Restore a virtual machine from a backed-up VMware server

Information covered

Purpose

Restore VMware data at the machine level.

Description

Reduce recovery time objective (RTO) during a data disaster by restoring your backed-up virtual machines to the same or a different ESXi host or vCenter server. During the restore, you can view progress details in the 'Activities' section.

Restore a virtual machine running on an ESXi host

To restore a VM,

  1. Go to the 'Restore' tab.
  2. Go to 'VMware' > 'ESXi'.
  3. Select 'VM restore'.


     
  4. Select the ESXi host that hosts the required virtual machine.
  5. Select a VM and the required recovery point.
  6. Select 'Same VM' if you wish to restore data to the same VM.
  7. To restore data to another VM, select 'New VM'. In the ‘New VM’ section, select an ESXi host, enter a name for the VM, and select a data store.

    Note: IDrive BMR follows VMware's naming conventions and restrictions for virtual machines. Hence names with the special characters colon, quotation marks, and slash (:, ", \, and /) are not supported.
  8. Click 'Restore' to initiate the restore process.
  9. The progress is displayed in the ‘Activities’ section.
    Note: In some cases, the progress may take some time to appear.

Restore a virtual machine running on a vCenter server

To restore a VM,

  1. Go to the 'Restore' tab.
  2. Go to 'VMware Restore' > 'vCenter'.
  3. Select 'VM restore'.


     
  4. Select the vCenter server that hosts the required virtual machine.
  5. Select an ESXi host.
  6. Select a VM and the required recovery point.
  7. Select 'Same VM' if you wish to restore data to the same VM.
  8. To restore data to another VM, select 'New VM'. In the ‘New VM’ section, select a vCenter server and the required ESXi host for the new VM, enter a name for the VM, and select a data store.

    Note: IDrive BMR follows VMware's naming conventions and restrictions for virtual machines. Hence names with the special characters colon, quotation marks, and slash (:, ", \, and /) are not supported.
  9. Click 'Restore' to initiate the restore process.
  10. The progress is displayed in the ‘Activities’ section.
    Note: In some cases, the progress may take some time to appear.

Other means of recovering VMware machine data

  • Virtualization - Virtualize your backed up VMware virtual machine during a data disaster to bring down the recovery time objective (RTO) to the minimum. This is the quickest option to get immediate access to your entire system without any downtime at work.
  • File restore - Restore individual files/folders from the backed-up virtual machine.