Importing backups that are already located on S3 Storage Devices in NovaBACKUP 19.8.
For importing backup sets that are located on a Generic S3 Storage Services device (this device type was added in 19.8), which could be the case for instance if you lose your backup client machine and have to rebuild things, that can be accomplished by adding a new Generic S3 Storage Services device (your existing device cannot be edited after it is saved the first time for the Domain and Computer Name properties) in NovaBACKUP 19.8 (in case you lose the device itself in the configuration or the computer that had NovaBACKUP installed on it was lost or damaged and need to rebuild your setup and get your indexed backups that are stored on Generic S3 back) please continue reading this guide.
Add a new Generic S3 Storage Services device, this can be done on a brand new install of NovaBACKUP, or it can also be done on a current installation that already has Generic S3 Storage devices in place, if it is the later case when you go to add the new Generic S3 Storage device (read the KB article Add a Generic S3 Storage device) the Device Name will be whatever is next available, and each Generic S3 device that is created starts at 0 and increments from there, no matter what you named the actual device.
In the 'S3 Settings' tab of the Generic S3 Properties dialog which is seen after you click the 'Add' button in the Device tab, and then choose 'Generic S3 Storage Services', all 7 of the field values have to be specified in this dialog. The first item 'Device Name:' will always default to a standard format name, starting with .0 at the end of the name. You can feel free to name this device whatever you want however, so you could name it .0, or .1 at the end, or .import, or even the Generic S3 provider company name, such as "Wasabi" or "Backblaze" without quotes. That is completely up to you and you can have multiple Generic S3 devices. In this case this will be a device that we also fill in the 'Optional Settings', which is the second tab, which we will do in the next step after you are done filling in the 'S3 Settings' first tab values that matched your original Generic S3 device that has the backups stored on it.
You may also want to perform a 'Check credentials' prior to proceeding to the 'Optional Settings' tab which you will do next. Keep in mind however that the 'Check redentials function does not test the 'Bucket Name', 'User Name', and 'Backup Directory' field values, those are up to you to have entered properly as the test function is unable to validate those values.
Now still in the 'Generic S3 Properties' tab you can click on 'Optional Settings' to fill out the Domain and Computer name field values, which is the computer (running NovaBACKUP 19.8 client) that had executed the backups that were stored on your old Generic S3 Storage Services device. If that computer is / was in a WORKGROUP, then leave the Domain field blank.
After the new Generic S3 Storage Services device is added you will be taken back to the Home tab, you can click back on the Device tab to verify how that device looks by editing it there, notice that some of the field values can no longer be edited, such as the Device Name: field value and any field value in the 'Optional Setings' tab area. After you are done with that you can go to the Restore tab to perform the actual import, after selecting the 'S3-compliant Storage' category under the 'Media View' listing, once that category is expanded you should see all of your Generic S3 Storage Services devices in that list, if you only have one, as a fresh install of NovaBACKUP client and after adding one Generic S3 Storage device would have in this example, we then select that device in the list that was just added, by left-clicking on the device, in this case the name correlates to the 'Device Name:' field value, for the device we added in the prior step, and then click on the 'Import...' button at the bottom right of the Restore dialog.
After selecting "Import", the "Select Device" window will open, and you should be able to choose the necessary device from the list of available options. You will notice that the fields at the bottom will be greyed out when importing an S3 Storage Device.
Click "OK", which will immediately begin the media import process. You will be redirected to the "Status" tab, which will show you the progress of the import.
Once the import process is completed successfully, you can navigate back to the "Restore" tab, and expand the "S3-compliant Storage" area. You will now be able to select each media set, and browse the file-structure, to help determine which file(s) you may want to restore.