Restoring Full Virtual Machines Out of 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).

  • You can generate new GUIDs for the restored VM.

  • You can reuse the existing VM client and map its information, such as Client Name, Host Name, and Client id to the source VM.

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 MediaAgent 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 Out of Place Restore

  1. For Type, select Out of place.

  2. For Restore as, select the platform to restore the VMs to.

    To restore to a different platform, see Cross-Hypervisor Restores.

  3. For Destination client, select the client to restore the VMs to.

  4. 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.

    • The VMs are assigned to access nodes as follows:

      • If the destination folder is on Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV), the VMs are assigned to access nodes by a CSV owner match.

      • If the destination folder is on a local drive or Server Message Block (SMB), the VMs are assigned to access nodes by a host match.

  5. Click Next.

    The Virtual Machines page appears.

  6. Move the Use Hyper-V default folder as destination folder toggle key to the right to restore the VMs to the Hyper-V default folder.

  7. Select the VM to restore and, if necessary, edit the Change display name to column.

    1. To edit multiple VMs, select the VMs to restore and click Edit to configure the restore options.

      The Configure restore options page appears. Specify the following:

      • Add a prefix to the VM name: If you are restoring multiple VMs, to add a prefix to the VM display names, move the toggle key to the right and enter the prefix.

      • Add a suffix to the VM name: If you are restoring multiple VMs, to add a suffix to the VM display names, move the toggle key to the right and enter the suffix.

      • Enter a name for the restored VM: Type a new virtual machine name in the box.

        This option does not appear if you are restoring multiple VMs. If an existing VM with the same name exists on the destination host and you do not select Overwrite VMs if they already exist, the restore job fails.

      • Destination Hyper-V host: From the list of hypervisors, select a destination host.

      • Destination Folder: Select a new folder from the list.

      • Network adapter: Select an available network adapter from the list.

        By default, the network adapter of the original VM is selected automatically 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.

    2. Click Save.

  8. Click Next.

    The Restore Options page appears.

  9. 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.
      • Move the Generate new GUID for VMs toggle key to the right to generate a new GUID for the restored VM.

      • Move the Reuse existing VM client toggle key to the right to redirect the restored VM client to the source VM. Enabling this option will map all information, such as Client Name, Host Name, and Client id of the VM client to the source VM.

      • For Disk Provisioning, Select a value from the Disk Provisioning list to force a specific disk provisioning method: Auto, Dynamic, or Fixed.

  10. Click Next.

    The Summary page appears.

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

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