Of course, backups are useless unless you can restore files from them, and Windows 2000 Backup enables you to select individual files and directories for restoration or simply to restore the entire backup set to its original location. As with the program's backup function, you can create restore jobs using GUI screens or a wizard.
When you display the Restore tab in the Windows 2000 Backup program, you see a list of the media in the backup media pool and the backup files you've created. As part of each backup operation, Windows 2000 Backup creates a catalog of the backup set and stores it on the tape or other medium. (If a backup job spans two or more tapes, the backup set catalog is stored on the last tape.) The program accesses this catalog whenever you select a tape from the list for restoration.
After you insert the proper tape into the drive, the program reads the catalog and shows the contents of the tape in a hierarchical display just like that of the Backup tab (Figure 35-11). You can select drives, folders, and files to restore just as you selected them to be backed up.
Figure 35-11. The Restore tab.
In a disaster recovery situation, you will probably want to restore an entire backup set to its original location, but in most cases, network administrators perform restores to retrieve a copy of a file or folder that a user has accidentally deleted or that has become corrupted somehow. When this is the case, you might not want to restore the files to their original location, and Windows 2000 Backup provides options that enable you to specify another location. The Restore Files To drop-down list box in the Restore tab provides the following options:
If you elect to use the Single Folder option when performing a restore and you have files with identical names in the selected directories, the program uses the settings from the Restore tab in the Options dialog box to determine whether to overwrite the first files with subsequent, identically named files.
In the Restore tab of the Options dialog box, you specify how the backup program should behave when it encounters existing files with the same names during a restore operation. The following options are available:
When you click Start Restore, the Confirm Restore dialog box gives you the opportunity to click Advanced to configure the following advanced restore options before beginning the restore process:
Windows 2000 Backup can only execute restore jobs immediately. The program can't schedule restores for execution later.