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How to browse specific file from backup Virtual Machine located on Tape library

  • 30 August 2023
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Hello,

I have Commvault server  simpana version 11.28.68, and a few Virtual machines (VMWare).

I have a problem with browse specific file from this Virtual machines from backup which is on Tape library.

I read that live browse is not allowed for simpana version 11.28.68 and index version2. Is there any solution for this problem?

Best regards,
Elizabeta
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Best answer by MichaelCapon 30 August 2023, 12:54

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As Rajiv said, The Job would need to be copied from Tape back to Disk Library in order to perform a LiveBrowse.

To do this, you would need to configure a Selective Copy: https://documentation.commvault.com/2023e/expert/13907_selective_copy.html

Then Select the Jobs to Copy: https://documentation.commvault.com/2023e/expert/14000_manually_select_job_to_copy.html

Then run the Aux Copy Job.

Once copied, You can then LiveBrowse from this Job by picking the Job from SP Copy or setting Copy Precedence in Browse options.

 

Alternatively if the VM Disk containing the file is not too large, You could restore the Disk to a VM and manually extract the file(s) you need.

 

Best Regards,

Michael

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Hello @elizabeta 

Live file recovery is only supported for recovery from backups using magnetic disk/cloud libraries, and is not supported from backups to tape libraries or virtual tape libraries.

It is unsupported due to hardware limitation and is unlikely to become supported in future releases.

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Hello,

I have created Selective Copy, but I can not choose some backups to be copied.

I have read documentation https://documentation.commvault.com/v11/expert/manually_select_job_to_copy.html, procedure is

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Policies | Storage Policies | <Storage Policy>

  2. Right-click the appropriate storage policy copy, point to View and then click Jobs.

  3. In the Job Filter for Storage Policy dialog box, clear the Specify Time Range check box, click Advanced.

  4. In the Jobs in Storage Policy Advanced Filter Options dialog box, select the Jobs that will not be copied check box.

    I can not select option “Jobs that will not be copied”, it doesn´t exist at all.




    When I see all backup jobs, I can not “Pick for Backup Copy”

     

    How to choose the exact backup JOB ID for the backup copy?BR
     
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Hello,

Everything is fine now. I should do procedure on Selective Copy https://documentation.commvault.com/v11/expert/manually_select_job_to_copy.html , then choose job id for copy (Pick up for backup copy, then start Aux copy.

When I choose Browse and Restore for restore job from selective copy I need under Advance select this

 


Thank you all for your help!

BR

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Hello @elizabeta 

Please let me know if you will be able to copy the backup from tape to disk and then try the restore? 

Also, what is the issue you are getting while browsing the data from tapes? If you navigate to backup history of the vm snapshot sub client > Right click the backup from which data needs to be restores > Browse and Restore > List Media.

After clicking on list media it should tell you which media you want to list, one is for browsing, one is for restoring. Could you please confirm if you have all the tapes required for restore after click on each one of the option? 

Best,

Rajiv Singal

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Hello,

When I try to browse file from backup of Virtual machine whis is on the Tape library,

there is error

 


 


 

 

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Hello @elizabeta 

Please let me know if you will be able to copy the backup from tape to disk and then try the restore? 

Best,

Rajiv Singal

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As Rajiv said, The Job would need to be copied from Tape back to Disk Library in order to perform a LiveBrowse.

To do this, you would need to configure a Selective Copy: https://documentation.commvault.com/2023e/expert/13907_selective_copy.html

Then Select the Jobs to Copy: https://documentation.commvault.com/2023e/expert/14000_manually_select_job_to_copy.html

Then run the Aux Copy Job.

Once copied, You can then LiveBrowse from this Job by picking the Job from SP Copy or setting Copy Precedence in Browse options.

 

Alternatively if the VM Disk containing the file is not too large, You could restore the Disk to a VM and manually extract the file(s) you need.

 

Best Regards,

Michael

Hello,

Just one question, when I create Selective copy I can select destination only on Tape library, not to disk.

When I select only one backup job to copy, for example a full backup that is about 180GB, do I have to copy the entire full backup to disk?

It doesn't make sense if I want to restore only one file of several MB

 

Best regards,
Elizabeta

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Hello,

Is there any other solution for restore without copying the backup from tape to disk?

Best regards,
Elizabeta

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Hello @elizabeta 

In order to restore files, you can restore the disk and attach it to a different VM and the procedure for it is  mentioned here: https://documentation.commvault.com/2023e/essential/87274_attaching_disk_to_existing_vm_for_vmware.html

Best,

Rajiv Singal

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Thank you for your answers.

I read somewhere that Live browse for VM backup on Tape library will be possible in simpana new Feature release?

Is tihis correct?

Best regards,
Elizabeta

 

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