature
Restores the original, physical disk signature of
the hard drive.
Disk signatures are part of all Windows operating
systems that Veritas System Recovery supports.
Disk signatures are required to use the hard
drive.
Select this option if either of the following
situations are true:
■
■
Your computer's drive letters are atypical (for
example, assigned letters other than C, D, E,
and so forth).
You restore a recovery point to a new, empty
hard disk.
Primary partition
Because hard disks are limited to four primary
partitions, this option is appropriate if the drive
has four or fewer partitions.
Logical partition
This option is appropriate if you need more than
four partitions. You can have up to three primary
partitions, plus any number of logical partitions,
up to the maximum size of your hard disk.
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Drive letter
Lets you assign a drive letter to the partition.
The options that are available depend on the restore destination that you have
selected.
8
Click Next, and then review your selections.
9
Click Finish, then click Yes.
Sometime the wizard cannot lock the drive to perform the recovery in Windows
(typically, because the drive is in use by a program). In such cases, make sure
that the drive is not in use. For example, close any files or applications that
may be in use, and then click Retry.
If the Retry option fails, click Ignore to attempt a forced lock on the drive. If
Ignore fails, you might be prompted to insert the Veritas System Recovery
Disk. You must then manually start the recovery environment so that you can
complete the recovery. When the recovery is finished, the computer restarts
automatically.
See “Recovering a secondary drive” on page 266.
Exploring files and folders on your computer by
using Veritas System Recovery Disk
You can explore the files and folders on your computer from Veritas System
Recovery Disk by using the Explore My Computer feature.
This feature uses the Recovery Point Browser and functions similar to Windows
Explorer. You can browse the file structure of any drive that is attached to your
computer from Veritas System Recovery Disk.
To explore files and folders on your computer by using Veritas System
Recovery Disk
1
Start the computer by using the Veritas System Recovery Disk.
See “Booting a computer by using the Veritas System Recovery Disk”
on page 278.
2
In the Analyze panel, click Explore My Computer.
See “Recovering files and folders by using Veritas System Recovery Disk ”
on page 274.
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System Recovery Disk
You can use the Veritas System Recovery Disk to start your computer and to restore
files and folders from within a recovery point.
To recover files and folders by using Veritas System Recovery Disk
1
Start the computer by using the Veritas System Recovery Disk.
See “Booting a computer by using the Veritas System Recovery Disk”
on page 278.
2
Click Recover, and then click Recover My Files.
3
Do one of the following:
■
If Veritas System Recovery Disk cannot locate any recovery points, you
are prompted to locate one. In the Select Recovery Point dialog box,
navigate to a recovery point, select one, and then click OK.
Select Recovery Point options when you view recovery points by date
View by - Date
Displays all of the discovered recovery points in
the order in which they were created.
If no recovery points were discovered, the table
is empty. In such cases, you can search all local
drives on the computer or browse to find a
recovery point.
Select source folder
Lets you view a list of all available recovery points
that may exist on your computer's local drives or
on a specific drive.
Map a network drive
Specifies a shared network folder path and assign
it a drive letter. You can then browse the folder
location for the recovery point file you want.
Browse
Lets you locate a recovery point on a local drive
or a network folder.
Select a recovery point
Lets you select the recovery point to restore.
Recovery point details
Gives you additional information about the
recovery point you want to restore.
Select Recovery Point options when you view recovery points by file
name
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View by - File name
Lets you view recovery points by their
file name.
Recovery point folder and file name
Specifies a path and a file name of a
recovery point.
Map a network drive
Specifies a shared network folder path
and assign it a drive letter. You can then
browse the folder location for the
recovery point file you want.
Browse
Lets you locate a recovery point on a
local drive or a network folder.
Recovery point details
Gives you additional information about
the recovery point you want to restore.
If Veritas System Recovery Disk finds recovery points, select a recovery
point from the list, and then click OK.
Note: If you cannot find the recovery points in a network location, type the
name of the computer and the share that holds your recovery points. For
example, \\computer_name\share_name.
If you still have trouble, try entering the computer's IP address.
See “About using the networking tools in Veritas System Recovery Disk”
on page 298.
4
In the tree view pane of the Recovery Point Browser, double-click the drive
that contains the files or folders that you want to restore.
5
In the content pane of the Recovery Point Browser, select the files or folders
that you want to restore.
6
Click Recover Files.
In the Recover Items dialog box, the Restore to this folder field may already
contain the original path from which the files originated.
If the original location does not include a drive letter, you must type the drive
letter at the beginning of the path.
Note: While in the recovery environment, drive letters and labels might not
match what appears in Windows. You might have to identify the correct drive
based on its label, which is the name assigned to it.
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7
If the original path is unknown or you want to restore the selected files to a
different location, click Browse to locate the destination.
8
Click Recover to restore the files.
9
Click OK to finish.
See “Recovering a computer” on page 281.
See “Recovering a computer from a virtual disk file” on page 287.
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Recovering a computer
This chapter includes the following topics:
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About recovering a Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)-based computer
■
Booting a computer by using the Veritas System Recovery Disk
■
Preparing to recover a computer by checking the hard disk for errors
■
Recovering a computer
■
Recovering a computer from a virtual disk file
■
Recovering a computer with different hardware
■
About using the networking tools in Veritas System Recovery Disk
■
Viewing the properties of a recovery point in the Veritas System Recovery Disk
■
Viewing the properties of a drive within a recovery point in the Veritas System
Recovery Disk
■
About the Support Utilities
About recovering a Unified Extensible Firmware
Interface (UEFI)-based computer
Veritas System Recovery Disk lets you recover the computers that use the Unified
Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) standard. However, consider the following
points when you recover UEFI-based computers:
■
You must start UEFI-based computers using the 64-bit version of Veritas System
Recovery Disk.
Recovering a computer
Booting a computer by using the Veritas System Recovery Disk
■
When you boot a UEFI-based computer, ensure that the system drive and the
boot drive are located on a GPT disk. Similarly, when you boot a BIOS-based
computer, your system drive and boot drive must be located on an MBR disk.
■
You cannot restore backups of the boot partition and the system partition of
UEFI-based computers to BIOS-based computers. Backups of UEFI-based
computers must be restored to GPT disks. Similarly, you cannot restore backups
of the boot partition and the system partition of BIOS-based computers to
UEFI-based computers. Backups of BIOS-based computers must be restored
to MBR disks.
Note: While you recover your computer using Veritas System Recovery Disk,
the firmware type of the backup is displayed. Depending on the firmware type
of the backup, restore the backups to the appropriate disks, either GPT or MBR.
■
If your computer supports both UEFI and BIOS firmware, and you backed it up
in UEFI mode, you must start the computer using UEFI firmware.
■
When you recover UEFI-based computers, do not select the following options
on the Edit target drive and Options panel in the Recover My Computer
wizard:
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Set drive active (for booting OS)
■
Restore master boot record
These options are applicable only for MBR-style disks. They are not
applicable to GPT-style disks.
■
When you recover UEFI-based computers, you must restore the EFI System
Partition first if it does not exist.
■
When you recover UEFI-based computers, an empty MSR partition is created
if it does not exist.
■
You cannot recover the boot volumes and the system volumes of UEFI-based
computers to dynamic disks.
See “Recovering a computer” on page 281.
Booting a computer by using the Veritas System
Recovery Disk
The Veritas System Recovery Disk lets you boot a computer that can no longer run
the Windows operating system. You can create a recovery disk using Veritas System
Recovery. When you boot your computer using the Veritas System Recovery Disk,
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a simplified version of Windows starts that runs a recovery environment. In the
recovery environment, you can access the recovery features of Veritas System
Recovery.
Note: Veritas System Recovery Disk requires a minimum of 1 GB of RAM to run.
If your computer's video card is configured to share your computer's RAM, you
might need more than 1 GB of RAM.
To boot a computer by using the Veritas System Recovery Disk
1
If you store your recovery points on a USB device, attach the device now (for
example, an external hard drive).
Note: You should attach the device before you restart the computer. Otherwise,
Veritas System Recovery Disk might not detect it.
2
Attach the Veritas System Recovery Disk that is on a USB Device, into the
media drive. If your Veritas System Recovery Disk is on a DVD, insert it into
the media drive of the computer.
If a computer manufacturer installed Veritas System Recovery, the recovery
environment already could be installed on your computer's hard drive. Either
watch your computer monitor after the computer restarts for on-screen
instructions, or refer to your manufacturer's documentation.
3
Restart the computer.
If you cannot start the computer from the USB device or DVD, you might need
to change the startup settings on your computer.
See “Configuring a computer to start from a USB device or DVD” on page 280.
4
As soon as you see the prompt Press any key to boot from DVD or USB
device, press a key to start Veritas System Recovery Disk.
Note: You must watch for this prompt. It can come and go quickly. If you miss
the prompt, you must restart your computer again.
5
Read the license agreement, and then click Accept.
If you decline, you cannot start Veritas System Recovery Disk, and your
computer restarts.
See “Recovering a computer” on page 281.
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Configuring a computer to start from a USB device or DVD
Your Veritas System Recovery Disk might be on a USB device or DVD. Accordingly,
to run Veritas System Recovery Disk, you must be able to start your computer using
a USB device or DVD.
See “Booting a computer by using the Veritas System Recovery Disk” on page 278.
To configure a computer to start from a USB device or DVD
1
Turn on your computer.
2
As the computer starts, watch the bottom of the screen for a prompt that tells
you how to access the BIOS/UEFI setup.
Generally, you need to press the Delete key or a function key to start your
computer's BIOS/UEFI program.
3
In the BIOS/UEFI setup window, select Boot Sequence, and then press Enter.
4
Follow the on-screen instructions to set the USB device or DVD to be the first
startup device in the list.
5
Attach the Veritas System Recovery Disk that is on a USB Device, into the
media drive. If your Veritas System Recovery Disk is on a DVD, insert it into
the media drive.
6
Save the changes and exit the BIOS/UEFI setup to restart the computer with
the new settings.
7
Press any key to start Veritas System Recovery Disk.
When you start your computer with the Veritas System Recovery Disk USB
device or DVD in the drive, you see a prompt to Press any key to boot from
DVD or USB device. If you do not press a key within five seconds, your
computer attempts to start from the next startup device.
Note: Watch carefully as the computer starts. If you miss the prompt, you must
restart the computer again.
See “Recovering a computer” on page 281.
Preparing to recover a computer by checking the
hard disk for errors
If you suspect that your hard disk is damaged, you can examine it for errors.
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To prepare to recover a computer by checking the hard disk for errors
1
Boot the computer by using the Veritas System Recovery Disk.
See “Booting a computer by using the Veritas System Recovery Disk”
on page 278.
2
In the Analyze panel of Veritas System Recovery Disk, click Check Hard
Disks for Errors.
3
Select the drive that you want to check.
4
Select any of the following options.
5
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Automatically fix file system errors
Fixes the errors on the selected disk. If you do not select this option, errors
are displayed but are not fixed.
■
Find and correct bad sectors
Locates the bad sectors and recovers readable information.
Click Start.
See “Recovering a computer” on page 281.
Recovering a computer
If Windows fails to start or does not run normally, you can still recover your computer.
You can use the Veritas System Recovery Disk and an available recovery point or
a virtual disk that you created from a recovery point.
Note: If you can start Windows and the drive that you want to restore is a
non-operating system drive, you can restore the drive within Windows.
The Veritas System Recovery Disk lets you run a recovery environment that provides
temporary access to Veritas System Recovery recovery features. For example, you
can access the recovery features of Veritas System Recovery to restart the computer
into its previous, usable state.
Note: If you purchased Veritas System Recovery from your computer manufacturer,
some features in the recovery environment might not be available. For example, if
the manufacturer installed the recovery environment on your computer's hard disk.
Your manufacturer might also assign a keyboard key for the purpose of starting the
recovery environment. When you restart your computer, watch for instructions on
your computer monitor, or refer to your manufacturer's instructions.
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If you have a recovery point for the hard drives that you want to recover, you can
fully restore your computer. Or, you can recover another hard drive back to the
state it was in when the recovery point was created.
Note: If you restore a recovery point to a computer that uses different hardware,
the Restore Anyware feature is automatically enabled for you.
See “Recovering a computer with different hardware” on page 291.
Veritas System Recovery 16 does not create a dynamic disk or storage pool layout.
To restore a volume, you need to manually create a dynamic disk or a storage pool
configuration. Boot the computer using the Veritas System Recovery Disk and on
the Analyze panel click Open Command Shell Window.
■
If you want to create a dynamic disk configuration, run the DISKPART utility.
The following technote provides information about restoring dynamic disks.
http://www.veritas.com/docs/000037965
■
If you want to create a storage pool configuration, use PowerShell commandlets.
Note: For the PowerShell commandlets configuration, create a recovery disk
using the Advanced option.
After you create the required configuration, you can continue with the steps to
recover a computer.
To recover a computer
1
Boot the computer by using the Veritas System Recovery Disk.
See “Booting a computer by using the Veritas System Recovery Disk”
on page 278.
2
Check the hard disk for errors.
See “Preparing to recover a computer by checking the hard disk for errors”
on page 280.
3
On the Home panel of Veritas System Recovery Disk, click Recover My
Computer.
If your recovery points are stored on media and you only have one media drive,
you can eject the Veritas System Recovery Disk now. Attach the USB device
or insert the DVD that contains your recovery points.
4
On the Welcome page of the wizard, click Next.
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5
On the Select a Recovery Point to Restore panel, select a recovery point to
restore, and then click Next.
Select Recovery Point to Restore options when you view recovery points
by Date
View by - Date
Displays all of the discovered recovery points in the order in
which they were created.
If no recovery points were discovered, the table is empty. In
such cases, you can search all local drives on the computer or
browse to find a recovery point.
Select source folder Lets you view a list of all available recovery points that may
exist on your computer's local drives or on a specific drive.
Map a network drive Specifies a shared network folder path and assign it a drive
letter. You can then browse the folder location for the recovery
point file you want.
Browse
Locates a recovery point on a local drive or a network folder.
Select a recovery
point
Lets you select the recovery point to restore.
Recovery point
details
Gives you additional information about the recovery point you
want to restore.
Select Recovery Point to Restore options when you view recovery points
by File name
View by - File name
Lets you view recovery points by their file name.
Recovery point folder and Specifies a path and a file name of a recovery point.
file name
Map a network drive
Specifies a shared network folder path and assign it a
drive letter. You can then browse the folder location for
the recovery point file you want.
Browse
Locates a recovery point on a local drive or a network
folder.
Recovery point details
Gives you additional information about the recovery point
you want to restore.
Select Recovery Point to Restore options when you view recovery points
by System
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View by - System
Lets you use the current system index file that is located
in the recovery point storage location. The system index
file displays a list of all of the drives on your computer and
any associated recovery points from which you can select.
The use of a system index file reduces the time it takes
to convert multiple recovery points. When a recovery point
is created, a system index file is saved with it. The system
index file contains a list of the most recent recovery points,
which includes the original drive location of each recovery
point.
System index folder and Specifies a path and a file name of a system index file that
filename
you want to use for recovery.
Map a network drive
Specifies a shared network folder path and assign it a
drive letter. You can then browse the folder location for
the system index file (.sv2i) you want.
Browse
Lets you browse to a path that contains a system index
file.
For example, you can browse to an external (USB) drive,
a network location, or to removable media to select a
system index file.
If disks with no layout structures are detected, you are prompted to initialize
the disk layout. A list of disks without layout structures is displayed. The list
shows the default disk layout type, either GPT, or MBR. If required, you can
change the layout type for the disks, and then click OK to initialize layouts on
them.
Note: If you are recovering a UEFI-based computer, you must restore its system
partitions to a GPT disk.
6
On the Drives to Recover panel, select each drive that you want to recover
and set the options that you want, and then click Next.
Select drives to recover
Lets you select the drives that you want to recover.
Add
Adds the additional drives that you want to recover.
Remove
Removes the selected drives from the list of drives to
recover.
Edit
Lets you edit the recovery options for a selected drive.
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Ignore recovery point
corruption during restore
(potential data loss)
Automatically excludes the corrupted data and
continues to restore the recovery point. The restored
data does not contain the corrupted portion of data.
Note: There may be potential data loss as corrupted
data is excluded from restore.
Verify recovery point before
restore
Verifies whether a recovery point is valid or corrupt
before it is restored. If the recovery point is invalid,
the recovery is discontinued.
This option can significantly increase the time that is
required for the recovery to complete.
Do not verify recovery point
before restore
Does not verify whether a recovery point is valid or
corrupt before it is restored. During restore, if there is
corrupted data on the recovery point, an error
message is displayed and you cannot restore the
recovery point.
Use Restore Anyware to
Selected automatically if any of the following are true:
recover to different hardware
■ You recover a non-operating system drive to new
or to different computer hardware. Or, you can
recover both an operating system drive and one
or more data drives to new or to different computer
hardware.
■ You upgrade to new or to different computer
hardware from an older computer.
■ The motherboard on the computer has failed.
If you recover a data drive only to new or to different
computer hardware, this option is not selected for you.
When you recover your computer, select the drive on which Windows is
installed. On most computer systems, this drive is the C drive. In the recovery
environment, the drive letters and labels might not match what appears in
Windows. You might need to identify the correct drive based on its label. Or,
you can identify the drive by its name, or by browsing the files and folders in
the recovery point.
7
Optionally, select a drive that you want to recover, and then click Edit.
Select the options that you want to perform during the recovery process, and
then click OK to return to the Drives to Recover panel.
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Delete Drive
Deletes a selected drive in the list to make space available
to restore your recovery point.
When you use this option, the drive is only marked for
deletion. The actual deletion of the drive takes place after
you click Finish in the wizard.
Undo Delete
Returns a deleted drive to the list of drives.
Resize drive after recover Resizes a disk after the recovery point is restored. After
(unallocated space only) you select this option, you can specify the new size in
megabytes. The size must be greater than the identified
size of the disk that you selected in the list.
Primary partition
Because hard disks are limited to four primary partitions,
this option is appropriate if the drive has four or fewer
partitions.
Logical partition
This option is appropriate if you need more than four
partitions. You can have up to three primary partitions,
plus any number of logical partitions, up to the maximum
size of your hard disk.
Check for file system
errors after recovery
Checks the restored drive for errors after the recovery
point is restored.
Set drive active (for
booting OS)
Makes the restored drive the active partition (for example,
the drive from which the computer starts).
You should select this option if you restore the drive on
which your operating system is installed.
Note: Do not select this option if you are restoring system
partition or boot partition of a UEFI-based computer. This
option is applicable only for MBR-style disks.
Restore original disk
signature
Restores the original, physical disk signature of the hard
drive.
Disk signatures are part of all Windows operating systems
that Veritas System Recovery supports. Disk signatures
are required to use the hard drive.
Select this option if either of the following situations are
true:
■
■
Your computer's drive letters are atypical (for example,
assigned letters other than C, D, E, and so forth).
You restore a recovery point to a new, empty hard disk.
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Restore master boot
record
Restores the master boot record. The master boot record
is contained in the first sector of a physical hard disk. The
master boot record consists of a master boot program and
a partition table that describes the disk partitions. The
master boot program analyzes the partition table of the
first hard disk to see which primary partition is active. It
then starts the boot program from the boot sector of the
active partition.
This option is recommended only for advanced users and
is available only if you restore a whole drive in the recovery
environment.
Select this option if any of the following situations are true:
■
You restore a recovery point to a new, empty hard disk.
■
You restore a recovery point to the original drive, but
the drive's partitions were modified since the recovery
point was created.
You suspect that a virus or some other problem has
corrupted your drive's master boot record.
■
Note: Do not select this option if you are restoring system
partition or boot partition of a UEFI-based computer. This
option is applicable only for MBR-style disks.
8
Click Next to review the recovery options that you selected.
9
Select Reboot when finished if you want the computer to restart automatically
after the recovery process finishes.
10 Click Finish.
11 Click Yes to begin the recovery process.
See “Recovering a computer from a virtual disk file” on page 287.
See “Recovering files and folders by using Veritas System Recovery Disk ”
on page 274.
Recovering a computer from a virtual disk file
Using the recovery environment, you can recover your computer from within a virtual
disk file (.vmdk or .vhd). If you have a virtual disk for the hard drives that you want
to recover, you can fully recover your computer. Or, you can recover another hard
drive back to the state it was in when the original virtual disk was created.
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Note: You cannot recover a UEFI-based computer from a virtual disk file.
See “Defining a virtual conversion job” on page 243.
See “Running a one-time conversion of a physical recovery point to a virtual disk”
on page 253.
Note: If you restore a virtual disk to a computer that uses different hardware, the
Restore Anyware feature is automatically enabled for you.
To recover a computer from a virtual disk file
1
Boot the computer by using the Veritas System Recovery Disk.
See “Booting a computer by using the Veritas System Recovery Disk”
on page 278.
2
On the Home panel of Veritas System Recovery Disk, click Recover My
Computer.
3
On the Welcome panel of the wizard, click Next.
4
On the Select a Recovery Point to Restore panel, in the View recovery
points by list, select Filename.
If disks with no layout structures are detected, you are prompted to initialize
the disk layout. A list of disks without layout structures is displayed. The list
shows the default disk layout type, either GPT, or MBR. If required, you can
change the layout type for the disks, and then click OK to initialize layouts on
them.
5
On the Select a Recovery Point to Restore panel, click Browse to locate,
select, and open a virtual disk file (.vmdk or .vhd).
If necessary, click Map a network drive. Specify a shared network folder path
and assign it a drive letter. You can then browse the folder location for the
virtual disk file you want.
6
Click Next.
7
In the Target Drive panel, select the target drive where you want to restore
the virtual disk.
8
Optionally, do any of the following:
■
Click Delete Drive.
Delete a selected drive in the list to make space available to restore your
virtual disk.
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When you click Delete Drive, the drive is only marked for deletion. The
actual deletion of the drive takes place after you click Finish in the wizard.
■
9
Click Undo Delete.
If you delete a drive and then change your mind, click Undo Delete to return
the drive to the list.
Click Next.
Use Restore Anyware to recover to different hardware is already selected
for you if you recover an operating system drive (the drive on which Windows
is installed; usually the C drive).
This option is not selected if the virtual disk already contains the necessary
drivers for the target computer. Or, if you restore a virtual disk that contains a
data drive.
10 If necessary, enter the product license key.
A license key is required to use Restore Anyware when you recover a system
from a virtual disk file.
If you choose, you can add a license key directly to a custom Veritas System
Recovery Disk by using the Create Custom Recovery Disk wizard. When
you restore a virtual disk and Restore Anyware is enabled in Veritas System
Recovery Disk, you are not prompted to enter the license key. It is already a
part of the custom Veritas System Recovery Disk.
See “Customizing an existing Veritas System Recovery Disk” on page 61.
11 Click Next.
12 In the Recovery Options panel, select the options that you want to perform
during the recovery process.
Verify recovery point before recovery
Verifies whether a recovery point is valid
or corrupt before it is restored. If the
recovery point is invalid, the recovery is
discontinued.
This option can significantly increase the
time that is required for the recovery to
complete.
Check for file system errors after
recovery
Checks the restored drive for errors after
the recovery point is restored.
Resize drive after recover (unallocated Specifies the new drive size in megabytes.
space only)
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Primary partition
Because hard disks are limited to four
primary partitions, this option is appropriate
if the drive has four or fewer partitions.
Logical partition
This option is appropriate if you need more
than four partitions. You can have up to
three primary partitions, plus any number
of logical partitions, up to the maximum
size of your hard disk.
Set drive active (for booting OS)
Makes the restored drive the active
partition (for example, the drive from which
the computer starts).
You should select this option if you restore
the drive on which your operating system
is installed.
Restore original disk signature
Restores the original, physical disk
signature of the hard drive.
Disk signatures are part of all Windows
operating systems that Veritas System
Recovery supports. Disk signatures are
required to use the hard drive.
Select this option if either of the following
situations are true:
■
■
Your computer's drive letters are
atypical (for example, assigned letters
other than C, D, E, and so forth).
You are restore a recovery point to a
new, empty hard disk.
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Restore master boot record
Restores the master boot record. The
master boot record is contained in the first
sector of a physical hard disk. The master
boot record consists of a master boot
program and a partition table that describes
the disk partitions. The master boot
program analyzes the partition table of the
first hard disk to see which primary partition
is active. It then starts the boot program
from the boot sector of the active partition.
This option is recommended only for
advanced users and is available only if you
restore a whole drive in the recovery
environment.
Select this option if any of the following
situations are true:
■
■
■
You restore a recovery point to a new,
empty hard disk.
You restore a recovery point to the
original drive, but the drive's partitions
were modified since the recovery point
was created.
You suspect that a virus or some other
problem has corrupted your drive's
master boot record.
The options that are available depend on the target drive that you selected
earlier.
13 Click Next to review the recovery options that you selected.
14 Select Reboot when finished if you want the computer to restart automatically
after the recovery process finishes.
15 Click Finish.
16 Click Yes to begin the recovery process.
See “Recovering a computer” on page 281.
See “Recovering a computer with different hardware” on page 291.
Recovering a computer with different hardware
The Veritas System Recovery Restore Anyware feature lets administrators restore
a system drive of a supported Windows platform computer. You can restore the
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system even if it has different hardware than was found in the original computer
from which the recovery point was made.
Restore Anyware lets you make the necessary changes for the system to be able
to start. Depending on your configuration, you may need to make additional changes
for the computer to run exactly as it did previously.
Restore Anyware lets you restore a recovery point onto new hardware. For example,
Restore Anyware is automatically used for you in the following scenarios:
■
Your computer's motherboard has failed and you replaced it with a new or a
different motherboard.
■
You want to upgrade to new hardware from an older computer.
■
You want to restore a virtual disk file back to a physical computer.
This feature is used to recover drives only; it cannot be used to recover at a more
granular level such as files and folders.
Note: You can obtain more information about domain controller support.
See https://www.veritas.com/support/en_US/search-results.html?keyword=V-269-16*
Warning: If you have an OEM license from your hardware vendor or a single-user
license, you might be prompted to reactivate your Windows software. You can
reactivate by using your Windows license key. Be aware that OEM and single-user
licenses might have a limited number of activations. Verify that using Restore
Anyware does not violate your operating system or application license agreements.
Keep in mind the following when Restore Anyware is used:
■
■
Performing a Restore Anyware to hardware that is significantly different might
require you to do the following:
■
Add mass storage device drivers.
■
Install hot fixes for the Windows operating system that you restore.
■
Reactivate your Windows operating system when the system restarts.
■
Provide your license key when the system restarts.
■
Provide a local user name and password when the system restarts.
When you restore a recovery point with Restore Anyware, you might be prompted
for the local administrator name and password. You should have this information
ready before you perform the restore. Technical support cannot restore a lost
password.
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■
Restore Anyware is not used to restore a single recovery point to multiple
computers. The product does not generate a unique SID (security identifier) for
every computer.
■
When you use Restore Anyware with a computer that uses a static IP address,
you must manually reconfigure the computer after the restore is complete.
■
Veritas System Recovery supports one NIC on a system. If you have a dual
NIC system, you might need to manually configure the additional NICs to perform
a restore through Restore Anyware.
If you restore to identical (or very similar) hardware on which the recovery point
was originally made, the Restore Anyware feature is deselected for you.
Before you restore a computer with Restore Anyware, you must save the recovery
point or virtual disk file to an accessible location. During the recovery, you might
also be prompted to supply disk drivers, service packs, hot fixes, and so forth. You
should have your Windows media CD available.
For more information about getting Restore Anyware drivers, go to the Veritas
Knowledge Base at the following URL:
https://www.veritas.com/support/en_US/search-results.html?keyword=V-269-15*
Warning: Before you restore a computer through Restore Anyware, test your access
to the recovery points or virtual disk in the recovery environment. You should ensure
that you have access to SAN volumes and that you can connect to the network.
To recover a computer through Restore Anyware
1
Start the computer by using the Veritas System Recovery Disk.
See “Booting a computer by using the Veritas System Recovery Disk”
on page 278.
2
On the Home panel, click Recover My Computer.
Your recovery points or virtual disks may be stored on media. In such cases,
if you only have one USB drive, you can eject the Veritas System Recovery
Disk now. Attach the USB device that contains your recovery points or virtual
disks.
3
On the Welcome panel of the wizard, click Next.
4
Do one of the following:
■
If Veritas System Recovery Disk located recovery points, proceed to step
7.
■
If Veritas System Recovery Disk does not locate any recovery points,
proceed to the next step.
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5
On the Select a Recovery Point to Restore panel, select a recovery point to
restore.
Select Recovery Point to Restore options when you view recovery points
by Date
View by - Date
Displays all of the discovered recovery points in the
order in which they were created.
If no recovery points were discovered, the table is empty.
In such cases, you can search all local drives on the
computer or browse to find a recovery point.
Select source folder
Lets you view a list of all available recovery points that
may exist on your computer's local drives or on a specific
drive.
Map a network drive
Specifies a shared network folder path and assign it a
drive letter. You can then browse the folder location for
the recovery point file you want.
Browse
Locates a recovery point on a local drive or a network
folder.
Select a recovery point
Lets you select the recovery point to restore.
Recovery point details
Gives you additional information about the recovery
point you want to restore.
Select Recovery Point to Restore options when you view recovery points
by File name
View by - File name
Lets you view recovery points by their file name.
Recovery point folder and Specifies a path and a file name of a recovery point.
file name
Map a network drive
Specifies a shared network folder path and assign it a
drive letter. You can then browse the folder location for
the recovery point file you want.
Browse
Locates a recovery point on a local drive or a network
folder.
Recovery point details
Gives you additional information about the recovery point
you want to restore.
Select Recovery Point to Restore options when you view recovery points
by System
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View by - System
Lets you use the current system index file that is located
in the recovery point storage location. The system index
file displays a list of all of the drives on your computer and
any associated recovery points from which you can select.
The use of a system index file reduces the time it takes to
convert multiple recovery points. When a recovery point
is created, a system index file is saved with it. The system
index file contains a list of the most recent recovery points,
which includes the original drive location of each recovery
point.
System index folder and Specifies a path and a file name of a system index file that
filename
you want to use for recovery.
Map a network drive
Specifies a shared network folder path and assign it a drive
letter. You can then browse the folder location for the
system index file (.sv2i) you want.
Browse
Lets you browse to a path that contains a system index
file.
For example, you can browse to an external (USB) drive,
a network location, or to removable media to select a
system index file.
If disks with no layout structures are detected, you are prompted to initialize
the disk layout. A list of disks without layout structures is displayed. The list
shows the default disk layout type, either GPT, or MBR. If required, you can
change the layout type for the disks, and then click OK to initialize layouts on
them.
Note: If you are recovering a UEFI-based computer, you must restore its system
partitions to a GPT disk.
6
Click Next.
7
On the Drives to Recover panel, select each drive that you want to recover
and set the options that you want, and then click Next.
Select drives to
recover
Lets you select the drives that you want to recover.
Add
Adds the additional drives that you want to recover.
Remove
Removes the selected drives from the list of drives to recover.
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Edit
Lets you edit the recovery options for a selected drive.
Ignore recovery
Automatically excludes the corrupted data and continues to
point corruption
restore the recovery point. The restored data does not contain
during restore
the corrupted portion of data.
(potential data loss)
Note: There may be potential data loss as corrupted data is
excluded from restore.
Verify recovery point Verifies whether a recovery point is valid or corrupt before it is
before restore
restored. If the recovery point is invalid, the recovery is
discontinued.
This option can significantly increase the time that is required
for the recovery to complete.
Do not verify
recovery point
before restore
Does not verify whether a recovery point is valid or corrupt
before it is restored. During restore, if there is corrupted data
on the recovery point, an error message is displayed and you
cannot restore the recovery point.
Use Restore
Selected automatically if any of the following are true:
Anyware to recover
■ You recover a non-operating system drive to new or to
to different hardware
different computer hardware. Or, you can recover both an
operating system drive and one or more data drives to new
or to different computer hardware.
■ You upgrade to new or to different computer hardware from
an older computer.
■ The motherboard on the computer has failed.
If you recover a data drive only to new or to different computer
hardware, this option is not selected for you.
When you recover your computer, select the drive on which Windows is
installed. On most computer systems, this drive is the C drive. In the recovery
environment, the drive letters and labels might not match what appears in
Windows. You might need to identify the correct drive based on its label. Or,
you can identify the drive based on the name that is assigned to it. Or, you can
browse the files and folders in the recovery point.
See “Recovering files and folders by using Veritas System Recovery Disk ”
on page 274.
8
Optionally, select a drive that you want to recover, and then click Edit.
Select the options that you want to perform during the recovery process, and
then click OK to return to the Drives to Recover panel.
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Delete Drive
Deletes a selected drive in the list to make space available
to restore your recovery point.
When you use this option, the drive is only marked for
deletion. The actual deletion of the drive takes place after
you click Finish in the wizard.
Undo Delete
Returns a deleted drive to the list of drives.
Resize drive after
recover (unallocated
space only)
Resizes a disk after the recovery point is restored. After you
select this option, you can specify the new size in
megabytes. The size must be greater than the identified
size of the disk that you selected in the list.
Primary partition
Because hard disks are limited to four primary partitions,
this option is appropriate if the drive has four or fewer
partitions.
Logical partition
This option is appropriate if you need more than four
partitions. You can have up to three primary partitions, plus
any number of logical partitions, up to the maximum size of
your hard disk.
Check for file system
errors after recovery
Checks the restored drive for errors after the recovery point
is restored.
Set drive active (for
booting OS)
Makes the restored drive the active partition (for example,
the drive from which the computer starts).
You should select this option if you restore the drive on
which your operating system is installed.
Note: Do not select this option if you are restoring system
partition or boot partition of a UEFI-based computer. This
option is applicable only for MBR-style disks.
Restore original disk
signature
Restores the original, physical disk signature of the hard
drive.
Disk signatures are part of all Windows operating systems
that Veritas System Recovery supports. Disk signatures are
required to use the hard drive.
Select this option if either of the following situations are true:
■
■
Your computer's drive letters are atypical (for example,
assigned letters other than C, D, E, and so forth).
You restore a recovery point to a new, empty hard disk.
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Restore master boot
record
Restores the master boot record. The master boot record
is contained in the first sector of a physical hard disk. The
master boot record consists of a master boot program and
a partition table that describes the disk partitions. The
master boot program analyzes the partition table of the first
hard disk to see which primary partition is active. It then
starts the boot program from the boot sector of the active
partition.
This option is recommended only for advanced users and
is available only if you restore a whole drive in the recovery
environment.
Select this option if any of the following situations are true:
■
You restore a recovery point to a new, empty hard disk.
■
You restore a recovery point to the original drive, but the
drive's partitions were modified since the recovery point
was created.
You suspect that a virus or some other problem has
corrupted your drive's master boot record.
■
Note: Do not select this option if you are restoring system
partition or boot partition of a UEFI-based computer. This
option is applicable only for MBR-style disks.
9
Click Next to review the recovery options you have selected.
10 Select Reboot when finished if you want the computer to restart automatically
when the recovery process finishes.
11 Click Finish.
12 Click Yes to begin the recovery process.
See “Recovering a computer” on page 281.
See “Recovering a computer from a virtual disk file” on page 287.
About using the networking tools in Veritas
System Recovery Disk
If you store your recovery points on a network, you need access to the network.
This access lets you restore your computer or your files and folders from Veritas
System Recovery Disk. The Veritas System Recovery Disk includes a variety of
networking tools that you can use to assist you with recovery.
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Note: Additional computer memory might be required to recover your computer or
files across a network.
See “Starting networking services” on page 299.
See “Mapping a network drive from within Veritas System Recovery Disk”
on page 299.
See “Configuring network connection settings” on page 300.
Starting networking services
You can start networking services manually.
To start networking services
◆
On the Network panel in Veritas System Recovery Disk, click Start My
Networking Services.
To verify the connection to the network, you can map a network drive.
See “Mapping a network drive from within Veritas System Recovery Disk”
on page 299.
See “About using the networking tools in Veritas System Recovery Disk” on page 298.
Mapping a network drive from within Veritas System Recovery Disk
If you started the networking services after you started the recovery environment,
you can map a network drive. This mapping lets you browse to that drive and select
the recovery point that you want to restore. Or, if you create backups from the
recovery environment, you can select a destination that resides on a network
location.
See “About using the networking tools in Veritas System Recovery Disk” on page 298.
If there is no DHCP server or the DHCP server is unavailable, you must provide a
static IP address. You must also provide a subnet mask address for the computer
on which you are running Veritas System Recovery Disk.
See “Configuring network connection settings” on page 300.
After you provide the static IP address and subnet mask address, you can enter
the recovery environment. However, there is no way to resolve computer names.
When you run the Recover My Computer wizard or the Recovery Point Browser,
you can only browse the network by using the IP addresses to locate a recovery
point. You can map a network drive so that you can locate the recovery points more
effectively. Or, you can use the mapped network drive as a destination for recovery
points that you create from within the recovery environment.
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To map a network drive from within Veritas System Recovery Disk
1
In Veritas System Recovery Disk, on the Network panel, click Map a Network
Drive.
2
Map a network drive by using the UNC path of the computer on which the
recovery point is located.
For example: \\computer_name\share_name or \\IP_address\share_name
You can also map a network drive from within the Recover My Computer
wizard or the Back Up My Computer wizard in Veritas System Recovery Disk.
Configuring network connection settings
You can access the Network Configuration window to configure network settings
while running in the Veritas System Recovery Disk environment.
To configure network connection settings
1
In the Veritas System Recovery Disk environment, click Network, and then
click Configure Network Connection Settings.
You can configure settings such as, IP address (static and dynamic), subnet
mask, DNS server, and default gateway.
2
If you are prompted to start networking services, click Yes.
See “About using the networking tools in Veritas System Recovery Disk” on page 298.
Setting a status IP address to enable recovery from a
recovery point on a network share or drive
You can restore a recovery point that is located on a network drive or share.
Sometimes, however, you cannot map a drive or browse to the drive or share on
the network to access the recovery point. The lack of an available DHCP service
can cause such a failure. In such cases, you can assign a unique static IP address
to the computer that is running the recovery environment. You can then map to the
network drive or share.
See “Configuring network connection settings” on page 300.
See “About using the networking tools in Veritas System Recovery Disk” on page 298.
To get a static IP address
1
In the Veritas System Recovery Disk environment, click Network, and then
click Configure Network Connection Settings.
2
In the Network Adapter Configuration dialog box, click Use the following
IP address.
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3
Specify a unique IP address and subnet mask for the computer that you want
to restore.
Be sure that the subnet mask matches the subnet mask of the network segment.
4
Click OK.
5
Click Close to return to the recovery environment's main menu.
6
In the Network panel, click Ping a Remote Computer.
7
Type the address of the computer that you want to ping on the network segment.
8
Click OK.
If you specified a computer name or a computer name and domain as the
address method, make note of the IP address that is returned.
If communication to the storage computer operates as expected, you can use
the Map Network Drive utility to map a drive to the recovery point location.
See “Recovering a computer” on page 281.
Getting a static IP address if pinging is unsuccessful
If you ping an address and the address does not respond, you can use the ipconfig
/all command to determine the correct IP address.
See “Configuring network connection settings” on page 300.
See “About using the networking tools in Veritas System Recovery Disk” on page 298.
To get an IP address if the ping is unsuccessful
1
On the computer that contains the recovery point that you want to restore, at
a DOS prompt, type the following command, and then press Enter.
ipconfig /all
2
Write down the IP address that is displayed.
Return to the computer that is running the Veritas System Recovery Disk
environment.
3
In the Network panel of the Veritas System Recovery Disk environment, click
Ping a Remote Computer and use the IP address you wrote down.
See “Recovering a computer” on page 281.
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Viewing the properties of a recovery point in the
Veritas System Recovery Disk
You can view various properties of a recovery point by using the Recovery Point
Browser.
See “Viewing the properties of a drive within a recovery point in the Veritas System
Recovery Disk” on page 303.
To view the properties of a recovery point in the Veritas System Recovery
Disk
1
Start the computer by using the Veritas System Recovery Disk.
See “Booting a computer by using the Veritas System Recovery Disk”
on page 278.
2
Do one of the following:
■
In Veritas System Recovery, on the View menu, click Tools. Click Run
Recovery Point Browser.
■
On the Windows Start menu, click Programs > Veritas System Recovery
> Recovery Point Browser.
3
In the Recovery Point Browser, in the tree panel, select the recovery point file
name that you want to view.
4
Do one of the following:
■
On the File menu, click Properties.
■
Right-click on the recovery point file name, and then click Properties.
Description
Displays a user-assigned comment that is
associated with the recovery point.
Size
Displays the total size (in megabytes) of the recovery
point.
Created
Displays the date and time that the recovery point
file was created.
Compression
Displays the compression level that is used in the
recovery point.
Split across multiple files
Identifies whether the entire recovery point file is
spanned over several files.
Password protected
Displays the password protection status of the
selected drive.
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Encryption
Displays the encryption strength that is used with
the recovery point.
Version
Displays the version number that is associated with
the recovery point.
Computer name
Displays the name of the computer on which the
recovery point was created.
Restore Anyware
Identifies whether Restore Anyware was enabled
for the recovery point.
Search engine support
Identifies whether you enabled search engine
support for the recovery point.
Created by
Identifies the application (Veritas System Recovery)
that was used to create the recovery point.
Viewing the properties of a drive within a recovery
point in the Veritas System Recovery Disk
You can view the properties of a drive within a recovery point in the Veritas System
Recovery Disk.
See “Viewing the properties of a recovery point in the Veritas System Recovery
Disk” on page 302.
To view the properties of a drive within a recovery point in the Veritas System
Recovery Disk
1
Start the computer by using the Veritas System Recovery Disk.
See “Booting a computer by using the Veritas System Recovery Disk”
on page 278.
2
Click Recover, and then click Recover My Files.
3
Do one of the following:
4
■
In Veritas System Recovery, on the View menu, click Tools. Click Run
Recovery Point Browser.
■
On the Windows Start menu, click Programs > Veritas System Recovery
> Recovery Point Browser.
In the Recovery Point Browser, in the tree panel, double-click the recovery
point file name that contains the drive that you want to view.
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5
Select the name of the drive.
6
Do one of the following:
■
On the File menu, click Properties.
■
Right-click on the drive name within the recovery point, and then click
Properties.
Description
Displays a user-assigned comment that is
associated with the recovery point.
Original drive letter
Displays the original drive letter that was
assigned to the drive.
Cluster size
Displays the cluster size (in bytes) that is
used in a FAT, FAT32, or NTFS drive.
File system
Displays the file system type that is used
within the drive.
Primary/Logical
Displays the selected drive's drive status
as either the primary partition or the logical
partition.
Size
Displays the total size (in megabytes) of
the drive.
This total includes used and unused space.
Used space
Displays the amount of used space (in
megabytes) within the drive.
Unused space
Displays the amount of unused space (in
megabytes) within the drive.
Contains bad sectors
Identifies whether there are any bad
sectors on the drive.
Cleanly quiesced
Identifies whether the database application
quiesced properly when a recovery point
was created.
About the Support Utilities
The Veritas System Recovery Disk environment has several support utilities. Veritas
Technical Support might ask you to use these utilities to troubleshoot any hardware
issues that you encounter.
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You might be required to supply the information that these utilities generate if you
call Veritas Technical Support for help resolving problems.
Note: You should only use these tools as directed by Veritas Technical Support.
See “Recovering files and folders by using Veritas System Recovery Disk ”
on page 274.
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17
Copying a hard drive
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
Preparing to copy a hard drive
■
Copying one hard drive to another hard drive
Preparing to copy a hard drive
Before you begin, make sure that you delete all the partitions on the destination
drive and make it unallocated. Do not format the destination drive. You can use
Windows Disk Management utility or any other disk utility to delete the partitions
on the destination drive. You must have the hardware configured correctly to copy
the hard drives. Perform the following steps to prepare the hardware.
To prepare to copy a drive
1
2
Do all of the following:
■
Get the manufacturer's directions for installing the drive.
■
Shut down the computer, and then disconnect the power cord.
■
Discharge electricity by touching a grounded metal object.
■
Remove the computer cover.
Change the jumper settings on the new hard drive to make it slave and attach
the data cable. If you use cable select settings for the hard drive, attach it as
the slave.
If you use Serial ATA drives (SATA), skip to next step.
3
Attach the power connector to the new hard drive.
4
Anchor the drive in the bay area according to the manufacturer's instructions.
5
Start your computer.
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6
Change the BIOS settings to recognize the new hard disk.
If you use SATA drives, make sure that the boot settings are configured to boot
from your old drive.
7
Save the BIOS settings and restart the computer.
See “Copying one hard drive to another hard drive” on page 307.
Copying one hard drive to another hard drive
You can use the Copy My Hard Drive feature to copy your operating system,
applications, and data to a new had disk. If the hard disk that you want to copy
contains multiple partitions, you must copy the partitions one at a time.
You can use the Copy My Hard Drive feature to do the following:
■
Upgrade to a larger hard disk.
■
Add a second hard disk and keep the original.
If the power or other hardware fails when you copy data, no data is lost from the
source drive. You can start the process again after the failure is resolved.
Note: You should not use the Copy My Hard Drive feature to set up a hard disk
that would be used in another computer.
Perform the following steps to copy one hard drive to another hard drive.
Note: If you want to copy a hard drive that has Windows 7 installed on it, you need
to copy the System Reserved partition first. After you complete the copying of
System Reserved Partition, copy other partitions in the remaining unallocated space
on the destination drive.
To copy one hard drive to another hard drive
1
On the View menu, click Tools.
2
Click Copy My Hard Drive.
3
In the Welcome panel, click Next.
4
In the Source Drive panel, select the drive that you want to copy, and then
click Next.
If the drive that you want to copy is not listed, check the Show Hidden Drives
option.
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5
In the Destination panel, select the destination drive for the copy, and then
click Next.
Note: When you select the destination, the Sector Size for the source drive
that you want to copy and the destination drive must be the same.
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6
In the Advanced Options panel, set the copy options you want, and then click
Next.
Check source for
file system errors
Checks the source drive for errors before you copy it. The source
drive is the original drive.
Check destination Checks the destination drive for errors after you copy the drive.
for file system
The destination drive is the new drive.
errors
Resize drive to fill Expands the drive to occupy the destination drive's remaining
unallocated space. unallocated space.
Set drive active
(for booting OS)
Makes the destination drive the active partition (the drive from
which the computer starts). Only one drive can be active at a
time. To boot the computer, it must be on the first hard disk, and
it must contain an operating system. When the computer boots,
it reads the partition table of the first hard disk to find out which
drive is active. It then boots from that location. If you cannot start
the computer from the drive, have a boot disk ready. You can
use the Veritas System Recovery Disk.
The Set drive active option is valid for basic disks only (not
dynamic disks).
Disable
SmartSector
copying
Speeds up the copying process by only copying the clusters and
sectors containing data.
In high-security environments, you might want to copy all clusters
and sectors in their original layout, regardless of whether they
contain data. In such cases, this option should be deselected.
Ignore bad sectors Copies the drive even if there are errors on the disk.
during copy
Copy MBR
Copies the master boot record from the source drive to the
destination drive. Select this option if you intend to copy the C:\
drive to a new, empty hard drive.
You should not select this option if you want to copy a drive to
another space on the same hard drive as a backup.
You should also not select this option if the destination drive has
partitions and you do not want to overwrite them.
Primary partition
Lets you make the destination (new) drive a primary partition.
Logical partition
Lets you make the destination (new) drive a logical partition inside
an extended partition.
Drive letter
Lets you select the drive letter you want assigned to the partition.
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Note: When you copy the System Reserved Partition of Windows 7, make
sure that you select the Set drive active option. Also, uncheck the Resize
drive to fill unallocated space option and do not assign a drive letter. Do not
select the Set drive active option while copying other partitions from the hard
disk that has Windows 7 installed.
7
Click Finish to begin the copy.
8
Repeat the same steps to copy other partitions on the hard drive.
9
After you are done copying the hard drive, disconnect the old drive, and then
boot up the destination drive.
Note: After you successfully boot your computer using the destination drive,
you can reconnect the old drive to your computer.
See “Preparing to copy a hard drive” on page 306.
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18
Using the Veritas System
Recovery Granular
Restore Option
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
About the Veritas System Recovery Granular Restore Option
■
Best practices when you create recovery points for use with the Granular Restore
Option
■
Starting the Granular Restore Option
■
Starting Granular Restore Option and opening a specific recovery point
■
Restoring a Microsoft Exchange mailbox
■
Restoring a Microsoft Exchange email folder
■
Restoring a Microsoft Exchange email message
■
Restoring files and folders using Granular Restore Option
About the Veritas System Recovery Granular
Restore Option
The Granular Restore Option is an administrative tool that works with Veritas System
Recovery to provide granular restore capabilities for the following applications:
■
Microsoft Exchange™ 2007, 2010, and 2013
If you want to be able to restore emails using the Granular Restore Option, you
must have Microsoft Outlook 2007, 2010, or 2013 installed. Outlook 2013 can
Using the Veritas System Recovery Granular Restore Option
About the Veritas System Recovery Granular Restore Option
be installed in combination with Outlook 2007 or 2010. Using Granular Restore
Option, you cannot view, forward, or restore an email folder or a mailbox (.pst
file)with Outlook 2013. If you have Outlook 2013 and 2010 installed, you cannot
restore an email folder or a mailbox for either of the Outlook versions.
You can only restore email messages of Exchange 2013 when Outlook 2013
is installed (or Outlook 2013 with 2010 or 2007). To import messages to your
Outlook mailbox, you can import the restored messages to Outlook, and they
are then added to your mailbox (.pst file)
To use all features of Granular Restore Option, you can install Outlook 2007 or
2010.
■
File and folder data
What you can do with the Granular Restore Option
Veritas System Recovery is used to create volume-level recovery points. Using
theGranular Restore Option, you can open these recovery points and restore
Microsoft Exchange mailboxes, folders, and individual messages. You can also
restore unstructured files and folders.
You can do the following tasks with the Granular Restore Option.
Table 18-1
Granular Restore Option tasks
Task
■
■
More information
Restore Exchange mail.
■ Open a specific recovery point.
■
Restore a mailbox.
■
Restore an email folder.
■
Restore or forward an email message.
Restore unstructured files and folders.
■ Open one or more recovery points.
■
Search or browse for a lost file or
folder.
Restore lost files and folders.
■
Restore a version of a file.
■
See “Restoring a Microsoft Exchange
mailbox” on page 318.
See “Restoring a Microsoft Exchange email
folder” on page 320.
See “Restoring a Microsoft Exchange email
message” on page 322.
See “Restoring files and folders using
Granular Restore Option” on page 323.
See “Starting Granular Restore Option and opening a specific recovery point”
on page 316.
See “Best practices when you create recovery points for use with the Granular
Restore Option” on page 313.
See “Restoring a Microsoft Exchange mailbox” on page 318.
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Best practices when you create recovery points for use with the Granular Restore Option
See “Restoring a Microsoft Exchange email folder” on page 320.
See “Restoring a Microsoft Exchange email message” on page 322.
Best practices when you create recovery points
for use with the Granular Restore Option
When creating a recovery point, you should use the following guidelines:
■
Select the option to back up your computer, not the option to back up selected
files and folders.
See “Defining a drive-based backup” on page 118.
■
When you select which drives to back up, make sure that you select all of the
drives on the system.
See “Protecting your Microsoft Exchange server for successful backups”
on page 314.
■
When you select the type of recovery point to create, you should select Recovery
Point Set instead of Independent Recovery Point. This selection makes
subsequent recovery points much smaller.
Recovery point set (recommended)
Schedules a base recovery point with
additional recovery points that contain only
the incremental changes that were made
to your computer since the previous
recovery point.
Incremental recovery points are created
faster than the base recovery point. They
also use less storage space than an
independent recovery point.
Note: You can only have one recovery
point set defined for each drive. The
Recovery point set option is not available
if you have already assigned a selected
drive to an existing backup and specified
Recovery point set as the recovery point
type. This option also is unavailable if you
select an unmounted drive that cannot be
part of a recovery point set.
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Independent recovery point
■
■
Creates a complete, independent copy of
the drives that you select. This backup type
typically requires more storage space,
especially if you run the backup multiple
times.
The Exchange server does not need to be turned off for a backup to run
successfully. However, you should schedule the backup at a time when the
server is less busy (for example, after midnight).
Schedule
Lets you select the days and a start time
for when the backup should run.
Run more than once per day
Indicates that you can run the backup more
than once a day to protect data that you
edit or change frequently.
Time between backups
Specifies the maximum time that should
occur between backups.
Number of times
Specifies the number of times per day that
the backup should run.
Automatically optimize
Lets you select how often optimization
should occur to help manage the disk space
that is used by your backup destination.
Start a new recovery point set
Indicates how frequently a new recovery
point set should be started.
Custom
Lets you customize the start time, and the
days of the week or month to run the
backup.
Event Triggers - General
Lets you select the type of events that
automatically starts a backup.
If you use mount points, make sure that you select them for backup.
See “About the Veritas System Recovery Granular Restore Option” on page 311.
Protecting your Microsoft Exchange server for successful backups
The recommended way to protect your Exchange server is to create a single backup
job that contains all of the drives on your server. However, you can choose to run
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your backups at the storage group and message store levels. You should consider
the following to ensure a successful backup:
Include the drive that
contains your Exchange
installation
Granular Restore Option uses the recovery point of the
Exchange server to perform the restore operation. Therefore,
you should routinely back up your Exchange server. When
you create the recovery point, you should select the drive that
contains your Exchange installation directory.
For example, if you installed Exchange in the C:\Program
File\Exchsrvr directory, make sure that you include the entire
C drive in your recovery point.
Include the storage group
for the message store that
you want to back up
A storage group is a collection of message stores. Each
storage group contains a transaction log that is used to buffer
writes to the message stores. You must back up the drive that
contains the storage group's log files for the message store
that you want to protect.
For example, suppose you have a storage group named First
Storage Group. If the storage group contains a transaction
logon E:\Exchsrvr\mdbdata, you should include the entire E
drive as part of the recovery point. If you have multiple storage
groups, you should back them up at the same time. If you want
to back up your storage groups on different schedules, you
still need to include Exchange in your backups.
Include the message stores A message store is a database file that stores email. Message
that you want to protect
stores are subgroups of storage groups. When you create a
recovery point for a message store, you must also include its
storage group.
For example, if you have a message store named Message
Store (myserver) that is located on
F:\Exchsrvr\mdbdata\Message Store (myserver).stm, you
should include the entire F drive in your recovery point.
See “Best practices when you create recovery points for use with the Granular
Restore Option” on page 313.
Starting the Granular Restore Option
How you start Granular Restore Option depends on the version of Windows you
use.
To start the Granular Restore Option
◆
Do one of the following:
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■
In Veritas System Recovery, on the Tools page, click Run Granular
Restore Option.
■
On the classic Windows taskbar, click Start > Programs > Veritas System
Recovery > Granular Restore Option.
■
On the Windows 2008 or Windows 7 taskbar, click Start > All Programs
> Veritas System Recovery > Granular Restore Option.
See “Starting Granular Restore Option and opening a specific recovery point”
on page 316.
Starting Granular Restore Option and opening a
specific recovery point
You open recovery points so you can restore mailboxes, email folders and
messages, and files and folders.
To open a specific recovery point
1
Do one of the following:
■
In Veritas System Recovery, on the Tools page, click Run Granular
Restore Option.
■
On the classic Windows taskbar, click Start > Programs > Veritas System
Recovery > Granular Restore Option.
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■
2
On the Windows 2008 or Windows 7 taskbar, click Start > All Programs
> Veritas System Recovery > Granular Restore Option.
In the Open Recovery Points dialog box, select the option you want and then
click OK.
Use latest recovery points for this
computer
Opens a recovery point using the latest
recovery points from the computer on
which you work.
Use alternate system index (.sv2i) file
Opens a recovery point using its system
index file.
System index file name
Lets you specify a path and a file name of
a system index file that you want to use for
recovery.
Browse
Lets you browse to a path that contains a
system index file.
For example, you can browse to an
external (USB) drive, a network location,
or to removable media to select a system
index file.
Use recovery points for another
computer.
Opens a recovery point that resides on
another computer.
Browse
Lets you browse to a path that contains
recovery points.
For example, you can browse to an
external (USB) drive, a network location,
or to removable media to select recovery
points.
Computer Name
3
Identifies the names of recovery point files
and virtual disk files in the specified path
of another computer.
You can change the backup date that you view by selecting a different date in
the upper right-hand corner.
You can now restore exchange mail, or files and folders.
See “Restoring a Microsoft Exchange mailbox” on page 318.
See “Restoring a Microsoft Exchange email folder” on page 320.
See “Restoring a Microsoft Exchange email message” on page 322.
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Restoring a Microsoft Exchange mailbox
See “Restoring files and folders using Granular Restore Option” on page 323.
Restoring a Microsoft Exchange mailbox
A restored mailbox consists of all of the email that was contained in a user's mailbox
when the recovery point was created. A recover mailbox is saved on the disk as a
PST file.
You can use Microsoft Outlook to open and view the contents of the file. After a
restored mailbox has been opened in Outlook, you can then drag email or folders
back to their original locations.
Note: In many cases, it is easier to restore a user's entire mailbox than find a single
message.
To restore a mailbox
1
On the View menu, click Tools.
2
Click Run Granular Restore Option.
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3
In the Open Recovery Points dialog box, open the recovery point for the last
known time that the mail was present on the Exchange server.
Use latest recovery points for this
computer
Opens a recovery point using the latest
recovery points from the computer on
which you work.
Use alternate system index (.sv2i) file
Opens a recovery point using its system
index file.
System index file name
Lets you specify a path and a file name of
a system index file that you want to use for
recovery.
Browse
Lets you browse to a path that contains a
system index file.
For example, you can browse to an
external (USB) drive, a network location,
or to removable media to select a system
index file.
Use recovery points for another
computer.
Opens a recovery point that resides on
another computer.
Browse
Lets you browse to a path that contains
recovery points.
For example, you can browse to an
external (USB) drive, a network location,
or to removable media to select recovery
points.
Computer Name
Identifies the names of recovery point files
and virtual disk files in the specified path
of another computer.
4
Click OK.
5
On the Exchange Mail tab, from the list of mailboxes, select the mailbox you
want to restore.
6
Right-click the mailbox, and then click Recover Mailbox.
7
Select the folder where you want to place the restored mailbox, and then click
Save.
Note: If the size of the mailbox is large, you may want to copy it to a shared
folder.
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See “Restoring a Microsoft Exchange email folder” on page 320.
See “Restoring a Microsoft Exchange email message” on page 322.
Restoring a Microsoft Exchange email folder
You can restore a single folder instead of an entire mailbox. For example, if a user
needs a copy of a sent message, it may be quicker to restore only the Sent Items
folder.
A restored folder is saved on the disk as PST file. You can use Microsoft Outlook
to open and view the contents of the folder. After a restored email folder has been
opened in Outlook, you can drag email or folders back to their original locations.
To restore an email folder
1
On the View menu, click Tools.
2
Click Run Granular Restore Option.
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3
In the Open Recovery Points dialog box, open the recovery point for the last
known time that the mail was present on the Exchange server.
Use latest recovery points for this
computer
Opens a recovery point using the latest
recovery points from the computer on
which you work.
Use alternate system index (.sv2i) file
Opens a recovery point using its system
index file.
System index file name
Lets you specify a path and a file name of
a system index file that you want to use for
recovery.
Browse
Lets you browse to a path that contains a
system index file.
For example, you can browse to an
external (USB) drive, a network location,
or to removable media to select a system
index file.
Use recovery points for another
computer.
Opens a recovery point that resides on
another computer.
Browse
Lets you browse to a path that contains
recovery points.
For example, you can browse to an
external (USB) drive, a network location,
or to removable media to select recovery
points.
Computer Name
Identifies the names of recovery point files
and virtual disk files in the specified path
of another computer.
4
Click OK.
5
On the Exchange Mail tab, select the mailbox for the user who requested the
restore.
6
In the folder list, right-click the folder you want to restore, and then click Recover
Folder.
7
Select the folder where you want to place the restored folder, and then click
Save.
See “Restoring a Microsoft Exchange email folder” on page 320.
See “Restoring a Microsoft Exchange email message” on page 322.
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Restoring a Microsoft Exchange email message
You can use the Granular Restore Option to restore individual email messages.
You can save individual messages in an .msg file format on the disk, or you can
forward them directly to a user. Use Microsoft Outlook to open and view the contents
of a saved message file.
To restore an email message
1
On the View menu, click Tools.
2
Click Run Granular Restore Option.
3
In the Open Recovery Points dialog box, open the recovery point for the last
known time that the mail was present on the Exchange server.
Use latest recovery points for this
computer
Opens a recovery point using the latest
recovery points from the computer on
which you work.
Use alternate system index (.sv2i) file
Opens a recovery point using its system
index file.
System index file name
Lets you specify a path and a file name of
a system index file that you want to use for
recovery.
Browse
Lets you browse to a path that contains a
system index file.
For example, you can browse to an
external (USB) drive, a network location,
or to removable media to select a system
index file.
Use recovery points for another
computer.
Opens a recovery point that resides on
another computer.
Browse
Lets you browse to a path that contains
recovery points.
For example, you can browse to an
external (USB) drive, a network location,
or to removable media to select recovery
points.
Computer Name
Identifies the names of recovery point files
and virtual disk files in the specified path
of another computer.
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4
Click OK.
5
Click the Exchange Mail tab, select the mailbox for the user who requested
the restore.
6
Select the folder that contains the message you want to restore.
7
Select the message to restore.
Note: You can sort the list by clicking the column headers. You can also search
the subject lines of the messages by entering a search term in the search field
(near the message list). When you add or delete characters in the search box,
it automatically changes the results.
8
To return the email message to the user, do one of the following:
■
If you have Microsoft Outlook installed, double-click the message to open
it in Outlook. You can use Outlook to send the message back to its owner.
■
To forward the message in Outlook, right-click the message, and then click
Forward.
Outlook opens a new message. The message that you want to forward is
included as an attachment. You can then forward the message to the original
owner.
■
To save the message to a disk, right-click the message, and then click
Recover Message. Type the file name, and then click Save.
The email message is saved on the disk. You can use Outlook to open the
message.
See “Restoring a Microsoft Exchange mailbox” on page 318.
See “Restoring a Microsoft Exchange email folder” on page 320.
Restoring files and folders using Granular Restore
Option
Granular Restore Option can be used to restore unstructured files and folders. This
feature is particularly useful if you need to search more than one recovery point
(multiple backup dates) to find a missing file or folder.
To restore a file or folder
1
On the View menu, click Tools.
2
Click Run Granular Restore Option.
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3
In the Open Recovery Points dialog box, open the recovery point for the last
known time that the mail was present on the Exchange server.
Use latest recovery points for this Opens a recovery point using the latest recovery
computer
points from the computer on which you work.
Use alternate system index (.sv2i) Opens a recovery point using its system index
file
file.
System index file name
Lets you specify a path and a file name of a
system index file that you want to use for
recovery.
Browse
Lets you browse to a path that contains a system
index file.
For example, you can browse to an external
(USB) drive, a network location, or to removable
media to select a system index file.
Use recovery points for another
computer.
Opens a recovery point that resides on another
computer.
Browse
Lets you browse to a path that contains recovery
points.
For example, you can browse to an external
(USB) drive, a network location, or to removable
media to select recovery points.
Computer Name
Identifies the names of recovery point files and
virtual disk files in the specified path of another
computer.
4
Click OK.
5
On the Files and Folders tab, browse or search for the file that you want to
restore.
6
You can view more than one recovery point at a time. To see a view of the file
system that contains multiple recovery points, click Versions. Now select the
versions that you want to view by checking them in the list.
You can sort the list by clicking the column headers. You can enter a search
term in the search field (near the documents list). When you add or delete
characters in the search box, the results change automatically.
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7
Click the file to view its contents or to restore it, and then select the check box
beside it.
8
On the Tasks menu, click Restore Files, and then select the destination for
the restore.
Note: If you view multiple recovery points and more than one version of a file
is available, you can expand the list of versions. Click the plus sign next to
each file. After you select a file for restore, choose the version of the file that
you want.
See “Restoring a Microsoft Exchange mailbox” on page 318.
See “Restoring a Microsoft Exchange email folder” on page 320.
See “Restoring a Microsoft Exchange email message” on page 322.
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Appendix
A
Backing up databases
using Veritas System
Recovery
This appendix includes the following topics:
■
About backing up databases using Veritas System Recovery
■
Creating a manual cold (offline) backup
■
Creating an automatic warm backup
■
Creating a hot (online) backup using Veritas System Recovery
About backing up databases using Veritas System
Recovery
Veritas System Recovery enables you to back up both, Microsoft's Volume Shadow
Copy Service (VSS)-aware and non-VSS aware databases. For backing up
VSS-aware databases, Veritas System Recovery integrates with VSS to automate
the backup process. While, for backing up non-VSS-aware databases, you can
create manual or automatic cold or hot recovery points of the databases.
VSS-aware databases
Veritas System Recovery integrates with Microsoft's VSS to automate the process
of backing up VSS-aware databases, such as the following:
■
Exchange Server 2007 or later
■
SQL Server 2005 or later
Backing up databases using Veritas System Recovery
Creating a manual cold (offline) backup
■
Windows Server 2008-based domain controller or later
VSS-aware databases are auto-enabled and cannot be turned off. VSS lets
administrators create a shadow copy backup of volumes on a server. The shadow
copy includes all files and includes open files.
When it creates a recovery point, Veritas System Recovery alerts the Volume
Shadow Copy Service. VSS then puts the VSS-aware databases into a temporary
sleep state. While in this quiesced state, the database continues to write to
transaction logs during the backup. After the databases are quiesced, Veritas
System Recovery takes the snapshot. VSS is then notified that a snapshot is
completed. The databases are awakened, and the transaction logs continue to be
committed to the database. Meanwhile, the recovery point is created. The databases
are only quiesced for the snapshot, and are active for the rest of the recovery point
creation.
Veritas System Recovery supports Exchange Server 2007 or later, which implements
VSS technology. However, if the database load is heavy, the VSS request might
be ignored. Create recovery points at the lightest load time.
Be sure that you have installed the latest service packs for your given database.
Note: For backing up Exchange databases, additional backup applications are not
needed to run with Veritas System Recovery.
Non VSS-aware databases
With Veritas System Recovery, you can create manual cold backups, automatic
warm backups, or hot backups of non-VSS-aware databases.
Creating a manual cold (offline) backup
A manual cold (or offline) backup ensures that all database transactions are
committed to the hard disk. You can then use either Veritas System Recovery or
the Veritas System Recovery Disk to create the recovery point, and then restart
the database.
The following table summarizes the steps for creating a cold backup manually using
Veritas System Recovery or Veritas System Recovery Disk.
Table A-1
Creating a cold back manually
Step
Action
Description
Step 1
Stop the
database
Manually stop the database you want to back up.
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Table A-1
Creating a cold back manually (continued)
Step
Action
Description
Step 2
Create a
recovery point
Create a recovery point using either Veritas System
Recovery or the Veritas System Recovery Disk.
Do one of the following:
■
■
Step 3
Restart the
database
Use Veritas System Recovery to run a backup
immediately using the Run Backup or One-time
Backup feature.
See “Running a one-time backup from Veritas System
Recovery” on page 140.
Use the Veritas System Recovery Disk to create a one
time cold backup.
See “Running a one-time backup from Veritas System
Recovery Disk” on page 149.
Manually restart the database anytime after the recovery
point progress bar appears in the Monitor page of the
console.
While the database is restarted, the actual recovery point
is immediately created from the virtual volume recovery
point.
See “About backing up databases using Veritas System Recovery” on page 326.
Creating an automatic warm backup
You can automate the creation of a warm backup of a non-VSS-aware database
by running a command file in the backup job. Run this command file before data
capture to stop (quiesce) the database momentarily and commit all transaction logs
to the hard disk. Veritas System Recovery instantaneously snaps a virtual volume
recovery point.
Run a second command file in the backup job to restart the database while the
recovery point is created from the virtual volume recovery point.
Because the virtual volume snapshot takes only a few seconds to create, the
database is in the recovery point state momentarily. As a result, there is a minimal
number of log files created.
The following table summarizes the steps for creating a warm backup automatically
using Veritas System Recovery.
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Table A-2
Creating a warm backup automatically
Step
Action
Description
Step 1
Define a backup
Define a backup that includes the command files that you
have created for the following stages of the recovery point:
■
■
Step 2
Run the backup
job
Before data capture: A command file that stops the
database.
After data capture: A command file that restarts the
database.
Using Veritas System Recovery, run the backup job that
includes the command files.
See “Running command files during a backup” on page 133.
See “About backing up databases using Veritas System Recovery” on page 326.
Creating a hot (online) backup using Veritas
System Recovery
If a cold or a warm backup is not possible in your organization, create a hot (or
online) backup for backing up non-VSS-aware databases.
Veritas System Recovery takes a crash consistent recovery point. Such a recovery
point is equivalent to the state of a system that was running when the power failed.
A database that can recover from this type of failure can be recovered from a crash
consistent recovery point.
To create a hot backup
◆
Use Veritas System Recovery to create a recovery point without the need to
stop or restart the database.
Veritas System Recovery instantaneously snaps a virtual volume recovery
point from which the recovery point is created.
See “About backing up databases using Veritas System Recovery” on page 326.
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Appendix
B
Backing up Active
Directory
This appendix includes the following topics:
■
Tips for protecting a domain controller in Active Directory
Tips for protecting a domain controller in Active
Directory
When protecting a domain controller with Veritas System Recovery, be aware of
the following:
■
If your domain controller is Windows Server 2008, it supports Microsoft Volume
Shadow Copy Service (VSS). Veritas System Recovery automatically calls VSS
to prepare the Active Directory database for backup.
■
To participate on a domain, every domain computer must negotiate a trust token
with a domain controller. This token is refreshed every 30 days by default. This
time frame can be changed, and is referred to as a secure channel trust. But a
trust token that is contained in a recovery point is not updated automatically by
the domain controller. Therefore, a computer that is recovered using a recovery
point containing an outdated token cannot participate in the domain. For such
a computer to participate in the domain it must be re-added to the domain by
someone who has the proper credentials.
In Veritas System Recovery, this trust token can be re-established automatically
if the computer participates in the domain when the recovery process is started.
■
In most cases, domain controllers should be restored non-authoritatively.
Restoring domain controllers non-authoritatively prevents outdated objects in
the Active Directory from being restored. Outdated objects are referred to as
tombstones. Active Directory does not restore data older than the limits it sets.
Backing up Active Directory
Tips for protecting a domain controller in Active Directory
Restoring a valid recovery point of a domain controller is the equivalent of a
non-authoritative restore. To determine which type of restore you want to perform,
please refer to the Microsoft documentation. A non-authoritative restore prevents
tombstone conflicts.
For additional details about protecting non-VSS aware domain controllers, see the
white paper titled "Protecting Active Directory," located on the Web.
http://eval.veritas.com/mktginfo/enterprise/white_papers/ent-whitepaper_protecting_active_directory.pdf
You can also refer to the Veritas Knowledge Base:
https://www.veritas.com/support/en_US/search-results.html?keyword=V-269-16*
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Appendix
C
Backing up Microsoft
virtual environments
This appendix includes the following topics:
■
About backing up Microsoft virtual hard disks
■
About backing up and restoring Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines
About backing up Microsoft virtual hard disks
Microsoft Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 now support the use of Virtual Hard Disks
(VHDs). Microsoft does not support backing up a physical disk and a VHD on that
physical disk in the same backup job. This limitation also applies to Veritas System
Recovery. You cannot back up a physical disk and its VHD counterpart in the same
backup job using Veritas System Recovery. Also not supported is the ability to back
up a VHD that is hosted on or "nested" within another VHD. If you want to back up
a physical disk and a VHD on that disk, you must create separate backup jobs for
each disk.
Backing up a physical disk that hosts a VHD is supported as long as it is not included
as another volume in the same backup. When a physical disk hosting a VHD is
backed up, the VHD is treated as another file that is part of the physical disk backup.
VHDs can be attached and detached from their physical disk hosts (volumes).
Microsoft recommends that you detach a VHD that is stored on a host volume
before you back up. Not detaching a VHD before you back up a host volume can
result in an inconsistent copy of the VHD in the backup. After you restore a host
volume, you can re-attach the VHD file.
https://www.veritas.com/support/en_US/search-results.html?keyword=V-306-2*
You can find more information on backing up VHDs on the Microsoft website.
Backing up Microsoft virtual environments
About backing up and restoring Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd440865(WS.10).aspx
Find information about backing up and restoring Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines:
See “About backing up and restoring Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines”
on page 333.
About backing up and restoring Microsoft Hyper-V
virtual machines
To create a backup of a Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machine, you must back up the
volumes of the computer where the virtual machine is hosted. Create either a live
backup or a system state backup of the host machine. You cannot back up or restore
a specific virtual machine. A live backup is created while the virtual machine is
running (hot backup).
A system state backup is created in any of the following conditions:
■
The guest operating system on the virtual machine is not running (cold backup).
■
The Hyper-V VSS integration component is not installed in the virtual machine.
Note: Veritas System Recovery is unable to back up cluster shared volumes.
Because volumes in such a configuration are accessible to each of the clustered
Hyper-V host computers, a given volume cannot be locked for backup . However,
clustered disks can be backed up by Veritas System Recovery because one host
has exclusive access to the disk.
To create a backup of a running virtual machine, the following conditions must be
met:
■
The guest operating system must be running.
■
The guest computer must be running Windows Server 2008 or later.
If the guest computer is running Windows 2000, you can only create a system
state backup (cold backup).
■
The Hyper-V VSS integration component must be installed on each virtual
machine to be backed up.
If you move a virtual machine from Virtual Server 2005 to Hyper-V, first uninstall
the Virtual Server 2005 integration component from the virtual machine. After
you Virtual Server 2005 integration component, you can install the Hyper-V VSS
integration component.
■
The guest virtual machine should be configured to only use basic disks, not
dynamic disks.
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About backing up and restoring Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines
This configuration is the default for installing a Windows virtual machine.
■
All the volumes on the fixed disks must support the creation of snapshots.
If you perform a backup when these conditions are not met, Veritas System Recovery
creates a system state recovery point that is crash-consistent. A crash-consistent
recovery point captures the virtual machine as if it had experienced a system failure
or power outage.
You can restore a specific virtual machine from the recovery point of the host
computer using the Recovery Point Browser. Use the Recovery Point Browser to
extract the files that make up the virtual machine. The host computer recovery point
must include the volume that holds the virtual machine that you want to restore.
To know about the limitations of Hyper-V when backing up databases on virtual
machines, refer to the Veritas Knowledge Base:
https://www.veritas.com/support/en_US/search-results.html?keyword=V-306-2*
Find information about backing up Microsoft virtual hard disks:
See “About backing up Microsoft virtual hard disks” on page 332.
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Appendix
D
Using Veritas System
Recovery 16 and Windows
Server 2008 Core
This appendix includes the following topics:
■
About Veritas System Recovery 16 and Windows Server 2008 Core
■
Installing Veritas System Recovery 16 on Windows Server 2008 Core using
commands
About Veritas System Recovery 16 and Windows
Server 2008 Core
Windows Server 2008 Core does not include the traditional graphical user interface
(GUI) that is available with other versions of Windows. It is installed and managed
primarily using commands at the command line interface.
Although Veritas System Recovery 16 can be installed on Windows Server 2008
Core, it is an agent only install. Windows Server 2008 Core does not support
Microsoft .NET. Therefore, the Veritas System Recovery GUI cannot be installed.
Veritas System Recovery is supported on Windows Server 2008 Core by a headless
agent only. You can install Veritas System Recovery 16 using commands at the
command line. You can also install (push) the agent from a remote machine.
One-to-one management is the only supported method for backing up and restoring
a Windows Server 2008 Core computer. This means, after you install the agent on
a Windows Server 2008 Core computer, connect to it from a remote machine running
one of the following:
■
Veritas System Recovery 16
Using Veritas System Recovery 16 and Windows Server 2008 Core
Installing Veritas System Recovery 16 on Windows Server 2008 Core using commands
■
Veritas System Recovery 16 Management Solution
Before installing the agent remotely on a Windows Server 2008 Core computer,
you must configure the firewall to allow access to the server. By default, the firewall
is configured to allow no access to the server.
For more information on configuring the firewall on a Windows Server 2008 Core
computer, see the Microsoft website.
Windows-on-Windows 64-bit (WoW64) is a subsystem of the Windows operating
system and is required for running 32-bit applications on 64-bit versions of Windows.
It is installed by default and is included on all 64-bit versions of Windows. If you
have uninstalled WoW64 on a Windows Server 2008 Core R2 computer, you must
reinstall it before installing Veritas System Recovery 16.
See “Installing Veritas System Recovery 16 on Windows Server 2008 Core using
commands” on page 336.
Installing Veritas System Recovery 16 on
Windows Server 2008 Core using commands
The following options exist for installing Veritas System Recovery 16 on a Windows
Server 2008 Core system. They are
■
Full install with GUI support
■
Full silent install with logging
■
Agent-only silent install with logging
Installing Veritas System Recovery 16 using the option for full install with
GUI support
1
On the Veritas System Recovery 16 DVD, browse to and run Browser.exe.
A graphical environment (GUI) is launched where you complete the remainder
of the installation.
2
Complete the installation by following the steps in the installation wizard.
Even though the full Veritas System Recovery is installed, only the agent is
needed and used on Windows Server 2008 Core.
336
Using Veritas System Recovery 16 and Windows Server 2008 Core
Installing Veritas System Recovery 16 on Windows Server 2008 Core using commands
To install Veritas System Recovery 16 using the option for full silent install
with logging
1
On the Veritas System Recovery 16 DVD, change to the Install directory.
2
Run the following command:
Setup.exe /S: /FULL:
Even though the full Veritas System Recovery is installed, only the agent is
needed and used on Windows Server 2008 Core.
To install Veritas System Recovery 16 using the option for agent-only silent
install with logging
1
On the Veritas System Recovery 16 DVD, change to the Install directory.
2
Run the following command:
Setup.exe /S: /SERVICE:
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Index
Symbols
.sv2i, using to restore multiple drives 281
A
access, allowing or denying users or groups 193
activate the product 30
Active Directory, role of 330
administrator, run Veritas System Recovery as 195
Advanced page
about 109
showing or hiding 109
agent
dependencies, viewing 189, 192
Microsoft Services 183
setting security for 193
setting up recovery actions for 191
starting, stopping, or restarting 189
troubleshooting in Services 183
Agent Deployment
using 184
agent, about 182
Amazon S3 storage
OpenStorage files 239
archive, copying recovery points 231
B
backing up dual-boot computers 117
backup
allowing other users to define 178
best practices 111
cancelling 171
database, non-VSS-aware 327
database, VSS-aware 326
defining drive-based 118
defining file and folder 160
defining first 104
deleting 177
disabling 177
dual-boot computers 117
editing options 136
backup (continued)
editing schedule 175
editing settings 173
enabling event-triggered 173
excluding folders during file and folder
backups 160
ignoring bad sectors during drive-based 125,
137, 153
managing storage of 226
monitoring 196
monitoring status 199
one time from Windows 140
other computers from your computer 180
run immediately 168
running command files during 133
running one time from Veritas System Recovery
Disk 149
running with options 169
selecting a backup destination 116
setting advanced options for drive-based 125,
144, 236
slowing down to improve PC performance 171
speeding up 171
things to do after 113
things to do before 111
tips 115
verifying success 172, 199
viewing progress 138
viewing status of 172
backup data
automating management of 240
protecting with password 128, 146, 151, 236
using for recovering files and folders 261
backup destination
moving 241
understanding how it works 227
backup job, editing options 136
backup status 172
backup storage, about 226
benefits of using Veritas System Recovery 15
best practices 313
best practices, services 188
Index
C
cancel the current operation 171
categories, managing file types 96
check computer agent services 183
clustered shared volumes 333
cold backup
creating manually 327
running one time 149
command files, running during a backup 133
compression levels in recovery point 139
computer
adding to Computer List, local 182
adding to Computer List, remote 181
recovering 85, 281
recovering from virtual disk file 287
computer agent
services, checking 183
tour 182
Computer List
adding local computers to 182
adding remote computers to 181
configuring agent security 193
Configuring LightsOut Restore
configuring or reconfiguring 76
configuring LightsOut Restore
add storage or network driver 83
licensed features options 82
network options 84
setup LightsOut Restore options 85
source location options 81
storage and network driver options 83
welcome panel 81
conversion job
deleting 252
editing 251
recovery points to virtual disks 243
run now 250
viewing progress 251
viewing properties 251
convert recovery point to virtual disk one time 253
create recovery point 124, 143
creating a new Veritas System Recovery Disk
add storage or network driver 59
availability of typical option 50
creation options 44
cutomization support matrix 49
language options 54
licensed features options 57
network options 60
creating a new Veritas System Recovery Disk
(continued)
setup LightsOut Restore options 61
startup options 60
storage and network options 58
storage media/destination 54
welcome panel 43
Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit
(ADK) 50
creating recovery point, options 235
creating recovery points, options 151
credentials, change for agent 195
customizing existing Veritas System Recovery Disk
add storage or network driver 73
licensed features options 72
network options 74
recovery disk source options 66
startup options 74
storage and network options 72
storage media/destination options 67
welcome panel 66
D
databases
backing up non-VSS-aware 327
backing up VSS-aware 326
default options
configuring 91, 213
default options, configuring 91, 213
default settings, changing for the Veritas System
Recovery Agent 189
Defining drive-based backup
USB disk rotation 131
dependencies, view agent 189
dependencies, viewing agent 192
devices, supported storage 22
different hardware, restoring to 291
disable a backup 177
disabled features 24
disk media, supported 22
disks, rescanning 197
domain controllers, protecting using Veritas System
Recovery 330
download
OpenStorage files 239
drive
backup protection level 197
identifying for backup 314
improving protection level of 205
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Index
drive (continued)
protecting 197
recover 260
recover multiple using system index file 281
unmounting recovery point 224
viewing details of 204
viewing properties from within Veritas System
Recovery Disk 303
viewing within recovery point 224
drive letter, assigning to a recovery point 220
drive-based backup
defining 118
excluding files from 118
Driver Validation 85
dual-boot computers, backing up 117
E
Easy Setup, defining first backup 104
email notification, setting up to send warnings and
errors 103
email, restoring 320, 322
emergency
recovering a computer 281
encryption, recovery point 138
error messages, configuring to show or hide 96
errors
setting notification for
warnings:setting up email to send 103
evaluation version, installing or upgrading 24
Event Log
about 208
using to troubleshoot 208
event-triggered backup
enabling 173
Events tab, log file history 188
Exchange
protecting 315
restoring a mailbox 318
restoring an email folder 320
restoring an email message 322
expiration of trial version 24
explore computer from Veritas System Recovery
Disk 273
external drive, assigning unique name 99
F
feedback, send 18
file and folder backup
defining 160
deleting files from 238
excluding folders 160
recovering using backup data from 261
file and folder backup data
backup destination 116
managing 237
viewing amount of data stored 238
file systems. supported 22
file types
creating new 97
deleting 98
editing 97
managing 96
files
deleting from file and folder backup,
manually 238
locating versions of 239
opening from within a recovery point 222
recovering lost or damaged 260
files and folders
recovering lost or damaged 260
recovering using Veritas System Recovery
Disk 274
restoring 323
restoring using a recovery point 263
folders
locating versions of 239
recovering lost or damaged 260
G
Granular Restore Option 311
starting 315–316
H
hard disks
recovering 260
recovering primary 281
rescanning 197
hard drive, copying one to another 307
hot backup 329
defining drive-based 118
running one time 140
hybernate.sys 118
Hyper-V machines, support for 333
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Index
I
O
installation
after 29
disabled features 24
steps 25
supported file systems 22
supported removable media 22
system requirements 20
Veritas System Recovery Monitor 33
Offsite Copy
assigning unique names to external drives for
use with 99
copying recovery points 153
Offsite copy
Amazon S3 storage 240
offsite copy
download OpenStorage files 239
One Time Backup from Windows 140
OpenStorage options 123
operating system, backing up computers with
multiple 117
Options, configuring defaults 91
original disk signature, recovering 286, 290
overview
Protection Status report 219
Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor 209
Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor icons 210
L
license product 29
LightsOut Restore
about 75
setting up and using 76
LiveUpdate, using 31
log file
checking 188
using event 208
logs, truncate transaction 126, 137
M
mail, restoring 318
mapping drive from Veritas System Recovery Disk 299
master boot, restoring 287, 291
message stores
identifying 315
protecting 315
Microsoft Virtual Disk 253
Microsoft Virtual Disk (.vhd) 243
Microsoft virtual hard disks, support for 332
N
network credentials, rules when supplying 133
network drive, how to map 299
network services
configuring connection settings 300
getting a static IP address 300
starting in Veritas System Recovery Disk 299
using in Veritas System Recovery Disk 298
network, adjusting throttling during backup 95
non-VSS-aware databases, back up 327
notification area icon
adjusting default settings 96
showing or hiding error messages 96
showing or hiding status messages 96
NTbackup, backing up with 330
P
P2V
one time 253
scheduling 243
virtual conversion job, deleting 252
virtual conversion job, editing 251
virtual conversion job, run now 250
virtual conversion job, viewing progress 251
virtual conversion job, viewing properties 251
pagefile.sys 118
performance during backup, adjusting for network 95
permissions, allowing other users to back up 178
physical-to-virtual
job, deleting 252
job, editing 251
job, run now 250
job, viewing progress 251
job, viewing properties 251
scheduling 243, 253
progress of backup, viewing 138
protection
hard disks 197
protection status 172
Protection Status report
exporting
viewing 219
push install of agent 184
341
Index
R
RAM drives, supported 23
recovery
about 260
cancelling 171
customizing 270
files and folders 260
original disk signature 286, 290
restoring files and folders 260
UEFI-based computer 277
recovery actions, setting up when agent does not
start 191
recovery point
archiving 231
assigning a drive letter to 220
checking for viruses 220
checking integrity of 124, 136, 143, 152
choosing options for 124, 143, 151, 235
cleaning up old 228
creating a specific type 169
creating cold manually 327
creating hot 329
creating offline 327
creating online 329
creating warm automatically 328
deleting sets 229
encrypting 138
exploring 220
limiting number of sets 124, 144
mounting 220–221
mounting from Windows Explorer 222
Offsite Copy 153
one time conversion to virtual disk 253
opening a specific 316
opening files within 222
opening up hard disk space 231
protecting with password 128, 146, 151, 236
recovering files using 263
scheduling conversion to virtual disk format 243
setting compression levels 139
unmounting as a drive letter 224
verifying 124, 143, 152
verifying after creation 136
viewing properties of drive from Veritas System
Recovery Disk 302
viewing properties of drive within 224
viewing properties of mounted 224
virtual conversion job, deleting 252
virtual conversion job, editing 251
recovery point (continued)
virtual conversion job, run now 250
virtual conversion job, viewing progress 251
virtual conversion job, viewing properties 251
Recovery Point Browser
using to open files within recovery points 222
recovery point files, locating 116
remote backup 180
remote computer
adding 215
importing 216
modifying the logon credentials 216
removing 217
viewing the backup protection status 217
removable media
supported 22
reports, log file 188
requirements, system 20
rescan disks 197
restart agent 189
restore
Exchange, email folders 320
Exchange, email messages 322
Exchange, mailboxes 318
files and folders 323
Restore Anyware, using 291
Run as, change logon using 195
Run Backup Now, about 168
Run Backup With Options feature 169
S
schedule, editing backup 175
scripts, running during a backup 133
Secondary drive, recovering 266
security
agent 178, 193
allowing or denying permissions 193
giving other users rights to back up 178
granting access to users to back up 193
service
starting, stopping, or restarting agent 189
services
using with agent 183
Share Your Ideas 18
SmartSector Copying, about 125, 137, 153
SNMP traps, configuing Veritas System Recovery to
send 202
start agent 189
start, computer Agent services 183
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Index
status messages
configuring to show or hide 96
using SNMP traps 202
status reports, customizing per drive 203
stop a backup 171
stop agent 189
stop computer agent services 183
storage groups, identifying and protecting 315
Support Utilities 304
system drive, recovering 85
system index file, using to recover multiple drives 281
system requirements 20
Veritas System Recovery Monitor 32
T
tabs, Events and log file 188
throttling, adjusting during backup 95
time, elapsed time in Events tab 188
tips for running backups 115
transaction logs, truncate 126, 137
trial version, installing or upgrading 24
troubleshooting, agent 183
truncate transaction logs 126, 137
U
UEFI-based computer
recovering, about 277
unmount recovery point drives 224
update, automatically with LiveUpdate 31
upgrade, trial version of Veritas System Recovery 24
users, rights to run Veritas System Recovery 193
V
verify recovery point 136
verify recovery point after creation 199
Veritas System Recovery
accessing Veritas Quick Assist 19
advanced page 109
configuring default options 91
getting more information 18
home page 105
new features 17
restoring with 311
running with different user rights 195
status page 106
tasks page 107
tools page 108
using 89, 311
Veritas System Recovery 16 Monitor
icons 210
overview 209
starting 210
Veritas System Recovery Agent
changing default settings for 189
deploying over a network 184
setting up recovery actions for 191
starting automatically 188
Veritas System Recovery Disk
about 281
booting into 278
configuring network connection settings 300
creating a new Veritas System Recovery Disk 34
creating backups from 149
customizing existing Veritas System Recovery
Disk 61
exploring computer while using 273
getting a static IP address 300
mapping drive from 299
networking tools 298
recovering computer 281
recovering computer from virtual disk file 287
recovering files and folders 274
scanning hard disk 280
starting 278
Support Utilities 304
testing 85
troubleshooting 280
viewing drive properties 303
viewing recovery point properties 302
Veritas System Recovery services
best practices for using 188
virtual disk
conversion job, viewing progress 251
conversion job, viewing properties 251
one time conversion of recovery point to 253
recovering computer from a 287
scheduling conversion of recovery point to 243
virtual conversion job, deleting 252
virtual conversion job, editing 251
virtual conversion job, run now 250
viruses, checking recovery points for 220
VMware ESXi 243
VMware ESXi Server 253
VMware Virtual Disk 253
VMware Virtual Disk (.vmdk) 243
VSS
back up databases 326
343
Index
VSS (continued)
performing full backup 126, 137
support 330
W
warm backup, creating automatically 328
Windows Explorer
mounting recovery points from 222
viewing file and folder version information in 239
Windows services, opening on local computer 189
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