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FSA restore all files, switches?

Created: 05 Feb 2013 • Updated: 05 Feb 2013 | 5 comments
GertjanA's picture
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Hello all,

I am not an FSA expert.We're on EV90SP2

I am asked to restore all items in some FSA archives to the original fileserver.

I used this command line initially: FSAUtility -t -s \\sever\share

That restores most, but not all. In the logfile, I see 'file exists'. I believe this is because a placeholder exists?

I then tried FSAUtility -t -s \\server\share -l 0, which showed that some file are being restored.

I believe that to restore all files regardless of the existance of a placeholder should be :

FSAUtility -t -s \\server\share -f

Am I correct in assuming that the -f switch will restore all items regardless of the presence of a placeholder, and that existing placeholders will be replaced by the original files?

The aim is to restore the content of the archives, so they can be moved from the current-fileserver to a NetApp, which will NOT be archived.

Thanks, Gertjan

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Rob.Wilcox's picture

I just tried that on one of my shares, and it worked.

I had a mixture of placeholders, regular files and internet-links.  

They all behaved correctly.

The only issue I can see with the -f option is that if the file that exists is newer than the archived item, it might get overwritten.


fileX -> contents = ABC123

FileX gets archived and turned in to a placeholder

User double clicks on it, and recalls the file.

User updates the contents and it is now DEF345

You run the FSAUTILITY command... 

Not sure what will happen with that.  Can try it in a minute or 5.

Rob.Wilcox's picture

As I thought it might -- the file on disk was overwritten by the contents of the file from the archive.


Do an archiving run 'first' to get everything policy flipped back to placeholder.

Rob Brenner's picture

when using -f, if an archived file was retrieved and modified before being re-archived as an additional version, there will be content loss.

so if for any reason, the entire Archive needs to be retrieved, if would be advisable to run  the Archiving task first so that any new changes are updated in the archive

GertjanA's picture

Thanks all!

Thank you, Gertjan, MCSE, MCITP,MCTS, SCS, STS