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 the Storage Platform Console. Simply follow the instructions below.
- 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.
- 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. 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 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,