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Recovering Vm from bootable media

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I've just purchased Acronic Backup Advanced for VMware 11.7 and waiting for AB Advanced for Vmware 12. Meanwhile I downloaded 30 day trail version of Acronis backup 12. In my lab I have one esxi host and I installed Acronis backup 12 on VM on this host. Then I did backups of that VM and esxi config files. Next I created Acronis Bootable Media and tried to recover my esxi config and my VM from it. I managed to recover Esxi config files but I can't see any option to recover my VM. How can I recover VM from bootable media?

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Hi Marek,

A VM backup can be recovered via bootable media from the same Recovery wizard - you should simply browse the VM backup when selecting the archive to be restored in the wizard. The program will then discover the disks/volumes inside the image and will allocate them onto the existing disks/volumes on the machine you're booting from the bootable media. Note that you can recover the VM backups only to this machine booted from the bootable media, e.g. you can't restore it to a remote hypervisor or a different VM. 

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I got 2 volumes on host: one volume with esxi 6.5 and the second with data. During recovery of VM I can only choose volume 1 (with esxi files). Volume Data is not visible. Do I have to use Universal restore option?

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Hi Marek,

Looks like I've got your original e-mail wrong - you're trying to recover a ESXi _host_ volume from ESXi configuration backup. Note that ESXi configuration backup does _not_ include VM data - it includes only ESXi host configuration files, so you need to recover the VMs separately from backups of these VMs (these backups must be created also separately - in addition to ESXi host configuration). You can recover ESXi configuration backups to dissimilar hardware as well - there is no need in Universal Restore option here (we apply necessary changes on fly during recovery).

P.S. The concept you describe would work only for Hyper-V hosts backups, where you can back it up as a usual physical machine and recover to bare metal, thus restoring volumes which contain VM data.

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I got 2 vmware datastores on host; 1- esxi and 2- data witm VM. With Acronis 12 I did 2 separate backups for Esxi  and for VM on network share. All i want to achieve is restoring both esxi and vm from bootable media in case of full disaster. I can restore esxi without any problems to my first vmfs disk but i got problems when i try to restore VM to my second vmfs disk. After restoring VM and connecting to ESxi host i can see my second datastore has been completely destroyed.  It looks like this VM was restored not as VM but as physical machine

 

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Hi Marek,

The recovery procedure should be different:

1) First you restore ESXi configuration backup via bootable media

2) Next you boot the ESXi host and connect to it by some Agent for VMware from Acronis Backup 12 (Acronis Backup 12 should be installed somewhere in network), e.g. deploy appliance or Agent for VMware (Windows)

3) Then you can run usual VM recovery onto the restored ESXi host

An alternative method to recover VM would be the following:

1) Restore ESXi configuration backup via bootable media

2) Prepare some empty VM on the required datastore via vSphere client

3) Boot this prepared VM from Acronis Backup bootable media

4) Run recovery of VM backup via this media - it will be placed onto the local disks of the pre-created VM.

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Should I use an alternative method only if i got Acronis Backup 12 installed on VM on host which i want to recover by bootable media?

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Hi Marek,

Yes, in the described scenario the alternative method would be the easiest to use, since all you would need is the bootable media .iso and so you won't need to re-install Acronis Backup 12 anywhere else in network to use the 1st method.

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I've just tried an alternative method. I got 2 datastores on host (datastore1 with ESXI - 100GB and Datastore2 with VM - 3TB).  First I recovered from bootmedia ESXI on datasore1 then logged on to host and created empty VM (with allocated  disk space 60GB) on Datastore2. During recovery my backup VM from bootable media what type of source data of my backup  should I choose: Volumes, Disk or Files? When I choose Volumes or Disk, as a destination I can only pick my whole Datastore 3TB, when i choose Files as a destination I can only pick one of four partitions from my ESXI Datastore. I can't see any option to choose an allocated space which an empty VM created on datastore2 as a destanation of my recovery.

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[quote=Marek Sędziwy]

I've just tried an alternative method. I got 2 datastores on host (datastore1 with ESXI - 100GB and Datastore2 with VM - 3TB).  First I recovered from bootmedia ESXI on datasore1 then logged on to host and created empty VM (with allocated  disk space 60GB) on Datastore2. During recovery my backup VM from bootable media what type of source data of my backup  should I choose: Volumes, Disk or Files? When I choose Volumes or Disk, as a destination I can only pick my whole Datastore 3TB

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This means that you have booted ESXi host from the bootable media, while you should've booted the prepared VM from the bootable media instead - in this case you would see the 60GB allocated virtual disk available as target for recovery. You'll need to recover the "Disks" from the VM backup

 

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I got it. Thank you