VM Restore to VMware

Managed Backup supports restore of virtual machines to the ESXi server as a part of the VMware vSphere product.

Virtual machine restore to ESXi server is performed on the Backup Agent side. This means you must configure the restore plan using Backup Agent. VM restore plan configuration in Management Console is coming soon

This chapter covers the following topics:

Create Restore Plan

To create a new restore plan, click the Restore icon in the horizontal menu bar.

Learn Restore Wizard steps:

Select Backup Storage

Select a storage account that contains the dataset to restore.

Click Next.

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Plan Name

Select whether to run the restore plan once or save the restore configuration for further use.

Click Next.

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Type Of Data

This step displays all possible restore types that are available for backups currently stored in backup storage. Select VMware Virtual Machine.

Click Next.

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Select Backup To Restore

Select the backup from the list of available. They are named after backup plans previously created and executed.

Click Next.

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Select Computer To Restore (optional)

If the bucket (container) on backuop storage contains backups from several computers, select the computer to restore.

Click Next.

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Restore Point

Select the required restore point for the plan. You can select the latest available restore or select the required one manually from the list.

Click Next.

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Restore Source

Select virtual machines to restore from the list.

If you select multiple VMs, only restore to vSphere is available. To restore to other destinations (AWS EC2, for example), create separate restore plans for separate VMs

Click Next.

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Restore Type

Select the restore destination from the list of available. To restore virtual machines to the vSphere, select Restore to VMWare vSphere.

Click Next.

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Select VMware Host Server

Provide credentials to the target VMware server and select the target host. The host selection is available after you specify the correct credentials to the target VMware server.

Click Next.

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Restore Options

Select the target datastore to put the restored VMs from the list of available, then configure the restore options.

The following restore options are available:

  • Configure the action for running virtual machines. You can power the VMs off and then restore or skip the restore if a virtual machine is up and running
  • To run the restored virtual machines after the restore plan completes, select the Power on virtual machines after successful restore check box

Click Next.

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Restore Virtual Machines As

Specify the names for the restored VMs if required.

To overwrite the existing virtual machines on the target datastore, select the appropriate check box.

Click Next.

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Schedule

Specify the restore plan schedule settings if required.

The following options are available:

  • If you intend to run the restore plan manually, select the No schedule option
  • If you intend the restore plan to run on a particular date and time, select the Specific date option, then specify the required date and time
  • If you intend the restore plan to run on a constant periodic basis, select the Recurring option, then customize the schedule
  • Select the Synchronize repository before restore check box to run the repository synchronization before restore. Be aware that in some cases with huge data amounts the sync procedure can take up to several hours
  • To stop the restore plan in case it continues suspiciously long, select Stop the plan if it runs for check box, then specify the maximum plan duration
  • To run the restore plan as the powered-off computer (where this restore plan is created) is on in case the restore plan run was missed by schedule, select the Run missed scheduled plan immediately when computer starts up check box

Click Next.

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Pre / Post Actions (optional)

Note that this step may be disabled for security reasons in the Global Agent options. If you do not have enough permissions, contact your administrator

Customize actions to be taken before and/or after the restore plan execution.

Custom Scripts

You can execute custom scripts before or after running the restore plan.

  • To specify the script execution before the restore plan, select the Pre-restore action check box, then specify the path to the script in the field below. To open a standard Windows dialog box, click the ... button
  • Select the pre-restore script execution options:
    • Do not run the backup plan if the pre-restore action fails. Select this option to cancel the restore plan in case the specified script fails
    • Run the restore plan if the pre-restore action fails. Select this option to run the restore plan regardless of the specified script execution results
  • To specify the script execution after the restore plan terminates, select the Post-restore action check box, then specify the path to the script in the field below. To open a standard Windows dialog box, click the ... button
  • Select the post-backup script execution options:
    • Execute post-restore action only if restore plan completes successfully. Select this option to execute the post-restore script only in case of a restore plan success
    • Execute post-restore action regardless of the restore plan result. Select this option to execute the post-restore script in any case

Note that an absolute path to a script is required, i.e. if you specify the path to a script, it should be as follows:

c:\scripts\prebackup-script.bat

In case the absolute path to a script file is not specified, the default directory for script is "C:\Windows\System32"

The following script formats are supported: EXE, COM, BAT, CMD, or PIF

Mind that Backup for Windows supports EXE files have several restrictions: EXE files must not use GUI and must close automatically upon termination.

For example, the following script will not succeed:

cmd.exe /F:ON

In this case, this command must be used with the /C parameter, as shown below:

cmd.exe /F:ON /C

The same restriction applies to applications executed by PowerShell scripts:

PowerShell.exe Start-Process cmd.exe exit

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Edit Restore Plan

To edit the restore plan, proceed as follows:

  1. Switch to the Restore Plans tab.
  2. Open the plan to edit, expand it, then click Edit.
  3. Follow the restore wizard steps to save the backup plan configuration.

Delete Restore Plan

To delete the restore plan, proceed as follows:

  1. Switch to the Restore Plans tab.
  2. Open the plan to delete, expand it, then click Delete.
  3. Click Yes to confirm the plan deletion.

Item-level Restore

Note that Item-level restore is only available for guest OS with the NTFS file system support

You can restore only selected items of backed up virtual machines as files using Backup Agent for Windows.

To do this, proceed as follows:

  1. Open the Backup Agent for Windows.
  2. In the Backup Storage tab, select the required virtual machine, then expand its contents.
  3. Select Restore Data.
  4. Select the required objects, right-click and select Restore Data.
  5. Specify the restore location.
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