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 recover 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.
- FSR to VMware requires a VDDK to be downloaded from our FSR resources blob storage. You will therefore need to either allow a network connection to this storage address or download the VDDK manually. Read more in Article 1306.
- If you are recovering to vSphere, follow these steps instead..
- See Article 1183 for supported VMware versions.
How to recover to a VMware virtual machine using InstantData
1. You can initiate an InstantData Full System Recovery (FSR) from your Storage Platform Console or from your ESE Agent.
To recover from the Console: Right-click the name of the account that your want to recover and click InstantData > Open.
To recover from the Agent: Click the InstantData icon on the toolbar.
2. Select Full System Recovery. Select and specify any inclusions, then click Download.
3. Enter your encryption key and click Next.
Note: The default behaviour is to restore the data from the Storage Platform. An alternative option is to restore the data from a local data source, e.g. local copy, snapshot or HSM. This is useful if the amount of data to be transferred is too large to transfer over the Internet within a limited time frame, or if no data connection is available, e.g. in a disaster recovery scenario. To do this, select the Local copy / Snapshot / HSM option and specify the path to the local data source.
4. Select the backup you want to recover. Under Target, select Local Virtual Disk Files. Under Disk Type, select the relevant VMDK option. Under Target Folder, specify a location where the new virtual disk should reside. Click Start to begin the recovery.
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 recover the data.
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.
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