One of the ways in which you can use InstantData is to recover an entire system to a new VMware vSphere virtual machine. You can do this from your ESE Agent or from the Storage Platform Console. Simply follow the instructions below.
- To recover an entire system, you need to have done at least one Full System Backup (FSB) of your data. 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.
- 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.
- For detailed troubleshooting of FSR to vSphere, see Article 1313.
How to recover to a VMware vSphere virtual machine using InstantData
Note: See Article 1183 for supported VMware versions.
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 VMware vSphere. You will not need to provide a Disk Type or Target Folder. Click Next.
5. Enter the IP address of the vSphere server, along with your vSphere username and password.
Note: Recovery can only be initiated by a user with permission to both create and configure virtual machines.
6. Confirm the server details and click Yes.
7. Specify a name and location for your new virtual machine.
8. Increase or decrease the virtual machine's memory and CPUs as needed. Specify a network and click Start to begin the recovery,