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Step 2. Restoring Windows Guest OS File

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When recovering guest OS files from Windows-based VMs, Veeam Backup & Replication does not extract the VM image from the backup. Instead, it mounts the content of a backup file directly to the Veeam Backup server and displays the file tree in the built-in file browser. You can copy the files you need and save them locally or anywhere on the network.

Consider that the VM’s file systems supported by Veeam Backup & Replication file-level recovery capabilities include Microsoft Windows file systems: FAT, NTFS, and ReFS.



Before you perform full VM restore, make sure that VM you plan to recover has been successfully backed up at least once. For that, open the Backup & Replication view, select the Backups node in the inventory pane; expand the backup job and check if there is at least one restore point available for the VM.
Also, make sure that the original VM is not being backed up or replicated at the moment.

1.Open the Backup & Replication view and select the Backups node. In the working area, expand the backup job you have run, right-click the VM to restore and select Restore guest files (Windows).

2.On the Restore Point step of the wizard, choose the restore point for VM to recover and click Next.

3.On the Restore Reason step, enter “File restore”.

4.On the Summary step, review the information about the recovered VM and click Finish.

5.Wait while the VM backup is mounted to Veeam Backup server; Windows file system tree will be displayed in Backup Browser like shown below. Browse to the file you want to restore:


6.Right-click the selected file and choose Copy to; enter c:\backup\restored. You can also select to Preserve permissions and ownership. Click OK.


When the process is complete, browse the specified folder (c:\backup\restored) for the recovered file.

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