Cloning from a Windows file system backup

You can use SnapCenter to clone a Windows file system backup. If you want a copy of a single file that was mistakenly deleted or changed, then you can clone a backup and access that file in the clone.

Before you begin

About this task

Most of the fields on the Clone wizard pages are self-explanatory. The following information describes some of the fields for which you might require guidance.


  1. In the left navigation pane, click Resources, and then select the appropriate plug-in from the list.
  2. In the Resources page, select File Systems from the list.
  3. Select the host.
    The topology view is automatically displayed if the resource is protected.
  4. From the resources list, select the backup that you want to clone, and then click the clone icon.
  5. In the Options page, do the following:
    For this field… Do this…
    Clone server Choose the host on which the clone should be created.
    "Auto assign mount point" or "Auto assign volume mount point under path" Choose whether to automatically assign a mount point or a volume mount point under a path.

    Auto assign volume mount point under path: The mount point under a path enables you to provide a specific directory in which the mount points will be created. Before you choose this option, you must verify that the directory is empty. If there is a backup in the directory, the backup will be in an invalid state after the mount operation.

    Archive location Choose an archive location if you are cloning a secondary backup.
  6. In the Script page, specify any prescripts or postscripts you want to execute.
  7. Review the summary, and then click Finish.
  8. Monitor the operation progress by clicking Monitor > Jobs.