Restoring Amazon Web Services Full Instances In Place


You can restore instances to the original location or to a different location. By default, an instance is restored to the original hypervisor, using the same access node as the backup.

When you perform an in-place restore operation using the Overwrite instances if they already exist option, the restore operation retains the original UUID for the restored instance instead of recreating the instance from backup data.

If you are using the Import method, when you perform a full instance restore operation for AWS, convert a VM to an AWS instance, or replicate a VM to AWS by using the Import method, Commvault creates an S3 bucket for the destination automatically. The bucket is named gx-restore-region_name-account_id, where region_name is the name of the AWS region and account_id is the AWS account for the virtualization client.

Commvault enables server-side encryption on the s3 buckets we create during an Import restore.

Before You Begin


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

    The Virtual machines page appears.

  2. On the Hypervisors tab, click the hypervisor.

    The hypervisor page appears.

  3. On the VM groups tab, in the row for the VM group, click the action button , and then click Restore.

    The Select restore type page appears.

  4. Click Full instance.

    The Restore page appears.

  5. To choose a different MediaAgent or source copy for the restore, do the following:

    1. In the upper-right corner of the page, click Settings.

      The Settings dialog box appears.

    2. Configure the following options:

      • MediaAgent: Allow the Commvault software to select a MediaAgent or specify a MediaAgent:

        - Automatic: By default, the Commvault software selects the MediaAgent for the restore operation based on availability and environment.

        - To restore data using a specific MediaAgent, from the list, select a MediaAgent.

      • Source: Allow the Commvault software to select the copy of backup data or specify the copy:

        - Automatic: By default, the restore operation searches for the requested data in the primary copy and selects a different copy if the data is not found in the primary copy.

        - To restore from a specific copy of backup data, from the list, select a backup copy.

    3. Click Save.

  6. Select the content to restore, and then click Restore.

    The Restore options dialog box appears.

  7. Beside Type, select In place.

  8. In the Access Node list, select the access node to restore one or more instances:

    • When you restore multiple instances, select Automatic to distribute the instances in the restore job across the access nodes that are assigned for the Amazon destination hypervisor.

      Instances are assigned to access nodes first by performing a region match. This option is available for full instance restores from streaming backups or IntelliSnap backup copies.

      By default, the automatic option is used for the restore.

    • To use a different access node, select the access node or access node group from the list.

      If you select an access node that is outside of Amazon, the restore uploads volume information to S3 and uses the volumes to create the instance.

      If you select an access node group to restore VMs, the Commvault software distributes the workload (instances or VMs) in the restore job across the access nodes (also called proxies) that are available in the access node group.

      If you assigned an access node at the hypervisor level and the VM group level, and the source and the destination hypervisors are same, both the access nodes are used.

  9. Configure restore options for all instances or for each instance individually:

    • To configure the same restore options for all instances, select All Instances.

    • To configure different restore options for each instance, select an instance, and then configure the options you want to use.

    • To specify a different name for the restored instance, in the Instance name box, enter a new instance name.

  10. To start the instance automatically after the restore operation completes, select the Power on instance after restore check box.

  11. To delete an existing file and replace it with the restored file, move the Unconditionally overwrite if it already exists toggle key to the right.

  12. To select the transport mode for the restored instances, in the Additional options section, from the Transport mode list, select the mode:

    • Amazon EBS Direct: If the required drivers are pre-installed in source VMs.

      For the list of required drivers that must be pre-installed in source VMs, see VM Conversion Using the EBS Direct API Restores.

    • Automatic (default): This option uses the EBS direct API restore mode by default. This is the default option.

    • AWS VM Import/Export: If the prerequisites for HotAdd and EBS direct API restores are not met, conversion uses the import method.

    • Commvault HotAdd: Enter the guest credentials or have the drivers pre-installed in the VMs.

      For Amazon EBS Direct and Commvault HotAdd options, to restrict the scope of AMI selection to specific AMI IDs, you must add an additional setting. For more information, see Enabling Specific AMI IDs for Restores and Replication.

  13. Click Submit.