Veeam Backup & Replication allows you to export disks of Amazon EC2 instances, Microsoft Azure VMs and Mac-managed physical or virtual machines in the VMDK, VHD or VHDX formats.
You can export disks from the following backups:
- Backups of EC2 instances created by Veeam Backup for AWS
- Backups of Azure VMs created with Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure
- Backups of physical or virtual machines created with Veeam Agent for Mac
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.