Restoring VMs from backups

When you restore a VM, you overwrite the existing content with the backup copy that you select. You can restore VMs from either a primary or secondary backup to the same ESXi server.

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.
    Note: If you are restoring a deleted VM, you must log on with vsadmin or a user account that has all the same privileges as vsadmin. The host must be on a storage system that is running ONTAP 8.2.2 or later.
  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 the location. Click OK to return to the wizard.
  4. On the Select Scope page, click Entire virtual machine in the Restore scope field and then select the ESXi host where the backup should be mounted.
    The restore destination is the same ESXi host where the VM was originally registered.
  5. On the Select Location page, select the location of the datastore that you want to restore from.
  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.