How to copy replicated VMs back to VMware

SUMMARY

How to copy replicated VMs back to VMware

ISSUE

How to copy replicated VMs back to VMWare?

Boomerang offers two options for moving previously replicated and deployed VMs from AWS/Azure.  To move a VM that has been replicated but not deployed, the ‘Restore’ option can be used.  To move a VM that has already been deployed and may/may not be running in AWS/Azure, the ‘CopyBack’ option can be used.  This article discusses the ‘Restore’ option.

RESOLUTION

The Boomerang Restore option allows for copying replicated VMs in AWS/Azure back to VMware.   This option moves previously replicated data for the selected VMs from cloud storage (S3 or Blob storage) back to the local VMware environment and creates a new running VM in the process.  Of the two restore options, Restore/CopyBack, the Restore option will be much faster and will recreate the new VM using the state of the original VM at the time of the replication point selected.

TASKS

To perform a Restore load the Protection Group Dashboard screen and select the name of the Protection Group containing the VM(s) you wish to restore.
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The select ‘Restore Now’.
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Next, the "Restore" tab will show the list of available replication snapshots of the Protection Group. Select the particular snapshot you wish to restore, the desired VM(s) to restore and the VMware configuration options.
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The restore status screen will be shown next to track the progress of the restore.
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Once the task has completed successfully, the newly restored VMs can be found in the VMware environment. While a restore task is running, the VM name has a prefix "Boomerang Restore in progress" to help you identify VMs being updated. Do not delete or attempt to modify these VMs while the restore is in progress. Doing so will result in the failure of the restore task.
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