If a production VM has failed, you can restore it from the backup with full VM recovery. You can restore a single VM or a multiple VMs at once, both to the original location or to a new location. VM(s) can be recovered to the latest state or any valid point in time.
When Veeam Backup & Replication creates a backup of a VM, it additionally stores information about the initial VM location to the backup file. As all initial VM settings are available, restore of a VM to the original location is extremely fast: you can do it basically in one click. Restore to the original location mitigates the risk of operator's errors: you do not have to provide any VM data during the restore process, so the chance to specify wrong settings is minimal.
- You can restore a VM from any backup that has been successfully run at least once. Open the Home view, select the Backups node in the inventory pane. Then expand the backup job and verify that there is at least one restore point available for the VM.
- VMs with Virtual Hardware version 8 are supported only by ESX(i) 5.x or later.
When you restore a VM to the original location, Veeam Backup & Replication automatically deletes the initial VM. For safety's sake, make sure that you use a non-production VM for this exercise.
To restore a full VM to its original location, perform the following steps:
- Open the Home view.
- In the inventory pane, select the Backups > Disk node. Expand the backup job in the working area, right-click the necessary VM in the corresponding backup job and select Restore entire VM.
- At the Virtual Machines step of the wizard, select the VM in the list, click Point on the right and choose the necessary restore point. If you select an incremental restore point, Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically restore data blocks from the full backup file and the chain of incremental backup files.
- At the Restore mode step of the wizard, select Restore to the original location.
- Click the Pick proxy to use link and make sure that Automatic selection is specified there. Veeam Backup & Replication will check settings of available proxies and select the most appropriate one for the job — the backup proxy that will enable the most efficient data transport to the source datastore. Veeam Backup & Replication first attempts to choose a backup proxy that uses the Direct storage access mode, then the backup proxy that uses the Virtual appliance mode. If such proxies are not available, Veeam Backup & Replication selects the least loaded backup proxy that uses the Network mode.
- Select Quick rollback. Veeam Backup & Replication will perform incremental VM restore — retrieve from the backup file only those data blocks that have changes since the selected restore point was created and write these data blocks to the source datastore. This option lets you significantly speed up the restore process.
- At the Reason step of the wizard, specify the reason for restoring the VM.
- At the last step of the wizard, select the Power on VM after restoring check box. Then click Finish.
Open the vSphere Client and make sure that the restored VM is running on the original host.