The Datastore step of the wizard is available if you have chosen to change the location and settings for the restored VM.
You can place an entire VM to a particular datastore or choose to store configuration files and disk files of the restored VM in different locations.
To specify a destination datastore:
- Select a VM in the list and click Datastore. To apply changes in bulk, select several VMs in the list and click Datastore.
- Point to a datastore where VM files must be stored.
If configuration and disk files of the VM must be placed to different datastores:
- Expand the VM in the list.
- Select the necessary file type and click Datastore.
- Select a datastore where the selected objects must be stored. To facilitate selection, you can use the search field at the bottom of the Select Datastore window: enter a datastore name or a part of it in the search field and click the Start search button on the right or press [ENTER].
By default, Veeam Backup Free Edition preserves the format of restored VM disks. If disks of the original VM are provisioned as thick, Veeam Backup Free Edition will restore the VM from the backup with thick disks. If necessary, you can change the disk format of a restored VM.
- Expand a VM in the list.
- Select the disk and click Disk Type.
- In the Disk Type Settings section, choose the format that will be used to restore virtual disks of the VM: same as source, thin, thick lazy zeroed or thick eager zeroed. For more information about disk types, see https://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-60/topic/com.vmware.vsphere.html.hostclient.doc/GUID-4C0F4D73-82F2-4B81-8AA7-1DD752A8A5AC.html.
Disk format change is supported only for VMs with Virtual Hardware version 7 or later.