Restoring Veeam Agent Backup to Hyper-V VM

In the Veeam Backup & Replication console, you can use Instant Recovery to restore a Veeam Agent computer as a Hyper-V VM in your virtualization environment.

A restored Hyper-V VM will have the same settings as the 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.

Considerations and Limitations

If you restore a Veeam Agent computer to a Hyper-V VM, consider the following:

  • You can use backups of Microsoft Windows and Linux computers stored in a Veeam backup repository only. You cannot use backups stored in a Veeam Cloud Connect repository for this operation.
  • To restore to a Hyper-V VM from a backup of a Linux computer, you must consider the Hyper-V limitations. To learn more, see this Microsoft article.
  • [For backups of Microsoft Windows computers] You cannot recover an EFI-based Veeam Agent computer that runs Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 to a Hyper-V VM. These OSes can be restored only to a Generation 1 VM that does not support EFI. To learn more, see this Microsoft article.
  • Make sure that the target host has enough resources for a new VM. Otherwise, your VM will reduce the target host performance.
  • Veeam Agent computer disks are recovered as dynamically expanding virtual disks.
  • By default, Veeam Backup & Replication automatically powers on a VM after restore. If you do not want to power on a VM after restore, you can change this setting during the Instant Recovery configuration process.
  • [For backups of Linux computers] 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 Hyper-V 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 Hyper-V section in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.

Restore Veeam Agent Backup to Hyper-V VM