Restore Files from Backup
Background: If you do not have shadow copies enabled, or are unable to restore the files with shadow copies. Use file level restore from backup to restore a file, or folder, to an existing Virtual Machine from backup.
Process: Users may continue to work on the machine while the File Level Restore takes place.
Before you begin: Be sure that VMware Tools is running on the Virtual Machine to which you would like to restore files (the "destination Virtual Machine"). Note: VMware Tools does not need to be up to date to continue, but should be installed and the service should be running on the Virtual Machine. If you do not have VMware tools installed, install the VMware Tools on the destination Virtual Machine before continuing.
From the vCloud Director dashboard navigate to: Data Protection
Select the Organization Virtual Datacenter that houses your Virtual Machine
Select "vApps" under the Copies section in the sidebar navigation
Select the vApp containing the Virtual Machine you'd like to restore. Click the context menu, and select "Show Backups".
Identify the date of the desired backup. Click the context menu, and select 'File Level Restore'
Select the Virtual Machine from the list and press 'Next' to continue. Note, the following screen may take up to 10 minutes to populate depending on the complexity of the Virtual Machine's File Index. Please be patient.
Navigate to the desired file/folder by selecting the folder icon of the desired drive
Select the desired file/folder by marking the checkbox, and press 'Next' to continue
Confirm your selection and press 'Next' to continue
Select the Virtual Datacenter that houses your destination Virtual Machine
Select the Destination Virtual Machine
Enter administrator credentials for the Virtual Machine and press 'Login' to authenticate
Once you have authenticated, press 'Next' to continue
Select the destination folder on the destination Virtual Machine by navigating through the directory tree
Mark your destination and select 'Finish' to begin the restore!
File level restore will begin and you will see the task start in the task manager below:
Please see the table below for an estimated time of completion for this task.
Folder/File Size (MB)
Approximate Restore Time (minutes)
Once the task is marked 'Success' the restore has completed!
Finally, you will see the restored file in the destination you have chosen on the destination Virtual Machine
Applies to: All Windows VMs that have VMware Tools running