Exporting Disks

You can restore machine disks from Veeam Agent backups and convert them to virtual disks of the VMDK, VHD or VHDX format.

During disks restore, Veeam Agent for Oracle Solaris 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 Agent for Oracle Solaris 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 Agent for Oracle Solaris 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 format.

VHD/VHDX disks are always restored as dynamically expanding.

You can use exported virtual disks with a VM whose OS supports the ext4 file system. For example, you can attach a virtual disk to a VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V VM that runs a Linux OS.

To restore disks, use the Export Disk wizard.

  1. Launch the Export Disk wizard.
  2. Select a restore point.
  3. Select disks.
  4. Select the destination and disk format.
  5. Specify restore reason.
  6. Complete the restore process.