You can use IFLR (Instant File-Level Restore) to recover individual VM guest OS files and folders from VM backups and replicas. IFLR does not require you to extract the VM image to a staging location or start the VM prior to restore. You can restore files and folders directly from a regular image-level backup or replica to the necessary point in time.
IFLR works with any VM guest OS file system. Veeam Backup & Replication offers different tools and methods for different file systems:
- Restore from FAT, NTFS or ReFS: for file-level restore from Microsoft Windows VMs with NTFS, FAT and ReFS file systems, you can use the File-Level Restore wizard.
- Restore from Linux, Unix and Other File Systems: for file-level restore from Linux, Solaris, BSD, Novell Storage Services, Unix, Mac and other file systems, you can use the multi-OS File-Level Restore wizard.
Note that multi-OS file-level restore supports recovery of files and folders only. Recovery of other file system objects such as pipes is not supported.
- Restore from Other File Systems: for file-level restore from file systems not supported by file-level restore wizards, you can leverage the Instant VM Recovery functionality.