Performing a Live Mount

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

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

  • 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. Click Live mount.

    The Live mount dialog box appears.

  4. Provide the following information:

    • Destination host (admin users only): Browse to select the host that you want to mount the VM on.

      By default, the virtual machine is mounted on the original host.

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

      This option does not appear if no live mount policy is defined.

    • 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.

    • Expiration time (admin users only): Specify the number of hours that a live mounted VM can run before it expires.

    • 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 from which live mount must be performed.

  5. Click Submit.