recently Ive installed the SMSAP on one of our Testsystems. After creating the profile, the snapmanager told me that "storage side file system restore" isnt possible since some files are on the same drive as the database files. OK, I wiped the blocking files, but the system still wants to make a "file based restore", which takes a couple hours. I also made a "verify" of the profile (now without any warnings), but that changed nothing.
Also I cant find the option to protect my backups (the checkbox is always gray).
So, my two questions are: Is "storage side file system restore" and "protecting backups" possible with Windows?
Storage side file system restore is possible with windows in which all the LUNs used by the file system are restored on the storage system. If storage side file system restore can not be performed because of some foreign files or nested LUNs path then only host side file copy restore is done. Can you take a fresh backup and do a restore preview and see what is getting reported..
Also, you don't see the protect option beacuse policy driven data protection by integrating with OnCommand is not supported with Windows. However SMSAP also allows protection through post-backup task processing scripts to Vault or mirror the backups from primary to secondary storage system. SMSAP will automatically run this script after a backup.