Restoring VMDKs from backups

You can restore one or more virtual machine disks (VMDKs) on a VM to the same ESXi server or to an alternate one. You can restore existing VMDKs, or deleted or detached VMDKs from either a primary a secondary backup. If restoring to the same host, you overwrite the existing content with the backup copy.

Before you begin

About this task


  1. In the VMware vSphere web client GUI, click in the toolbar, and then select VMs and Templates from the drop-down list.
  2. In the left Navigator pane, right-click a VM, then select NetApp SnapCenter in the drop-down list, and then select Restore in the secondary drop-down list.
  3. In the Restore wizard, on the Select Backup page, select the backup copy that you want to restore from.
    You can search for a specific backup name or a partial backup name, or you can filter the backup list by clicking (filter icon) and selecting a date and time range, selecting whether you want backups that contain VMware Snapshots, whether you want mounted back ups, and primary or secondary location. Click OK to return to the wizard.
  4. On the Select Scope page, select the restore destination by clicking Particular virtual disk in the Restore scope field.
    To... Specify the restore destination...
    Restore to the original datastore Use the default, parent, datastore that is displayed.
    Restore to an alternate datastore Click on the destination datastore and select a different datastore from the list.
    You can unselect any datastores that contain VMDKs that you do not want to restore.
  5. On the Select Location page, select the Snapshot copy that you want to restore (primary or secondary).
  6. Review the Summary page and then click Finish.
  7. Optional: Monitor the operation progress by clicking Recent Tasks at the bottom of the screen.
    Refresh the screen to display updated information.