NetVault Backup Plug-in for VMware 12.3 - User Guide

Introducing NetVault Backup Plug-in for VMware Installing the plug-in Configuring the plug-in Defining a backup strategy Using the image-level backup method Using the file-level backup method Restoring image-level backups Restoring file-level backups Troubleshooting

Restoring virtual machine disk and configuration files

The procedure for restoring virtual machine disk and configuration files from an image-level backup includes the steps outlined in the following sections:

Restoring data

To restore virtual machine disk and configuration files, use the following procedure.

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On the Create Restore Job — Choose Saveset page, the saveset table provides a list of available savesets. The table shows the saveset name (Job Title and Saveset ID), creation date and time, saveset size, and saveset status.

Saveset is online (all segments are online).

Saveset is partially online (some segments are online).

Saveset is offline (all segments are offline).

Client

Displays savesets created for particular clients. The default selection is Any.

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In the Choose Client dialog box, select the clients.

Plugin Type

Displays savesets created using a particular plug-in. The default selection is Any.

Date

Displays savesets created during a specified period. The default selection is Any.

Job

Displays savesets created for particular jobs. The default selection is Any.

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In the Choose Job dialog box, select the jobs.
When you select a saveset, the following details are displayed in the Saveset Information area: Job ID, job title, tag, server name, client name, plug-in name, saveset date and time, retirement setting, Incremental Backup or not, archive or not, and saveset size.
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On the Create Selection Set page, select the image from which you want to restore the disk and configuration files.
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Click Edit Plugin Options.
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In the Plug‑in for VMware Restore Options dialog box, click the Restore Files tab, and configure the following options:

Files Restore

To perform file-level restores from image-level backups, select this option.

Target Directory

Type the full path to the directory to which you want to restore the virtual machine disk and configuration files. The target directory must be local to the NetVault Backup Client on which the Plug‑in for VMware is running. Currently, mapped network drives, mounted network shares, and UNC paths are not supported.

The plug-in does not verify whether you have specified a local or remote directory. If plug-in cannot access the specified path, the job fails.

Split Restored Virtual Disks

This option can be used when restoring virtual drive files to the local file system. If the check box is selected, the plug-in splits the “.vmdk” file into 2 GiB files. If you clear the check box, the plug-in restores the “.vmdk” file is as a single disk file.

This option is only available to backups created using Plug‑in for VMware 10.0.5 and later. To force this behavior when restoring a backup created using Plug‑in for VMware 10.0.1 or an older version, configure this option in the vmware.cfg file:

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Open the vmware.cfg file in any text editor.
You can find this file in <NetVault Backup home>\config on Windows and <NetVault Backup home>/config on Linux.

The setting for this option in the Plug‑in for VMware Restore Options dialog box overrides the setting in the vmware.cfg file.

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To save the settings, click Save, and then click Next.
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In Job Name, specify a name for the job.
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In the Target Client list, verify that the client from which data was backed up is selected.
For more information about these sets, see the Quest NetVault Backup Administrator’s Guide.
You can monitor the job progress from the Job Status page and view the logs from the View Logs page. For more information about these functions, see the Quest NetVault Backup Administrator’s Guide.

Restore selection tree icons

Virtual machine

Failed virtual machine (is displayed in a saveset for stopped job)

Configuration file

NVRAM file

Virtual machine disk file

Disk extent information file

Log file

Catalog file

Recovering a virtual machine from the restored files

After restoring the virtual machine disk and configuration files, you can use the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Client to create a virtual machine using the restored “.vmx” and “.vmdk” files. After a VADP Recovery, you must modify the “.vmx” file so that it matches the disk paths of the restored “.vmdk” files. For more information, see the relevant VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Client documentation.

To restore the virtual machine files to the destination VMware Server, start the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Client Wizard. To complete the virtual machine recovery, follow the instructions. When the prompt “Select source type” prompt is displayed, select the option “Backup image or third-party virtual machine.” Also set the “Virtual machine file” option to the restored “.vmx” file.

To recover the virtual machine, you must edit the “.vmx” file, and change the datastore path to reflect the restored “.vmdk” files.

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Open the “.vmx” file.
It must match the “.vmdk” file generated during restore.
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After modifying the “.vmx” file, start the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Client Wizard to create the virtual machine.
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When the “Select source type” prompt is displayed, select “VMware Workstation or other VMware virtual machine.”
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Set the “Virtual machine file” option to the restored “.vmx” file.
NOTE: In the scenario described in the article http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1019286, the “.vmx” file is not backed up, but the “.vmdk” files are available.
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