Restoring Veeam Agent Backup to VMware vSphere VM
You can use the Veeam Backup & Replication console to restore a Veeam Agent computer as a VMware vSphere VM in your virtualization environment. For Instant Recovery to a VMware vSphere VM, you can use Veeam Agent backups created on the Veeam backup repository. You cannot perform this operation with Veeam Agent backups created on the Veeam Cloud Connect repository.
A restored VMware vSphere VM has the same settings as a backed-up Veeam Agent computer. During the restore process, Veeam Backup & Replication retrieves 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
If you restore a Veeam Agent computer to a VMware vSphere VM, consider the following:
- Make sure that the target host has enough resources for a new VM. Otherwise, your VM will reduce the target host performance.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, Veeam Agent will restore the original disk and the LVM volume group as 2 separate disks. Among other things, this leads to the increase of the required 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 storage space equal to the size of 2 original disks and 2 LVM volume groups from these disks.
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 VMs section in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.