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Rapid VM Restore Technique using VSC and Storage vMotion


Problem Statement

The existing restore methods in the Virtual Storage Console (VSC) Backup and Recovery Module (formally SMVI) leverage either Single File Snap Restore or a File Copy process to restore individual virtual machines. If the virtual machines are large or if several VMs need to restored this could be a lenghty process.

Document Overview

The process described in this paper leverages the Mount capability of the VSC Backup and Recovery module and the Storage vMotion capability of VMware vCenter to much more quickly restore the damaged VM(s).


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This is a great construct which delivers a nearly instantaneous restore time capability for VMs. Nice work! Once restored a customer can dedupe and the process is almost zero-cost (in terms of capacity requirements).