Restoring Veeam Agent Backup to vSphere VM
In the Veeam Backup & Replication console, you can use Instant Recovery to restore a Veeam Agent computer as a VMware vSphere VM in your virtualization environment.
A restored VMware vSphere VM will have the same settings as the backed-up Veeam Agent computer. During the restore process, Veeam Backup & Replication retrieves the settings of the Veeam Agent computer from the backup and applies them to the target VM. These settings include:
- Amount of RAM.
- Number of CPU cores.
- Number of network adapters.
- Network adapter settings.
- BIOS UUID.
If you do not want to preserve the backed-up machine UUID for a VMware vSphere VM, you can create a new UUID during the Instant Recovery configuration process.
- Number of disks and volumes.
- Size of volumes.
Considerations and Limitations
If you restore a Veeam Agent computer to a VMware vSphere VM, consider the following:
- You can use backups of Linux computers stored in a Veeam backup repository only. You cannot perform this operation with Veeam Agent backups stored in a Veeam Cloud Connect repository.
- Make sure that the target host has enough resources for a new VM. Otherwise, your VM will reduce the target host performance.
- If you restore a workload to the production network, make sure that the original workload is powered off.
- If the disk you want to restore contains an LVM volume group, consider the following:
- Since LVM volume group is a logical entity that spans across the physical disks, Veeam Agent treats the original disk and the LVM volume group as separate entities. Therefore, Veeam Agent will restore the original disk and the LVM volume group as 2 separate disks. This way, all data, including the data within the LVM volume group, is accurately restored.
- Restoring the original disk and the LVM volume groups as 2 separate disks requires an increased amount of storage space. For example, you restore a machine with 2 disks, and a separate LVM volume group is configured on each of these disks. In this case, Veeam Agent will restore 4 disks. The restored disks will consume the storage space equal to the size of the 2 original disks and the 2 LVM volume groups from these disks.
Restore to vSphere VM
The procedure of Instant Recovery for a Veeam Agent computer practically does not differ from the same procedure for a VM. The main difference from Instant Recovery is that you do not need to select the recovery mode, because Veeam Agent computers are always restored to a new location. To learn more, see the Performing Instant Recovery of Workloads to VMware vSphere section in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.