In my first post on DR for the smaller organization I touched on the concepts involved as well as on two Backup products that work well – Veeam and Altaro.  My second post highlighted the backup   process on-prem and remotely featuring Altaro as the demo product.  In this post I’ll look at how you can recover from a major failure or disaster using only the files on the remote backup repository.

With Altaro (and it’s pretty much the same for Veeam) all you need is the backup files that have been saved at your remote site and appropriate hardware to recover to.  For my demo I have two desktop-class machines, one loaded with Windows 7 (the remote Altaro backup repository) and one loaded with Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V enabled (the target Hyper-V host).

Here are the steps to follow:

1.  Install full Altaro on your Hyper-V host.  You can use a full trial license or you can install your Altaro key, you just need to have all the features of Altaro enabled.

2. Now you start the restore process.  Open Altaro and click on Restore:

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I’m going to pick a LAN location.

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I clicked Test Connection and it tested correctly,  I can continue with restore process.

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Click Next.

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Altaro scanned the repository that I connected to and it found two VM’s that can be restored.  In this case it is copies of machines I backed up sometime ago but the backups are still valid.

3.  Pick the machine (or machines) that you want to restore and complete the process:

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Click Next.

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There is a lot happening on this screen so let’s break it down:

1) You can select form the backups that are stored for this machine.

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2) You can set the name for the restored VM.

3) You can set the Hyper-V host you want to restore to.

4) You can set the location you want to restore to, I’m changing this to what I want.

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Everything is set the way I want, now I click the Restore button and this starts the process.

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That’s it!  Now we just let the restore process run until completed.  The time required for the restore will depend on a number of factors including the size of the VM to be restored, speed of the host, speed of the network, etc.  Altaro is pretty speedy (Veeam is even more speedy) so it should not take much time till a fully functional VM is restored to the Hyper-V host.

The salient point to remember for this whole process is that the only thing we had from our production site was the off-site backup file (Altaro remote backup file).  If, perish the thought, our production site was a smoking pile of rubble, the Altaro files and our cobbled together machines may have just saved our backsides.  Granted, the recovered systems may not run anywhere near as fast as they would on our production gear but the point is that they will run.

Disaster Recovery for the smaller organization – Part 3
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