Veeam Backup for AWS 1.0
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Volume-Level Restore

In case of a disaster, you can restore corrupted EC2 instance volumes from a cloud-native snapshot or image-level backup. You can restore volumes to the original location or new location. When restoring to a new location, you can specify an AWS region, Availability Zone and other settings for restored volumes.

Veeam Backup for AWS does not attach restored volumes to EC2 instances — restored volumes are placed as standalone EBS volumes to the specified location.

How Volume-Level Restore Works

To restore EC2 instance volumes from cloud-native snapshots, Veeam Backup for AWS uses native AWS capabilities.

To restore EC2 instance volumes from image-level backups, Veeam Backup for AWS completes the following steps:

  1. Launches a worker instance in the AWS region where the restored volumes will reside.
  2. Creates empty EBS volumes and attaches them to the worker instance.

The number of empty EBS volumes equals the number of volumes you selected to restore.

  1. Restores backed-up data to the empty EBS volumes on the worker instance.
  2. Detaches EBS volumes from the worker instance and transfers them to the target location:
  • [For restore to the original location] Veeam Backup for AWS places the restored volumes as standalone EBS volumes to the original AWS region and Availability Zone.
  • [For restore to a new location] Veeam Backup for AWS places the restored volumes as standalone EBS volumes to a specified AWS region.
  1. After the restore process is complete, Veeam Backup for AWS removes the worker instance from Amazon EC2.
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