Acronis Instant Restore lets you boot a copy of your system on an existing Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware vSphere ESXi host directly from the backup storage without moving data. Since you are not moving data, the recovery time is down to a jaw-dropping 10-15 seconds.
This article will guide you to use the Acronis Instant Restore feature to recover a Server on VMware Esxi in case the physical or virtual server is unusable.
- You need a virtualization environment like Vmware Esxi or Hyper-V to be the recover server.
- You must have a backup Acronis file “Entire Machine” if you want to restore the Server to the latest state included in the backup file. Or “Disk C” where the server’s operating system and installed applications are installed.
Step 1: Add Vmware Esxi or Hyper-V host on Acronis Management Console
This add will allow recovery of the server on one of these two virtual environments.
On Acronis Management Console > Device > Add > Vmware Esxi or Hyper-V
Enter the parameters such as IP, username + Password, IP Management Server ( Acronis Management Server) of Vmware Esxi or Hyper-V
Click Deploy with VMware Esxi
Click Install with Hyper-V host.
Step 2: Recover with Instant Restore
In the Device go to the name of the Server you want to recover. Click Recover
Storage: Check the path where to save the backup file. Ex: \\172.16.31.6\Backup\
Backup type should be Full.
Click Run as VM.
Click Select machine or create new
In Select target host choose Vmware Esxi
Select the ip of the VMware host.
Machine Name: Enter the name you want to set for the server recover
In the DataStore, choose where to save the virtual machine.
You can change the Memory and Network Adapter for the new Server.
Click Run Now. Go to Activites tab you will see that you are in the process of recover.
You can track the recover in less than 1 minute. You can see the newly recovered Server name on the list of virtual machines on VMware hosts. Ex: BKSRV2
Proceed to turn on the virtual machine and check the data.