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REST API workflow to restore VMs

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To perform restore operations for VM backups using the SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere REST APIs, you must follow the prescribed sequence of REST API calls shown in the following table.

For each REST API, add https://<server>:<port>; at the front of the REST API to form a complete endpoint.

Step REST API Comments

1

Go to http://<vCenter-IP>/mob

Find the VM moref from the VMware Managed Objects URL.
Note the moref for the VM that you want to restore.

2

/4.1/vm/{moref}/backups

Get VM Backups gets a list of backups for the specified VM.
Pass the moref from Step 1.
Note the backupId of the backup you want to restore.

3

/4.1/vm/backups/{backupId}/
snapshotlocations

Get snapshot locations gets the location of the Snapshot copy for the specified backup.
Pass the backupId from Step 2.
Note the snapshotLocationsList information.

4

/4.1/vm/{moref}/backups/
availableesxhosts

Get available ESX Hosts gets the information for the host on which the backup is stored.
Note the availableEsxHostsList information.

5

/4.1/vm/{moref}/backups/
{backupId}/restore

Restore a VM from a backup restores the specified backup.
Pass the information from Steps 3 and 4 in the restoreLocations attribute.
Note: If the VM backup is a partial backup, set the restartVM parameter to "false".
Note: You cannot restore a VM that is a template.