You can restore computer disks from volume-level backups and convert them to disks of the VMDK, VHD or VHDX format.
During disks restore, Veeam Backup & Replication creates standard virtual disks that can be used by VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V VMs.
- When you restore a disk in the VMDK format, Veeam Backup & Replication creates a pair of files that make up the VM virtual disk: a descriptor file and file with the virtual disk content.
- When you restore a disk in the VHD/VHDX format, Veeam Backup & Replication creates a file of the VHD or VHDX format.
You can save converted disks locally on any server added to the backup infrastructure or place disks on a datastore connected to an ESXi host (for VMDK disk format only). VMDK disks can be restored as thin provision and thick provision disks:
- Disks restored to a datastore are saved in the thin provisioned format.
- Disks restored to a server are saved in the thick provisioned format.
VHD/VHDX disks are always restored as dynamically expanding.
Veeam Backup & Replication supports batch disk restore. For example, if you choose to restore 2 computer disks, Veeam Backup & Replication will convert them to 2 virtual disks and store these disks in the specified location.
Consider the following:
The procedure of volume-level restore from a standalone Veeam Agent backup does not differ from the same procedure for a backup created with Veeam Agent that operates in the managed mode. To learn more, see the Exporting Disks section in the Veeam Agent Management Guide.