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 the Storage Platform Console. Simply follow the instructions below based on your environment.
- To recover an entire system, you need to have a Full System Backup (FSB) of that data. Full System Recovery (FSR) can only be performed from a backup date on which an FSB completed. To enable FSB, switch on the 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.
- To recover to a VMware virtual machine instead, see Article 1282.
How to recover to a Hyper-V virtual machine using InstantData
1. Right-click the name of the account that your want to recover and click InstantData > Open.
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 your preferred option. Under Target Folder, specify a location where the new virtual disk should reside. Click Start to begin the recovery.
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 recovery 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 recover the data.
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. Enable or disable Dynamic Memory according to your virtual machine creation policy.
10. Under Configure Networking, select the appropriate connection 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 recovery process is complete, double-click the name of your new virtual machine to start it.
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