How to restore a VMware Virtual Machines (VM) to a ESX 3.02/3.5 servers using Backup Exec Windows Server (BEWS) 12.5 Agent for VMware Virtual Infrastructure (AVVI).

Article:TECH63807  |  Created: 2008-01-30  |  Updated: 2013-02-19  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH63807
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Environment

Issue



How to restore a VMware Virtual Machines (VM) to a ESX 3.02/3.5 servers using Backup Exec Windows Server (BEWS) 12.5 Agent for VMware Virtual Infrastructure (AVVI).


Solution



Backup Exec Windows Server (BEWS) 12.5 Agent for VMware Virtual Infrastructure (AVVI) can be used to restore virtual machines (VM) that appear under the VMware VirtualCenter and ESX Servers folder.

The following restores are possible:

    - A complete virtual machine, or its Virtual Machine Disk Format (VMDK) file, for disaster recovery purposes.
    - Individual files or folders that were backed up from inside the VMDK file, if the GRT option is selected during the backup job.
    NOTE: Granular Recovery Technology (GRT) allows the restore of individual data files and folders. GRT cannot restore system state files such as the active registry.
    -      Restore the virtual machines to an alternate location.
    -      Restore with a new virtual machine name in VirtualCenter.
    -      Select the preferred network for virtual machines to use after the restore completes.

Below are overviews of steps needed to perform the various restore methods:


Performing a GRT Restore

      If a virtual machine is backed up with the GRT option enabled, the virtual machine appears in the restore selections with its Netbios name. If you expand the name, then the individual drives, files, and folders appear.


      1. Start | Programs | Symantec Backup Exec for Windows Servers.
      2. Click Backup Exec 12.5 for Windows Servers.

      NOTE: Be sure that the Remote Agent for Windows Servers is installed on the VM in question.

      3. In the Symantec Backup Exec console, click the Job Setup tab.
      4. In the left pane, under Restore Tasks, click New Job.
      5. In the Restore Job Properties dialog box, under View by Resource, expand the VM in question
      6. Expand the backup set to restore.
      7. Select the desired folder or file.
      8. In the left pane, under Source | Resource Credentials dialog box properly specify the account use to perform the restore.
      9. Click Run Now OR  Schedule to run the restore job at a future time.


Restoring a VMware Virtual Resource

      1. Start | Programs | Symantec Backup Exec for Windows Servers.
      2. Click Backup Exec 12.5 for Windows Servers.
      3. In the Symantec Backup Exec console, click the Job Setup tab.
      4. In the left pane, under Restore Tasks, click New Job.
      5. In the Restore Job Properties dialog box, under View by Resource, expand the VMware VirtualCenter and ESX Servers node, expand the ESX server hosting the guest to be restored.
      6. Expand the datacenter node, and then expand the VM node to be restored.
      7. Select the check box corresponding to <Date Time> Full backup to be restored; if a VMware Warning dialog box appears, click OK.
      8. In the left pane, under Settings, click VMware Virtual Infrastructure.
      9. In the right pane, in the VMware Virtual Infrastructure area, perform select from the following restore tasks:

        Add restored virtual machines to VirtualCenter or ESX Server inventory
        When this check box is selected the entire virtual machine is restored and staged to the storage location. This check box is selected by default. If you clear this option, only the selected virtual machine files are staged to the storage location.

        Delete existing virtual machines prior to restore
        When this check box is selected, the existing virtual machines are deleted before the restore job. The virtual machines are deleted even if the restore job fails. This option must be enabled if the virtual machine being restored already exists, else the job may result in failure.

        Power on virtual machine after restore
        When this check box is selected, the virtual machine is powered on after it is restored.

        Local media server
        When this option is selected the local media server is used as the temporary staging server for the restore data.

        Remote computer
        When this option is selected, a remote server can be used as the temporary staging server for the restore data. VMware converter and RAWS must be installed on this remote server for the restore to run successfully.

        NOTE: As a result, using these restore job options you can restore data to the original location, power on virtual machines after the restore job completes, and/or restore over existing virtual machines.

      10. Click Run Now OR  Schedule to run the restore job at a future time.


Verifying the Restore

 

      1. Log on to Vmware VirtualCenter system.
      2. Click Start | Programs | VMware | VMware Infrastructure Client.
      3. Log into the VMware Infrastructure Client; if a Security Warning screen appears, click Ignore.
      4. Expand the Hosts and Clusters node, expand the specific DataCenter node, and then expand the ESX server node.
      5. Verify that the virtual machine is displayed.


Performing a Redirect Restore

 

      1. Start | Programs | Symantec Backup Exec for Windows Servers.
      2. Click Backup Exec 12.5 for Windows Servers.
      3. In the Symantec Backup Exec console, click the Job Setup tab.
      4. In the left pane, under Restore Tasks, click New Job.
      5. In the Restore Job Properties dialog box, under View by Resource, expand the VMware VirtualCenter and ESX Servers node.

      6. Expand the ESX server hosting the guest to be restored.
      7. Expand the datacenter node, and then expand the VM node to be restored.
      8. Select the check box corresponding to <Date Time> Full backup to be restored.
      9. If a VMware Warning dialog box appears, click OK.
      10. In the left pane, under Destination, click VMware Redirection.
      11. In the right pane, in the VMware Redirection area, select the Redirect using VirtualCenter and ESX Servers check box.

      12. In the VirtualCenter and ESX Servers box, enter ESX Server IP address you wish to redirect the restore to.
      13. Click Change.
      14. In the Logon Account Selection dialog box, select root, and then click OK.
      15. Click Browse VirtualCenter and ESX Servers for destination.
      16. In the Browse for Datastore dialog box, navigate to the ESX server's storage location and then click OK.
      17. In the Virtual machine configuration area, in the New virtual machine name box, enter the name to be given to the new virtual machine once restored.
      18. In the left pane, under Settings, click VMware Virtual Infrastructure.
      19. Choose restore task from selections in step 9 in the Restoring a VMware Virtual Resource method listed above.
      20. Click Run Now OR  Schedule to run the restore job at a future time.

 

Verifying the Redirect Restore Operation


1. Log on to Vmware VirtualCenter system
2. Click Start | Programs | VMware| VMware Infrastructure Client.
3. Log into the VMware Infrastructure Client; if a Security Warning screen appears, click Ignore.
4. Expand the Hosts and Clusters node, expand the specific DataCenter node, and then expand the ESX server node.
5. In the right pane, click the Configuration tab.
6. Under Hardware, click Storage.
7. In the right pane, under Storage - Identification, double-click ESX storage.
8. In the DataStore Browser window, is the redirect VM machine present?

NOTE: The VMware Converter tools is used to restore Virtual Machines. Backup Exec stages the virtual machined to a temporary location. After the machine is staged to the temporary location, Backup Exec invokes the VMware converter at the temporary location to place the virtual machine on the ESX server. If the, Add restored virtual machines to VirtualCenter or ESX Server inventory check box, in VMware Virtual Infrastructure window is not selected the restore is only staged in the temporary location and VM is not placed on the ESX server.

Additionally, if the VM being restore contains an operating system the VMware converter at the staging area cannot determine the restore operation may fail and the system will not appear within the VMware Infrastructure Client. To determine is a restore of a VM is possible,  manually launch the Vmware converter (Start | Programs | VMware | Vmware Converter) and verify that the Vmware Converter can convert the VM in question.
 




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