Windows Instant Recovery: Creating the Virtual Failover Client for hosting on VMware


Before you continue...

  1. Review your options and Considerations for the virtual failover client location (VFC).
  2. When choosing to host the VFC on VMware...
    1. verify that you have added the ESXi hosts and vCenter to the Protected Asset page.
    2. verify that the ESXi host and storage you choose has the resources to support the restored system. This is very important with STEP 5 in the Tasks window below.



  1. Set the Instant Recovery space according the Administrator Guide requirements. Generally 20% or greater of the used value of the system you need to restore.
  1. Click RECOVERY (menu) > Backup Catalog (tab) > Instant Recovery (button) > Windows Instant Recovery (dropdown)
  1. Select the Asset Name of the system you need to restore. Click Next.
  1. Select the LOCATION DETAILS Type of VMware. You will be immediately presented with the options for the VMware environment that you have added to the Protected Asset page. Click Next.
  1. Selection your options for resources, disks that are to be included, and Database options (shown as a separate tab). You can click on View Source Details (arrow 1) to see what your original system used for resources. If you want a report, enable the check box next to Email verification report. Click Save.
  1. The Unitrends will now perform the work to convert the backup into a Virtual Machine on VMware. When successful, the Status will change the Idle. Once on Idle, you will have the choice to perform an Audit or go Live. Use Audit for testing the restore, which restricts the VM access to the Console only (no network access). You can go into Audit at any time, and revert back to Idle mode. Once you go Live, your only option is to Tear Down.
  2. Tear Down When Live: There are two options:
    1. Delete the virtual failover client from the appliance only.
    2. Delete the virtual failover client from the hypervisor and appliance.

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