Restore files from a backup

Before you begin

  • The backup from which to restore files is of a virtual machine with a Windows guest OS.

  • The target virtual machine for the restored files is powered on.

  • You have the required permissions to access the files on the target virtual machine.

Procedure overview

If a file becomes corrupt on a virtual machine, you can locate the backup for that virtual machine, browse to the last good version of the file, and restore it. The restored file appears as an ISO image on the DVD drive of the target virtual machine. You can then copy the restored file from the target virtual machine to a preferred location.


  1. Click Virtual Machines.
  2. Right-click a virtual machine, and then select All HPE SimpliVity Actions > Search Backups.
  3. Select the row with the backup that contains the files or folders you want to restore.
  4. Click Backup Actions > Restore Files.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Expand the .vmdk disc, and then the Partition that contains the file you want to restore.
  7. Select the file or folder you want to restore.
  8. Click Next.
  9. Select the destination cluster and target virtual machine on which you want to restore the file.
  10. Click Next.
  11. Review details about the backup and target virtual machine to ensure you are restoring the correct file on the correct location.
  12. Click Finish.

    The restored file appears as an ISO image on the DVD drive of the selected virtual machine.

  13. Log in to the Windows guest running on the virtual machine.
  14. Locate the DVD Drive, and then explore the ISO image to locate the restored file.
  15. Copy the restored file from the DVD drive to the desktop of the target virtual machine.
  16. Unmount the DVD drive with the ISO image.

    After 24 hours the DVD drive unmounts automatically.