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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
- Launch BackupAssist and click Restore in the navigation bar.
- Click Imaging engine restore. Windows Server Backup will then launch.
- Click Recover under the Actions pane.
- Specify whether you are restoring files from backups created on this computer or another computer, and click Next.
- 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).
- If you are restoring from a local drive, select the location of the backup from the drop-down list
- 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
- If you are restoring from a backup created on this computer, select the location of the backup from the drop-down list.
- 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.
- When asked what you would like to recover, choose the option for Files and folders, and click Next.
- Under 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.
- Under Recovery destination, complete one of the following, and click Next:
- Click Original location.
- Click Another location. Then, type the path to the location, or click Browse to select it.
- Under "When Backup finds existing files and folders", click one of the following, and click Next
- Create copies so I have both versions of the file or folder
- Overwrite existing files with recovered files
- Don't recover those existing files and folders
- 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.