Creating and Accessing an iSCSI File Restore

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This article describes the process to mount a file restore of an iSCSI share from a Datto NAS.

Procedure

To recover files and folders for a specified date on an iSCSI share, follow these steps. This type of restore will duplicate the iSCSI share. Then, you will be able to attach to another iSCSI share with the same or a new LUN.

Log in to the Web Interface for your Datto NAS, and click on the Restore tab, as shown in Figure 1.


Figure 1 - Datto NAS Web Interface

Choose the iSCSI Share that you want to restore, and choose iSCSI Restore. Then, choose the date you want to restore from, as shown in Figure 2.


Figure 2 - Restore from Snapshot

Click the Start iSCSI Restore button. You will then see the screen as shown in Figure 3.


Figure 3 - Generate Target

Choose to enable CHAP Authentication, if desired. Then, click Generate Target. You will then see the screen shown in Figure 4.


Figure 4 - Mounted Restore Options

On a windows machine on the same local network as the Datto NAS, click on start and search iSCSI Initiator and click on iSCSI Initiator, as shown in Figure 5.


Figure 5 - Windows Search for iSCSI Initiator

In the target section, enter the IP Address of the Datto NAS, and click on Quick Connect, as shown in Figure 6.


Figure 6 - iSCSI Initiator Properties

Choose the restored iSCSI target and click Connect, as shown in Figure 7. The restore target is the one with the epoch time and iscsi at the end (1403301606-iscsi, in the example below).


Figure 7 - Choosing the LUN

After connecting, the drive may show up in Computer. If you do not see it there, open the Windows program Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc). Find the new drive and right click on Offline, as shown in Figure 8. Then, click Online.


Figure 8 - Bring the share online

Disk Management will automatically give the drive a letter.


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