SolarWinds Backup Help

Virtual disaster recovery in Backup Manager

The Virtual Disaster Recovery feature lets you create a working mirror of your computer and run it in a virtual environment. The mirror can be kept up-to-date automatically through the continuous restore feature.

The feature is currently available on Windows devices. A Linux version is in beta. Please contact your service provider to add the Virtual Disaster Recovery to your service package (if it is not included yet).

You can perform virtual disaster recovery to the following targets:

  • VMware VMDK (local)
  • VMware ESXi (on a remote server)
  • Hyper-V (local)
  • Local VHD files (local, no Hyper-V installation required)

It is highly recommended to use an isolated network for tests. Performing virtual disaster recovery to a production environment can result in conflicts (for example, there can be 2 machines with the same IP addresses). Such conflicts lead to errors and data loss.

Backup selection requirements

Make sure the following data in the source system is backed up:

  1. The system state of your computer (the System State data source).
  2. The whole system diskC:\ or another disk that has your operating system and that the operating system boots from (the Files and Folders data source).
  3. Any other data that is important to you. Supported data sources: Files and Folders, MS Exchange, and MS SQL.

It is possible to back up a system containing dynamic disks (they are converted to basic disks during virtual disaster recovery). If a dynamic disk uses the MBR partition table, the total size of its dynamic volumes must not exceed 2TB.

Instructions

  1. Start the Backup Manager.
  2. Click Restore > Virtual Disaster Recovery.

  1. Select the type of virtual machine you want to recover the data to.
  2. Select the data to recover. If you have backed up the MS SQL and MS Exchange data sources, they will be available for selection (in addition to the Files and Folders data source).
  3. Fill out the settings for your type of virtual machine.
  4. Click Restore to start a recovery process.
  5. Hold on till the recovery process is completed. Its duration depends on the size of the system you are restoring, the data transfer speed, and the performance of your computer.