VMs that have been backed up with VM Backup can be restored back to the original Host (Hypervisor), and also to a new or different host altogether.
However in a situation where your original host has crashed, or is no longer functional and you have nowhere else to restore you have the option to restore the VMs to an Azure VM if you're backing up to an Azure Cloud Storage Account.
- Firstly, you need to setup a VM in Azure with the Hyper-V role enabled.
- Install VM Backup. You may download the installer here if you need it.
- Click the [Restore] option from the left hand side menu.
- This will take you to the Virtual Machine Restore Wizard, next simply click the [Add Restore Source] option
- Then when you're prompted to select the restore source, choose [Azure Cloud Storage Account]
- Enter the Azure connection string that has your VM Backup offsite backups you'd like to restore from
- Once done, the new Restore Source will show up in the list of locations, so simply tick the box next to the Restore Source you added and click [Next]
- You will then be shown a list of VM backups detected in the selected Restore Source. Choose the VM(s) you wish to restore and click [Next]
- Choose the version of the VM you want to restore, give it a name, as for Host, it will be the LOCALHOST in this case, then select a path where you wish to restore the VM(s) to, enter the encryption key and finally click [Restore]
The restore operation will begin in the background and progress can be monitored from the Dashboard under Active & Upcoming Operations.
Once the restore operation completes, you will see the completed restore in the Dashboard under Restore History, and your restored VM(s) will show up in Hyper-V Manager.
Email and event log notifications will also be triggered if they are enabled.