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 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. For MediaAgent, decide whether to have the Commvault software automatically select the MediaAgent or to 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.

    3. For Source, decide whether to have the Commvault software automatically select the copy of backup data or to 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.

    4. Click Save.

  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.