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Re: need FLR restore from GPT disk

Post by kurt » Apr 11, 2011 3:49 pm

I tried instant recovery but then I got an error "Original server is still online" and some message that it could corrupt my running vm or cause conflicts even though I renamed it and did not tick the connect to network option. So are there any other ways to restore my files? I'm new to veeam. I tested both veeam the the other v.... backup software and I must say that the competition did not have this issue. FLR from GPT partition worked fine with competition software. Lucky for veeam I already purchased their software but I'm a bit disappointed.

Is it ok to enable Windows shadow copies on my virtual machine so that I can use that restore method in the future? Either that or I need to convert to MBR sigh.

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Re: need FLR restore from GPT disk

Post by tsightler » Apr 11, 2011 5:35 pm

This is just a warning that if you were to connect the Instant Recovered VM to the network while the original VM was powered on you could cause issues. As long as you are careful this is a non-event.

Interesting that you tested this feature on the competitor product but not Veeam prior to making the purchase.

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Re: need FLR restore from GPT disk

Post by kurt » Apr 11, 2011 5:59 pm

I'm pretty sure it worked on the other product as I did test restores with both but not the same VMs so I had no idea GPT was a limitation of FLR. My trial ran out of both and I had to make a decision...

Anyway, I called Veeam support and there is a very easy work around. All you have to do is choose Other OS instead of Windows and the FLR wizard will create a virtual machine and you can then access your files on the GPT partition. Worked like a charm. I'm surprised no one mentioned that in this thread yet.

It would be cool if there was a Windows 7 client that could read \ mount the VBK and VRB files.

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Re: need FLR restore from GPT disk

Post by tsightler » Apr 11, 2011 6:08 pm

Well, I thought about mentioning it because I was pretty sure that worked, but I couldn't remember for sure and wanted to go try it first. I think it will work for basic GPT disk, but not dynamic disks with multiple segments.

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Re: +2TB sizes (again)

Post by nguyent » Apr 28, 2011 3:05 pm

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The Veeam support tech. told me that File Level Restore that does not support GPT or Dymanic Disks. Does everyone have problem with it? I had problem with it before for MBR, but it works fine now for MBR and GPT.
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FLR with VMDK recovery

Post by talderfer » May 20, 2011 2:32 pm

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Hello,

I am trying to recover files on a GPT disk. I know that this is not supported by Veeam. My question is how can I mount the restored VMDK file and view it's contents? Then, copy out the file that I need restored. The VMDK file is restored to the physical Veeam server. Do I need to spin up a VM using vmware player, then add the vmdk as an existing volume? Or is there a more simplistic approach? Thanks

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Re: need FLR restore from GPT disk

Post by Gostev » May 20, 2011 7:42 pm

Tim, the process is described in the sticky FAQ topic, see the last bullet in the Instant FLR section. Thanks.

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Re: need FLR restore from GPT disk

Post by talderfer » May 23, 2011 3:01 pm

Thanks, Gostev.

I found two solutions that work. 1) Instant VM recovery. Kind of a hassle because copying the restored file out of the VM is a little time consuming. 2) I installed VMware Player on my Veeam Server with a Windows 7 VM. Then, ran a "VM files (VMDK, VMX) restore and restored to local Veeam server. Spin up the Windows 7 VM and mount the restored VMDK as an existing virtual disk. Now, all you need to do it copy the file from the windows 7 VM to the restored location.

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Re: need FLR restore from GPT disk

Post by Gostev » May 23, 2011 6:28 pm

Hi Tim, I believe you misunderstood something. You do not need to copy anything anywhere for (1), you just mount published VMDK files from vPower NFS datastore to an existing Windows VM that is running on ESX(i) host... this process is truly instant. Unlike your second approach, that involves actually restoring VM files to local disk (which can take a few hours for very large VM, because hard disks can only read/write as fast). Thanks.

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Re: need FLR restore from GPT disk

Post by kurt » Jun 29, 2011 3:01 pm

kurt wrote: Anyway, I called Veeam support and there is a very easy work around. All you have to do is choose Other OS instead of Windows and the FLR wizard will create a virtual machine and you can then access your files on the GPT partition. Worked like a charm. I'm surprised no one mentioned that in this thread yet.
This is no longer working with other OS restore. It loads up but when I try and access the disk, I get an error "Cannot mount sdb1: "Unknown filesystem"

I'm using the latest version 5.0.2.230 64 bit

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Re: FLR with VMDK recovery

Post by kurt » Jun 29, 2011 3:16 pm

talderfer wrote: I am trying to recover files on a GPT disk. I know that this is not supported by Veeam. My question is how can I mount the restored VMDK file and view it's contents? Then, copy out the file that I need restored.
I have the same question. I used instant recovery to restore the VM but how do I get my files out without connecting it to the network?

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Re: need FLR restore from GPT disk

Post by kurt » Jun 29, 2011 3:51 pm

Gostev wrote:Hi Tim, I believe you misunderstood something. You do not need to copy anything anywhere for (1), you just mount published VMDK files from vPower NFS datastore to an existing Windows VM that is running on ESX(i) host... this process is truly instant. Unlike your second approach, that involves actually restoring VM files to local disk (which can take a few hours for very large VM, because hard disks can only read/write as fast). Thanks.
This worked. I used the Instant Recovery feature. It still took 10 to 15 minutes. Once it was ready, I added a virtual disk to another vm using existing vmdk and chose the disk from the veeam vpower datastore. I wasn't sure what vPower NFS datastore was until I tried this. It worked so I'm happy for now. I just wish instant FLR worked with GPT in the future. Thanks

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Re: need FLR restore from GPT disk

Post by Gostev » Jun 29, 2011 4:05 pm

Yep, we are working on it. Although the VM publishing process should take under 1 minute, no matter of VM size that you are publishing, so you may want to troubleshoot this anyway if you are planning to use vPower functionality down the road. Feel free to open a support case for investigation. Thanks!

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