Restoring Full Virtual Machines for VMware Cloud Director

You can restore virtual machines to the original location or to a different location on the source hypervisor.

Before You Begin


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

    The Virtual machines page appears.

  2. Click the VM groups tab.

    The VM group page appears. The VM groups area displays summary information for any existing VM groups.

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

    The Select restore type page appears.

  4. Select Full virtual machine to restore one or more full virtual machines.

    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. 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.

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

    The Restore options dialog box appears.

  7. Specify the following options:

    • Type: Select one of the following options:

      • In place: Restore to the original location.

        To avoid overwriting the original source VM, edit the VM display name for an in-place restore.

      • Out of place: Restore to a different location.

    • Restore as: To restore to a different virtualization platform, select the target environment from the list.

      By default, the Restore as list shows the source hypervisor.

    • Destination: Displays the source hypervisor. You cannot change this value.

    • Access node: (Optional) Select the proxy to use for the restore operation.

    • VM display name: Enter the new display name for the virtual machine.

    • When you are restoring out of place, you can specify the following settings:

      • Organization: Displays the name of the organization for the source VM. You cannot change this value.

      • Org vDC: Select the organization vDC for the restored VM.

      • Restore as Standalone VM: Check this box to restore as a standalone VM in the Org vDC. You do not have to specify the Vapp name for the restored VM.

      • vApp name: Select the vApp for the restored VM.

      • vApp owner: Select or type the name of the user who owns the destination vApp.

      • Storage policy: Select the storage policy for the restored VM.

        When you select from the list of available storage policies, Commvault will choose the datastore in that storage policy with the maximum free space.

      • Click Network settings to add or modify network mappings for the restore.

        The Network settings area shows the source source and destination networks for the VM being restored.

        Click the pencil icon to edit an existing network mapping.

        Click Add to add a new mapping.

        Source network: Select the source network, or select Any Network to map all network connections for the source VM to a different network for the restored VM.

        Destination network: Select a network connection for the restored VM, or select No Connection to restore without a network connection.

        Click OK to save changes.

    • Power on VMs after restore: Start restored VMs automatically.

    • Unconditionally overwrite if it already exists: Delete an existing virtual machine and replace it with the restored VM.

    • Restore vApp configuration: Restore the vApp network configuration, lease configuration, and virtual machine startup order of the source VM to the new vApp.

    • Reuse existing VM client: Reuse the existing VM client and map its information, such as Client Name, Host Name, and Client id to the source VM.

  8. Click Submit to run the restore job.