Last week NetWorker 7.5.1 was released on PowerLink, after downloading the package I decided to look through the release notes. Now its safe to say anything to do with VMware and NetWorker interests me so when I saw “Performing A single step recovery of the full virtual machine” I went straight to page 126. If you have a PowerLink account you can download the release notes here.
Below a screenshot showing the new functionality.
If your already familiar with NetWorker VCB recoveries you’ll know that to recover a Virtual Machine from a VCB backup is a TWO step process 1. Perform a saveset recovery of the FULLVM saveset and then 2. Use VMware convector to import the virtual machine back into Virtual Infrastructure.
Now with 7.5.1 and VMware converter installed on the proxy server this is now a ONE step process. You can see in the right hand panel you now have fields to enter information you would typically enter into VMware Converter.
I think its really good we are starting to see these kinds of improvements in NetWorker, its not an amazing feature but I think its just a taste of whats to come around the corner.
The following considerations apply when performing a single step restore of a full VMware virtual machine:
The VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) proxy system must be running Microsoft Windows 2003 SP1.
Restore of the full virtual machine is only supported using save set recovery.
The user must have the required VMware privileges to register and to create virtual machines.
The VMware converter must be installed on the VCB proxy host machine. If the VMware converter is not installed, the save set of the full virtual machine (FullVM) can be recovered using a traditional NetWorker recovery.
The VMware virtual machine will restore to the same VMware ESX server orVMware Virtual Center (VC) taken at the time of backup.
Specifying another VMware ESX server or VMware VC server will cause the restore operation to fail.
A restore of the VMware virtual machine will fail if the VMware virtual machine already exists in the specified VMware ESX or VMware VC server.
The ESX server must be at version 3.x or later.