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Ahsay Online Backup Manager v7
Quick Start Guide for Windows
Ahsay Systems Corporation Limited
26 November 2018
This is the original Ahsay manual
Depending on the service you have with us, some of the content won’t be applicable to you.
Note:
We don’t supply the following services, Open direct, Run Direct,or Run on Server on our
BOBcloud service. These are only provided on our System Provider service.
All accounts must be created on our reseller portal https://portal.data-stor.net
Any Ahsay professional services are provided by them and not us.
Definitions:
Our Desktop version is named ACB \ AhsayACB in this manual.
Our Server version is named OBM \ AhsayOBM in this manual.
The AhsayCBS Web Console is mapped to our own portal https://portal.data-stor.net
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Revision History
Date
Descriptions
Type of modification
25 Nov 2016
Added Restore Options to Ch 8 Restoring Data;
Combined “Technical Assistance” and
“Documentation” as Ch 9 Contacting Ahsay
Modification
16 Dec 2016
Modified Ch 3 Download and Install AhsayOBM,
Ch 4 Start AhsayOBM, Ch 5 Creating a Backup
Set, Ch 7 Running Backup Jobs, Ch 8 Restoring
Data and Appendix Uninstall AhsayOBM;
Corrected typo in Copyright Notice and
Trademarks;
Removed "-ing" verb form from all chapter titles
for consistency
Modification
3 Jan 2017
Added instructions and screen shots for
Encryption key handling in Ch. 5
New
10 Feb 2017
Added step in Appendix – Uninstall AhsayOBM;
Modified step in Ch. 5 Create a Backup Set
New/Modification
5 Apr 2017
Added Encryption Type option in Ch. 5 Create a
Backup Set section: Revised screen shot with
larger field for entering backup sever IP at login
New
31 May 2017
Added Ch.4 OpenDirect restore section, added
step in Create new backup set, added
OpenDirect restore sub-section in the Restore
section
New
7 Jul 2017
Update Ch.4, Ch. 7, Ch.10
23 Oct 2017
Modified Software Requirements for Ch2.2;
Added comparison of online and offline
installation for Ch.5; Added Offline Mode
Installation for Ch5.2
New/ Modification
14 September 2018
Added requirement of Antivirus Exclusion for
Ch.2.3; Updated Overview of backup process for
Ch.8
New/ Modification
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Table of Contents
1 Overview ........................................................................................................................................1
What is this software?................................................................................................................1
System Architecture...................................................................................................................1
2 Requirements for AhsayOBM on Windows................................................................................2
Hardware Requirements............................................................................................................2
Software Requirements .............................................................................................................2
Antivirus Exclusion Requirement ...............................................................................................2
3 Get Started with AhsayOBM ........................................................................................................3
4 OpenDirect Restore ......................................................................................................................4
What is OpenDirect Restore? ....................................................................................................4
How does OpenDirect Restore work? .......................................................................................5
Benefits of using OpenDirect Restore .......................................................................................6
Requirements ............................................................................................................................7
Supported Backup Modules .................................................................................................7
License Requirements..........................................................................................................7
Backup Quota Storage .........................................................................................................7
Windows Operating System .................................................................................................7
Temporary Directory Requirement .......................................................................................7
Available Spare Drive Letter.................................................................................................7
Network Requirements .........................................................................................................7
Other Dependencies.............................................................................................................8
Permissions ..........................................................................................................................8
5 Download and Install AhsayOBM................................................................................................9
Download AhsayOBM..............................................................................................................10
Install AhsayOBM ....................................................................................................................11
Option 1: Online Installation Option....................................................................................11
Option 2: Offline Installation Option....................................................................................16
6 Start AhsayOBM..........................................................................................................................21
Login to AhsayOBM.................................................................................................................21
7 Create a Backup Set ...................................................................................................................24
8 Overview on Backup Process....................................................................................................33
9 Run Backup Jobs........................................................................................................................34
Login to AhsayOBM.................................................................................................................34
Start a Manual Backup ............................................................................................................34
Configure Backup Schedule for Automated Backup................................................................36
10 Restore Data................................................................................................................................40
Restore Method .......................................................................................................................40
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Traditional Restore ..................................................................................................................40
OpenDirect Restore .................................................................................................................47
11 Contact Ahsay.............................................................................................................................53
Technical Assistance ...............................................................................................................53
Documentation.........................................................................................................................53
Appendix .............................................................................................................................................54
Uninstall AhsayOBM................................................................................................................54
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1 Overview
What is this software?
Ahsay brings you specialized client backup software, namely AhsayOBM, to provide a
comprehensive backup solution for protecting file(s) / folder(s) on your machine, with a wide variety
of backup destinations (major cloud storage service providers, FTP/SFTP, local drive, etc.) of your
choice.
System Architecture
Below is the system architecture diagram illustrating the major elements involved in the backup
process among the backup machine, AhsayOBM and AhsayCBS.
In this user guide, we will focus on the software installation, as well as the end-to-end backup and
restore process using the AhsayOBM as a client backup software.
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2 Requirements for AhsayOBM on Windows
Hardware Requirements
Refer to the link below for details of the minimum and recommended requirements for installing
AhsayOBM:
FAQ: Ahsay Hardware Requirement List (HRL) for version 7.3 or above (5000)
Software Requirements
Refer to the following article for the list of compatible operating systems and Hyper-V platforms:
FAQ: Ahsay Software Compatibility List (SCL) for version 7.3 or above (5001)
Refer to the following article for the list of compatible operating system for OpenDirect and Granular
Restore:
FAQ: Ahsay Software Compatibility List (SCL) for Granular and OpenDirect Restore (5250)
Antivirus Exclusion Requirement
To optimize performance of AhsayOBM on Windows, and to avoid conflict with your antivirus
software, refer to the following KB article the list of processes and directory paths that should be
added to all antivirus software white-list / exclusion list:
http://wiki.ahsay.com/doku.php?id=public:5352_suggestion_on_antivirus_exclusions
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3 Get Started with AhsayOBM
This quick start guide will walk you through the following 5 major parts to get you started with using
AhsayOBM.
Download and Install
Download and install
AhsayOBM on your Windows
Launch the App
Launch and log in to AhsayOBM
Create a Backup Set
Create a backup set according to
your preferences
Run Backup Jobs
Run the backup jobs to back up
data
Restore Data
Restore backed up data to your
system
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4 OpenDirect Restore
What is OpenDirect Restore?
OpenDirect restore is an additional restore options for restoring files from a Windows File backup set
available from AhsayOBM v7.13.0.0 or above. The OpenDirect restore method makes use of the
granular restore technology to make selective restore of individual files from a large compressed or
image file, for example zip, RAR, ISO files, without the need to restore the compressed or image file
first, to give you a fast and convenient file restore solution.
During the OpenDirect restore process, the file(s)/folders can be viewed and/or copied from the
Windows File Explorer on the Windows machine you are performing the restore. OpenDirect restore
is only supported on File backup sets created and backed up using AhsayOBM v7.13.0.0 or above
on Windows platform with OpenDirect restore feature enabled.
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How does OpenDirect Restore work?
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Benefits of using OpenDirect Restore
Comparison between OpenDirect File Restore and Traditional File Restore
OpenDirect Restore
Introduction
OpenDirect restore allows you to quickly access individual files from a large compressed or
image file by viewing and/or copying files from the file explorer on the Windows you are
performing the restore, without having to fully restore the whole compressed or image file first.
Pros
Restore of Entire
Compressed File
Not Required
As opposed to the traditional restore where you have to restore the entire
compressed or image file first before you can access any individual file in it,
OpenDirect restore allows you to view and download individual files from a
compressed or image file, without having to restore compressed file or
image file first.
Ability to Restore
Selected Files
When restoring a large compressed or image file, sometimes, you may only
need to restore individual file(s) out of the entire file, therefore, OpenDirect
restore gives you the flexibility to restore selective file(s) quickly, so it saves
you time and effort to achieve your restore goal.
Cons
No Encryption
and
Compression
To ensure optimal restore performance, the backup of the files in an
OpenDirect file backup set will NOT be encrypted and compressed,
therefore, you may have to take these factors in consideration when
selecting this restore option.
Traditional Restore
Introduction
The traditional restore method restores the entire compressed file or image file. Backed up data
can only be accessed when complete restore is performed.
Pros
Backup with
Compression and
Encryption
Backup file(s) are compressed, therefore in smaller file size, and
encrypted before being uploaded to the backup destination.
Cons
Slower Recovery
As the entire compressed or image file has to be restored before you can
access any individual files, restore time could be long if the file size is
large
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Requirements
Supported Backup Modules
OpenDirect restore is only supported on File backup sets created and backed up using AhsayOBM
v7.13.0.0 or above on Windows platform with OpenDirect restore feature enabled.
License Requirements
An OpenDirect / Granular restore add-on module license is required per backup set for this feature
to work. Contact your backup service provider for more details.
Backup Quota Storage
As compression is not enabled for OpenDirect file backup sets, to optimize restore performance
the storage quota required will be higher than non-OpenDirect file backup sets. Contact your
backup service provider for details.
Windows Operating System
AhsayOBM must be installed on a 32 bit or 64 bit Windows Operating System as libraries for
OpenDirect only supports Windows platform.
Windows 2008 R2 SP1 or above
Windows 2012
Windows 2012 R2
Windows 2016
Windows 7 SP1 or above
Windows 8
Windows 8.1
Windows 10
Temporary Directory Requirement
The temporary directory folder should have at least the same available size as the compressed or
image file to be restored and should be located on a local drive to ensure optimal performance.
Available Spare Drive Letter
One spare drive letter must be available on the Windows machine for the granular restore process,
as the compressed file or image is mounted on Windows as a logical drive. AhsayOBM will
automatically take the next available drive letter in alphabetical order for the compressed or image
file.
Note
1. The Windows drive letters A, B, and C are not used by OpenDirect restore.
2. The OpenDirect restore assigned drive letter(s) will be released once you exit from AhsayOBM UI.
Network Requirements
Recommended minimum network speed is at least 100Mbps download speed.
The network bandwidth requirements will increase in proportion to the size of the compressed
file/image and or the incremental delta chain length to ensure optimal performance. Working with
limited network bandwidth may severely affect the granular restore performance.
You can use an online network speed test website (e.g. www.speedtest.net) to get an idea of the
actual bandwidth of the machine.
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Other Dependencies
The following dependencies are restore related and therefore they will be checked by AhsayOBM
only when an OpenDirect restore is performed. Absence of these elements will not affect the
backup job but would cause the restore to fail.
Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable (x86) / (x64)
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48145
Update for Universal C Runtime in Windows
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2999226/update-for-universal-c-runtime-in-windows
For Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 only
Microsoft Security Advisory 3033929
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/3033929.aspx
Permissions
The Windows login account used for installation and operation of the AhsayOBM client machine
requires Administrator privileges.
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5 Download and Install AhsayOBM
From version 7.15.0.0 onwards, there are two installation modes of AhsayOBM, online installation and
offline installation. Below is the table of comparison between online installation and offline installation.
Online Installation
Offline Installation
Version
Supported
From v7.3.2.0 onwards.
From v7.15.0.0 onwards.
Installation
Time
Takes more time as it needs to
download the binary and
component files (80MB to 132MB
depending on operating system)
each time the installation is run.
Online installer size is 6KB to
3.5MB depending on operating
system as it contains only the initial
installation package files.
Takes less time as all the
necessary binary and component
files are already available in the
offline installer and offline installer
can be downloaded once but
reused many times.
Offline installer size is 80MB to
132MB depending on operating
system as it contains all the
necessary binary and component
files.
Deployments
Suitable for single or small amount
of device installations.
Suitable for sites with fast and
stable internet connection as
internet connection is needed each
time when an installation is run.
A slow internet connection will
result in longer installation time and
interrupted or unstable internet
connection may lead to
unsuccessful installation.
Ensures the latest version of the
product is installed.
Suitable for multiple or mass
device installations.
Suitable for client sites with
metered internet connections as
once the offline installer is
downloaded, internet connection is
not needed each time when an
installation is run.
May need to update the product
version after installation if an older
offline installer is used.
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Download AhsayOBM
1. In a web browser, click the blue icon on the top right corner to open the download page for the
AhsayOBM installation package file from your backup service provider’s website.
2. In the AhsayOBM tab of the download page, you can choose the AhsayOBM installer by
operating system.
3. In the Windows section, click on the Download (Online) or Download (Offline) button to
download the AhsayOBM installation package.
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Install AhsayOBM
Option 1: Online Installation Option
1. Launch the online installation package file you have downloaded from the download section
above.
2. Click Run when you see this message.
3. The following dialog box will appear only if User Account Control is enabled. Click Continue
to start the installation.
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4. Click Next to continue.
5. Select I accept the agreement after reading the license agreement. Then, click Next to
proceed.
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6. Choose the installation directory. Then, click Next to continue.
7. Select the program group to which the software will be installed. Then, click Next to proceed.
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8. The installation will start after you click Install.
9. The component files will be downloaded first during installation.
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10. Click Finish to complete the installation.
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Option 2: Offline Installation Option
1. Extract the offline installation package file (obm-win.zip) you have downloaded from the
download section above.
2. Select a destination and extract files.
3. Launch the installer you have extracted from the zip format file.
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4. Click Run when you see this message.
5. The following dialog box will appear only if User Account Control is enabled. Click Yes to
start the installation.
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6. Click Next to continue.
7. Select I accept the agreement after reading the license agreement. Then, click Next to
proceed.
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8. Choose the installation directory. Then, click Next to continue.
9. Select the program group to which the software will be installed. Then, click Next to proceed.
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10. The installation will start after you click Install.
11. Click Finish to complete the installation.
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6 Start AhsayOBM
Login to AhsayOBM
1. A shortcut icon of AhsayOBM will be available on your desktop after installation. Double-click
the icon to launch the application.
2. The Free Trial Registration menu may be displayed when you login for the first time. Click
Login if you already have an AhsayOBM account, or click Free Trial to register for a trial
backup account.
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3. Click Show advanced option to enter the backup server settings provided by your backup
service provider. Then, click OK to save the changes.
4. Enter the login name and password of your AhsayOBM account provided by your backup
service provider. Then, click OK to login.
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5. After successful login, the following screen will appear.
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7 Create a Backup Set
1. Click the Backup Sets icon on the AhsayOBM main interface.
2. Create a new backup set by clicking the “+” icon next to Add new backup set.
3. When the Create Backup Set window appears, name your new backup set and select the
Backup set type. Then, click Next to proceed.
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4. In the Backup Source window, select the files and folders for backup. Click I would like to
choose the files to backup to select individual files for backup.
5. In the Advanced Backup Source window, select folder(s) to back up all files in the folder(s).
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6. Alternatively, if you want to back up only individual files instead of all files in your selected
folder(s), select the Show files checkbox at the bottom of the screen. A list of files will appear
on the right hand side. Select the checkbox(es) next to the file(s) to back up. Then, click OK to
save your selections and close the Advanced Backup Source window.
7. In the Backup Source window, click Next to proceed.
8. When the Schedule window appears, you can configure a backup schedule to automatically run
a backup job at your specified time interval. In the Schedule window, the Run scheduled backup
for this backup set is Off by default.
You can leave it as is if you want to add a schedule later.
If you want to add a schedule now, switch On Run scheduled backup for this
backup set. Then, click next to Add new schedule.
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When the New Backup Schedule window appears, specify your backup schedule.
Then, click OK to save your changes and close the New Backup Schedule
window.
Note: For details about the options from the dropdown menus, please refer to
chapter 9 Configure Backup Schedule for Automated Backup.
9. In case you have added a schedule, it will be shown in the Schedule window. Click Next to
proceed when you are done setting.
10. The Destination window will appear.
Select the appropriate option from the Backup mode dropdown menu.
Sequential (default value) – run backup jobs to each backup destination one by
one
Concurrent – run backup jobs to all backup destinations at the same time
To select a backup destination for the backup data storage, click next to Add new storage
destination / destination pool.
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11. In the New Storage Destination / Destination Pool window, select the destination type and
destination storage. Then, click OK to confirm your selection.
12. In the Destination window, your selected storage destination will be shown. Click Next to
proceed.
13. If you wish to enable the OpenDirect Restore feature, make sure you turn on the OpenDirect
restore switch in this menu. Click Next to proceed.
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Notes
1. Once the OpenDirect Restore feature is enabled and the backup set is saved, it is NOT
possible to disable it afterwards, and vice versa. A new backup set will have to be
created again if you wish to do so.
2. It is possible to enable both OpenDirect restore and Run Direct restore at the same time.
However, AhsayOBM restore job will only allow either OpenDirect or Run Direct to run,
but not both to run concurrently.
3. OpenDirect restore requires an additional OpenDirect restore module license to work.
Contact your backup service provider for further details.
14. IMPORTANT: If you have enabled the OpenDirect Restore, backup data will not be compressed
and encrypted to optimize restore performance, therefore you can skip to step 17.
In the Encryption window, the default Encrypt Backup Data option is enabled with an
encryption key preset by the system which provides the most secure protection.
You can choose from one of the following three Encryption Type options:
Default – an encryption key with 44 alpha numeric characters will be randomly
generated by the system
User password – the encryption key will be the same as the login password of your
AhsayOBM at the time when this backup set is created. Please be reminded that if you
change the AhsayOBM login password later, the encryption keys of the backup sets
previously created with this encryption type will remain unchanged.
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Custom – you can customize your encryption key, where you can set your own
algorithm, encryption key, method and key length.
Note: For best practice on managing your encryption key, refer to the following KB article.
https://forum.ahsay.com/viewtopic.php?f=169&t=14090
Click Next when you are done setting.
15. If you have enabled the Encryption Key feature in the previous step, the following pop-up
window shows, no matter which encryption type you have selected.
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The pop-up window has the following three options to choose from:
Unmask encryption key – The encryption key is masked by default. Click this option to
show the encryption key.
Copy to clipboard – Click to copy the encryption key, then you can paste it in another
location of your choice.
Confirm – Click to exit this pop-up window and proceed to the next step.
16. The following screen prompts you to enter the Windows login credentials for user authentication,
if you have enabled the Schedule Backup feature in step 8.
Note
If you have selected to back up individual folder(s) / file(s) on your local computer’s drive in step 5, the
Windows User Authentication request will be bypassed and therefore the screen shown above will not
display even though the Schedule Backup feature has been turned on.
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17. Upon successful creation of the backup set, the following screen will appear. You can click
Backup now to back up your data or click Close to exit.
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8 Overview on Backup Process
The following steps are performed during a backup job:
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9 Run Backup Jobs
Login to AhsayOBM
Login to the AhsayOBM application according to the instructions in section 6.1 Login to AhsayOBM.
Start a Manual Backup
1. Click the Backup icon on the main interface of AhsayOBM.
2. Select the backup set which you would like to start a backup for. In case you want to modify
the In-File Delta type, Destinations and Retention Policy settings, click Show advanced
option.
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3. When advanced options are shown, it is recommended that you tick the checkbox next to
Run Retention Policy after backup in the Retention Policy section at the bottom. This will
help you save hard disk quota in the long run. In the In-File Delta type section, the following
three options are available:
Full – A full backup captures all the data that you want to protect. When you run
a backup job for the first time, AhsayOBM will run a full backup regardless of the
in-file delta setting.
Differential – A differential backup captures only the changes made as
compared with the last uploaded full file only (i.e. changes since the last full
backup, not since the last differential backup).
Incremental – An incremental backup captures only the changes made as
compared with the last uploaded full or delta file (i.e. changes since the last
incremental backup).
4. Click Backup to start the backup job. The status will be shown.
5. When the backup is completed, the progress bar will be green in color and the message
“Backup Completed Successfully” will appear.
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6. You can click the View icon on the right hand side to check the log. A window will pop up
to show the log. Click Close to exit the pop-up window.
Configure Backup Schedule for Automated Backup
1. Click the Backup Sets icon on the AhsayOBM main interface.
2. All backup sets will be listed. Select the backup set that you would like to create a backup
schedule for. A screen will pop up, showing the General tab.
3. Go to the Backup Schedule tab. In case Run scheduled backup for this backup set is off,
switch it On. Existing schedules will be listed at the bottom if there is any.
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4. Click Add to add a backup schedule. The New Backup Schedule window will appear.
5. In the New Backup Schedule window, you can configure your backup schedule settings. To
save hard disk quota in the long run, it is recommended that you tick the checkbox next to
Run Retention Policy after backup at the bottom. The rest of the setting options will vary
by which option you choose from the Type dropdown menu:
Daily – what time to start the backup job
Weekly – which day of the week and what time that day to start the backup job
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Monthly – which day of the month and what time that day to start the backup job
Custom – which particular date to start a one-off backup job
The Stop dropdown menu offers two options:
until full backup completed – in case you prefer a complete backup
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after [how many] hr – in case you prefer the backup job to stop after a certain
number of hours regardless of whether or not the backup job is completed
As an example, the four types of backup schedules may look like the following.
6. Click Save to confirm your settings. Then, click Close to exit Backup Sets.
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10 Restore Data
Restore Method
There are two restore methods available, the traditional restore and OpenDirect restore. OpenDirect
restore applies only to File backup sets with OpenDirect feature enabled.
For more details on the differences of the two restore methods, refer to Benefits of using OpenDirect
Restore.
Traditional Restore
1. Log in to the AhsayOBM application according to the instructions in section Login to AhsayOBM.
2. Click the Restore icon on the AhsayOBM main interface.
3. All the available backup sets for restore will be listed. Select the backup set that you would like
to restore data from.
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4. Select where you would like to restore your data from.
5. Select Normal restore.
6. Select to restore files from a specific backup job, or from all files available, then select the files
or folders that you would like to restore.
There are two options from the Select what to restore dropdown menu:
Choose from files as of job – This option allows you to select a backup version
from a specific date and time to restore.
Choose from ALL files – This option allows you to restore all the available
backup versions for this backup set. Among all the available backup versions,
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you can even select only some of the backup versions of a file to restore.
The following is an example showing all the available backup versions of the file
File 1.txt. The latest version is shown in solid black color and all the previous
versions are shown in grey color. You can identify the file version from the Date
modified column.
When the restore is done, you will see all the selected backup versions in the
restore destination. The latest backup version has the file name as the original
file, while the previous versions have the time stamps added to their file names
for easy identification.
7. Click the Show files checkbox to select individual files for restoration. Click Next to proceed
when you are done with the selections.
8. Select to restore the files to their Original location, or to an Alternate location. Then, click
Next to proceed.
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Original location – The backed up data will be restored to the computer running
AhsayOBM under the same directory path as on the machine storing the backup
source. For example, if the backup source files are stored under Users/[User’s
Name]/Downloads folder, the data will be restored to Users/[User’s
Name]/Downloads as well on the computer running AhsayOBM.
Alternate location – You can choose to restore the data to a location of your
choice on the computer where AhsayOBM is running.
9. Click Show advanced option to configure other restore settings:
Restore file permissions
Restore file permissions are disabled by default. When you perform a file restore
on shared files or folders using a shared computer, it is recommended that you
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enable Restore file permissions by ticking the checkbox so that the files restored
will not be fully accessible to everyone using the shared computer.
Delete extra files
By enabling this option, the restore process will attempt to synchronize the
selected restore source with the restore destination, making sure the data in the
restore destination is exactly the same as the restore source. Any data created
after backup will be treated as “extra files” and will be deleted from the restore
source if this feature is enabled.
Example:
i) Two files are created under the Document folder 01, namely doc 1 & doc 2.
ii) A backup is performed for folder Document folder 01.
iii) Two new files are created, namely doc 3 & doc 4.
iv) A restore is performed for the Document folder 01, with Delete extra files
option enabled.
v) Since doc 3 & doc 4 have never been backed up, therefore they will be
deleted from Document folder 01, leaving only the two files that have been
backed up.
WARNING
Please exercise extra caution when enabling this feature. Consider what data in
the restore destination has not been backed up and what impact it would cause if
those data is deleted.
Prior to the data restore and synchronization, a warning message shows as the
one shown below. Only clicking Yes will the “extra file” be deleted. You can click
Apply to all to confirm deleting all the “extra files” at a time.
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Follow Link (Enabled by default)
When this option is enabled, not only the symbolic link or junction point will be
restored, the directories and files that the symbolic link or junction point links to
will also be restored.
The table below summarizes the behaviors when a restore is performed with
different settings.
Follow Link
Restore to
Behavior
Original
location
Symbolic link or junction point is restored to the
original backup location.
Target directories or files are also restored to
the original backup location.
Enabled
Alternate
location
Symbolic link or junction point is restored to the
location specified.
Target directories or files are also restored to
the alternate location specified.
Original
location
Symbolic link or junction point is restored to the
original backup location.
Target directories or files are NOT restored to
the original backup location.
Disabled
Alternate
location
Symbolic link or junction point is restored to the
location specified.
Target directories or files are NOT restored to
the alternate location specified.
Resolve Link (Only for restoring to Alternate Location)
This option must be used in conjunction with the Follow Link option. When this
option is enabled, the symbolic link or junction point, as well as the directories
and files that the symbolic link or junction point links to will also be restored in the
alternate location you have chosen. That means the link or junction will point to
the alternate location instead of the original location.
The table below summarizes the behaviors when a restore is performed with this
option turned on and off.
Resolve Link
Behavior
Enabled
Symbolic link or junction point is restored to the alternate
location specified, with its target directories and files also
restored to the same location in their relative path.
Target of the link or junction is updated to the new relative
path. In other word, the link or junction now points to the
new alternate location.
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Disabled
Symbolic link or junction point is restored to the alternate
location specified, with its target directories and files also
restored to the same location in their relative path.
However, target of the link or junction is NOT updated to the
new relative path. In other word, the link or junction still
points to the original location.
Click Next to proceed.
10. Select the temporary directory for storing temporary files, such as delta files, when they are
being merged.
By default, the temporary files are stored under the temp directory of the user profile directory.
In case the same directory path does not exist in the computer you are running AhsayOBM, you
have to click Browse to define a new location for storing the temporary files. Otherwise, you will
not be able to perform a restore.
11. Click Restore to start the restore. The status will be shown.
12. When the restore is completed, the message “Restore Completed Successfully” will appear.
You can click the View icon on the right hand side to check the log. A window will pop up to
show the log. Click Close to exit the pop-up window.
13. In the Restore window, click Cancel to close the Restore window.
14. To exit AhsayOBM, click the “x” on the top right corner. A message will appear to ask for your
confirmation. Click Yes to close the application. If you wish to use AhsayOBM again, you will
then have to launch it again.
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OpenDirect Restore
This restore method applies to backup sets created with OpenDirect restore enabled only.
IMPORTANT
Before you proceed with the OpenDirect Restore, make sure the following dependencies are fulfilled.
Failure to do so may cause the restore to fail.
Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable (x86) / (x64)
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48145
Update for Universal C Runtime in Windows
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2999226/update-for-universal-c-runtime-in-windows
Microsoft Security Advisory 3033929 (for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2)
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/3033929.aspx
1. Log in to the AhsayOBM application according to the instructions in section Login to AhsayOBM.
2. Click the Restore icon on the AhsayOBM main interface.
3. All the available backup sets for restore will be listed. Select the backup set that you would like
to restore data from.
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4. Select where you would like to restore your data from.
5. Select Open backup data directly without restoration (OpenDirect).
You may select the Read timeout limit by clicking Show advanced option.
This selection defines the duration when the OpenDirect restore session will be disconnected if
there is no response from the mounted compressed or image file.
Default – This setting should be suitable for compressed or image file located on a
local, removable, or network drive. The time out value is15 seconds.
Unlimited – the connection will not be time out when this is selected. This selection is
recommended under the following usage:
Backup destination is a cloud stroage.
AhsayCBS over the Internet.
A large compressed or image file with large incremental delta chain.
Note
If in doubt or unsure about the compressed or image file size or network stability, it is
recommended to use Unlimited.
Click Next to proceed when you are done with the selection.
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6. Select to restore files from a specific backup job, or from all files available, then select the files
or folders that you would like to restore.
7. Select a temporary directory for storing restore files, then click Restore to start the OpenDirect
restore.
8. Click Restore to start the restore. The status will be shown.
9. You will be prompted to select drive letter where you wish the mounted files to be mapped on
your machine, click OK when you have finished selection.
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10. The following screen shows when you perform OpenDirect restore for this backup set on this
machine for the first time only. Make sure you click Yes to confirm mounting the file(s) on this
machine. Clicking No will exit the restore process.
11. The selected drive letter will be mapped and prompted in the Windows Files Explorer with the
files you wish to restore shown.
12. You can now click on the files to view them directly from here, which will be in read-only mode.
If it is a zipped file, you can directly click on it to see all the individual files inside.
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You may also copy individual file(s) you wish to restore toyour local machine.
13. The mounted drive letter cannot be ejected from the Windows File Explorer, it will only be closed
when you exit AhsayOBM.
14. When you have finished restoring the necessary files, you can go back to AhsayOBM and click
Cancel to exit the OpenDirect Restore.
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IMPORTANT
1. As a result of the limitation of the virtual file system library, the mapped drive will only be unmounted
from your machine when you exit AhsayOBM. In other words, each OpenDirect restore session on
AhsayOBM can only mount and unmount once.
2. OpenDirect restore of file backup sets:
Will not show up on the Restore Status tab in Live Activities of the backup service provider
AhsayCBS. Restore Status tab in Live Activities only applies to the restore performed directly
through AhsayOBM.
Will not generate restore reports or report email on backup service provider AhsayCBS.
Will not generate restore log on AhsayOBM.
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11 Contact Ahsay
Technical Assistance
To contact Ahsay support representatives for technical assistance, visit the following website:
https://www.ahsay.com/jsp/en/contact/kbQuestion.jsp
Also use the Ahsay Knowledge Base for resource such as Hardware Compatibility List, Software
Compatibility List, and other product information:
https://forum.ahsay.com
Documentation
Documentations for all Ahsay products are available at:
https://www.ahsay.com/jsp/en/home/index.jsp?pageContentKey=ahsay_downloads_documentation
_guides
You can send us suggestions for improvements or report on issues in the documentation, by
contacting us at:
https://www.ahsay.com/jsp/en/contact/kbQuestion.jsp
The specific document title as well as the change required/suggestion when contacting us.
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Appendix
Uninstall AhsayOBM
Follow the steps below to uninstall AhsayOBM from your Windows.
1. Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features > Uninstall a program, then look for
AhsayOBM and double click on it.
2. The following dialog box will appear only if User Account Control is enabled. Click Continue
when you see the following message.
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3. Click Yes to confirm and proceed with the uninstallation.
4. When you see the following screen:
Choose Yes to keep all user settings and the encryption keys associated with the
users. If you are likely to install AhsayOBM on the same machine in the future again,
the user settings, e.g. login details, backup sets and so forth will remain in
C:\Users\[username]\.obm by default. The screen capture below shows the folders
remain in the machine after uninstallation.
Choose No to delete all user settings and encryption keys with this uninstallation.
Please be reminded that the encryption keys are not retrievable once they have been
deleted unless the encryption keys have been uploaded to AhsayCBS server, and
therefore it will no longer be possible for backup user to recover their encryption key
in case they do not have a separate written record.
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5. If there is a Run Direct restore running at the time of the AhsayOBM uninstallation, the
following screen prompts to alert you the NFS service is in use.
Select No if you do not wish to force uninstall the NFS service. AhsayOBM will be
uninstalled without affecting the NFS service, where the Run Direct restore will not
be interrupted.
Select Yes to force uninstall the NFS service. Both AhsayOBM and NFS service
will be uninstalled from the machine. The VM running Run Direct restore and the
datastore are both unmounted from the VMware server.
6. The following screen prompts when the uninstallation is completed.
7. (Optional) For a complete removal of all AhsayOBM-related files in your machine, please go
to C:\Program Files and manually remove the AhsayOBM folder.