Standard VM recovery can be a time-consuming process, and sometimes you just need specific files and objects restored now without having to wait for a full recovery to complete. For this purpose, NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides the Flash VM Boot functionality.
Flash VM Boot allows you to boot the VMs directly from compressed and deduplicated backups. This feature works out of the box, requiring no special setup or preparations. After the VM has been booted, you can migrate it to production for permanent recovery, get immediate access to certain files or folders, or test new system updates. Changes made in the VM do not modify the backup data.
Here is an example of how to use Flash VM Boot in NAKIVO Backup & Replication:
Steps (5 total)
1. Start Flash VM Boot
From the main UI, click Recover and select Flash VM boot.
2. Choose the Source
At the first step, choose the Backups you would like to recover, then select the Recovery Point. By default, NAKIVO Backup & Replication always selects the latest recovery point.
3. Choose the Destination
Select Container and Datastore where the changes to the VM will be stored. You can also choose to connect the recovered machine to a specific network, Temporary Isolated Network, or forego this step altogether. If necessary, you can also store the changes to different disks on different datastores.
4. Configure Scheduling
NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides a variety of scheduling options. You can bring out a calendar dashboard for a bird’s-eye view of all of your scheduled jobs. Disabling scheduling and running the job on-demand is also an option.
5. Configure the Job Options
At the last step, you can give a Name to the job and enable Screenshot Verification to make sure the recovery is successful. You can also enable the generation of new VM MAC addresses for the recovered VMs, select whether to power on the machines after the recovery, and run Pre- and Post-Job Scripts if necessary. It is also possible to use Proxy Transporter for data routing purposes. Click Finish & Run once you’re done configuring the options to create and run the job.