You can use a CVD snapshot to restore a specific file or a complete endpoint on an existing device.

Horizon Mirage automatically creates CVD snapshots at regular intervals, and preserves them based on a retention policy, making them available for restoration purposes as needed. See CVD Snapshot Generation and Retention.

You can use a selected CVD snapshot to restore a specific file or a complete endpoint on an existing device. Restoring a specific file is the same process as restoring a previous file version. To restore a specific file from a CVD snapshot, see Restore a Previous File Version.

Restoring a complete device from a CVD snapshot can be between same operating system, for example, Windows 7 to Windows 7, or cross-operating systems, for example, Windows 7 to Windows XP/Vista. However, you cannot revert a Windows XP CVD snapshot to a Windows 7 device or a Windows 8 CVD snapshot to a Windows 8.1 device.

The following procedure restores a complete device from a CVD snapshot.

1

In the Horizon Mirage Management console tree, expand the Inventory node and select the All CVDs node.

2

Right-click the CVD that you want to restore to a previous snapshot and click Revert to Snapshot.

3

Choose the revert options:

Select the snapshot date to which you want to revert.

Restore System Only check box (selected by default): This restores system files only, including the base layer, user-installed applications and user machine settings. The user area content is not affected and any new files in the user area are not erased.

User data in this option pertains to files and directories listed in the upload policies User area. See Working with Upload Policies.

The option behavior depends if the reversion you are performing is to same OS or cross-OS.

Option

Description

If to the same OS, for example, Windows 7 to Windows 7:

Deselect this check box if you want to restore the entire CVD, including the User area, from the CVD snapshot.

If the checkbox is deselected, any application, setting, or document in the current CVD that does not exist in the snapshot is erased from the endpoint.

If to a different OS, for example, Windows 7 to Windows XP/Vista:

This checkbox is deselected and dimmed so the entire CVD, including the User area, is always restored from the CVD snapshot.

Click Next to continue.

4

Complete the domain details. This applies only for Cross-OS reversions.

Fill in the domain details needed for the device to rejoin the domain.

Type the Domain and OU or select them from the drop-down menus.

The drop-down menus are pre-populated with all known domains in the system. The required syntax pattern is shown for each text box.

5

Click Next and Finish.