Rapid VM Recovery

A Rapid VM Recovery runs a guest on its backup destination, and the Hyper-V host treats that guest as a regular guest. A Rapid VM Recovery can be performed in just a few minutes so that the critical functions performed by the guest can be resumed with minimal interruption. This temporary solution provides business continuity until a suitable time can be found to perform a Full VM Recovery, which could take many hours.

Rapid VM Recovery is part of the Hyper-V Advanced add-on

To perform a Rapid VM Recovery, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Windows Hyper-V Manager.
  2. Check that the VM that you will rapidly recovered is not running.

    Check the VM that you need to rapidly recover from its backup. If the VM is running, right click the VM and select Turn Off.

  3. Select BackupAssist's Recover tab
  4. Select Rapid VM Recovery
  5. When you select Rapid VM Recovery, the Rapid VM Recovery screen will open and display all of the guests that have been backed up by this installation of BackupAssist.

  6. Select the guest
  7. Select the guest that you want to rapidly recover from the list of backed up guests. When you make the selection, the screen will reload and display all available backups of that guest.

  8. Select the backup
  9. Select the backup you want to use for the Rapid VM Recovery. When you make your selection, a message will ask you to confirm that you want to use this backup.

  10. Select a location to store data changes
  11. While the Rapidly Recovered VM is running, the Hyper-V host will store and manage changes to the VM's data. Select a folder on a local host drive that can be used to store this data.

  12. Review the guest configurations
  13. The Rapidly Recovered VM's configurations are the configurations the guest had when it was backed up. These should be reviewed, especially if the host has changed since the backup was made or if you are recovering to a different host.

  14. Start the rapidly recovered guest
  15. Use the Windows Hyper-V Manager Action menu to start the Hyper-V guest (VM)

The Hyper-V guest is now rapidly recovered.

Full recovery of a rapidly recovered VM

This will turn the rapidly recovered VM into a fully recovered VM. It will copy the VHD from the backup to the Hyper-V host and reconfigure the VM to point to that VHD. Any data that changed while the VM was rapidly recovered will be included in the VHD.

Discarding a Rapidly Recovered VM

This will stop the rapidly recovered guest, discard any changes made to the guest’s data since it was rapidly recovered, and remove the guest instance from the Hyper-V Manager.

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