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 ESX(i) host (for VMDK disk format only). VMDK disks can be restored as thin provision and thick 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.
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.
To restore disks and convert them to the VMDK, VHD or VHDX format, use the Export Disk wizard.
- Launch the Export Disk wizard.
- Select a backup.
- Select a restore point.
- Select disks.
- Select the destination and disk format.
- Specify restore reason.
- Complete the restore process.