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Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
about vmware Data recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 about This Guide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Intended audience. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 assumptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 reference Setup environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 what will Be Covered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 vmware Data recovery evaluation worksheet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Help and Support During evaluation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 vmware Contact Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Providing Feedback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

1 . Backup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
1.1. Perform Initial Backup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 1.2. manually Trigger a virtual machine Backup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 1.3. extend a Destination Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

2 . Restore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
2.1. virtual machine restore rehearsal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 2.2. virtual machine restore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 2.3. File Level restore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

3 . Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

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administration. • Sufficient storage has been allocated and configured to store the virtual machines and the destination stores. It is a disk-based backup and recovery solution. For detailed information regarding installation. VMware Data Recovery is fully integrated with VMware vCenter™ Server to enable centralized and efficient management of backup jobs.com/support/pubs/vs_pubs.E valuator’s guidE vmware DaTa reCOverY 1. • Proper evaluation licenses have been obtained and installed. intended audience This guide is intended to cover evaluation cases for IT professionals to evaluate the VMware Data Recovery data protection and restore features suitable for their Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs). and usage of VMware vSphere and Data Recovery. simple. and complete data protection for virtual machines. • VMware vCenter™ and vSphere Client have been installed in the environment to manage the ESX hosts1 . assumptions To successfully use this guide it is assumed that: • VMware ESX/ESXi has been installed on the physical servers designated for this evaluation. It incorporates capabilities such as block based data deduplication and performs only incremental backups after the first full backup is completed to maximize storage efficiency.0 getting started about vMware® data recovery VMware Data Recovery enables quick. • VMware Data Recovery appliance has been downloaded and imported into the vSphere environment. configuration. . As a result of deduplication and incremental backups. • VMware Data Recovery Plug-In has been installed on the vSphere Client. hands-on evaluation of VMware Data Recovery by IT professionals who are looking to deploy VMware Data Recovery in their VMware vSphere™ 4 environment to protect their virtual machines. please refer to the online documentation: VMware vSphere: http://www. about this guide The purpose of this guide is to support a self-guided.html 3 1 Note the VMware Data Recovery is not compatible with vCenter Linked Mode. VMware Data Recovery significantly reduces the space requirements in the destination disk where the backup data is stored.vmware.vmware.com/support/pubs/vdr_pubs.html VMware Data Recovery: http://www. • Virtual machines have been pre-configured and installed with proper Guest Operating Systems.

0 reference setup Environment Evaluators will need to provision the necessary hardware for the exercises included in this guide. Each virtual machine had a 10GB hard disk. Storage A Fiber Channel SAN of size 511.E valuator’s guidE vmware DaTa reCOverY 1.75GB shared by the ESX servers. 4 . ESX Cluster and Virtual Machines in Reference Setup Environment vCenter™ Server One vCenter Server was deployed. Note that VMware® Fault Tolerance was not and cannot be configured for the virtual machines protected by VMware Data Recovery 1. ESX Hosts Two ESX hosts were configured in a cluster. SAN shared by the ESX Servers in the Reference Setup Environment Virtual Machines Two virtual machines running Windows Server 2003 were used. Networking There was an Active Directory and a Domain Name Server in the lab. You will find below diagrams that illustrate the lab setup: Figure 1. You need to ensure that forward and reverse lookups are configured properly on your DNS server. The DNS is configured to resolve the hostname of the VMware Data Recovery appliance.0.1. Figure 2. This section provides you details on a sample environment used for this VMware Data Recovery evaluation in the lab. managing the ESX hosts.

Select virtual machines to back up and trigger the backup 1.3 Perform a file level restore 1. Unmount. 4. its restore point and destination store 2.E valuator’s guidE vmware DaTa reCOverY 1. Perform a real virtual machine restore 6. Delete the virtual machine created during the rehearsal restore virtual Machine level restore 2. Reconnect to the VMware Data Recovery appliance in the VMware Data Recovery Plug-In interface. Verify the data restored 3. Set up a file level restore agent 2. Reboot the VMware Data Recovery appliance 3. If your virtual machines have larger disk or more than one disk.0 What Will Be Covered This guide will walk you through the full cycle of virtual machine protection and restore using VMware Data Recovery. Perform a virtual machine restore rehearsal 5.2 Perform a real restore 1. and Mount the destination store 5. Create a backup job 2. Increase the size of the destination store in virtual machine settings of VMware Data Recovery appliance 2. Verify the data restored restore File level restore 2. Extend. Select the virtual machine to restore. its restore point and destination store 2. Perform initial backup 2. Select the virtual machine to restore. The major VMware Data Recovery features that you will exercise in this evaluation include: 1. Bring the protected virtual machines to compliance Backup virtual Machine Protection virtual Machine Protection 1. Perform a file level restore C at e g o r y Backup F e at u r e s virtual Machine Protection W h at W i l l b e C o v e r e d 1.1 Perform a restore rehearsal 1. .2 Manually trigger a backup 1.3 Extend a destination store 1.1 Perform initial backup 1. Extend a destination store 4. Perform an Integrity Check on the destination store restore virtual Machine restore rehearsal 2. you will need to allocate more time accordingly. Use the file level restore agent CLI to restore a file 5 15 minutes 15 minutes 15 minutes 15 minutes 15 minutes t i m e e s t i m at e s 2 15 minutes Backup 2 Note that the time estimates are dependent on the virtual machines having only one virtual disk of 10GB. Trigger a backup run outside of backup window 3.

baCkup Perform initial backup Manually trigger a backup job Extend a destination store restore Virtual Machine Restore Rehearsal Virtual Machine Restore File Level Restore 6 . For each scenario. h a r d Wa r e C h e C k l i s t Physical Servers s o F t Wa r e C h e C k l i s t VMware ESX VMware vCenter Server VMware vSphere Client VMware Data Recovery Plug-In virtual applianCe CheCklist VMware Data Recovery Appliance After you have successfully installed the VMware vSphere and Data Recovery software components on your hardware.0 vMware data recovery Evaluation Worksheet You can use the worksheet below to organize your evaluation process. you can proceed to perform the evaluation of VMware Data Recovery.E valuator’s guidE vmware DaTa reCOverY 1. you can use the corresponding checklist below to ensure that you are following the proper sequence.

com/home/docs/DOC-1551 VMware vSphere and vCenter Resources • Product Documentation: http://www.com/vmwarestore/ Providing Feedback Your feedback is appreciated on the material included in this guide.html • VMware Data Recovery Administrator’s Guide: http://www. In particular.com/pdf/vdr_10_admin.com/mgrreg/index.vmware.0 Help and support during Evaluation This guide is intended to provide an overview of the steps required to ensure a successful evaluation of VMware Data Recovery.vmware. any guidance on the following topics would be extremely helpful: • How useful was the information in this guide? • What other specific topics would you like to see covered? • Overall.vmware.vmware. 7 . Should you require further assistance.html • Product Community: http://www. Please refer to the online product documentation for VMware Data Recovery for more detailed information (see below for links).com vMware Contact information For additional information or to purchase VMware vSphere and Data Recovery. You can also visit http://www.vmware. If you would like to contact VMware directly. VMware’s global network of solutions providers is ready to assist.vmware. Thank you for your help in making this guide a valuable resource.vmware. with “VMware Data Recovery Evaluator’s Guide” in the subject line.vmware. how would you rate this guide? Please send your feedback to the following address: tmdocfeedback@vmware. please include the state. VMware Data Recovery Resources • Product Resources: http://www.cfm • Support Knowledge Base: http://kb.pdf • VMware Data Recovery Technical Note on File Level Restore: http://www.E valuator’s guidE vmware DaTa reCOverY 1.com/support/services • Education Services: http://mylearn1. It is not meant to substitute product documentation.com/support/pubs/ • Online Support: http://www.vmware. country.com/products/data-recovery/community. and company name from which you are inquiring.com/support/ • Support Offerings: http://www. please contact a VMware sales representative or channel partner.vmware.com/products/data-recovery/resources.com.com. you can reach a sales representative at 1-877-4VMWARE (650-475-5000 outside North America) or email sales@vmware.pdf • VMware Data Recovery Dedupe Store Setup Guideline: http://viops.com/pdf/vdrFileRestore_Usage. When emailing.vmware. You may also consult the online Knowledge Base if you have any additional questions.

You can manually trigger the Bring to Compliance option or you can wait until the backup job runs in the next backup window. it is ‘out of compliance’. After you create this backup job.0 1. bring the virtual machines to compliance by triggering the Bring to Compliance function. a time slot in a day) in which the backup job can run. Virtual machines with the same OS will have only one copy of the OS data stored in the destination stores. In many cases. within and across virtual machines. When you first create a backup job. VMware Data Recovery performs data deduplication for the backup data. 4.E valuator’s guidE vmware DaTa reCOverY 1. Backup 1. CIFS. allocating at least 50GB for your destination stores to leave enough space for backup data is highly recommended. Destination stores can be stored in RDM with either virtual or physical compatibility. you will need to create a backup job. The backup window (i. To start the upload immediately you can trigger the Bring to Compliance function. on the other hand. the virtual machines are ‘out of compliance’ since they have not been protected at all. 2. The retention policy used for determining which virtual machine backups are preserved over a period of time. VMware Data Recovery reserves 5 to 8GB of space for internal usage. Typically the initial protection takes longer than subsequence backups since the initial protection backs up the whole virtual machine. A backup job is run once a day during the backup window that you scheduled.1. If you plan to save the destination store to tape by taking snapshots. Create a backup job 2. Perform initial Backup Backup Virtual Machine Protection 1. you will want to use RDM with virtual compatibility. Snapshots cannot be taken with RDM with physical compatibility. lab statistics show that virtual disks and RDMs yield better performance than network-based destination stores. The destination store to store the protected virtual machines. In each destination store. 3.e. The virtual machines to backup. Use Case — Perform Initial Backup To start protecting your virtual machines. Using virtual disks (VMDKs) or RDMs for destination stores is recommended since the performance behavior is well-understood and consistent. Each destination store can be at most 1TB. 8 . gives varying performance characteristics across CIFS providers. a backup job has to be created. You can attach at most two destination stores to a VMware Data Recovery appliance. Bring the protected virtual machines to compliance 15 minutes Background Knowledge In order to back up virtual machines. A backup job captures the following attributes and policies: 1.1 Perform initial backup 1. Each virtual machine can be protected by only one backup job and each backup job can be associated with only one destination store. If a virtual machine has changes that have not been backed up. Thus.

and then browse to VmwareDataRecovery . Review the deployment settings and click Finish. Review the OVF file details. 7.1a VMware Data Recovery Installation Files Install the Client Plug-In Prerequisites VMware Data Recovery Plug-In connects to the backup appliance using port 22024.0 Getting Started You have to ensure the VMware Data Recovery Plug-In has been properly installed. If the Data Recovery plug-in does not appear in the vSphere Client. 6. Figure 1. The backup appliance is now deployed into your environment. Select the host or cluster to which the backup appliance is to be deployed. If there is a firewall between vSphere Client and VMware Data Recovery appliance. 3. Select Deploy from file.E valuator’s guidE vmware DaTa reCOverY 1. 5.msi in your vSphere Client machine. port 22024 must be open before VMware Data Recovery appliance can be managed with the vSphere Client. Follow the prompts of the installation wizard. 3. 2. Select Plugins > Manage Plugins and make sure that the Data Recovery plug-in is enabled. restart the client. and log in to a vCenter Server. 9 . 4. 2. Procedure 1. You can now use the client plug-in to manage Data Recovery. Start the vSphere Client. Install the Backup Appliance Procedure 1. 4. select File > Deploy OVF Template. 5. Run the plug-in installer VMwareDataRecoveryPlugin . You can optionally rename the backup appliance. Select a location for the backup appliance in the vSphere inventory. Select a datastore to store the virtual machine files. and the backup appliance has been properly imported and configured before proceeding.ovf and select it. From the vSphere Client.

In vSphere Client. 3. DNS Server 2 f. select Inventory > VMs and Templates. Refer to http://viops. IP Address b. 3. In the Hardware tab. right-click the VMware Data Recovery appliance virtual machine and select Edit Settings. Proxy Server g. Gateway d. Select Create a new virtual disk and click Next. 4.0 VMware Data Recovery Appliance Configuration involves: I . 2. Proxy Port Figure 1. select Home > Inventory > Hosts and Clusters. select Configure Network. 10 .g. In the console. Select VMware Data Recovery appliance. 4. click Add. Specify the disk size (e.1b VMware Data Recovery console after network configuration II . In the inventory. DNS Server 1 e. Network settings To configure the network settings: 1.com/home/docs/DOC-1551 for more information on how to size your destination store.vmware.E valuator’s guidE vmware DaTa reCOverY 1. 2. In the vSphere Client. Netmask c. 5. To add a destination store: 1. you will need a destination store of at least 50GB of free space. Enter the following configuration: a. Launch the console for VMware Data Recovery appliance. 50 GB) and other options and click Next. 6. Select Hard Disk and click Next. Destination store addition and formatting For this exercise. 5.

2. Specify the advanced options for the virtual disk and click Next. This step is needed for the appliance to recognize the new disk. Click Finish to create the disk. In the vSphere Client. Reboot the VMware Data Recovery appliance. Go to the Configuration tab. Connect to VMware Data Recovery appliance if you have not done so yet. 9. 6. Click Format… Figure 1.1c Create a disk to add to the VMware Data Recovery appliance 7. Click Destinations. Select the disk that you just added (e. 5.1d Format the newly added Destination Store 11 . /dev/sdb).0 Figure 1.E valuator’s guidE vmware DaTa reCOverY 1. To format a destination store: 1.g. select Home > Solutions and Applications > VMware Data Recovery. 8. 4. 3.

3.7. 12 3 VMware vCenter Update Manager (VUM) is another tool that you can use to upgrade VMware Tools and virtual hardware in simple steps.4 to v. In the vSphere Client.1f Upgrade Virtual Hardware Steps to Perform Initial Backup To create a backup job: 1.E valuator’s guidE vmware DaTa reCOverY 1.1e Virtual Machine with Hardware v. . as opposed to v. 2.4 To upgrade virtual machine hardware3: 1.7.4. 3. Figure 1. Figure 1. Shutdown the virtual machine for which you want to upgrade the hardware. To attain better performance. It is recommended that you use VUM to perform these upgrades. Beware you will need to upgrade the VMware Tools before the virtual hardware upgrade. it is recommended that you upgrade all of your virtual machines from hardware v. 2. In vSphere Client. Right click on the virtual machine and select Upgrade Virtual Hardware. select Inventory > VMs and Templates. select Home > Solutions and Applications > VMware Data Recovery .0 Virtual Hardware Upgrade VMware Data Recovery has the capability to perform Changed Block Tracking if the protected virtual machine has hardware v. In the virtual machines page. Click New Backup Job to launch the Backup Job wizard. select individual virtual machines or containers that contain virtual machines to be backed up and click Next.

In the Backup Window page.E valuator’s guidE vmware DaTa reCOverY 1.1i Select Backup Window for Backup Job 13 . select the destination store for this backup job. Figure 1.0 Figure 1. In Destination page. accept the default times or specify alternate backup windows and click Next. Figure 1.1h Select Destination Store for Backup Job 5.1g Select Virtual Machines to Backup 4.

Figure 1. 5. 14 .1j Select Retention Policy for Backup Job 7. 2. 4. 3. Go to the Backup Tab. To bring the virtual machines to compliance: 1. select Home > Solutions and Applications > VMware Data Recovery. In the vSphere Client.0 6.E valuator’s guidE vmware DaTa reCOverY 1. In the Ready to Complete page. Right click on the Backup Job . In the Retention Policy page. Select the Backup Job to bring to compliance. accept the default retention policy or specify an alternate retention policy and click Next. reviewed the summary information for the backup job and click Next. Select Bring to compliance.

1k Bring virtual machines to compliance 1. Manually trigger a virtual Machine Backup Backup Virtual Machine Protection 1.1. 15 .E valuator’s guidE vmware DaTa reCOverY 1.0 Figure 1. you can manually trigger a virtual machine backup.2. Getting Started You have to ensure you have created a backup job as illustrated in section 1.2 Manually trigger a backup 1. Select virtual machines to back up and trigger the backup 15 minutes Use Case — Manually Trigger a Virtual Machine Backup If you have some important data in a virtual machine that needs to be backed up immediately before the backup window.

0 Steps to Manually Trigger a Virtual Machine Backup To manually trigger a virtual machine backup: 1. leveraging the VMware Data Recovery capability to extend the destination stores. 3. you can start with barely sufficient space in your destination stores and grow as needed. Figure 1. Reboot the VMware Data Recovery appliance 3. 2. remain more or less the same) after some time as long as there are no more additions of new protected virtual machines. 16 .E valuator’s guidE vmware DaTa reCOverY 1. Eventually. select Home > Solutions and Applications > VMware Data Recovery. Right click on the virtual machine and select Backup Now. Reconnect to the VMware Data Recovery appliance in the VMware Data Recovery Plug-In interface.2a Trigger a Backup of a Virtual Machine 1. 4. Extend a destination store Backup Virtual Machine Protection 1. The statistics gathered from the lab indicate that the space requirements will plateau (i.3 Extend a destination store 1. the amount of space freed by exercising the retention policy will balance the amount of new data added to the destination store during backups. Perform an Integrity Check on the destination store 15 minutes Background Knowledge If you are concerned about over-provisioning your destination store. and Mount the destination store 5. Increase the size of the destination store in virtual machine settings of VMware Data Recovery appliance 2. Select the virtual machine to back up.3. In the vSphere Client. Extend.e. Unmount.

2.0 In this release. no backups or restores can be performed until the issues reported by the integrity check are fixed4. Steps to Extend a Destination Store 1. 10% of the original size) each time since that increment may be all you need to accommodate all the backups thereafter. then remount it. Refer to the VMware Data Recovery Administrator’s Guide (http://www.vmware. Hard disk 2). Getting Started You have to ensure that a VMware Data Recovery appliance has been properly configured with a destination store.pdf ) for more details. which you will extend..com/pdf/vdr_10_admin.E valuator’s guidE vmware DaTa reCOverY 1. you can verify the data integrity of the extended destination store by manually running an integrity check. Change the Provisioned Size to 60GB. Select the hard disk that needs to be extended (e.1 (as opposed to 1. Figure 1. In the vSphere Client. Click OK. 4 Note that with the enhancements in VMware Data Recovery 1. Use Case — Extend a Destination Store In case that your storage requirement in a destination store grows. select Home > Solutions and Applications > VMware Data Recovery. As a result. 17 . Reboot the VMware Data Recovery appliance. extend it in the VMware Data Recovery Plug-In interface. right-click the VMware Data Recovery appliance virtual machine and select Edit Settings.0). VMware Data Recovery requires that you unmount the destination store. 4.g. In the inventory. the deduplication store is locked. automatic integrity checks do not prevent a backup to proceed unless problems are found. Note that VMware does not support shrinking of destination stores. 7. 5.3a Change the provisioned size of a Destination Store from 50GB to 60GB 6. It is recommended that you grow by increments (e. After extending the destination store. If problems are found during the integrity check. In vSphere Client. extend it in the storage configuration tab of vSphere Client. you can extend the destination store until it reaches the size of 1TB. 3. select Inventory > VMs and Templates.g. VMware Data Recovery runs an integrity check on new backups each day and the entire deduplication store once a week.0.

9. Go to the Configuration tab. 10. Figure 17. 12.3c Perform a Manual Integrity Check 18 . Connect to the VMware Data Recovery appliance. Mount an Extended Destination Store 15. Select Destinations. Select the destination store that you extended in step 4. 11.3b Extend a Destination Store after changing the size in virtual machine settings 14. Figure 1. Figure 1.E valuator’s guidE vmware DaTa reCOverY 1. Click Mount. 13. Click Integrity Check… 16. Click Unmount. Click Extend.0 8. Click Yes.

there is no backup to restore to.0 2. In order to create a restore point. VMware Data Recovery restores all the necessary data for a virtual machine without the network. Verify the data restored 3. restore 2. Delete the virtual machine created during the rehearsal 15 minutes Background Knowledge VMware Data Recovery provides you with the capability to rehearse a virtual machine restore without actually restoring ‘in place’.1 Perform a restore rehearsal 1. Many of the data protection offerings from the competitors do not provide this capability to their customers. Both mechanisms are shown in section 1.1. 19 . This periodic verification can be built into the data protection process so that the IT administrators can be certain that the virtual machines can be restored properly. you can either wait for the associated backup job to finish running during the backup window. the restored virtual machine is not ‘online’ and you can log onto the virtual machine to verify if the files have been properly backed up and can be restored. Without a restore point. Use Case — Virtual Machine Restore Rehearsal With this feature to perform Virtual Machine Restore Rehearsal. or manually trigger a backup run. Getting Started You have to ensure there is at least one restore point available for the virtual machine that you desire to restore. When you use VMware Data Recovery to perform a Virtual Machine Restore Rehearsal. In this fashion. virtual Machine restore rehearsal Restore Virtual Machine Restore Rehearsal 2.E valuator’s guidE vmware DaTa reCOverY 1. IT administrators can periodically verify that the data have been properly backed up and can be restored. its restore point and destination store 2. Select the virtual machine to restore.

Click Restore to complete the restore rehearsal5. 3.2 Perform a real restore 1. select Home > Solutions and Applications > VMware Data Recovery. VMware Data Recovery uses a technique called Changed Block Tracking to find out which differential blocks and only recovers those blocks.0 Steps to Perform a Virtual Machine Restore Rehearsal To perform a Virtual Machine Restore Rehearsal: 1.E valuator’s guidE vmware DaTa reCOverY 1. Figure 2. IT administrators can use the restore capability in VMware Data Recovery to restore the virtual machines to a desired state. Use Case — Virtual Machine Restore In case that data corruption happens. Right-click a virtual machine to perform Restore Rehearsal upon and select Restore Rehearsal. . In the vSphere Client. virtual Machine restore Restore Virtual Machine Restore Rehearsal 2. Select the virtual machine to restore. it is crucial to be able to restore the protected virtual machines for business continuity.1a Perform a Virtual Machine Restore Rehearsal 2. The Virtual Machine Restore Wizard appears displaying the ready to complete page. Verify the data restored 15 minutes Background Knowledge You can use VMware Data Recovery to restore your virtual machines to the state captured by the restore points. If your virtual machine adopts hardware v. 20 5 In this exercise a restore rehearsal is performed by restoring from the latest restore point.2. You can also choose to do this or click Back to modify settings such as restore point and destination store.7. its restore point and destination store 2. 2.

you can either wait for the associated backup job to finish running during the backup window or manually trigger a backup run.0 Getting Started You have to ensure there is at least one restore point available for the virtual machine that you desire to restore. Without a restore point. In order to create a restore point. there is no backup to restore to.2b Select Source (i. 2.e. 3. Figure 2. Enter the virtual machine name or IP address of the backup appliance and click Connect.2a Perform a Virtual Machine Restore 4. Figure 2. Both mechanisms are shown in section 1. specify a source from which to restore virtual machines and click Next. On the Source Selection page. select Home > Solutions and Applications > VMware Data Recovery. Click the Restore tab and click the Restore link to launch Virtual Machine Restore Wizard. Steps to Perform a Virtual Machine Restore To perform a Virtual Machine Restore: 1. The Restore Virtual Machines wizard appears.E valuator’s guidE vmware DaTa reCOverY 1. In the vSphere Client. Restore Point) to Restore From 21 .

You also need to ensure that FLR is properly installed. Figure 2. Set up a file level restore agent 2. File level restore Restore Virtual Machine Restore Rehearsal 2. IT administrators can restore those lost files without restoring the whole virtual machine using VMware Data Recovery. To install FLR. Getting Started You have to ensure there is at least one restore point available for the virtual machine that you desire to restore. Without a restore point. In order to create a restore point. you can either wait for the associated backup job to finish running during the backup window or manually trigger a backup run. We suggest that you copy the vdrFileRestore. copy the vdrFileRestore.3. This file level restore is desirable because the virtual machine is still functional and has other files that may not exist in the captured restore points.2c Select Virtual Machine to Restore To 6. Both mechanisms are shown in section 1.3 Perform a file level restore 1. review the configuration and click Restore. Figure 2. 2. On the Destination Selection page. Use Case — File Level Restore In case a user accidentally deletes one or more files from his/her virtual machine. exe to c:\FLR. VMware Data Recovery provides a capability called File Level Restore (FLR) for you to restore the files that you need without restoring the whole virtual machine. On the Ready to Complete page. All files required for FLR to function as expected are contained within the vdrFileRestore executable. there is no backup to restore to. specify how restored machines will be configured and click Next.E valuator’s guidE vmware DaTa reCOverY 1. File level restore provides another level of flexibility for data restore.exe to a location of your choosing on the virtual machine with the files to be restored.3a File Level Restore Help 22 . Use the file level restore agent CLI to restore a file 15 minutes Background Knowledge Besides virtual machine level restore.0 5.

For example. as desired. so you must provide an IP address.exe -a 10. they are. “\TEST-VDR-VC\vDR\host\vDR_Cluster\Resources\W2K3-VM02” “E” <.exe -a 10..20. 2.exe to specify the IP address for the Data Recovery backup appliance that manages the restore points that contain the files to be restored.. you would enter: C:\FLR>vdrFileRestore.21..vmdk”. and click OK..21. enter cmd. click Start > Run.21. 3.0 Steps to Perform a File Level Restore To perform a File Level Restore: 1. 23 .vmdk” Please input “unmount” to terminate application and remove mount point You can now browse the contents of the disks for the selected restore point and copy files to the virtual machine currently running. For example.170 This command could return output such as follows: C:\FLR>vdrFileRestore. All disks have been mounted.vmdk”.170 0: Restore point Date: “Tue Jul 07 09:57:21 2009” 1: Restore point Date: “Tue Jul 07 10:32:35 2009” Please input restore point to mount from list above 4. For example. Log on to the virtual machine to which you are restoring files.170.20.E valuator’s guidE vmware DaTa reCOverY 1. in a Windows XP virtual machine. Opening disk “W2K3-VM02. Use the vdrFileRestore.“W2K3-VM02.. Open a command prompt. to see all available restore points on the appliance with the IP address 10.20.. FLR does not work with DNS names. you might enter 1. Enter the number for the desired restore point. Mounting disk “W2K3-VM02.

These operations are straightforward and easy to perform. you should be able to make the right choice to implement your data protection solutions in your virtual datacenter.3b W2K3-VM02.0 Figure 2. It enables quick. you can run the following command in place of step 3 and step 4: C:\FLR>vdrFileRestore.exe –l -a 10. DC Revision: 20090730 24 .21. When you have completed any required tasks with the contents of any mounted restore points. VMware Data Recovery 1. After going through the evaluation exercises in this guide. All disks are unmounted and closed and vdrFileRestore. Conclusion VMware Data Recovery is an effective data protection tool for Small & Medium Businesses (SMB). If you desire to mount the latest restore point. close the connection that vdrFileRestore has established with the restore point by entering unmount at the command prompt. 3. incorporating capabilities such as block based data deduplication and performing only incremental backups after the first full backup to maximize storage efficiency. This guide provides you with step-by-step instructions on how to perform backup and restore operations using VMware Data Recovery.0 Evaluator’s Guide Source: Technical Marketing.170 6.exe cleans up any remaining files it has created for its own functioning.20.E valuator’s guidE vmware DaTa reCOverY 1.vmdk mounted as E: drive (shown beneath C: drive) in Windows Explorer 5. simple and complete data protection for virtual machines.

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