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restore from VM backup

Created: 26 Apr 2013 • Updated: 08 May 2013 | 6 comments
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Netbackup solaris 10

We have backed up a UNIX VM client by falsh windows backup policy, and by VMWARE menthod.
Now we want to restore its data (File system approach) to a physical server.
Is it possible ?
ALso I tried to restore by choosing normal backups and flsah backup windows, selected latest full & successfive incrementals, restore failed with EC 2817.

I tried by again with same selctions except selecting only full, thsi time restore started and wrote some data and failed with again same error.

This what I found in logs:

13 00:59:44 - Info tar (pid=16317) done. status: 183: tar received an invalid archive
04/27/2013 00:59:44 - Error bpbrm (pid=12905) client restore EXIT STATUS 183: tar received an invalid archive

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NBU35's picture

Also in this way is it possible to restore FS data of LinUX VM to SOlaris physical server.

Douglas_A's picture

You cannot do like a V to P type operation using the VMware method.

The OS wouldnt have the drivers and i dont believe the NBU client would accept that data knowing it was a different type of backup..

Same thing goes with restoring Windows FS data to a Linux FS. Yes it probably could be done and read by the other FS, however NBU does not allow this action.

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NBU35's picture

SO Pleas confirm, if I am correct it means we can not restore data of any virtual machine backed up by NBU for VMware by Flash backup windows policy, on to any physical machine.. ???

RamNagalla's picture


technically its possilbe.. when you make the backup with below conditions..

Restoring individual files
If the VMware backup was made with either of the following, you can restore
individual files:
■ An MS-Windows policy that uses VCB.
■ A FlashBackup-Windows policy with a Virtual Machine Backup parameter
set to any of the following:
■ File level snapshot using VCB
■ Mapped fullVMbackup
■ Full backup with file level incremental
see the 7.1 admin guide for VMware page number 135 for details on how to do the restore.. 
Douglas_A's picture

As Nagalla Stated it might be possible,

If its Flash-Backup Windows then you shoudl be able to do the restore, but its not a supported method at this time.

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NBU35's picture

Restore completed successfully.

Constraint: data should be restored on client of same type of OS.