Performing Live Recovery of Virtual Machines for Hyper-V

You can use the Live Recovery feature to recover virtual machines (VMs) from a backup without waiting for a full restore of the VM. In addition, you can configure the VMs to power on during the restore operation. This feature can be especially useful when a VM has failed and needs to be placed back in production quickly, or to validate that a backup can be used in a disaster recovery scenario.

Before You Begin

Procedure

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

    The Virtual machines page appears.

  2. Click the VM groups tab.

    The VM group page appears.

  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. 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.

  5. To perform a Live Recovery, select Full virtual machine.

    The Restore options dialog box appears.

    Note

    If you initiated a restore operation from the Virtual machines page, on the Select restore type page, select Live Recovery.

  6. Select one of the following restore options:

    • In place: Restores the VM to the original location.

      Provide the following information:

      1. For Access node, to use a different access node (also called a proxy) for the restore, select it from the list.

        When you restore multiple VMs, select Automatic to distribute the workload (VMs) in the restore job across the access nodes (also called proxies) that are assigned for the destination hypervisor.

        The VMs are assigned to access nodes based on a host match.

      2. To delete an existing virtual machine that has the same name and replace it with the restored VM, select Unconditionally overwrite if it already exists.

      3. To enable the restored VM to migrate to another node in the cluster, select Register virtual machine with failover cluster.

    • Out of place: Restores the VM to a different location.

      Provide the following information:

      1. For Destination, to restore to a different cluster, select the virtualization client for the cluster from the list.

      2. For Access node, to use a different access node (also called a proxy) for the restore, select it from the list.

        When you restore multiple VMs, select Automatic to distribute the workload (VMs) in the restore job across the access nodes (also called proxies) that are assigned for the destination hypervisor.

        The VMs are assigned to access nodes based on a host match.

      3. For Restore location, select the appropriate folder to which the restore should occur.

      4. For VM display name, type a new virtual machine name in the box.

        If an existing VM with the same name exists on the destination host and you do not select Unconditionally overwrite if it already exists, the Live Recovery restore job fails.

      5. For Network adapter, select an available network adapter from the list.

        By default, the network adapter of the original VM is automatically selected if the same network adapter is available on the Hyper-V Server.

        If you select Not Connected, the virtual machine is restored without a network connection.

      6. To delete an existing virtual machine that has the same name and replace it with the restored VM, select Unconditionally overwrite if it already exists.

      7. To enable the restored VM to migrate to another node in the cluster, select Register virtual machine with failover cluster.

  7. Configure Additional options:

    • For Restore virtual machine using live recovery, move the toggle button to the right to enable the feature.

      Note

      If you initiated the restore operation for the VM from the Virtual machines page, the Restore virtual machine using live recovery option is already selected (enabled) and cannot be cleared.

    • To delay the migration of the VM to the destination location, select the specified time (0-12 hours) in the Delay migration box.

  8. Click Submit.

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