Restoring data

Choosing data to Restore

Restoring backup process starts with choosing the data that must be restored. CodeTwo Backup comes with Backup Viewer that allows a user not only to pick the right data to restore but also to preview all data in the Storage, including emails’ attachments. What is more, as the software seamlessly runs in the background indexing service on all backed up mailboxes a user can take advantage of fast searching and filtering feature to find particular items. As CodeTwo Backup also features items versioning the Backup Viewer allows previewing all versions of the backed up items. Storages mirror the original source mailboxes structure so browsing through the backed up data is as easy as using MS Outlook. Since all stored data is available for previewing one can also expect that choosing just a single item for restoring will be available. That is of course true, one or many items can be restored but also a particular folder or the whole mailbox can be selected. A user can also choose whether to restore the newest version of items in the Storage or define a specific time range from which versions of the items will be restored.

Backup - Restore options 2.
Fig. 1. Choosing versions of items to be restored.

Restoring process

The restoring process runs as a one-time job. CodeTwo Backup can run multiple jobs in parallel, this includes restore jobs, so many different mailboxes can be restored at the same time. What is definitely worth mentioning, the software not only allows to just restore data to an original location, one can use it to restore data to a different folder in the original mailbox or to a mailbox different than the original one. That is not all, admin can even decide to restore data to an alternative server, it is just a matter of how the admin configures the restore job.

Choosing target server for restoring data: on-premises Exchange or Office 365.
Fig. 2. Choosing target server for restoring data: on-premises Exchange or Office 365.

But, if the admin wants to take a conservative approach, i.e. to restore data to its original location the question arises - what happens if the identical items are already present in the mailbox?

Resolving conflicts

CodeTwo Backup automatically deals with any conflicts that come up during the restore process. However, a user must first decide which approach the software should apply in such situations. When configuring the restore job, admin can decide if the software should duplicate items, overwrite the target mailbox items with the backup copy, or to skip restoring them. Once this is done, the restore process is smooth and quiet - no annoying pop-ups asking what to do every single time identical item is found in the target mailbox.

Backup - Restore options.
Fig. 3. The ways of resolving items' conflicts.

See also

Restoring backups - in this article you will learn how to filter content to restore, create new and manage existing restore jobs and how to monitor the restore process.

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