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Restore a VM to a USB Disk

Post by eversys » Apr 14, 2015 1:03 pm

For test purposes, we would like to restore one of our VMs to an external USB disk and then transfer this to a test VMware server and see if the restored VM boots OK. At the moment we back up all VMs on a single VM host to a local disk repository - daily incrementals and weekly fulls. How do we restore the latest VM to our USB disk?

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Re: Restore a VM to a USB Disk

Post by foggy » Apr 14, 2015 1:11 pm

You can use VM files restore to restore files on USB disk and then upload the files from it to the target host's datastore.

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Re: Restore a VM to a USB Disk

Post by eversys » Apr 14, 2015 2:03 pm

Thanks for your feeback. So I would simply select all VM files and restore to a specific location (USB HDD). What about the option "VM hard disks" - would that also do the job? Also, what's the difference between a "Full" and a "Rollback" Restore Point?

BTW, the test VMware server is not part of our network i.e. no contact to Veeam and in a standalone environment.

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Re: Restore a VM to a USB Disk

Post by Vitaliy S. » Apr 14, 2015 3:44 pm

Rollback is just an incremental restore point of the VM. You can restore the required VM to the NTFS formatted drive (either via VM hard disks option or entire VM). Please be aware that if you're using thin virtual disks, then these disks will automatically be converted to thick ones, because thin disks can only reside on the VMFS datastore.

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Re: Restore a VM to a USB Disk

Post by eversys » Apr 14, 2015 3:58 pm

Thanks for the clarification. If I select a rollback restore point, then I assume I will still be provided with a VM which can boot i.e. the restored files will be a combination of the last full and applicable incrementals - right?

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Re: Restore a VM to a USB Disk

Post by Vitaliy S. » Apr 14, 2015 4:02 pm

Yes, that's correct.

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Re: Restore a VM to a USB Disk

Post by eversys » Apr 15, 2015 8:32 am 1 person likes this post

I managed to successfully restore the VM files to a USB disk without problem.

Thanks for your help.

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Re: Restore a VM to a USB Disk

Post by eversys » Apr 15, 2015 4:28 pm

I was able to boot my VM (SBS 2011) on a test VMware host. However, Windows booted in safemode (Directory Services Repair). I was not able to logon to the domain - only locally. I installed VM Tools and rebooted - all was fine.. the Server booted and domain login was possible. Is this an expected error after restoring a Veeam image?

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Re: Restore a VM to a USB Disk

Post by Vitaliy S. » Apr 15, 2015 5:23 pm

The short answer is yes, a VM reboot is required. Please review this topic on the DC recovery question > Veeam B&R v5 recovery of a domain controller

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Re: Restore a VM to a USB Disk

Post by eversys » Apr 17, 2015 10:33 am

Thanks

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