How to restore VMware VMs backups by NetBackup?

By | January 10, 2015

As described here, NetBackup provides nice features to protect VMware. In the previous article here, I showed how to create a VMware policy in NetBackup. Therefore, in this article we discuss how to restore VMs because NetBackup provides an powerfull interface/tool to perform restores.

NetBackup supports the following scenarios:

  • Restore the full VMware virtual machine
  • Restore individual files of OS of virtual machine
  • Restore SQL, Sharepoint or Exchange data from VMs

In this article we will focus on the first scenario - restore the full VMware virtual machine to original or alternate location because this is directly related to the NetBackup policy for VMware.

Restore the full VMware virtual machine to original location

To perform restore the full VMware virtual machine to the original location, please follow steps:

  1. Start the NetBackup Backup, Archive, and Restore interface (BAR). You can do it directly from the NetBackup Administration Console.NetBackup - restore VMware VM backup
  2. Click Files > Specify NetBackup Machines and Policy Type. NetBackup - restore VMware VM backup 2
  3. Specify the NetBackup master server that directed the backup (1); The VMware virtual machine that was backed up (2); The type of policy that made the backup (3) and so on. Also you can search client (4). Then click OK.NetBackup - restore VMware VM backup 4
  4. Click the down arrow on the Select for Restore option. Select Restore from Virtual Machine Backup. A restore window displays the backups available for restore.NetBackup - restore VMware VM backup 6
  5. Select VM to restore. Select restore options - click Actions > Restore or icon shown below to start the restore wizard:NetBackup - restore VMware VM backup 7
  6. Select Original location and click Next,NetBackup - restore VMware VM backup 8
  7. NetBackup Recovery Host is the host that performs the recovery. The default is the host that performed the backup (the backup host). Select Transport modes which determines how the restore data is sent from the recovery host to the VMware datastore. The default is the type that the backup used. Click Next.NetBackup - restore VMware VM backup 9
  8. Select Virtual Machine Options. Click Next.NetBackup - restore VMware VM backup 10
  9. Click Run Pre-Recovery Check to verify credentials, available space on the datastore, and other important requirements. NetBackup - restore VMware VM backup 11
  10. If no important error you will able to Start Recovery.NetBackup - restore VMware VM backup 12

 

Restore the full VMware virtual machine to alternate location

To perform restore the full VMware virtual machine to alternate location, please follow steps:

  1. Please follow steps mentioned earlier in 1-5 (as restore to original location).
  2. Select Alternate location. Click Next.NetBackup - restore VMware VM backup 13
  3. The Recovery Options dialog initially displays the original virtual machine settings that were recorded in the NetBackup catalog when the virtual machine was backed up.

    You can modify below settings before restore. Click Next.NetBackup - restore VMware VM backup 14

  4. Select Vitual Machine Options. Click Next.NetBackup - restore VMware VM backup 10
  5. Select the datastores where the .vmdk files are to be restored. Click Next.NetBackup - restore VMware VM backup 16
  6. For restore into vSphere, this dialog displays all of the networks that the restored virtual machine can connect to. Please select the correct network or retain original network configuration. Click Next.

    NetBackup - restore VMware VM backup 15

  7. Click Run Pre-Recovery Check to verify credentials, available space on the datastore, and other important requirements. If no important error you will able to Start Recovery.

2 thoughts on “How to restore VMware VMs backups by NetBackup?

  1. barbara

    Hi,

    do you know if is possible to restore a virtual vcenter (crashed) on other vcenter??
    I' ve NetBackup 7.5 and esx 5.5

    Thanks?

    Reply
    1. Mariusz Post author

      Hello,

      How did you backup the "crashed" vCenter - as a VM snapshot or by NetBackup agent inside? Does you vCenter use SQL Express (embedded) or external SQL Server?

      Reply

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