How to setup Attix5 VirtualRestore

Introduction

In a distaster recovery (DR) scenario it is not always practical to wait until the full restore has completed. You may also want to restore the data to a local machine and not the server that initially performed the backup.

Attix5 VirtualRestore is a technology that instantly shows the backed-up data on a virtual drive that appears locally on the machine where the restore is required. This virtual drive has full read/write ability, allowing users to be back online in seconds.

VirtualRestore is useful for both DR scenarios as well as normal restores. Users can simply copy the required files and folders as they require.

VirtualRestore Setup

Notes: Only Windows 64-bit platform is supported with .net 4.5 required.

VirtualRestore works using the Attix5 Management Console. Ensure that you have installed the management console and can log in successfully. In order for to utilise the functionality of VirtualRestore, the management console should be installed on the machine where the restore is required.

  1. Log in to the management console and select the account you wish to mount as a local drive.
  2. Click the VirtualRestore button or right-click on the account and select VirtualRestore.

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  3. A warning will appear and will ask for confirmation that the latest files requried for VirtualRestore will be downloaded from the Storage Platform. These files will be installed locally at %AppData%\Roaming\Attix5 Pro\Dynamic Restore. Click Ok to agree.

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  4. Allow the DynamicRestore.exe for VirtualRestore to execute by selecting Yes if required by Windows security.
  5. The VirtualRestore application will now run. Under Settings choose the desired drive letter to be used when mounting the backup(s). Ensure that this drive letter is not currently in use.

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  6. Enter the encryption key for the backup account to be mounted.
  7. Choose to mount only the last backup or all backups in the drop down selection.
  8. Under Advanced in the Mount as text box, choose Fixed Disk, Removable Disk or Mapped Network Drive. The type you choose is dictated by the type of data you wish to mount. For example, an Exchange database will not mount as a removable disk due to restrictions in Exchange.
  9. Enter the start of a specific path if you only want certain files to be mounted. Leave this blank if you want to mount the whole backup.
  10. Click Ok.
  11. A system tray bubble will appear to confirm the mounted drive letter and account details.

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  12. In Windows Explorer you will see your mounted drive. You can now access your data as with any normal drive letter.

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 Important: Files can be accessed in the mounted backup as if it is a local drive. Files can be read from and written to the mounted drive. However, all writes are temporary and will be lost when the drive is dismounted as no permanent changes will be made to your backup.

 See the How to use Attix5 VirtualRestore article for further information.

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