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HOWTO: File and Application Restoration from Windows Server 2008 Backup

Files and applications can be restored using the Windows Recovery Environment on Windows 2008 from backups made through BackupAssist.

Please note: the instructions outlined here are available in the Windows Server Backup help file.

Before attempting to restore files and folders using Windows Server Backup from a drive image backup created with BackupAssist, make sure of the following:

  • You are completing the restore with Windows Server 2008. Windows Vista only provides support for drive volume restore.
  • The backup you wish to restore from is located on either an external hard drive or a remote shared folder (eg. on a NAS device). You cannot restore individual files and folders from a drive image backup located on a REV/rdx drive.
  • To recover files and folders you must be a member of the Backup Operators or Administrators group, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority.
Restoring Files & Applications - step by step
  1. Windows Imaging RestoreLaunch BackupAssist and click Restore in the navigation bar.
  2. Click Imaging engine restore. Windows Server Backup will then launch.

  3. Windows Backup RecoveryClick Recover under the Actions pane.

  4. Specify whether you are restoring files from backups created on this computer or another computer, and click Next.
    1. If you are restoring files and folders from backups stored on another computer, specify whether the backup that you want to restore from is on a local drive or a remote shared folder (eg. NAS device).
      1. If you are restoring from a local drive, select the location of the backup from the drop-down list
      2. If you are recovering from a remote shared folder, type the path to the folder that contains the backup. In the folder, the backup should be stored at
    2. If you are restoring from a backup created on this computer, select the location of the backup from the drop-down list.
  5. Select the date from the calendar and the time from the drop-down list of the backup you want to restore from. If you are recovering from this computer and the backup you select is stored on a removable media drive, you will be prompted to insert the relevant media.
    Then click Next.
  6. Files and Folders RestoreWhen asked what you would like to recover, choose the option for Files and folders, and click Next.

  7. Items to RecoverUnder Available items, expand the list until the folder you want is visible.
    Click a folder to display its contents and click each item that you want to restore, and then click Next.
    • Note: use the SHIFT and CTRL keys to select a group or specific set of items to recover.

  8. Under Recovery destination, complete one of the following, and click Next:
    1. Click Original location.
    2. Click Another location. Then, type the path to the location, or click Browse to select it.
  9. Under "When Backup finds existing files and folders", click one of the following, and click Next
    1. Create copies so I have both versions of the file or folder
    2. Overwrite existing files with recovered files
    3. Don't recover those existing files and folders
  10. Review the details, and click Recover to restore the selected items.

You can then view the status of the recovery operation and whether or not it was successfully completed.