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Choosing Restore Types

When restoring VMware data, you can select one of the following restore types.

  • Full Virtual Machine

    This restore type is selected by default. This restore type is useful in the following scenarios:

    • You are unable to turn on the virtual machine, but the disks (VMDK files) are available for the machine.
    • You want to restore an entire virtual machine to a specific point in time.
    • You want to move the virtual machine to a new host.
    • If at least one Hyper-V node is configured on the CommServe host, a Restore as option is displayed. The default selection is VMware; but you can use this option to convert a VMware virtual machine to Microsoft Hyper-V. This option enables you to duplicate a VMware virtual machine for the Hyper-V environment, or to migrate a virtual machine from VMware to Hyper-V.

      Note: Backup and restores of entire virtual machines are supported for all guest operating systems supported by VMware.

  • Virtual Machine Files

    Use this restore type to restore disks (VMDK files) from a virtual machine. This restore type is useful in the following scenarios:

    • The virtual machine is running, but one of its disks has errors.
    • The storage device hosting the disks has errors or is not available.
  • Attach Disk to Existing VM

    Use this restore type to attach one or more disks of a backed up virtual machine to an existing virtual machine.

    This restore type is useful in the following scenarios:

    • A virtual machine has multiple disks and you want to restore only some disks.
    • You want to copy and add disks from one virtual machine into another virtual machine.
    • You want to quickly restore a disk and access the data on the disk.
  • Guest Files or Folders

    Use this restore type to restore files or folders from a virtual machine.

    This restore type is useful in the following scenarios:

    • A file or folder on the virtual machine has errors and you are unable to open the file or the folder.
    • You want to restore a file or a folder to a specific point in time.

Last modified: 2/5/2018 8:50:38 PM