7. Restore individual files

Restoring individual files is achieved by using the Data Protection for VMware Recovery Agent. Launch the Recovery Agent from [Start] > [All Programs] > [Tivoli Storage Manager] > [Data Protection for VMware] > [Data Protection for VMware Recovery Agent]:

Recovery Agent main window.
Figure 10. Recovery Agent main window.

7.1. Using iSCSI

The most flexible way to restore individual files is by using the Recovery Agent to export a backup as an iSCSI target that the iSCSI initiator on a virtual machine can then mount.

  1. Select [New Tivoli Storage Manager server...] from the Tivoli Storage Manager server drop-down.

  2. Set the following:
    Server address:
    Server port:
    Node access method:
    Authentication node:
    The proxy node name. This is the NodeNmae setting in dsm.opt.
    The password for the authentication node.
    Target Node:
    The TSM for VE target node. This is the AsNodeNmae setting in dsm.opt.
    Recovery new server dialogue.
    Figure 11. Recovery Agent new server dialogue.

    Click OK.

  3. Choose the relevant backup by selecting a Virtual machine, Snapshot and Disk under Select snapshot:

    Recovery Agent select backup.
    Figure 12. Recovery Agent select backup.

    Click Mount.

  4. The Select mount destination dialogue is displayed:

    Recovery Agent select mount destination dialogue (iSCSI).
    Figure 13. Recovery Agent select mount destination dialogue (iSCSI).

    Choose Mount as an iSCSI target and set a unique (on the proxy machine) iSCSI target name and set the appropriate iSCSI initiator name that corresponds to the virtual machine that will connect to this iSCSI target. Note that port 3260 must be open between the

    Click OK.

  5. The iSCSI target will now be listed in the Mounted Volumes list in the Recovery Agent. Configure the iSCSI initiator on the appropriate VM to mount the target read-only and copy the required files to the VM using standard operating system tools. How to do this is beyond the scope of these instructions as it varies for each operating system.

  6. When the iSCSI target is not needed any longer, unmount it and disconnect the iSCSI initiator from the target. Select the target in the Recovery Agent and click Dismount.

  7. Exit the Recovery Agent by clicking Close.

7.2. Using a Windows mount

You can mount an NTFS backup as a drive letter or in an empty NTFS folder.

  1. Follow the steps for setting up iSCSI until you reach the Select mount destination dialogue.

  2. Select Create virtual volume from selected partition.

  3. Select a partition to mount. You should also select Show only mountable partitions and Mount virtual volume as read only.

  4. Choose either a drive letter or NTFS folder for the partition.

    Recovery Agent select mount destination dialogue (local mount).
    Figure 14. Recovery Agent select mount destination dialogue (local mount).

    Click OK.

  5. The volume appears in the Mounted Volumes list of the Recovery Agent. Use normal Windows tools to copy files from the mounted volume. When finished, select the volume in the Recovery Agent and click Dismount.
  6. Close the Recovery Agent.

Although the above procedure was run on the TSM for VE proxy machine it is possible to install the recovery agent on a VM to perform local mounts. Contact the HFS team if you wish to do this.

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