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 backup. IFLR does not require you to perform a specific file-level backup. Restore of guest OS files, as well as all other restore options, is available from the same image-level VM 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 so on) with the multi-OS restore wizard
- Universal File-Level Recovery* for any OS or file system through leveraging the Instant VM Recovery technology. To learn about the Instant VM Recovery scenario, see Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.
You can recover VM guest OS files to the latest state or any valid point in time.
In this exercise, you will recover guest OS files and folders from the image-level VM backup and save them to 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.