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Recipe: Performing Instant Recovery of Workloads to Hyper-V VMs in the original location

Expected deliverables:

An entire Virtual Machine restored in Hyper-V, in the original location, from a Veeam Backup in a matter of seconds using Instant Recovery.

Time to complete: 5 minutes


  • Hyper-V Virtual infrastructure must have been added to the backup infrastructure and properly configured. That means adding Hyper-V clusters (recommended) or standalone Hyper-V hosts.
  • You need the VM has at least one successfully created restore point.
  • Make sure that the Disable changed block tracking for this host option is not selected for a host to which you plan to restore a workload.
  • If you restore a workload to the production network, make sure that the original workload is powered off to avoid conflicts.
  • The restored VM will have the same MAC address as the original VM. Therefore, if you restore the VM to the same Hyper-V host where the original VM is running, a MAC address conflict may occur. To overcome this situation, power off the original VM before you start the restore process.
  • The Hyper-V role must be enabled on target hosts.

Before you start:

The version of the target host on which the VM is restored must be the same or later than the version of the source host where the original VM was registered


It’s assumed that you already have a Veeam Backup Server fully working in your environment.


  1. On the Home tab, click Restore and select Microsoft Hyper-V > Restore from backup > Entire VM restore > Instant Recovery.
  2. At the Virtual Machines step, select one or more VMs you want to recover.
    • Click Add, then select where to browse for VMs and VM containers, whether From infrastructure or From Backup.
    • Select the VMs you want to restore and click Add.
    • If you want to select a specific restore point(by default Veeam uses the latest valid restore point), then in the “Virtual machines to restore” list, select the VM and click Point, then in the Restore Points window, select the required restore point.
  3. At the Recovery Mode step select “Restore to the original location”.
  4. At the Reason step of the wizard, enter a reason for restoring the selected VMs.
  5. At the Summary step of the wizard, check the specified settings. If you want to start the restored VM on the target host, select the “Power on VM after restoring” check box.

Important: After the VMs have been successfully recovered, you must finalize the process. For this, test the recovered VMs and decide whether to migrate them to production environment or stop publishing

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