Search and Retrieve

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Use Search and Retrieve to find and retrieve files from the Information Repository. Recall that SoleraTec's Phoenix VCM allows you to replicate and migrate stored files many times over. With Search and Retrieve, you can specify search criteria to locate stored files regardless of how many times they have been replicated or migrated.

Every file ingested by Target and Process or Target and Process Policies is assigned a unique lookup handle. This lookup handle and other relevant metadata are stored in a database on each Vault that houses the files. Because of this, Search and Retrieve never needs to track the movement of files and requires no information about previous jobs to find files quickly. Files can be located and copied to any computer on the network, even if the given computer did not contain the files originally.

As files are ingested to a Vault, metadata is sent to the database on the Vault. All rights, access control lists, and other security criteria are stored with files. When stored files are migrated or replicated to other Vaults, the metadata is also moved or replicated to the databases on those Vaults.

Whenever files are requested for retrieval, Search and Retrieve queries Vaults for copies of the files. Each Vault quickly scans its database to determine if it has the requested files. When Vaults that contain the requested files respond, Search and Retrieve determines from which Vault it can retrieve the files most quickly (based on the system, media speed, and availability), even if media is offline.

Files with a ".lnk" suffix are links to other files in the Information Repository and cannot be retrieved.

If you are looking for video files that were ingested with Process Video Components enabled, use the Video Content Manager.

Workflow - Search and Retrieve

Search and Retrieve is a simple tool to search for files in storage and then to bring the files out of storage.

1.From your suite of product applications, open the Search and Retrieve application (SrchRtrv.exe). For further explanation of how to start using different operating systems, see Getting Started.
2.Conduct an Information Repository search or a Job History search for files, by selecting the Search button. The search functionality supports Wildcards and special characters. See Wildcards.
3.From the items found from the search, determine which files to retrieve and set any retrieval options.
4.Select the Start button to retrieve the selected files. Opt to watch retrieval progress by selecting the View Retrieval Progress tab.
5.Once retrieval process is done, your files are located at the designated location.

For detailed directions for retrieving multiple files, changing retrieval parameters, or exporting to Rimage, see Export Files.

After file retrieval, if you want to send your files back to a Vault for storage, then you'll have to run a policy using Target and Process.