One of the ways in which you can use InstantData is to recover an entire system to a new virtual machine. You can do this from your ESE Agent or from the Storage Platform Console. Simply follow the instructions below based on your environment. You can also restore to VMware from the command-line.
- To recover an entire system, you need to have done at least one Full System Backup (FSB) of your data. To enable FSB, switching on radio button in your ESE Agent. The button will turn green.
- Full System Recovery (FSR) does have certain limitations that need to be taken into account.
How to do FSR to a virtual machine using InstantData
Watch our how-to video below, or read on for more detailed instructions.
1. You can initiate an InstantData Full System Restore (FSR) from your Storage Platform Console or from your ESE Agent.
To restore from the Console: Right-click the name of the account that your want to restore and click InstantData > Open).
To restore from the Agent: Click the InstantData icon on the toolbar.
2. Select Full System Recovery and click Launch.
3. Enter your encryption key and click Next.
Continue from Step 4 depending on your choice of virtual machine software.
4. Select Hyper-V as the Target and select a disk type. Specify a location where the virtual disk that is created should reside. Click Start to begin the restore.
If you wish to increase or decrease your volumes (e.g. because deduplication is enabled and more space is needed), tick Configure volume settings and click Next.
Adjust the volumes as needed, then click Start.
Note: When the restore is complete, note the boot firmware type specified in the log message, since this will determine the generation of the new virtual machine to be created in Step 8 below (BIOS indicates Generation 1, UEFI indicates Generation 2).
5. Copy the .vhdx file to a location that is accessible from the machine that will host the new virtual machine to which you will restore.
6. On the host machine, open Hyper-V Manager. In the Actions workspace on the right, click New > Virtual Machine.
7. In the dialog box that pops up, under Specify Name and Location, create a name for your new virtual machine.
8. Specify the generation of your virtual machine.
Note: When restoring from a virtual machine to a virtual machine, specify the same generation as the original virtual machine.
9. Under Assign Memory, set an appropriate amount of memory, e.g. 2048MB. Tick the Dynamic Memory box.
10. Under Configure Networking, select Lan from the drop-down menu.
11. Under Connect Virtual Hard Disk, select the second option (Use an existing virtual hard disk) and enter the location to which you copied your .vhdx file in Step 5. If there are multiple VHDX files, choose the file name containing the character "0". Then click Finish.
12. Once the restore process is complete, double-click the name of your new virtual machine to start it.
4. Select VMware as the Target and specify a location where the virtual disk that is created should reside. Tick Configure volume settings and click Next.
5. Increase or decrease your volumes as needed (e.g. because deduplication is enabled, which requires more space) and click Start.
6. When the recovery process is complete, copy the .vmdk files to a location that is accessible from the machine that will host the new virtual machine to which you will restore.
7. On the host machine, open vSphere and navigate to the folder in which you want to create your new virtual machine. Click Create a new virtual machine.
8. Under Edit settings > Select a name and folder, enter a name and select a location for your virtual machine.
9. Under Select a compute resource, choose the host on which the virtual machine will be run.
10. Click Next until you get to Select a guest OS. Choose your appropriate operating system and click Next.
11. Under Customize hardware, configure your settings, then select Existing Hard Disk from the New device drop-down menu at the bottom and click Add.
12. Select the appropriate file from in the Datastores workspace. Click Finish to complete the setup.
13. Right-click on the name of your new virtual machine and choose Power On.
Note: VMware's vSphere Hypervisor is not supported. To see which versions of VMware are supported, see Article 1183.
4. Select VMware Hypervisor as the Target and click Next.
5. Enter your login credentials and click Next.
6. Select the virtual machine's location.
7. Configure the virtual machine and click Start.
8. Once the restore is complete, right-click the name of your new virtual machine in the vSphere client and choose Power On.
Note: From v19.8, you can disable the backup service on the restored machine during any of the above restore processes.
Restoring to VMware with OVF
It's also possible to do a Full System Restore in OVF format with VMDKs. VMware’s vSphere client does not support this disk format, but you can use VMware’s command-line OVF Tool to deploy the OVF package instead (see Article 1166). Simply tick Create OVF descriptor at the beginning of the restore process.
From v19.7, it is possible to do FSR directly to VMware.
Before you begin:
- You will need a login with administrator-level permissions to a vCenter Server based environment.
- All folders, resource pools and networks should exist in advance, and the user will need administrator-level access to these as well.
- An understanding of the required CPU and RAM requirements is recommended as these are not captured by Full System Backup and must be set.
- Note that direct restore to ESXi server is not supported due to VMware API limitations.
Use the following command to restore:
-Target=VMWare(Server:<server name>,Username:<username>,Password:<password>,HostId:<host ID>,FolderId:<folder ID>,DatastoreName:<datastore name>,VmName:<VM name>,ResourcePoolId:<pool ID>,MemoryMb:<number>,CpuCount:<number>,Network:<network name>)
The machine will become visible in VMware, but cannot be powered on before the restore is complete. Note that restore progress is not shown through the vSphere Web Client.
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