How to Recover a VMware Virtual Machine (VM) with a Synology DS920+

The purpose of this blog post is to provide the guidance and the steps needed to recover a VMware Virtual Machine (VM) using Active Backup for Business on my Synology DS920+. This VM is currently found on a physical server (Dell PowerEdge R720). To demonstrate the recovery process, the VM was previously deleted from vSphere. As you can see from the two images below, the Windows 11 Beta VM was displayed properly prior to deletion (left photo) and was then deleted from my list of VMs in vSphere (center photo) and the VM now has a status of Unknown VM in Active Backup and Business (right photo).

The Active for Business software can be installed from the Synology Package Center. Additional software can be found here which allows you to expand and create additional use cases for your Synology NAS. Once Active for Business has been installed on your NAS, you can launch the application from the Synology Package Center by selecting Open.

The Restore Wizard provides three recovery methods (Instant Restore to VMware, Full VM Restore, and Instant Restore to Synology Virtual Machine (VMM). For this demo, we are using the first option. Please select Restore to begin.

When prompted to Select a Restore Point, please select the appropriate option. In this example, these is only restore point to choose from and then please select Next to proceed. At the Restore Platform window, please select Restore to VMware vSphere and then Next. For the purpose of this demo, I selected the Instant Restore option for the Restore type and then Next.

Please select Restore to the original location for the Restore Mode and then Next. Review the Summary and then select Done to proceed. If prompted to enable NFS Service, please select OK.

The Instant Restore process begins.

Once the above is complete, highlight Instant Restore and then select Migrate to restore the VM back to the production site. On the following window, please select the appropriate datastore and then Done to proceed.

The VM begins to migrates to the production site and will complete shortly thereafter.

The VM has been fully restored to the production site.

If I missed anything, please let me know. Also, please checkout similar blog posts on the Synology NAS series from Chris ChilderhoseAnwar Khan, and Ian Anderson.

If you’re interested in learning more about the DS920+, I would highly recommend contacting Synology using the Media Inquiry form.

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