VM Guest OS Files Restore

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    You can use Veeam Backup & Replication to recover individual VM guest OS files and folders from VM backups created by the Veeam Backup for RHV. VM guest OS file (or file-level) restore does not require you to extract the VM image to a staging location or start the VM prior to restore. You can restore files and folders directly from a regular image-level backup to the necessary point in time.


    Mind the following:

    • You can also use Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager to file-level restore guest OS files of RHV VMs. For more information, see the Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager User Guide, section Restoring Guest OS Files.
    • VM guest OS file indexing is not supported for RHV VM backups.

    You can perform guest OS files restore for any VM guest OS file system. Veeam Backup & Replication offers different tools and methods for different file systems.

    For guest OS files restore from FAT, NTFS, ReFS file systems, Veeam Backup & Replication deploys a small temporary VM (helper appliance) on an ESXI host. The helper appliance is a helper VM running a stripped down Linux kernel that has a minimal set of components. The appliance is around 50 MB. It requires 1024 MB RAM and takes around 10 seconds to boot. To learn how to configure a helper appliance, see the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide, section Performing Instant Recovery to VMware vSphere.

    File-Level Restore from Backups

    You can use Veeam Backup & Replication to restore from Linux, Unix and other file systems. During restore from a backup, Veeam Backup & Replication mounts disks of the VM from the backup to a helper appliance (for Linux and other OSes), and launches the Veeam Backup Browser with the VM file system on the backup server.

    How to Restore VM Guest OS Files

    To restore VM guest OS files, do the following:

    1. In the Veeam Backup & Replication console, open the Home view.
    2. In the inventory pane, under Backups select Disk to restore from a backup.
    3. In the working area, select the required VM in the backup and click Guest Files (Others) on the ribbon.

    You can also right-click the VM and select Restore guest files > Linux and other.

    1. Follow the steps of the File Level Restore wizard. For further instructions, see one of the following section from the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide:

    VM Guest OS Files Restore