Attaching VMDKs to a VM

You can attach one or more VMDKs from a backup to the parent VM or to an alternate VM. This makes it easier to restore one or more individual files from a drive instead of restoring the entire drive. You can detach the VMDK after you have restored or accessed the files you need.

About this task

You have the following attach options:

The following limitations apply to attaching virtual disks:

Steps

  1. In the VMware vSphere web client GUI, click in the toolbar, and then select VMs and Templates from the drop-down list.
  2. Optional: In the left Navigator pane, select a VM.
  3. Optional: Click the Related Objects tab (or More Objects in vCenter 6.5), then select the Backups tab to view the list of backups for the selected VM.
    Scroll right to see all the columns on the screen.
  4. In the left navigation pane, right-click the VM, then select NetApp SnapCenter in the drop-down list, and then select Attach virtual disk in the secondary drop-down list.
  5. On the Attach Virtual Disk pane, in the Backup section, select a backup.
    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 the location. Click OK.
  6. On the Attach Virtual Disk pane, in the Select Disks section, select one or more disks you want to attach and the location you want to attach from (primary or secondary).
    You can change the filter to display primary and secondary locations.
  7. By default, the selected virtual disks are attached to the parent VM. To attach the selected virtual disks to an alternate VM, click Click here to attach to alternate VM and specify the alternate VM.
  8. Click Attach.
  9. Optional: Monitor the operation progress in the Recent Tasks section.
    Refresh the screen to display updated information.
  10. Verify that the virtual disk is attached by performing the following:
    1. 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 Edit settings in the drop-down list.
    3. In the Edit Settings box, click Manage other disks and then expand the list for each hard disk to see the list of disk files.
    The Edit Settings page lists the disks on the VM. You can expand the details for each hard disk to see the list of attached virtual disks.

Result

You can access the attached disks from the host operating system and then retrieve the needed information from the disks.