Restore Azure file shares

This article explains how to use the Azure portal to restore an entire file share or specific files from a restore point created by Azure Backup.

In this article, you'll learn how to:

  • Restore a full Azure file share.
  • Restore individual files or folders.
  • Track the restore operation status.

Steps to perform a restore operation

To perform a restore operation, follow these steps.

Select the file share to restore

  1. In the Azure portal, open the Recovery Services vault you used to configure backup for the file share.

  2. In the overview pane, select Backup items under the Protected items section.

    Select Backup items

  3. After you select Backup items, a new pane that lists all backup management types opens next to the overview pane.

    Backup management types

  4. In the Backup Items pane, under Backup Management Type, select Azure Storage (Azure Files). You'll see a list of all the file shares and their corresponding storage accounts backed up by using this vault.

    List of all file shares

  5. From the list of Azure file shares, select the file share for which you want to perform the restore operation.

Full share recovery

You can use this restore option to restore the complete file share in the original location or an alternate location.

  1. Select the Restore Share option in the Backup Item pane that appears after you selected the file share to restore in step 5 of the Select the file share to restore section.

    Select Restore Share

  2. After you select Restore Share, the Restore pane opens. To select the restore point you want to use for performing the restore operation, click the Select link text below the Restore Point text box.

    Select restore point by clicking Select

  3. The Select Restore Point context pane opens on the right, listing the restore points available for the selected file share. Select the restore point you want to use to perform the restore operation, and select OK.

    Select restore point

    Note

    By default, the Select Restore Point pane lists restore points from the last 30 days. If you want to look at the restore points created during a specific duration, please specify the range by selecting the appropriate Start Time and End Time and click the Refresh button.

  4. The next step is to choose the Restore Location. In the Recovery Destination section, specify where or how to restore the data. Select one of the following two options by using the toggle button:

    • Original Location: Restore the complete file share to the same location as the original source.
    • Alternate Location: Restore the complete file share to an alternate location and keep the original file share as is.

Restore to the original location

  1. Select Original Location as the Recovery Destination, and select whether to skip or overwrite if there are conflicts, by choosing the appropriate option from the In case of Conflicts drop-down list.

  2. Select Restore to start the restore operation.

    Select Restore to start

Restore to an alternate location

  1. Select Alternate Location as the Recovery Destination.

  2. Select the destination storage account where you want to restore the backed-up content from the Storage Account drop-down list.

  3. The Select File Share drop-down list displays the file shares present in the storage account you selected in step 2. Select the file share where you want to restore the backed-up contents.

  4. In the Folder Name box, specify a folder name you want to create in the destination file share with the restored contents.

  5. Select whether to skip or overwrite if there are conflicts.

  6. After you enter the appropriate values in all boxes, select Restore to start the restore operation.

    Select Alternate Location

Item-level recovery

You can use this restore option to restore individual files or folders in the original location or an alternate location.

  1. Select the File Recovery option in the Backup Item pane that appears after you selected the file share to restore in step 5 of the Select the file share to restore section.

    Select File Recovery

  2. After you select File Recovery, the Restore pane opens. To select the restore point you want to use for performing the restore operation, click the Select link text below the Restore Point text box.

    Select restore point by clicking Select

  3. The Select Restore Point context pane opens on the right, listing the restore points available for the selected file share. Select the restore point you want to use to perform the restore operation, and select OK.

    Select restore point

  4. The next step is to choose the Restore Location. In the Recovery Destination section, specify where or how to restore the data. Select one of the following two options by using the toggle button:

    • Original Location: Restore selected files or folders to the same file share as the original source.
    • Alternate Location: Restore selected files or folders to an alternate location and keep the original file share contents as is.

Restore to the original location

  1. Select Original Location as the Recovery Destination, and select whether to skip or overwrite if there are conflicts by choosing the appropriate option from the In case of conflicts drop-down list.

    Original Location for item-level recovery

  2. To select the files or folders you want to restore, click the Add File button. This will open a context pane on the right, displaying the contents of the file share recovery point you selected for restore.

    Choose Add File

  3. Select the check box that corresponds to the file or folder you want to restore, and choose Select.

    Select file or folder

  4. Repeat steps 2 through 4 to select multiple files or folders for restore.

  5. After you select all the items you want to restore, select Restore to start the restore operation.

    Select Restore to start

Restore to an alternate location

  1. Select Alternate Location as the Recovery Destination.

  2. Select the destination storage account where you want to restore the backed-up content from the Storage Account drop-down list.

  3. The Select File Share drop-down list displays the file shares present in the storage account you selected in step 2. Select the file share where you want to restore the backed-up contents.

  4. In the Folder Name box, specify a folder name you want to create in the destination file share with the restored contents.

  5. Select whether to skip or overwrite if there are conflicts.

  6. To select the files or folders you want to restore, click the Add File button. This will open a context pane on the right displaying the contents of the file share recovery point you selected for restore.

    Select items to restore to alternate location

  7. Select the check box that corresponds to the file or folder you want to restore, and choose Select.

    Select recovery destination

  8. Repeat steps 6 through 8 to select multiple files or folders for restore.

  9. After you select all the items you want to restore, select Restore to start the restore operation.

    Select OK after selecting all files

Track a restore operation

After you trigger the restore operation, the backup service creates a job for tracking. Azure Backup displays notifications about the job in the portal. To view operations for the job, select the notifications hyperlink.

Select notifications hyperlink

You can also monitor restore progress from the Recovery Services vault:

  1. Open the Recovery Services vault from where you triggered the restore operation.

  2. In the overview pane, select Backup Jobs under the Monitoring section to see the status of operations running against different workloads.

    Select Backup Jobs

  3. Select the workload name that corresponds to your file share to view more details about the restore operation, like Data Transferred and Number of Restored Files.

    See restored details

Next steps