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Restore files and folders from a Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machine backup

To restore individual files and folders from a Hyper-V virtual machine (VM) backup:

  1. In the Management Console of the Cloud Failover Appliance (CFA), go to ClientsHyper-V.

  2. Select a VM to restore files and folders from.

  3. Click Browse and Restore on the actions toolbar, or right-click the selected VM, and then click Browse and Restore in the context menu.

    Browse and restore action

    The Browse and Restore dialog opens.

  4. In the open dialog, select a backup job to restore files and folders from, and then click Next.

    Browse and restore job

  5. Select type of files to browse and restore:

    • Component Files

      Browse and restore the files that make up (define) the VM. This includes the VM OVF file as well as its VMDK file. Typically, these files are only useful if you need access to low-level, technical information regarding the VM.

    • Contained Files

      Browse and restore the files that are contained on the VM hard disks. Each disk can be explored independently using our exclusive file system browser UI. This is a great way to restore selected files from within a VM without having to restore (and possibly create) the entire thing.

    Browse and restore file types

    Click Next, and wait until the system mounts VM disks to work with.

  6. Select the path to restore the files to, and then click Next.

    Option Description
    Restore full path Retain the parent folder hierarchy of the selected file or folder
    Restore selected items only Discard the parent folder hierarchy and place the selected file or folder directly into the restore location

    Restore paths

  7. Review the restore settings, and then click Finish to browse for files and folders.

    Restore summary

  8. In the file selection dialog:

    1. Select where to restore files and folders to.

    2. Select files and folders to restore.

    3. Click Restore to start restoring, and wait for the process to complete.

    Select files to restore