Restoring Files from a Veeam Backup Instance
  • 08 Feb 2023
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This guide is intended to help you to restore files from a Dedicated Veeam Backup Server. 
Please note that this is for file-level recovery only and a "full restore" is not covered here. 

1.Login to the Windows Server that runs the Veeam Software. You may need to confirm the credentials to be used, which will be set by default in the MySAU portal until you change it. 
2.Launch the Veeam Backup & Replication Console shortcut from the desktop. 

3. If prompted for credentials, ensure that localhost is defined as the server name / IP, the port is left untouched, and use Windows session authentication

4. The main Veeam window will take a moment, and then load. Familiarize yourself with the pane on the left-hand side. 

Jobs will contain the established backup "tasks" that have been configured. 
Backups will have the relevant information for each task and permit you to initiate a restore. 
Last 24 Hours provides success, warning, and error logs. 

5. For this guide, as we will be restoring a file, select Backups, then select Disk. You will find a listing of jobs, under their job name, and any server that is backed up under that job. 
6. Select a server you wish to restore files from and right-click, select Restore guest files, and use the appropriate option (depending on whether this is a Windows-based, or Linux/Other-based server. 

If you are restoring files from a physical server, the terminology may be different but the process is the same. 7.A wizard then appears, prompting for what restore point you wish to recover from. This will be subject to the configured retention policy for the job. Select the applicable restore point, and select Next. 8. If prompted for a "restore reason" you can enter one here. This is retained for logging purposes, this is not mandatory. 9.Depending on the operating system type, you will be presented with two screens at the next prompt. 

For Linux/Other operating systems, Veeam needs to initiate and run a small virtual machine, which provides file-level access to you via a graphical interface. Typically, Veeam will utilise the same infrastructure that you run your servers on (in the case of virtual machines), and you can select Finish to initialise the appliance and launch the Backup Browser. 

For Windows systems, the backup contents can be loaded directly via the Veeam Server. Review the summary and select Finish to launch the Backup BrowserOnce the Backup Browser has loaded, you will have the ability to locate the folders and files you need to restore. As an example, if you needed to restore the C:/temp folder, right-click the folder. You can: 

  1. Restore the folder/file, either overwriting the current state, or keeping a copy. 
  2. Copy To, copying it to the Veeam Server itself. 
  3. Use Explorer, to review the file in its mounted volume. 

If you were to restore this to the original server, but were planning to retain the current state of the folder, select Restore > Keep. The selected contents will have Restored prefix in its name.  

Once complete, close the Backup Browser to dismount the restore point. When using Linux/Other, the virtual appliance will close a few minutes after you finish your work. 

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