Restoring a backup

Of course one of the main features is also being able to easily restore backups. This can be done from the Backup Archive via the restore button.

First go to the Backup Archive from the Options screen.

Now select the VM backup that you want to restore, take for example the on Demand backup at the bottom.

vimalin-restore-before-click

Now click the Restore button.

vimalin-restore-confirmation

If you click “Yes” you will be presented with a folder select dialog to ask where you want to virtual machine to be restored.

vimalin-restore-select-folder

In this example we are going to restore the virtual machine in the same folder as where the original VM lives. Just click “Open” and the restore starts.

This might take a while.

Note that in the first beta the progress bar is broken (sorry missed it) but once it is finished it will change the status column to “Restored”.

vimalin-restore-finished

Once the backup is restored you can find it back in Finder:

vimalin-restored-finder

As you can see the virtual machine name has a suffix added from when the backup was taken. It also does the same thing to the backup name in the virtual machine configuration file. This is so you can easily pick out your restored backup and to prevent overwriting existing virtual machines. If you run it again, it would add a “(2)” suffix to the suffix.

Now you can open the restored virtual machine in VMware Fusion either via double click in Finder or via the File -> Open menu in VMware Fusion.

After that you’ll get:

vimalin-restored-in-fusion

 

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