Data Recovery

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    Veeam Backup & Replication offers a number of recovery options for various disaster recovery scenarios:

    Data RecoveryVM restore

    Instant Recovery helps improve recovery time objectives (RTO), minimize disruption and downtime of production workloads. However, Instant Recovery provides for VMs “temporary spares” with limited I/O performance. To provide the recovered VMs full I/O performance, you must finalize Instant Recovery — migrate the restored VMs to production environment. If you do not want to publish the recovered VM, you can recover the VM by stopping publishing it.

    Use Instant Recovery for for tier 1 VMs with little tolerance for business interruption and downtime. Besides disaster recovery matters, Instant VM Recovery can also be used for testing purposes. For more information on Instant Recovery, see Instant Recovery.

    • Entire VM restore allows you to recover entire VMs. When you recover VMs, you extract VM images from backups to the production storage. Entire VM restore takes more resources and time to complete than Instant Recovery but recovers VMs with full I/O performance. You also do not need to perform additional steps to finalize the recovery process.

    Use entire VM restore for VMs that require full I/O performance as soon as they are recovered and that tolerate some downtime. For more information on entire VM restore, see Entire VM restore.

    • Staged restore is a part of entire VM restore. It allows you to run executable scripts for VMs before recovering them to the production environment.

    Use this option when you need to make sure that recovered VMs do not contain any personal or sensitive data. For more information on staged restore, see Staged restore.

    • Restore to Microsoft Azure allows you to restore workloads of different data protection environments as Microsoft Azure VMs. For more information, see Restore to Microsoft Azure.
    • Restore to Amazon EC2 allows you to restore workloads of different data protection environments as EC2 instances. For more information, see Restore to Amazon EC2.
    • Restore to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) allows you to restore workloads of different data protection environments as Google VM instances. For more information, see Restore to Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
    • Secure restore allows you to scan machine data with antivirus software before restoring the machine to the production environment. Secure restore is a part of other data recovery scenarios and is presented as a separate step of recovery wizards. For more information on the list of supported data recovery scenarios, see Secure Restore.

    Data RecoveryDisk restore

    • Disk export allows you to convert disks of different workloads (EC2 instances, Microsoft Azure VMs and so on) in the VMDK, VHD or VHDX formats. Then you can export these disks to the backup infrastructure or place them on a datastore connected to an ESXi host (for VMDK disk format only). For more information on disk export, see Disk Export.

    Data RecoveryOther types of restore

    • VM files restore is an alternative to entire VM restore since it allows to restore VM files (.XML, .VMCX and so on) without restoring the entire VM. For more information, see VM Files Restore.
    • Guest OS file recovery allows you to recover individual guest OS files from Windows, Linux, Mac and other guest OS file systems. You can restore files and folders directly from a regular image-level backup or replica. For more information on guest OS file recovery, see Guest OS File Recovery.
    • Application items restore allows you to restore items from different applications such as Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft SQL Server and so on. Application items are recovered directly from VM backups and replicas. To recover application items, Veeam Backup & Replication uses the capabilities of Veeam Backup Explorers. For more information, see Application Items Restore.


    Veeam Backup & Replication provides backward compatibility: backups created with previous product versions can be restored with later product versions.

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