VM Recovery

VM recovery includes the following methods:

  • Instant Recovery to VMware vSphere — to instantly recover workloads (VMs, EC2 instances, physical servers and so on) directly from compressed and deduplicated backup files as VMware vSphere VMs. When you perform Instant Recovery, Veeam Backup & Replication mounts recovered VM images to a host directly from backups stored on backup repositories.

Instant Recovery helps improve recovery time objectives (RTO), minimize disruption and downtime of production workloads. However, Instant Recovery provides for VMs “temporary spares” with limited I/O performance. To provide the recovered VMs full I/O performance, you must finalize Instant Recovery — migrate the recovered VMs to production environment. If you do not want to migrate the recovered VM, you can stop publishing it. This removes the recovered VM.

Use Instant Recovery for tier 1 VMs with little tolerance for business interruption and downtime. Besides disaster recovery matters, Instant Recovery can also be used for testing purposes.

  • Instant Recovery to Microsoft Hyper-V — to instantly recover workloads directly from compressed and deduplicated backup files as Microsoft Hyper-V VMs. In many respects, this method is similar to Instant Recovery to VMware vSphere.
  • Instant Recovery to Nutanix AHV — to instantly recover workloads directly from compressed and deduplicated backup files as Nutanix AHV VMs. Note that to restore to Nutanix AHV, you must install Nutanix AHV Plug-in on the backup server. For more information, see the Installation section in the Veeam Backup for Nutanix AHV User Guide.
  • Entire VM restore — to recover entire VMs. When you recover VMs, you extract VM images from backups to the production storage. Entire VM restore takes more resources and time to complete than Instant Recovery but recovers VMs with full I/O performance. You also do not need to perform additional steps to finalize the recovery process.

Use entire VM restore for VMs that require full I/O performance as soon as they are recovered and that tolerate some downtime.

  • Staged restore — to run executable scripts for VMs before recovering them to the production environment. Staged restore is a part of entire VM restore.

Use this option when you need to make sure that recovered VMs do not contain any personal or sensitive data.

Page updated 11/17/2023

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