Can you clone a VM replicated by Veeam?

Veeam Backup & Replication has always had since its first version the possibility to replicate VMs, together with the backup capabilities. Once a VM is replicated in a secondary site, it could become a great resource for additional activities: from automated recovery tests (called SureReplica in Veeam) to become also the source for cloning activities. Data are already locally saved, there is no need to retrieve anything else from the source site, so any operation is quick an easy. Are there any informations we should be aware of in doing these operations? Let’s find it out.

Restore a single VMDK using Veeam Instant VM Recovery

Instant VM Recovery is one of the coolest feature of Veeam Backup & Replication. Regardless of the size of a VM, it allows to have it back in production and running in few minutes, because it’s not actually copied back into the production datastore, but directly executed from a backup file. It’s main use is to restore completely broken or lost VMs, but what if you want to restore a single VMDK, maybe because the original VM is fine and you only need one of its virtual disks? usually, a disk restore would require a complete binary restore into the production datastore, and if the disk is quite large it can take some time. What if you would be able to use Instant VM Recovery also for a single VMDK, instead of having to remove the old VM and swap it with the new one?

Convertire un disco virtuale da IDE a SCSI

Mi è capitato recentemente di accogliere in datacenter un nuovo cliente, che aveva migrato i suoi server da un’infrastruttura Hyper-V locale verso la nostra piattaforma VMware vCloud. I loro tecnici avevano portato le loro VM già convertite in formato VMware, e abbiamo quindi provveduto al loro caricamente nei nostri cluster vSphere 5. Purtroppo, le VM […]