Panzura Data Services Recovery and Clone

Recovery and Clone enables finding and recovering modified or deleted files and directories from snapshots, and cloning files and directories to different paths.

Recovery and Clone uses Global Search functionality, to locate files that are able to be recovered or cloned.

By default, the Snapshots Only setting is toggled on as shown below. That means searches in Recovery and Clone look for items that have snapshots available, from which to recover. 



To begin the process of restoring or cloning a file, select it from the search results table by marking the check box beside it, located at the left side of the search results table.

When at least one item is check marked, the Actions dropdown menu appears at top right of the search results table on the right side. Select Recover & Clone file and follow the steps below.

  • Step 1: Provide a name for the recovery or cloning task, eg Restore DocOne.docx. This name could be any arbitrary string, as it is used when showing the progress of the task in the Scheduled Tasks page, when it is being processed, and completion of it in the Notifications.

    Specify whether to recover the selected item in its original path or clone it into a different path. If cloning to a different path, enter the new path (including the filer). You may also enter email addresses to be notified when the task is completed


  • Step 2: Check and confirm your task details and click Next Step to initiate the recovery or cloning task.


Progress of the restore operation can be monitored in step 3, as well as on the Scheduled Tasks page.


Specifying the Snapshot to Restore

When snapshots are available for an item in the search results, a snapshot link will be visible in the Snapshots column (the right most column) in the search results table. Clicking this link will display the available snapshots in a popup window. From that window, users can select the snapshot they like, for recovery, and through the same above mentioned three step process.

Search Parameters

Recovery & Clone provides several filters to narrow down search results. These filters are accessible through the left side panel of the Recovery & Clone page, as follows:

  • Search In: specifies the filers in which to search. By default, all filers of all clusters are selected to be included in the search
  • File Age Range: specifies the age range of last modification made to the file or folder. The File Age Range has the following three options, and none of them is selected by default
    • Hot: less than seven days
    • Warm: less than thirty days, but more than seven days
    • Cold: more than thirty days
  • Date Range: specifies the dates between which the last modification was made to the file or folder.  The Date Range is not set by default
  • Document Type: specify whether to search for files, folders or both. File is the default value for this filter
  • Snapshots Only: through which users can direct the search results to only include snapshots. The Snapshots Only filter is set to ON by default, meaning that search results will only include files and folders that have snapshots 
  • Tokenized Search: through which users can accelerate search speed. This setting trades off search speed against precision, and will deliver more search results, with the best matches ranking highest in the resulting list. By default, Tokenized Search is set to ON. 
  • File Size: through which users can filter the search results based on the specified size range for the search targets
  • Advanced Filter: through which users have access to some of the above mentioned filters all at one place in editable test format. Additionally, in the Advanced Filter, users can specify the Page Size and Wildcard for the search results

The filters that have selectable options, have All and Clear options for selecting and deselecting all the filters’ options, and all filters have Apply options, which apply and run the search for the filtered results.

Recovery & Clone: Search Results

For any search conducted through the Recovery & Clone service, the resulting information is presented in a tabular format and includes the following information:

  • Number: the number of the found items for the search, including files, directories and snapshots
  • Name: the names of the found items, i.e. files or directories names
  • File Path: the paths of the found files or directories inside the file system
  • DFS Path: the paths inside the Distributed File System, i.e. Target + File Path
  • Folder: which indicates whether the found items are directories or not
  • Target: which is the filer on which the directories that contain the found items are created
  • Size: the sizes of the found items
  • Last Modified: the timestamp on which the found items are  last modified
  • Created: the timestamp on which the found items are created
  • Snapshots: the available snapshots that contain the found items

Flexible Configuration

  • The search results table can be configured to display or hide columns through the Columns button on top of the results table. That includes all of its columns, except for the Name and Snapshot
  • For any item in the search results, users can access the Actions dropdown menu for auditing the selected item, by choosing the Audit option, which takes users to the File Audit service, and presents the entire audit history of that target
  • The search results can be Exported into downloadable files in CSV or Excel file formats for external use. The exports are scheduled tasks and exported files can be downloaded in the Data Service Scheduled Tasks page
  • When there are more items in the search results than could fit into the search results page, users can display more results by pressing Load More button below the search results table