Restoring VMDKs from backups

You can restore one or more virtual machine disks (VMDKs) on a VM to the same ESXi server. You can restore existing VMDKs, or deleted or detached VMDKs, from either a primary backup or a secondary backup.

Before you begin

About this task

When you restore to the same datastore on the same ESXi server, the operation overwrites the existing VMDK with the backup copy. However, when you restore to a different datastore on the same ESXi server, the operation does not overwrite the existing VMDK with the backup copy.


  1. In the VMware vSphere web client GUI, click the icon 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 backups, and primary or secondary location. Click OK to return to the wizard.
  4. On the Select Scope page, in the Restore scope field, select the restore destination by clicking Particular virtual disk.
    To... Specify the restore destination...
    Restore to the original datastore Use the default, parent, datastore that is displayed.
    Restore to an alternate datastore Click the destination datastore, and then select a different datastore from the list.
    You can unselect any datastores that contain the 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 the updated information.