CloudBerry Backup VMware Restore
While it’s important to backup your VMware virtual machines; it’s of even greater importance to be able to restore them. The following guide shows how to perform a CloudBerry Backup VMware restore.
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Creating a VMware Restore Plan
1. Launch the Restore Wizard by clicking on Restore on the navigation toolbar.
2. Once the wizard is launched; click Next on the welcome screen.
3. Select the backup storage where the VMware backup to restore is located and click Next.
The software will then read which backups are available to provide the applicable restore options further into the restore plan.
4. Name the restore plan.
There are two options to choose from on this screen:
Run restore once
Used if the restore is a once off process; will run once and no settings will be saved once restore is completed.
Save restore plan
Allows for the restore plan to be saved within CloudBerry Online Backup so that it can be quickly run again in future; or even run on an automatic schedule.
If using this option; you’ll be able to provide a name for the restore plan.
5. Select Restore VMware Virtual Machine on the Type of Data page and click Next.
6. Select the Restore Point which is to be used by the restore plan.
There are three different options available:
Latest Restore Point
Uses the last backup that was taken to restore VMware guests from.
Point in time
Allows a user to restore the VMware guest machines from the last backup to be taken before the time and date specified.
Allows users to choose the specific files and version from all those available on the backup drive.
7. Select VM’s to restore by ticking the box next to the applicable VM in the file list.
8. Select where to restore the VMware VM’s.
There are four different options to choose from here.
NOTE: Options on this screen may vary depending on the storage account type used.
Restore to VMware vSphere
Use this when restoring guests back into a VMware Esxi host.
Restore to Amazon Web Services
Will restore the VM data directly into AWS as either an EC2 machine, EBS volume or Amazon Machine Image
Restore to Microsoft Azure
Will restore the VM data directly into Azure as a VM or Data Disk.
Restore to Google Cloud Platform
Will restore the VM data into a Google Cloud Instance, Image or Disk.
9. Connect to the VMware Host machine to restore to.
There are three credentials required:
Can be the name of the VMware host, or the IP address. We suggest using the IP address to avoid potential issues with DNS causing connection errors.
The username CloudBerry should use to connect to the VMware host.
The password for the Login provided. CloudBerry is able to store the password for future use by ticking ‘Remember password’.
When all details are entered and Next is clicked; CloudBerry will attempt to connect to the VMware host.
10. Set the restore options for the restore plan.
On this screen there are two different options that need to be specified:
Specify datastore where you want to locate selected virtual machine
Allows a user to configure the storage associated with the VMware host where the VM will be restored to.
Specify the behaviour of powered on virtual machines
Allows a user to configure what other VM’s residing on the VMware host are to do while the restore process is running.
Power off then restore
This will turn off all running guests and then begin the restore.
Leave the other VM’s running during the restore process.
11. Configure the name for the virtual machine being restored.
If restoring to the original host; then the option to overwrite the current guest is available as well.
12. If the backup being restored from is encrypted, tick the box to Decrypt encrypted files with the following password and enter the password in the text boxes provided.
Once the password is entered as required, or if the backup isn’t encrypted click Next.
13. Configure Restore Report Notifications.
CloudBerry Online Backup is able to send backup reports to a user defined e-mail address configured in the MBS console.
To receive notifications for this backup plan; tick I want to receive notification email when backup completes and select when to receive notifications by clicking the applicable radio button:
When backup fails
A notification will only be sent when a backup plan has encountered a warning or error.
In all cases
A notification report will be emailed each time the backup plan is run.
Add entry to Windows Event Log when plan completes
CloudBerry Online Backup can write an event into the Windows Event Log to notify when a backup completes and its result. The two options available are the same as above.
This is useful for those using RMM software to monitor and provide alerts when specific events on the system occur.
14. A Summary of all the settings configured within the wizard is now provided.
15. The Restore plan is now successfully created.
Click Finish to complete the wizard.
The Restore Plans tab will now be displayed with the newly created Restore plan showing in the list. To run the restore, click the Play button to the right of the plan listing.
Uh Oh, my restore hasn’t worked as expected!?
Not to worry; the Test My Backups team provides full sales and technical support for CloudBerry products to users based in New Zealand and Australia. Raise a case with our team and we’ll be able to help ensure that your VM’s are able to be recovered the way that they’re designed to.