Restore Options for All Selected Items (General) - Full Virtual Machine Restore

Use this dialog box to control how full virtual machine are restored. The following options are available when you are restoring a full virtual machine:

vCenter Client

Displays the name of the vCenter where the virtual machine is to be restored. vCenter Instance Details shows the host name and user account associated with the vCenter.

To restore to a different vCenter, select the destination vCenter from the drop-down list.

If the Restore in place option is cleared, you can select Add vCenter from the drop-down list and provide credentials.

Destination (Proxy) Client

Displays the name of the proxy computer that will be used to perform the restore operation. By default, the proxy computer that was used to back up the virtual machine is used to restore the virtual machine.

To use a different proxy for restore, select the name of the proxy from the list.

Note: For restores of virtual machine files or guest files, this client is the destination where files are restored. For restores of full VMs or when attaching virtual disks to an existing VM, this client manages the restore to the host ESX server.

vCloud

Select this option to restore a virtual machine to the same location in the vCloud datacenter where the VM resided at the time of the backup. This option only appears if vCloud credentials were configured on the VMware instance. To restore to a different ESX server, click Change and select the destination server.

Restore in place

By default, the virtual machine is restored to the same location from which it was backed up. If you want to restore the virtual machine to a new location, clear this check box.

You can change the name and location of the restored virtual machine using the location table. When restoring multiple VMs, you can select rows for multiple VMs, then click the ESX Server or Datastore column to change the ESX host or datastore for all of the selected VMs.

  • VM and Disk

    This column displays the list of all the virtual machines and disks selected for restore. Expand each virtual machine to view the disks in that virtual machine.

  • Change VM display name to

    This column displays the existing name of each virtual machine. To change the name of any virtual machine, click in the corresponding row and enter the new name.

  • ESX Server

    This column displays the ESX server of each virtual machine. To change the ESX server of any virtual machine, click in the corresponding row and click ; the select the ESX server where you want to restore the virtual machine.

  • Datastore

    This column displays the datastore of each disk. To change the datastore of any disk, click in the corresponding row; then select a datastore from the list.

    To filter a disk, select Do Not Attach for the row under the Datastore column that shows the disk.

  • vCenter Options

    Click Configure to change multiple settings for a destination VM.

    • VMware vCenter Options (displayed if the vCloud option is not selected)

      Provide the following details:

      • VM Display Name: Name of the destination VM.
      • ESX Server: Click ... to select a new destination ESX server.
      • Datastore: Click ˅ to select a datastore to be used for virtual disks.
      • Resource Pool: Click ... to select a destination resource pool.
      • VM Folder: Select a destination folder on the datacenter.
      • Network Adapter Configuration: Enter the names of network adapters to be used for the restored VM. If you select Not Connected, the virtual machine is restored without a network connection.
      • IP Address settings: If a source VM running Windows uses a static IP address, you can configure an IP address for the destination VM:
        1. Click Add to display the IP Address settings dialog box.
        2. Enter the IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Default Gateway for the source VM.
        3. Use one of the following methods to specify settings for the destination VM:
          • Select Use DHCP to enable an available IP address for the specified network connection to be assigned automatically.
          • Enter values for the IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Default Gateway to identify the desired IP address mappings for the destination VM. You can also specify preferred and alternate DNS servers and WINS servers.
    • VMware vCloud Director Options (displayed if the vCloud option is selected)

      Provide the following details:

      • VM Display Name: Name of the destination VM.
      • ESX Server: Click ... to select a new destination ESX server.
      • Datastore: Click ˅ to select a datastore to be used for virtual disks.
      • Organization: Name of the organization associated with the restored VM.
      • Org vDC: Enter the name of the organization vDC to be used for the restored VM.
      • vApp Name: Enter the name of the vApp to which the VM should be restored. If the specified vApp does not exist, one will be created using the name you enter.
      • vApp Owner: Enter the name of the user who owns the destination vApp.
      • Network Adapter Configuration: Enter the names of network adapters to be used for the restored VM. To restore without network connectivity, you can leave the Network Adapter boxes blank.
      • Restore vApp Configuration: Restore the vApp network configuration, lease configuration, and virtual machine startup order of the source VM to the new vApp.

Virtual Machine Configuration

  • Power ON Virtual Machine after/During Restore

    Select this option to power on the virtual machine after the restore completes, or while a VM is being restored using vMotion.

  • Unconditionally overwrite VM with the same name

    Select this option to overwrite an existing virtual machine with the same name.

  • Disk Provisioning: Select a provisioning type.
    • Original (default): Use the same disk provisioning that the source virtual machine used at the time of backup.
    • Thick Lazy Zero: Use thick lazy zero provisioning to allocate disk space for all disks. This method only writes to sectors of the disk that contain data.
    • Thick Eager Zero: Use thick eager zero provisioning to allocate disk space for all disks. This method writes zeros to any unused sectors of the disk.
    • Thin: Thin provisioning allocates full size and commits only as much storage space as the disk needs for its initial operation.
  • Transport Mode: Select a transport mode.
    • Auto (default): The most suitable transport is selected automatically based on the setup.
    • SAN: For directly connected storage using Fibre Channel (FC) or Internet SCSI (iSCSI) protocols; only available if the proxy is on a physical machine.
    • Hot Add: Used when the Virtual Server Agent is installed on a virtual machine on an ESX server.
    • NBD: Data is transmitted over a TCP/IP connection between the ESX server and proxy.
    • NBD SSL:  Uses the TCP/IP connection with encrypted data transfer.

Restore Virtual Machine using Live Recovery (vMotion)

Select this option to recover and power on a virtual machine from a backup without waiting for a full restore of the VM (Live Recovery). You can select the following options for Live Recovery:

  • Redirect Writes to Datastore

    Select a datastore for any changes made to the virtual machine during the recovery process. This must be a different datastore than the destination datastores used by the VM or its disks.

  • Delay migration

    Delay the migration of the VM to the destination location for the specified time (0-12 hours). You can still use the VM when delaying the migration.

Advanced

Click this button to configure advanced restore options.

Save As Script

Click to open the Save As Script dialog, which allows you to save this operation and the selected options as a script file (in XML format). The script can later be executed from the Command Line Interface using qoperation execute command.

When you save an operation as a script, each option in the dialog will have a corresponding XML parameter in the script file. When executing the script, you can modify the value for any of these XML parameters as per need.

For more information on restores performed from the command line, see Command Line Interface for Virtual Server Agent.