About conversion to virtual machines
|Article:HOWTO74210|||||Created: 2012-03-02|||||Updated: 2012-03-16|||||Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO74210|
Backup Exec provides the ability to convert to virtual machines in the following ways:
The newly created virtual machine is bootable and is identical to the physical computer from which the virtual machine was converted. Conversion to a virtual machine enables business continuity for both Hyper-V and VMware environments.
Table: Convert to virtual machine options
The option is also available. A conversion to a virtual machine from a point in time converts existing backup sets from a backup job in which all components that are necessary for a virtual machine conversion were selected. When a backup job has all necessary components selected, Backup Exec identifies that job as Fully selected and the Simplified Disaster Recovery option has a status of ON The option to convert to a virtual machine from a point in time is useful in a disaster recovery situation in which you want to quickly recover a failed server. The backup sets contain all of the critical components of the server. Additionally, you can select application data or user data to include in the conversion.
Regardless of the option that is used to initiate the conversion, Backup Exec does not power on the virtual machine after creating it. You should not power on the virtual machine to validate that the conversion completed successfully.
Backup Exec creates a snapshot of the virtual machine at the end of the conversion process. The snapshot is removed before the next job runs as long as the virtual machine is not powered on and the only snapshot on the virtual machine is the one that Backup Exec created. If you want to start using the virtual machine, you must manually remove the snapshot.
If the converted virtual machine's host fails and you bring the virtual machine online, the existing conversion job continues to run and then fails. In this situation, you must create a new conversion job.
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