Restores for VMware


For VMware virtual machines, you can restore full VMs, guest files and folders, or disk files, and you can restore a disk and attach it to an existing VM.

End User Restores

End users can restore VMs either in place or out of place. For this scenario, the VM display name option is the only value the user can change on the Restore options dialog box.

Users can also restore a virtual machine disk to an existing VM. The disks are restored and attached to the destination VM.

If the VM display name is the same as an existing VM on the destination, the restore fails.

Restores You Can Perform

  • Full virtual machines

  • Guest files and folders

  • Disk files

  • Attaching disks to an existing virtual machine

  • Virtual machine files

Backups You Can Use for Restores

  • The most recent backup: For example, restore the most recent backup to its original location

  • A backup from a specific date: For example, restore data to a point in time before it became unusable

  • Backups from a date range: For example, restore data that was accidentally deleted

Destinations You Can Restore To

  • The current location (in place)

  • A different VM (out of place)

  • A guest agent

  • A different hypervisor (cross-hypervisor restore)