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Performing a Hyper-V Rapid Recovery Restore

Restoring a Hyper-V virtual machine from a Hyper-V Rapid Recovery backup set allows you to recover a machine quickly, reducing downtime.  There are two restore methods for restoring the entire virtual machine; one is to prepare the existing files in Local Storage to be used by the restored virtual machine while the other is to copy the entirety of the virtual machine files to a new location.  The first option is much faster and will allow you to restore the virtual machine in minutes while the second option will take longer as it needs to copy the virtual hard disks.  This article will show you how to accomplish both types of Hyper-V Rapid Recovery restores.



  1. Log into the management portal and go to the Manage tab.  Navigate to the computer account on which you want to perform the restore.

  2. Go to the Restore tab and click on the button next to Hyper-V Rapid Recovery in the Restore Selections section.

  3. Select Rapid Recovery from the top and choose the virtual machine and revision date you want to restore.  Then, hit Next.

  4. Pick whether the Rapid Recovery will use the virtual machine files in the original storage location or copy the virtual machine files to a separate destination and hit Next.

    • Rapid Recovery of VM files at the original storage location - This option will prepare the files in the Local Storage to be used in their current state.  When using this option, the restore will produce differencing disks in a "restores" folder in Local Storage.  This differencing disks are what you will import into Hyper-V to spin up the virtual machine.  This option is the fastest but maintains a dependency on the backup files; you will not be able to take backups while the restored VM is active.

    • Restore all VM files to this destination - When choosing this option, all of the virtual machine files will be copied to a new directory.  This option is the more permanent option as the virtual machine you restore will be completely independent of the backups.

  5. The last page will give you a summary of the restore job as well as instructions for importing the restored virtual machine into Hyper-V.  Click the Restore button to begin the restore job.

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