Performing a Live Mount for Hyper-V

Perform a live mount to run a virtual machine directly from a stored backup.

If you initiate a live mount operation from the properties page for a VM, you can select a specific recovery point. For more information, see Viewing Virtual Machine Information.

Before You Begin

  • Create a recovery target. For more information, see Create a Recovery Target.

  • Run a backup of the VMs that you want to live mount.

  • Verify that the VM owner or the user group that the VM owner is associated with meet the following criteria:

    • Has a role that includes the Browse and Live Browse permissions

    • Is associated with the recovery targets for live mounts.

  • If a passkey is configured for restores, you must have the passkey.


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Protect > Virtualization.

    The Virtual machines page appears.

  2. For the virtual machine that you want to live mount, click the action button action_button, and then select Restore.

    The Select restore type page appears.

  3. To restore from a specific copy of backup data, in the upper-right corner of the page, click Settings, and then from the Source list, select the copy.

    If you leave select Automatic selected, the restore operation searches for the requested data in the primary copy, and automatically selects a different copy if the data is not found in the primary copy.

  4. Click Live mount.

    The Live mount dialog box appears.

  5. Provide the following information:

    • Live mount policy: Select the policy to use for the live mount operation.

      If no live mount policy is defined, this option does not appear.

    • Virtual machine name: Enter a display name for the live mounted VM.

      By default, "VM" is appended to the end of the source VM name to create the display name for the live mounted VM.

    • Network: Select one of the following options:

      • No connection: Mount the VM without a network connection.

      • Original network: Mount the VM with the same network connection as the source VM.

      • Available networks: Select a network to use for the live mounted VM.

    • Copy precedence: Select the copy precedence to perform the live mount from.

  6. Click Submit.