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NetVault Plug-in for VMware 12.3.2 - 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 a virtual machine to an alternate vCenter Server

To restore a virtual machine to an alternate VMware vCenter Server, complete the following steps.

Configure the applicable options in the Plug‑in for VMware Restore Options dialog box.

Alternate Resource Pool Path

A resource pool represents the processor and memory resources that are available to an ESXi Server Host or a cluster of hosts. These resources are made available to the individual virtual machines controlled by the host. Resource pools can be configured in terms of absolute minimum and maximum quantities or relative shares. To run a virtual machine, it must be allocated a resource pool.

By default, a virtual machine is allocated to its original resource pool during restore. To allocate a virtual machine to an alternate resource pool, specify the target resource pool in this box. Use the following format to specify the resource pool:


Here, Pool<n> is the target resource pool, Pool-A is the child of the root resource pool, Pool-B is the child of Pool-A, and so on. This format allows you to specify a resource pool at any arbitrary depth within the hierarchy. To allocate the virtual machine to the root resource pool, type the “/” character.

Note the following:

Alternate Datastore

A datastore represents a storage location for virtual machine files. It can be a VMFS volume, directory on Network Attached Storage, or local file system path. A datastore is platform- and host-independent.

To change the datastore for a virtual machine, specify the destination datastore name for the alternate vCenter. Verify that the name is correct and the datastore is accessible to the ESXi Server Host. When you configure an alternate datastore, all virtual drive and configuration files associated with a virtual machine are restored to a single datastore. Verify that the target datastore has sufficient disk space to hold the virtual machine files.

Restore fails if the datastore is invalid or inaccessible or does not have sufficient space to store virtual machine files.

Alternate ESXi Host Address

By default, the plug-in enters the address for the current ESXi host in this field. If you want to restore the virtual machine to an alternate vCenter, provide any ESXi host address that belongs only to this vCenter.

Alternate vCenter Address

Enter the Server Address of the alternate vCenter Server.

Port Number

If you want to use a custom port number, type it here. Otherwise, the plug-in uses 443 as the default port.

User Name

Specify a user account that can be used to log in to the vCenter Server. The user account must have privileges to register or create virtual machines


Type the password for the user account.


Renaming a virtual machine during restore

To restore a virtual machine or its individual disks without overwriting the existing copy, you can rename the virtual machine during restore. The plug-in creates a virtual machine and restores the contents of the selected disks.

In the Restore Rename dialog box, select the Rename To check box, and type a new name for the virtual machine in the associated box.
The name can contain a maximum of 80 characters. It cannot include any special characters (such as, / \ ? * : @ > < | " ? &). If you specify more than 80 characters or use any special character in the virtual machine name, the job reports an error and fails.

Performing file-level restores from image-level backups

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).


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

In the Choose Client dialog box, select the clients.

Plugin Type

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


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


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

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.
On the Create Selection Set page, open the applicable container nodes — that is, the vCenter, Datacenter, ESXi Host Cluster, and ESXi Server — to list the virtual machine images stored in the saveset.
Open the Volumes node.
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.

To save the settings, click Save, and then click Next.
In Job Name, specify a name for the job.
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

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