How restore operations are performed

For VMFS environments, the Plug-in for VMware vSphere uses clone and mount operations with Storage VMotion to perform restore operations. For NFS environments, the Plug-in for VMware vSphere uses native ONTAP Single File SnapRestore (SFSR) to provide greater efficiency for most restore operations.

Restore operations NFS environments VMFS environments
Performed using ONTAP SFSR Performed using clone and mount with Storage VMotion Performed using clone and mount with Storage VMotion
Restoring VMs and VMDKs from primary backups  
Restoring VMs and VMDKs from secondary backups  
Restoring deleted VMs and VMDKs from primary backups  
Restoring deleted VMs and VMDKs from secondary backups  
Restoring VMs and VMDKs from VM-consistent primary backups  
Restoring VMs and VMDKs from VM-consistent secondary backups  

Guest file restore operations are performed using clone and mount operations (not Storage VMotion) in both NFS and VMFS environments.