SullivanStrickler employs both “native” and “non-native” approaches to restore any level of data from backed up media.
After reviewing the target data requirement or when it is necessitated, we will implement either approach, but our strong preference and normal methods are non-native.
We’ve built a single application that handles many different formats and offers many different levels of interrogation and reporting. We call the application TRACS (Tape Restoration and Cataloging System). We use TRACS on Windows server level OS, and with the correct interface configuration we can read most any backup media with it, but that’s just the start.
Some of the many capabilities of interrogation of backed up media include:
Header scanning where just the header information is extracted.
Backup session level investigation where we extract the ID’s of servers employed in making the backup, policies, backup session types and how the sessions have been fragmented across multiple tapes in a set.
File listings, where we extract all available file level metadata from each and every file residing on a backup session or tape.
Exchange restores, where complete. EDBs only are extracted, or where we extract mailbox level detail directly from the EDB residing on the tape without a restoration being necessary.
Full content restoration, where all files residing on the tape or tape sets are restored.
There is a post processing engine in TRACS where we can unpack and process embedded in container files such as ZIP, EDB, EMX (EMC SourceOne) and others.
We can target files for restoration through a range of different identifiers and filters.