Restoring files from one Operating System to another with NetBackup is not supported

Article:TECH31677  |  Created: 2004-01-15  |  Updated: 2015-02-19  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH31677
Article Type
Technical Solution

Product(s)

Issue



When restoring files from one operating system(OS) to another, the data validity cannot be guaranteed.

Examples of dissimilar platform restores are:

Restoring files from a Windows backup to a UNIX system.
OR
Restoring from Windows backup to a Linux system
OR
Restoring from a Linux backup to a Solaris system


Solution



Symantec NetBackup (tm) will allow the restore of data from a supported Windows (Fat32/NTFS/ReFS) filesystem to a supported UNIX/Linux (vxfs, ufs, xfs, zfs, ext3, ext4, etc) filesystem and vice versa.

Due to significant differences between Windows and UNIX filesystems, some file types become corrupt or restore as 0 byte files during the recovery procedure.

Symantec Technical Services does not support dissimilar platform or dissimilar filesystem compatibility when attempting to restore files to a different platform or filesystem type than the original used in the backup.

Customers are strongly advised against performing this type of restore as the procedure is known not to work in all cases.



Legacy ID



267474


Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH31677


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