Restoring deleted VMs from backups

You can restore a deleted VM from a datastore primary or secondary backup to an ESXi host that you select.

Before you begin

About this task

You cannot restore a datastore, but you can restore any VM in the datastore.

Note: A restore operation might fail if the storage tier of the FabricPool where the VM is located is unavailable.


  1. In the VMware vSphere web client GUI, click in the toolbar, and then select Storage from the drop-down list.
  2. Select the datastore on which the deleted VM was located, then select the Related Objects tab (or More Objects tab in vCenter 6.5), and then select the Backups tab.
  3. Double-click on a backup to see a list of all VMs that are included in the backup.
  4. Select the deleted VM from the backup list and then click Restore.
  5. 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 the location. Click OK to return to the wizard.
  6. On the Select Scope page, click Entire virtual machine in the Restore scope field and then select the Destination ESXi host name.
    The restore destination can be any ESXi host that has been added to SnapCenter. This option restores the contents of the last datastore in which the VM resided from a Snapshot copy with the specified time and date. The Restart VM check box is checked if you select this option.
    If you are restoring a VM in an NFS datastore onto an alternate ESXi host that is in an ESXi cluster, then after the VM is restored, it is registered on the alternate host.
  7. On the Select Location page, select the location of the datastore that you want to restore from.
  8. Review the Summary page and then click Finish.
  9. Optional: Monitor the operation progress by clicking Recent Tasks at the bottom of the screen.
    Refresh the screen to display updated information.