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With this function backup files can be restored from backup media (tape, disk etc.) onto the desired computer (client).

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In the Introduction section of this manual the administrator can find a short description of the restore procedure.

Searching by task name

Search for a certain task intended for restore by using the selection fields Task and Saved in period. If you use the wild card [*] all tasks are selected. After activating the Next button all the savesets created within the given period are shown in tabular format.

Searching by File or Path Name

This function supports the search for files or directories. Using this method backups containing these files or file patterns are detected and listed.

There is an input-field Search Pattern for filename or path as well as selection fields Task and Saved in period to narrow the search requirements. Selecting the wild card [*], selects all tasks. After activating Next button, the savesets created within the given period and matching the file patterns are shown in tabular format.

Selection of the backup
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Task Name (from user )
Start Time for the backup
Running number from the Backup task on the backup day
Type of backup (C = Copy, D = Differential, F = Full, I =Incremental
Media Count 
Number of used Media
Size of the Backup
Target Client
Backup Day
Date of the backup
Status of the backup

If the selection completely restore selected Task is marked, the final mask will change to Start Restore.

Otherwise the File Selector Selective Restore will be switched on.

If the backup type Diff or Incr is selected then a Generation Restore is started. This means that SEP sesam calculates all the required steps for a proper data Restore from the last full backup up until the last desired backup (Diff-, Incr-) and guides this process including media loading and recall automatically.

If the switch is deactivated then only selected backup jobs will be restored. After selecting a specific task for restore the switch Continue is selected and a window is opened Select Files to continue the Restore Process for the desired files.

Selection of the files
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The previously selected task is visible in the upper part of this window. Below are all the directories and files of the backup task in the usual tree structure. By clicking the symbol [+] to left of the folder the symbol changes to [-] and all the folders and files inside are displayed. By clicking [-] once more the folder is closed again. You can select files or folders for the Restore by clicking the box in front of it. While doing so the absolute path of the selected folder or files is shown above in the line Position.

Note If a folder is selected all the folders and files inside it are selected aswell.

The button search opens a search function in which you can enter the names of folders/files or parts thereof as search criteria.

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The found folders and/or files are displayed as a list directly below. By selecting (clicking the box) folders/files and confirming with the button OK they are included in the tree structure of the above window. The button Reset can be used to reset the selection. After clicking the button Next the Start screen to start the Restore is shown.

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Restore Options
Choices for the Restore
Complete Restore
All files will be restored
Restore according to the List
Selected Files will be restored.
In the event the restore should be started by the scheduler. A relevant name should be entered here.

As soon as a previously selected task name is changed, the system assumes that it is dealing with a planned or Scheduled Restore and will not automatically delete this task.

The drive that is used for the Restore.
Network interface through which the Restore data is sent.
Target Node
Computer on which data is to be restored. Only computers with the same platform (WNT or UNIX) are available.
Used Media
Labels of the media which contain the data to be restored.
restore to original target path
datat is restored at its original location.
new Restore target
data is restored below the shown folder.
Execution options
In case that there are already files with the same name in the target directory following directions can be given:
do not overwrite existing files
orginal files are not overwritten.
overwrite existing files
orginal files are overwritten.
create new version
The file from the Backup is saved under its original name with a ~ in front of it. The original file is untouched by this. For example:


return to the preceding register.
immediate start of the Restore.
Saves the Restore task so it can be started at a later point in time.
Cancels the entire action. The Restore Wizard is closed.

Once the Restore is started it's saved as a Restore task with the current timestamp in SEP sesam (Components->Tasks) and can be repeated though Activities->Immediate Start->Restore

Expert Options
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The window Expert Options offers the option of giving the Restore additional arguments. This is helpful for special options of the SBC command. The Verbose level can be entered to adjust the trace output. Verbose levels from 0 to 6 are available and "none" can be entered aswell. The higher the number the more trace information is logged during the Restore. The SEP Sesam support can offer more options to you aswell as the additional dokumentation for special SBC clients (e.g. SBC for MS Exchange)

Register Reduction

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Without reduction the whole original path to every file is created when restoring with the original tree structure. With reduction the contents of the path selected with files in this path are restored in the path below it. Example (according to the screenshot above) The files from C:\Program Files\Java are to be saved as a new Restore target in the directory C:\Java. The subdirectories are also created in C:\Java.

Register Filter

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The register Filter can be used to only restore data that fits the filter criteria. The filter uses the regular wildcards ('*' and '?') for this, e.g. *.doc only restores files with the ending *.doc.

the filtering is performed at the client i.e. all the files are sent over the network first. This function is especially useful if no LIS file is available to run a selective Restore.

Register Pre/Post

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The pre- and post-actions can be switched on and off globaly with the register 'Pre/Post'. Following four options can be used:

Execute pre
the commands from the pre interface are performed.
Start Restore in spite of pre error
usually, the following Restore is not started if the pre commands don't work properly. This can be forced here.
Execute post
the commands from the post interface are performed.
Start Restore in spite of post error
if the Restore did not run properly the execution of post commands can be forced here (e.g. booting of a databank)

Register EOL

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Restore tasks are kept for a certain time after they've been executed (e.g. for later reuse). If a task is to be created as a template this time should be set high accordingly. Setting it to '0' means infinite i.e. unlimited lifetime.

The button Apply saved all your adjustments. By comfirming with the Ok button all the adjustments are saved and the window is closed. Cancel closes the 'Expert" window.

Immediate Start

Immediate Start Backup

Immediately starts a backup process by inserting it into the event calendar at the current time.

Immediate Start Restore

Immediately restarts a restore task already configured through the restore wizard.

Immediate Start Migration

Shows the configuration dialog to select an existing migration task. It is possible to change a migration task and execute the task immediately by pressing the button Start. You can also create a new migration task and store it under a different name. The configuration of a migration task is described in the chapter Migration tasks.

Immediate Start Media Action

Immediately starts a media event by inserting it into the event calendar at the current time.

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You can choose from four different media actions:

A medium is initialized for backup. This means that the tape label will be overwritten. Existing information on that tape will be deleted. A media event prepares that medium of the selected pool to be used for the backup. Exisiting data on that tape will be deleted during the new initialization.
Readability check
The readability check allows frequent tests of used media. This feature is under license.
Close tape
This will close the tape which means the tape is blocked until the defined EOL (End-Of-Lifetime) is reached. The tape is then blocked no matter if the tape is full or not.
Archive adjustment

Sequence Control
see at Prioritization of events
Blocking date 
this event just works as a block for other media events in the same media pool, see Blocking events

Execution parameter 
Media Pool 
Used media pool
You can define optionally if a specific drive should execute this event. If you don't make a selection the SEP sesam server decides what drive will be used.
Drive group 
A view box that shows which drive group belongs to the media pool.
If selected this medium will be used. If you leave the field empty the next medium with the oldest EOL is used.
Immediate Start Command

Immediately starts a command event by inserting it into the event calendar at the current time.

Additional guidelines for appropriate command events can be found in the Administration Manual.

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Run without Names
Command to be executed
Run without priority, therefore always
User name on the client under which this task will be recorded.
Server/Workstation where the command should be executed
Entry in the calendar. This can be changed ( Delays, etc. )
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opens a window for selection of previously established task.

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Restart of Backups

All failed backups of a SEP sesam backup day can be restarted in this window.

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Sesam day
select a SEP sesam backup day
select the client you wish to see
activates restart of a backup
on MasterSesam only. This shows information from other SEP sesam servers
reason of error
name of the backup task
Start time
Start time of the failed backup
backup type (F=Full, D=Differential, I=Incremental, C=Copy)
number of executions of this task during backup day
Button +
to select all tasks
Button -
to deselct all tasks
progress bar
start time
New start time for the backup
Button Start
starts selected backup tasks at the specified time
Button Cancel
no action and return to the start screen

Next to the Buttons + and - the user can select Tasks in other ways: With a Mouse_click the choice of a Table column can be reversed. Also, with more mouse clicks using Ctrl + Mouse_Click a selection and with Space_Bar (Space) redirect is possible. Multiple lines can be selected using Shift + Key Up or Down .

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