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There are two ways to restore your data in SEP sesam: by using GUI restore wizard (described below), or through the web interface Restore Assistant. Even though most of the options are the same in both restore interfaces, the web Restore Assistant interface is designed to be more intuitive and offers additional advanced options while, on the other hand, it does not support the restore of special tasks types, such as MS SQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, etc. For details, see Restore Assistant.

SEP sesam GUI restore is a process that browses for different versions of savesets and copies data from savesets to a client, thus recreating the original data. The restore wizard is triggered from the Menu bar -> Activities -> Restore.

Restore tasks can be saved, scheduled and run automatically in continuous intervals to check and control data integrity. For details, see SEPuler.

Data restore granularity depends on the selected data type.

The following restore types are available:

Complete restore
A process by which an entire saveset is restored – all the files of a saveset are selected and restored.
Selective restore
Only a subset of a saveset's files is selected – only selected parts of data on the saveset, such as individual files and directories, are restored.
Generation restore
All generations of backed-up files, including differential or incremental backup files, can be browsed for and selected for restore. SEP sesam automatically switches to the generation view in which all the generations of the files are presented. The selection list displays all files since the last full backup.

Configuring a restore task

A restore task involves browsing and selecting the desired savesets by time and task/filename, selecting restore type and restore target (the file system folder, for example) and other additional options. Restore can be run immediately or scheduled to run automatically at a specified time.


  • Depending on what you want to restore, make sure that you have the proper restore permissions and access rights.
  • Make sure that there is sufficient free space on the target system to which you are restoring your data.


  1. From the SEP sesam GUI menu bar, select Activities -> Restore. The New Restore Task window opens.
  2. Select the saveset you want to restore. You can search savesets by task name or by filename or path.
    • If searching by task name, use the drop-down list of available tasks and select the one you want to restore from. This option is selected by default.
    • If searching by filename/path, select the option Filename or path in a saveset and enter your search expression in the search pattern field.
  3. Under the Saved in period drop-down lists, specify the time frame for which you want to conduct the search. Click Next.
  4. The search results are displayed. From the list of savesets matching your query, select the desired version by clicking on it, then select other relevant restore options (complete, generation, as path or disaster restore). You can also select the option Mount saveset under Single file restore to mount the target saveset to the disk and make it accessible as if it was a separate volume on the disk. You can mount any saveset stored to default data store Path, Si3 deduplication store or HPE StoreOnce. Mounting is not possible if the savesets are stored to tapes or if the data is compressed or encrypted. For advantages on mounting a saveset, see Cross-platform recovery file system layer (XPRFS). Click Next.
    Information sign.png Note
    • The Mount saveset option is only available in the Expert UI mode. If you run the GUI in Basic or Advanced UI mode, first change the mode to Expert, as described in Selecting UI mode.
    • As of v. 5.0.0 Jaglion, the Hide migrated option is no longer available. The migrated savesets are only displayed if there is no original (backup) saveset. If you want to use the migrated saveset instead of the original saveset for the restore, you need to select it as Preferred Media pool in the Target Settings window (see step 6 below).

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  5. If you selected the Mount saveset option, a mount action is triggered. The selected saveset is mounted to the SEP sesam home directory var\tmp\mnt, e.g., C:\Program Files\SEPsesam\var\tmp\mnt\save_set_ID.
    Click Next to display the Select Files dialog. If you choose not to mount the saveset, this dialog is displayed immediately. Select the data you want to restore and click Next.
  6. Review your configured restore task and set additional options, if required. Details of the selected saveset are displayed at the top of the window. The options differs slightly when restoring a virtual machine.
    • The name of the restore task is automatically generated in the Name field. You can edit the name and insert a comment below.
    • The Target node drop-down list shows the target server to which the data will be restored.
    • Under the Target path settings, select between the following options:
      • Restore to original target path or Restore to original VM (in case of VM restore): The data will be restored to the same location from which it was backed up.
      • New restore target or Change VM target selection (in case of VM restore): The data will be restored to another location. Use the Browser button to select the target directory for restore or manually enter the path to the target directory.
      • Restore with new VM name: Relevant only for VM restore; the VM will be restored to the original or a different location with a new VM name.
    • Under the Execution options or VM restore options (in case of VM restore) drop-down list, select one of the following options:
      • Do not overwrite existing items (set by default): The data will not be restored if it already exists on the target server.
      • Overwrite existing items: If data exists on the target server, it will be replaced by the restored version.
      • Create a new version: If data exists on the target server, the restored data will be restored under a new name.

      When performing a VM restore, you can also select to automatically start a virtual machine after restore.

    • Preferred media pool: If the data was migrated or replicated and different media pools were used for the process, you can select from the drop-down list of available media pools the source media pool to restore from.
    • Used media | barcode: If the data was migrated, the migrated copy is stored to another media. From the drop-down list of available media you can select the source media to restore from.
    • Optionally, select the drive number of the drive that will be used to read the data. Typically, you specify the drive if you have configured additional drives and would like to use dedicated drives for restores. For details, see the option Create second drive.
    • The Interface field shows the SEP sesam Server or RDS with the attached data storage that contains the selected saveset.
    • You can specify additional restore settings by clicking the Expert Options button, for example, modify the log level settings, define the pre/post script for restore, etc. For details, see Restore Overview.
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      As of v. 4.4.3. Beefalo, the Expert Options button for specifying advanced restore options is only available in the Expert UI mode. It is not available for users that run the GUI in Basic or Advanced mode. In the latter case, if you want to access the Expert Options you first have to change the Basic/Advanced UI mode to Expert, as described in Selecting UI mode.

    After you have set additional restore options, click Next.

  7. To start your restore immediately, click Start. To save the restore task, click Save.
  8. If you chose to mount a saveset, click OK to unmount it and close your restore session.
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A restore task can be scheduled like any other task. If you want to add a restore task to the schedule, see Scheduling Restore.

You can view the status of your restore jobs by selecting Job State -> Restores from the Main Selection. Restore overview provides detailed information on the last run of restore jobs, including the task name, status (successful, error, in queue ...), start and stop time of the last backup, data size, throughput, client and message.

As of 4.4.3 Beefalo V2, you can also monitor the restores online by using new Web UI. For details, see SEP sesam Web UI.