You can specify which virtual machines to restore, how they are restored, and where they are restored to using the Virtual Machine Restore wizard.

When choosing a source, select from the tree view of backed up vSphere objects. Select those virtual machines and virtual disks to be restored. You can use filters to view a subset of all available choices. Much like with creating backup jobs, you can specify collections of virtual machines, such as all virtual machines in a datacenter. It is possible to move virtual machines and VMDK files to different locations. If multiple restore points are selected for a single virtual machine, Data Recovery restores the virtual machine to the most recent restore point selected.

This page provides a tree view of the location to which backed up vSphere objects will be restored and how those objects will be configured when they are restored. If your inventory hierarchy changed since the time of the backup, inventory object paths that no longer exist are shown as grayed out. You must move virtual machine files that were backed up from locations that no longer exist to valid destinations before you can perform the restore operation. You can reconfigure options such as:

The datastore and virtual disk node to which the files will be restored.

Whether the configuration will be restored. If configuration is not restored, configuring some other options may not be supported. For example, if the configuration is not restored, it may be possible to configure whether the virtual machine will be powered on, but not whether the NIC will be connected.

Whether the NIC will be connected.

Whether the virtual machine will be powered on.

It is possible to move virtual machines and VMDKs to different locations either by dragging and dropping them, or by selecting new destinations from the popup tree. To see more information about the existing inventory, click the link at the top of the page.

To clone a virtual machine, rename the virtual machine you are restoring.

If the default credentials provided for backup do not have privileges for restore, you can specify alternate credentials.

Review the settings for the restore job. This page includes a tree-style representation of what will be restored and summary information. The tree-style representation includes information such as:

Object names.

When the restore point was created.

Which datastore will be used as the destination for restored virtual machines or virtual disks.

Virtual disk node information.

Whether the configuration will be restored.

Whether the NIC will be connected.

Whether the virtual machine will be powered on.

The summary contains information such as:

How many virtual machines will be overwritten.

How many virtual machines will be created.

How many virtual disks will be overwritten.

How many virtual disks will be created.

The total amount of data that will be restored.

Note

If there is insufficient space on the destination datastore to complete the restore, a warning is displayed. Specify alternate datastores with increased capacity or accept the possibility that restores may not complete as expected.