When the restore process is complete, Veeam Backup & Replication opens the Veeam Backup browser displaying the file system tree of the restored VM.
You can restore files and folders to their original location, new location or access files on FTP.
You can browse to the VM guest OS files and access restored files on the FTP only while the Veeam Backup browser is open. After the Veeam Backup browser is closed, Veeam Backup & Replication will unmount VM disks from the helper appliance, remove the helper appliance and unmount the storage snapshot from the ESXi host (unless this storage snapshot is used by other restore operations).
Restoring Files to Original Location
To restore files and folders to the original location, in the Veeam Backup browser right-click a file or folder and select one of the following commands:
- To overwrite the original file on the VM guest OS with the file restored from the backup, select Restore > Overwrite.
- To save the file restored from the backup next to the original file, select Restore > Keep.
Veeam Backup & Replication will add the .RESTORED-YYYYMMDDHHMMSS suffix to the original file name and store the restored file in the same folder where the original file resides.
To access the target VM guest OS and restore files to the original location, Veeam Backup & Replication uses an account specified in the backup job settings. If this account does not have sufficient rights to access the target VM guest OS, you will be prompted to enter credentials. In the Credentials window, specify a user account to access the destination location (server or shared folder). You can use the account under which you are currently logged on or a different account.
In some cases, you may remove the original VM and restore it from the backup by the time of file-level restore. If you then attempt to restore VM guest OS files to the original location, Veeam Backup & Replication will not be able to find the original VM by its reference ID, and display a warning. Click OK and browse to the target VM in the virtual infrastructure to which you want to restore VM guest OS files.
Saving Files to New Location
To save files and folders to a new location:
- In the Veeam Backup browser, right-click the necessary file or folder and select Copy to.
- In the Select Destination window, select a destination server (local or remote) from the list or provide a path to a shared folder.
- If you are recovering files to a Linux server, you can select the destination server from the list or add the destination server ad-hoc. To add a destination server ad-hoc, scroll down the list of servers and choose Specify a different host at the end of the list. Follow the steps of the wizard to add a Linux server that will be used as the destination server.
The server you add ad-hoc will not appear in the list of managed hosts in Veeam Backup & Replication: its purpose is to host files that you recover. The added server will only remain visible in the Veeam Backup browser until all currently active file-level restore sessions are completed.
- If you are recovering files to a shared folder, specify a path to the destination folder.
- If you want to preserve original permissions and ownership for recovered files, select the Preserve permissions and ownership check box.
- After you click Restore, you may need to specify credentials to access the destination location. If prompted, in the Credentials window specify the user account to access the target server or shared folder. You can use the account under which you are currently logged on or a different account.
If you plan to keep original permissions and ownership settings of restored files and folders, the account you specify must have privileges to change the owner on the target server or in the shared folder.
Accessing Files over FTP
If you have chosen to enable an FTP server on the FLR appliance, the restored file system will also be available over FTP at ftp://<FLR_appliance_IP_address>. Users in the same network can access the FLR appliance and restore files they need on their own.