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Recover one or 100 virtual machines with bulk instant recovery for VMware

Level 3

Most modern enterprises tend to be heavily virtualized, from hundreds of Virtual Machines (VMs) on-premises to thousands of VMs blended between clouds and the data center. The ability to spin up VMs on the fly, in contrast to the traditional process of provisioning physical servers, has led to some amount of VM sprawl, creating gaps in enterprise data protection and availability. When it comes to protecting VMware, NetBackup provides unmatched versatility and value for the level of automation, orchestration, unmatched performance, and deep VMware integration, all wrapped up in a comprehensive, yet simple data protection platform.

As VMs multiply, and the amount of data in the enterprise grows from terabytes to petabytes and beyond, efficiency in data protection becomes critical. NetBackup innovations like agentless backups combined with NetBackup Accelerator for VMware, that uses Change Block Tracking (CBT) data from VMware have greatly reduced the backup window down to minutes versus hours. While Instant Access features allow a VM to be brought online without the need for provisioning storage, this process is still not the fastest when performing bulk recovery operations. Should ransomware compromise a VM environment and take offline hundreds or thousands of VMs, customers need a robust solution that can recover VMs at scale from backup copies and onto the production datastore.

Figure 1 - Click Roll back Instantly on up to 100 selected VMs in each action.Figure 1 - Click Roll back Instantly on up to 100 selected VMs in each action.

Introducing Instant Recovery for VMware in NetBackup 9.1! By using the backup image to generate a live representation of the data that corresponds to a specific recovery point, NetBackup utilizes VMware CBT data to identify the differences between blocks in the recovery point and the current VM and sends just the unique blocks needed to roll back the running VM. The whole process completes in a significantly reduced duration of time – in the order of seconds versus minutes.

The VMware administrator may utilize self-service capabilities in NetBackup to orchestrate these operations – using just three clicks for a hundred VMs in each rollback submission when using the UI – select the VMs you wish to recover and press the button “Rollback Instantly”. See Figure 1. The next couple of clicks are to identify the recovery point we wish to roll back to, and final confirmation changes are rolled back to the production VM. See Figure 2.

VM recovery at scale can also be automated using custom data protection workflows that consume NetBackup API.

Figure 2 - Choose a Recovery point, and confirm VM Rollback action.Figure 2 - Choose a Recovery point, and confirm VM Rollback action.


NetBackup scales along with the business, from hundreds of VMs on-premises to thousands of VMs blended between clouds and the data center. NetBackup works the way that best fits your architecture, with physical and virtual appliances that can protect petabytes of data as well as traditional software installed on BYO servers. At Veritas, we recommend prioritizing data protection as a meaningful and reliable part of a comprehensive, multi-layered cybersecurity strategy. Regardless of where your infrastructure lives, many consider backup and recovery of your data to be the last line of defense against ransomware attacks. NetBackup Instant Recovery for VMware makes the recovery of one or one hundred VMs simple and effortless - getting you up and running swiftly.

Please tell us what you think about this feature. Better yet, try it out yourself. Download a copy of Veritas NetBackup™ 9.1 from our trialware page and see how easy it is to perform bulk VM recovery. Existing customers can download a copy from the Veritas Download Center. Learn more about NetBackup at and watch this demo.

For additional resiliency options, learn about Continuous Data Protection for VMware and advanced resiliency options for VMware application protection with NetBackup 9.1

Existing customers can download a copy from the Veritas Download Center. Additionally, be sure to renew your Veritas maintenance and services to continue to get access to free support and upgrades, so you can make the most of your Veritas products. Renewing allows you to capitalize on the innovations in the latest releases as soon as they are available to keep your products up-to-date and operating as they should. It also allows you to leverage Veritas services to get the always-on, expert technical support required to quickly resolve issues. As a result, you extract more value from your Veritas investment, reduce your risks, so you can focus on your business. Learn more about Veritas maintenance and support at

For more NetBackup features, ask us questions in the comments, and stay tuned to more blogs or demos planned in our V-Bytes video series.

1 Comment
Level 4

I am waiting for a better integration of netapp storages like veeam. For example create a flexclone of a snapvaulted image created by replication director and mount it in vcenter. At the moment I can do it by hand but it would be nice to do it with the webui of netbackup.