Restoring Full Virtual Machines In Place

You can restore virtual machines to the original location or to a different location. By default, a virtual machine is restored to the original hypervisor (host), using access nodes (also called proxies) at the vm level (access nodes of the virtual client).

Before You Begin

If you want to restore data using a specific MediaAgent and/or copy, review the information in MediaAgent and Copy Precedence Considerations for Virtualization Restores.

Start the Restore Wizard

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

    The Overview page appears.

  2. On the VM groups tab, for the VM that you want to restore, click the action button action_button, and then select Restore.

    The Select restore type page appears.

  3. Click Full virtual machine.

    The Full virtual machine page appears.

  4. To select a specific access node and/or source for the restore, in the upper-right area of the page, click the Settings button gear button.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. Click Save.

  5. Select the content to restore, and then click Restore.

    The Restore wizard appears.

Perform an In Place Restore

  1. For Type, select In place.

  2. For Access node, select Automatic, an access node, or an access node group.

    If you are restoring multiple VMs, select Automatic to distribute the workload across the access nodes that are assigned for the destination hypervisor. First, the VMs are assigned to the access nodes that are in the same region. If no access nodes are available in the same region, the VMs are assigned to access nodes using the round-robin method. The Automatic option is available for full restore and conversion operations from both streaming backups and IntelliSnap backup copies.

    If you select an access node group to restore VMs, the Commvault software distributes the workload across the access nodes that are available in the access node group.

  3. Click Next.

    The Virtual Machines page appears.

  4. Select the VMs to restore.

  5. Click Next.

    The Restore Options page appears.

  6. Specify the following settings:

    • Power on VMs after restore: Automatically restart VMs after they are restored.

      The power state of the VM does not affect subsequent backups. If the VM is powered on during backups, by default, the VM is powered on again after the restore completes (unless you clear this check box).

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

    • Register virtual machine with failover cluster: Enable the restored VM to migrate to another node in the cluster.

    • Notify user on job completion: Receive an email notification that the restore is complete.

    • Additional Options: Specify the following:

      • Move the Restore virtual machine using live recovery toggle key to the right, and then configure the datastore and delay restore options:

        • To delay the restore, in the Delay migration (in hours) box, enter the number of hours (1-12) for the delay.
  7. Click Next.

    The Summary page appears.

  8. Review the summary, and then click Submit to start the restore.