arcserve-KB : How to restore selected files or folders using VSS Snapshot.

Last Update: 2015-07-15 16:26:10 UTC
Arcserve RHA  15.0, 16.x
Last Modified Date:    04/24/2014
Document ID:    TEC531208
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Title:  How to restore selected files or folders using VSS Snapshot.


This document explains you how to enable VSS Snapshot on Scheduled AR Test (Replica Integrity Test). It also explains the process or exposing the snapshots and restoring files and folders from the snapshot.


  1. Create the HA Scenario with Replica Integrity Testing for Assured Recovery Enabled.

    Figure 1
  2. Schedule the Replica Integrity test & turn on 'Create Shadow Copy (VSS)' under 'Action on Successful Test' under Assured Recovery.

    Figure 2

    All the Snapshots would be stored in Replica spool location. Retention depends upon the available free disk space and the Number of Snapshots to keep property.

  3. Start the scenario and complete the sync process. While it is in replication process, the scheduled AR test would take Snapshots after a successful AR test and store it in replica spool location.

To start the restore process:

  1. Click on the Snapshot View tab and select the Replica Server in the top left hand side. It will list all the snapshots saved in that particular replica server.

    Figure 3

  2. Select the snapshot based on ID / Date created, from which you want to restore. Right click and select 'Expose as Drive Letter'. You can also expose the same under a folder.

    Figure 4

  3. Select the drive letter to which you want to expose the same on Replica server.

    Figure 5

    Figure 6

  4. Open Windows Explorer on the Replica and you can see the drive letters added in drives list.

    Figure 7

  5. Explore the selected drive letter. Now you can select the files or folders you want to restore, you can replace them to original location or copy them to a different location.

    Figure 8

  6. After a successful restore, Unmount the drive letter.

    Figure 9

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