Veeam Backup & Replication allows you to export disks of physical or virtual machines to the VMDK, VHD or VHDX formats.
You can export disks from the following backups:
- Backups of virtual and physical machines created with Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows, Veeam Agent for Linux or Veeam Agent for Mac
- Backups of machines created with Veeam Agent for Oracle Solaris
- Backups of EC2 instances created with Veeam Backup for AWS
- Backups of Azure VMs created with Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure
- Backups of Nutanix AHV virtual machines created with Veeam Backup for Nutanix AHV
- Backups of Google VM instances created by Veeam Backup for Google Cloud Platform
- [Starting from Veeam Backup & Replication 11a (build 184.108.40.2061)] Backups of RHV VMs created with Veeam Backup for RHV
During disk export, Veeam Backup & Replication creates standard virtual disks that can be used by VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V VMs.
When you export 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.
You can export the converted disks to 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 exported as thin provision and thick disks. VHD/VHDX disks are always exported as dynamically expanding.
Veeam Backup & Replication supports batch disk export. For example, if you choose to export 2 instance disks, Veeam Backup & Replication will convert them to 2 virtual disks and store these disks in the specified location.