Disk Export

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    Veeam Backup & Replication allows you to export disks, that is, restore disks from backups of physical or virtual machines and convert them to the VMDK, VHD or VHDX formats.

    During disk export, Veeam Backup & Replication creates the following files 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.
    • When you export a disk in the VHD/VHDX format, Veeam Backup & Replication creates a file of the VHD or VHDX format.

    You can save the exported 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 disks, Veeam Backup & Replication will convert them to 2 virtual disks and store these disks in the specified location.

    Supported Backup Types

    You can restore disks from the following backups:

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