Performing File-Level Recovery
In case a disaster strikes, you can recover corrupted or missing files of a VM instance from a cloud-native snapshot or image-level backup. Veeam Backup for GCP allows you to download the necessary files and folders to a local machine using the File Level Recovery for Veeam Backup browser.
You can recover files and folders from the following file systems only:
How File-Level Recovery Works
To recover files and folders of a backed-up VM instance, Veeam Backup for GCP performs the following steps:
- Launches a worker instance in either of the following GCP regions:
- To restore files and folders from a cloud-native snapshot, the worker instance is launched in the region where the source VM instance resides.
- To restore files and folders from an image-level backup, the worker instance is launched in the region where the storage bucket with backed-up data resides.
- Attaches persistent disks of the VM instance to the worker instance.
The disks are not physically extracted from the backup — Veeam Backup for GCP emulates their presence on the worker instance. The source backup itself remains in the read-only state.
- Launches the File Level Recovery for Veeam Backup browser.
The File Level Recovery for Veeam Backup browser displays the file system tree of the backed-up VM instance. In the browser, you select the necessary files and folders to restore.
- Saves the selected files and folders to the local machine.
- Detaches the persistent disks from the worker instance.
- Removes the worker instance from the GCP environment.
How to Perform File-Level Recovery
To recover files and folders of a protected VM instance, do the following:
- Launch the File-Level Recovery wizard.
- Select a restore point.
- Specify a recovery reason.
- Finish working with the wizard — start a recovery session.
- Choose files and folders to recover.
- Stop the recovery session.