NetBackup™ Web UI VMware Administrator's Guide

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Product(s): NetBackup (8.1.2)

Create an instant access VM

You can create an instant access VM from a NetBackup backup image. The VM is available almost instantaneously, achieving a near-zero recovery time objective. NetBackup mounts the VM's snapshot directly on the backup storage device to allow your ESXi host or cluster to treat the snapshot as a normal VM.

The mounted VM snapshot can be used for a variety of purposes. For example:

  • Recovering files from the VM, or copying a vmdk file.

  • Running tests on the VM, such as testing a patch.

  • Troubleshooting or disaster recovery.

  • Verifying an application.


This instant access feature is supported only for NetBackup appliances. This feature requires that the NetBackup backup image is stored on a Media Server Deduplication Pool (MSDP) storage device. For additional notes and limitations on using instant access VMs:

See Things to consider before you use the instant access feature.

To create an instant access VM

  1. On the left, click VMware.
  2. Locate the VM and click on it.
  3. Click the Recovery points tab, then click the date on which the backup occurred.

    The available images appear in rows with the backup timestamp for each image.

  4. On the image you want to recover, click Recover > Create instant access virtual machine.
  5. Review the recovery settings and make changes if needed.

    Note the Recovery options:

    Allow overwrite of existing virtual machine

    If a VM with the same display name exists at the destination, that VM must be deleted before the recovery begins. Otherwise, the recovery fails.

    Power on after provisioning

    Automatically powers on the VM when the recovery is complete.

  6. Click Create.

    NetBackup makes a snapshot of the VM backup image and creates an instant access mount point. The snapshot of the image appears on the Instant access virtual machines tab. You can now use the VM like any other VM on the ESXi server.

  7. For details on the restored VM, click on the VM under the Instant access virtual machines tab and click View details.
  8. When you are finished with the VM, you can click Delete to remove the mounted VM snapshot. The VM is removed from the ESXi server.