Together with full VM restore, Veeam Backup & Replication offers Instant File-Level Restore (IFLR) that lets you recover guest OS files and folders from the VM backup. In contrast to competitive solutions, IFLR does not require a specific file-level backup. Restore of guest OS files, as well as all other restore options, is available from the same image-level backup. Neither should you extract the VM image from the backup prior to restore: VM guest OS files can be recovered on-the-fly, directly from a regular backup or from a VM replica. This makes the restore process extremely fast and does not require you to provision additional storage resources.
Veeam Backup & Replication provides three options for guest OS files recovery:
- Recovery from Windows-based file systems (FAT, NTFS and ReFS)
- Recovery from most commonly used file systems (including Linux, Unix, BSD and soon) with the multi-OS restore wizard
- Universal File-Level Recovery* for any OS or file system through leveraging the Instant VM Recovery technology*
You can recover VM guest OS files to the latest state or any valid point in time.
* To learn about the Instant VM Recovery scenario, see Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.
In this exercise, you will recover guest OS files and folders from the image-level VM backup and save them to the C:\backup\restored folder on the Veeam backup server.
The exercise covers two evaluation scenarios:
- Scenario 1: Recovering guest OS files from the backup of a Windows-based VM
- Scenario 2: Recovering guest OS files from the backup of a Linux-based VM or other non-Windows VM with the help of the multi-OS recovery wizard