How is it possible to restore vcenter-VM from SMVI-Snapshots? In my opionion, the only way to restore VMs which a backup per SMVI, is to use VSC at the vcenter-Server. But how can i do this, if vcenter-VM are failed / corrupted ?
How can i restore the specific Vcenter-VM from SMVI-Snapshots without vcenter-VM ??
If you're using NFS, the easiest, but longest, way is to SSH to a vSphere host, cd into the datastore's .snapshot directory ("cd /vmfs/volumes/datastore_name/.snapshot/snapshot_name") and do a simple copy back into the volume...for example:
Using the NetApp PowerShell Toolkit or the CLI you can create single file FlexClones pretty easily with NFS datastores. You'll need to make sure there is a folder to restore the files into on the volume, then it's just creating FlexClones of the VMX and VMDKs from the snapshot...
This is dramatically more difficult with block based storage since you have to do sub-LUN cloning and need to know the block ranges associated with the files. This isn't something I'm familiar with doing, so it would be significantly easier to just create a volume FlexClone, mount it as a new datastore (remember to account for LUN resignature), and then add the VM to inventory and SvMotion it to a new datastore if desired.
Hope that helps.
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