Restores for Guest Files and Folders with VMware

You can restore guest files and folders from a virtual machine streaming backup or IntelliSnap backup to a virtual machine or destination client.

You can restore files and folders:

  • From a Windows VM backup to a Windows VM or destination client.
  • From a Linux VM backup to a Linux or Windows VM or destination client.

Note: Do not restore Windows backup data to a Linux destination client.

File Restore Methods

Guest files and folders can be restored to a physical client or to a virtual machine (VM) in the following ways:

Note: To restore virtual machine files and folders when the total restore size is larger than 100 GB or has more than 50,000 files, use an agent installed in the destination client or virtual machine. For the fastest recovery time and the least space required for extent caching, use Live File Recovery with an agent in the guest.

General Considerations

  • To recover larger files or in other cases where you cannot restore a file, restore the complete virtual machine or the disk that contains the file.
  • If a backup set contains some subclients configured for regular backup and other subclients configured for IntelliSnap backup, initiate browse and restore operations from each subclient rather than from the backup set.
  • If a virtual machine has a GPT partition, you can use any file restore method to restore files from a streaming backup, IntelliSnap backup, or backup copy.
  • For Windows:
    • Restores of symbolic link files and hard link files are not supported.
    • For files stored on Windows Storage Spaces, you can perform a live browse to view and restore guest files and folders, with the following considerations:
      • The VSA proxy or MediaAgent that is used for the live browse must be running on Windows Server 2012 or later.
      • The MediaAgent that is used for the live browse cannot be part of a clustered environment.
      • You cannot simultaneously browse two cloned VMs that use the same storage space information.
    • You can restore files from NTFS file systems with the following limitations:
      • The formatted cluster size (allocation unit) must be 1024 or greater.
      • You cannot restore any archived (stubbed) files and folders.
      • To restore files that have been dehydrated by Windows deduplication, use live file recovery.

        You must use a MediaAgent that runs Windows Server 2012 R2, or a version of Windows Server that is at or above the version of Windows Server that the guest VM runs. The MediaAgent must have the Virtual Server Agent installed and the Windows deduplication role enabled, and you must specify the MediaAgent as the VSA proxy when you restore the dehydrated files.

Last modified: 11/1/2019 6:23:36 PM