VMWare Data Recovery - Quick Start Guild to Restoring a Server

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So you have VMWare Data Recovery (VDR) running on your cluster and something happened to a VM. Something bad happened. You don’t want to even bother repairing Windows so lets just restore the whole server. Great! Here is a quick start guild to a full VM restore.

  1. Load up vSphere Client and connect to your vCenter server.
  2. If it isn’t already installed, install the plug-in by clicking on the “Plug-ins” link in the top menu then clicking on Manage Plug-ins and enabling the plug-in called “VMWare Data Recovery”
  3. View -> Solutions and Applications -> VMWare Data Recovery
  4. Browse to and select the problem VM -> Right click -> Restore from Last Backup
  5. Follow the wizard to completion
  6. Start up the VM with your newly restored hard drives

One of the biggest advantages to the VDR system is cost. Acronis can cost almost $900 per server. The VDR appliance comes with vSphere and performs full bare metal image based backups with compression and in line deduplication. However it does not support encryption or easy export, to transport it on a USB drive for example.