Restores for Virtualization

You can restore virtual machines or virtual machine data from a hypervisor or a VM group.


To enable file recovery for UNIX VMs, you must configure a File Recovery Enabler for Linux.

Guest Files and Folders

For some hypervisors, such as Hyper-V and VMware, you can configure agentless restores of files and folders from the guest virtual machine to the file system of the access node or other client.

Using this feature simplifies deployment and reduces the impact of backup and restore operations for virtual machines.

Virtual Machine Files

You can restore virtual machine files—such as VMDK, VMX, and any other VM configuration files—as flat files.

Using a VM files recovery operation, you can register the VM to any vCenter server. This operation is useful when files are restored in a location to be imported in other virtualization software such VMware Player.

During the restore operation, disks can also be converted to another supported hypervisor format, such as VMware VMDK to Hyper-V VHDX.

Attach a Disk to an Existing VM

From VMware virtual machine backups, you can restore a virtual machine disk and attach it to an existing VM.

When the disk is restored, the Commvault software communicates with the vCenter server to reconfigure an existing VM, and then the disk is attached to that VM. This function is useful when a larger virtual machine with many disks suddenly crashes. If one of the disks is critical, it is quickly restored and attached to another VM.

Full Virtual Machine

You can restore virtual machines to the original location or to a different location. By default, virtual machines are restored to the original hypervisor, using the same proxy as the backup.

If the hypervisor is configured to support vCloud Director, you can restore a virtual machine to vCloud.