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Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5
User Guide for VMware vSphere

File-Level Restore Scenarios

You can use different scenarios for file-level restore:

In different restore scenarios, Veeam Backup & Replication uses different servers as mount points.

Restoring Files from Backups

When you restore files from backups that reside on the backup repository, Veeam Backup & Replication uses the following mount points:

  1. Veeam Backup & Replication mounts disks of the VM from the backup file to the machine where the restore process is launched. This can be the backup server or machine on which the Veeam Backup & Replication console is installed. This mount point allows you to browse the VM file system.
  2. If you restore files to the original location, Veeam Backup & Replication creates an additional mount point on the mount server associated with the backup repository on which the backup file resides. The second mount lets you keep the VM traffic in one site and reduce load on the network.

File-Level Restore Scenarios 

If you restore files to a new location (perform the Copy to operation), Veeam Backup & Replication does not create the second mount point. It simply copies files to the destination from the backup server or Veeam Backup & Replication console machine.

File-Level Restore Scenarios Note:

Backup files on HPE StoreOnce are locked exclusively by a restore task. For this reason, Veeam Backup & Replication uses only one mount point on the backup server or Veeam Backup & Replication console machine for backups on HPE StoreOnce.

Restoring Files from Replicas

When you restore files from a VM replica, Veeam Backup & Replication uses the following mount points:

  1. Veeam Backup & Replication mounts disks of the VM replica to the machine where the restore process is launched. This can be the backup server or machine on which the Veeam Backup & Replication console is installed. This mount point allows you to browse the VM file system.
  2. If you start the restore process from the Veeam Backup & Replication console and restore files to the original location, Veeam Backup & Replication creates an additional mount point on the backup server.

File-Level Restore Scenarios 

If you start the restore process on the backup server or restore files to a new location (perform the Copy to operation), Veeam Backup & Replication does not create the second mount point. It simply copies files to the destination from the backup server or Veeam Backup & Replication console machine.

Restoring Files from Storage Snapshots

When you restore files from storage snapshots, Veeam Backup & Replication uses one mount point on the backup server or Veeam Backup & Replication console machine.

File-Level Restore Scenarios 

Restoring Files for Veeam Explorers

Veeam Backup & Replication can perform file-level restore as a preparatory step for application items restore. However, the database files may be huge and require a lot of network resources. For this reason, if you restore application items from Microsoft SQL and Oracle VMs, Veeam Backup & Replication can mount the content of the backup file directly to the original VM.

For restore from backups of Microsoft SQL Server VMs or Oracle VMs, Veeam Backup & Replication creates an additional mount point on the original VM. In some cases, Veeam Backup & Replication may create an additional mount point on a staging Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle server. This may be required if Veeam Backup & Replication does not have information about databases (for example, if you initiate restore from storage snapshots) or you restore Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle databases or Microsoft SQL Server database schema objects and table data up to a specific transaction.

File-Level Restore Scenarios 

Restoring Files from Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager

When you restore files from the backup file that was created without VM guest OS file indexing, Veeam Backup & Replication uses the following mount points:

  1. Veeam Backup & Replication mounts disks of the VM from the backup file to the backup server.
  2. If you restore files to the original location, Veeam Backup & Replication creates an additional mount point on the mount server associated with the backup repository on which the backup file resides. The second mount lets you keep the VM traffic in one site and reduce load on the network.

File-Level Restore Scenarios 

If you select to download files, Veeam Backup & Replication does not create the second mount point. It simply copies files to the destination from the backup server.

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