How To: Restore to a Virtual Machine

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The article is designed to outline the basics for restoring from either a physical machine to a virtual machine environment such as Hyper-V or VMware.



This has been tested on Microsoft Virtual Products and VMware Products. ShadowProtect has also been tested and works well with Virtual Box. 

      1. Create the virtual machine. In doing this you will need to pay attention to the Amount of memory, number of CPU's and most importantly, the hard drive capacity. Shadow Protect has the ability to shrink up to 50%, but not guaranteed to be able to shrink the volume at all. Some Virtual Environments also have a capacity limit.
      2. Attach the Recovery CD or ISO to the Virtual Machine.
      3. Make the Backup Images to be restored in a place that they can be accessed from within the Recovery Environment. For all virtual environments except VMware you will need to make these Images available over the network.
      4. Boot the Virtual Machine from the Recovery CD into the Vista Environment unless restoring Windows 2000. (If you are using Hyper-V you will need to add a Legacy Network Adapter to the Virtual Machines hardware before starting the virtual machine)

Everything else from this point on is standard HIR restore. With VMware you can restore from a USB hard drive. All others you will need to run the Network Configuration, map your network share and restore the Image from over the network.

Additional Information:

If you are remoted into the host machine using any Microsoft Virtualization platform, you will not be able to utilize the mouse in the recovery environment. When using any of the Microsoft Virtualization Platforms, you must be physically a the host machine, or using a VPN connection to the Recovery CD.

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