Live Mounts

Live Mount enables you to run a virtual machine directly from a stored backup for that VM.

You can use this feature to validate that backups are usable for disaster recovery, to validate the content on the backup, or to access data from the virtual machine directly instead of restoring guest files.

Virtual machines that are live mounted are intended for short term use—not for production. Changes to live mounted VMs or their data are not retained when the virtual machine expires. The VM expiration period is specified in the lifecycle policy.

You can include a policy option to migrate live mounted VMs to a different datastore after the initial live mount expires. The migration option is only supported for streaming backups and IntelliSnap backup copies.


  • Live Mount is supported for VMware hypervisors and from streaming backups, IntelliSnap backup copies, or IntelliSnap backups using NetApp snapshot engines.
  • Live mounts must specify a destination that is different from the source VM. Only out-of-place live mounts are supported.
  • The virtual machine owner or the user group associated with the VM owner must have a role that includes Browse and Live Browse permissions. The user or user group must be associated with the life cycle policy for live mounts.


To enable the Live Mount feature for non-admin users, create a life cycle policy that identifies resources and specifies parameters for live mount users.

If no life cycle policy is defined for live mounts, the Command Center administrator (who belongs to the master user group) or an MSP administrator (who is assigned the Master role) can perform live mounts without specifying a life cycle policy.

Last modified: 3/24/2020 7:03:52 PM