VMware Data Recovery uses a plug-in to the vSphere Client and a backup appliance to store backups to hard disks.

Before you can begin using Data Recovery, you must complete the installation process, beginning with ensuring that your environment includes resources that meet the Data Recovery system requirements.

Data Recovery is composed of a set of components that run on different machines.

The client plug-in is installed on a computer that will be used to manage Data Recovery.

The backup appliance is installed on an ESX/ESXi 4 host.

The optional File Level Restore (FLR) client is installed in a virtual machine running a supported guest operating system. For more information on FLR, see Understanding File Level Restore.