Restore data from our backups

You have read-only access to our backups if you want to restore files from your home or a groupshare. The folder structure is explained in the backup overview. Please refer to BackupPC if you want to restore from optional backups of laptops and Lab PCs.


  • Open Start menu
  • Type \\


  • Select the Finder
  • Click in the menu Go the point Connect to server
  • Type in smb:// and click Connect
  • In the following dialog, enter your username and password
  • You'll get your backup directory mounted and shown on your desktop



On Linux, you may access an SMB server with several interfaces:

  • smbclient //<username> --max-protocol SMB3 -U USERNAME -W AD gives you a ftp-like interface to your home
  • smbclient // --max-protocol SMB3 -U USERNAME -W AD gives you a ftp-like interface for the groupshares
  • Konqueror, Midnight commander and others are able to connect directly to smb://
  • With the command smbmount, you may mount the fileserver on your local workstation

NOTE that in some cases you have to use uppercase AD for the domain if you get a permission denied error


On our managed workstations, the backups are under

  • /backup/users/$USERNAME for user data (home, mail)
  • /backup/groupdata/ for group shares
  • /backup/workstation/ for /export/data* directories

These are automounted directories so you need to access them explicitly to get mounted.

$ cd /backup/users/$USERNAME
$ ls
home  imap
$ cd /backup/groupdata
$ ls
dphys   dphys_astro    dphys_ipa    dphys_ipp   igp    web
$ cd dphys
$ ls
group1  group2  group3