Feature Request : P2V restore

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Feature Request : P2V restore

Veeam Logoby sol1au » Thu Dec 04, 2014 1:02 am 2 people like this post

this function would be amazing, allowing me to transform a backup into a vmware virtual machine. in the event of a failure of hardware, this can allow me to bring up a clients PC / Server in a much lower timeframe than buying new hardware and dumping the backup image back to the new equipment.

I believe with the bootable media ISO I created , I could do this via making a virtual machine, booting the recovery ISO and dumping the backup back onto a VM, but importing from a OVA would be a ton easier.

thanks for making this great piece of free software Veeam !! you are great :) :mrgreen:
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Re: Feature request submissions

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Thu Dec 04, 2014 1:24 am

Hi sol1au,
Well, there is a workaround even now:

-create a recovery media on an ISO
-make a backup
-create a blank VM with the required number of disks
-attach .iso to this VM and boot up the recovery appliance
-once restored you can use your physical machine as a VM

Of course that is not the main purpose of the Endpoint, but a small bonus we got, while working on the recovery media.
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Re: Feature request submissions

Veeam Logoby allister.wade » Thu Dec 04, 2014 5:57 am

Allow restoring backups of PCs to a VM from B&R.
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Re: Feature Request : backup to OVA file for VMWare

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Thu Dec 04, 2014 1:06 pm

Allister,

We have a workaround described above. By the way once the VBR as a backup target is enabled inside the Endpoint (after the current BETA) you would get the ability to run a file level restores from VBR console
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Re: Feature request submissions

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:36 pm

allister.wade wrote:Allow restoring backups of PCs to a VM from B&R.

Huge can of worms due to drivers issues... P2V is a whole different beast, it's not as easy as you make it sound.
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Feature Request - restore to VM

Veeam Logoby steve.h » Mon Dec 08, 2014 4:05 pm

I think it would be helpful if one of the restore options was to restore to a VM that could be launched in Vmware Workstation or something similar.
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Re: Feature Request : backup to OVA file for VMWare

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:09 pm

I don't disagree with this statement ;)
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Feature request - Restore to local Hyper V / VHD

Veeam Logoby MikeV » Tue Dec 09, 2014 1:35 pm

Restore to:
- local Hyper V vm machine.
- VHD file
- Exportable format
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[MERGED] P2V Server 2008

Veeam Logoby frankive » Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:58 pm

I have a customer running Windows Server 2008 32-bit.
He begs me if it is possible to virtualize his server since it has some very specifig (and OLD!) software which can't be reinstalled on another server due to missing it-competency from the software provider.
So the only solution to keep this running for some more years it to virtualize it if his server is crashing.

I have not tried disk2vhdx on Server 2008, but I was thinking about giving Veeam Endpoing a shot here. I have the beta now, and was wondering if I am gonne try this, should I remove the ticket for include hardware drivers during backup since I will try to restore to a hyper-v machine?
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Re: P2v Server 2008

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:45 pm

This will mostly likely make no difference since hardware is vastly different and any included drivers from physical server will simply not be used. However, it just makes sense to do this (configure the recovery appliance not to include those drivers). Don't forget to install Hyper-V integration tools after restore has been completed, and please post your experiences!
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Re: P2v Server 2008

Veeam Logoby frankive » Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:50 pm

I will certainly do that, Gostev! :)
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Re: Feature Request : P2V restore

Veeam Logoby mcafeej » Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:18 pm 1 person likes this post

I was able to P2V my laptop using the steps above without any issues at all, this software is truly a work of art! If you combine EndPoint with B&R as a backup repository I don't see any reason what so ever not to use this solution.

The restore of 52GB for a P2V conversion took about 2 hours from a small NAS box to a ESXi 5 server. (I can tell you now the bottleneck was the NAS box, its just something I test with.) Upon first boot I did notice windows thought the machine had shutdown unexpectedly and wanted to boot to Safe Mode. However I selected Normal and it booted directly into Windows without the need of another reboot.
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Re: Feature Request : P2V restore

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:51 pm

Jesse,

Thank you for posting the results. There could be issue might be related to the drivers (VMs has common configurations and physical machines not) or applications you had inside your existing physical machine. If it is a simple laptop – then most probably you will not have any issues with restore, but for serious servers it’s definitely not recommended.
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Re: Feature Request : P2V restore

Veeam Logoby mcafeej » Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:44 pm

I agree, most P2V conversions has the biggest issues with storage controllers (that I have come across) and the removal of disconnected or unused devices from Device Manager. I find using a program like DevCon in conjuction with the remove-nonpresent-devices script useful in automating the removal process on the restored vm. (Use at own risk and test in a non-production environment first)
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[MERGED] Feature Request - Instant P2V Recovery

Veeam Logoby Balbo » Wed Dec 24, 2014 9:54 am

I would like the possibility to recover and start the Endpoint Client (physical or virtual) as a VM of a vSphere or Hyper-V environment directly from the Veeam B&R Server Console...a sort of "Instant P2V Recovery"!
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