Restoring complete Windows system from backupset on tape

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The syntax for restoring a complete Windows system from a backupset on tape is slightly different than what is normally used.


If the backupset contains both the system state and the system drive (typically C:) filespaces, it is not possible to control in which order the filespaces will be restored. Therefore, the entire backupset should not be restored, but instead it should be restored one filespace at a time.


The majority of the instructions provided in the technote "Modified Instructions for Complete Restores of Windows Systems with the TSM Client: Bare Metal Restore (BMR), System State Restore, Windows System Object Restore" apply when restoring a backupset from tape. The only difference is the syntax of the commands to restore the system drive and the system state file spaces in the Restore steps 2 and 3.

For the system drive filespace (typically c:), the following syntax is used:
“dsmc restore backupset c:\* -backupsetname=\\.\tape0 -loc=tape -su=yes -repl=all”

“dsmc restore backupset %systemdrive%\* -backupsetname=\\.\tape0 -loc=tape -su=yes -repl=all"

For the system state, the following syntax is used:
"dsmc restore backupset systemstate -backupsetname=\\.\tape0 -loc=tape"


  1. Replace \\.\tape0 with the proper tape drive if there is more than one tape drive and the tape is not mounted in \\.\tape0
  2. The "restore systemstate" command does not work with -backupsetname when -loc=tape, but works with "restore backupset systemstate".

Related information

Restoring Data From a Backup Set
"Restore backupset" command
Windows complete restore instructions

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