VMware Workstation Plug-in

This dedicated plug-in allows saving images of VMware virtual machines. In this chapter, we are describing how to backup VMware images from outside using the plug-in.

Backup Task

  1. Open Handy Backup, call a New Task Wizard and create a new backup task on the Step 1.
  2. On the Step 2, select the "VMware Workstation" data source from the "Virtual Machine" group on the left panel.
Select data VMware for backup
  1. Select the "New configuration" option by double-clicking on it.
  2. In a new dialog window, select either a "Hot" mode (without stopping a virtual machine) or an "Enable suspend" mode (with stopping a VM to take a perfect snapshot).
Settings data VMware for backup
  1. Then click OK. In a new window, mark checkboxes against names of particular VMware workstation instances.
Backup select data VMware
  1. Proceed the task creation as usual.

Restoring Task from a VMware Image

The current version of Handy Backup 7 does not allow restoration of VMware workstations to another place. You can automatically restore a VMware snapshot only only to its original location. To create a restoration task, please follow the next steps:

  1. Open a New Task Wizard. Select the “Restore” task type on the Step 1, then click “Next”.
  2. On the Step 2, search for the index file (backup.hbi) located in the storage folder.
Restoring data VMware from Backup
  1. Select the file mentioned above, and then click the “Next” button.

Attention: Do not click the "Change Location" button on the restoration dialog – it would not work for VMware workstations.

  1. Skip all next steps of a restoration task wizard by clicking the “Next” button on each step, until you will give your task a name and complete creating your task.

When starting VMware restoration, the plug-in firstly stops all running instances of VMware virtual machines and all Windows services relating to these instances. Then the plug-in copies VMware backup images to their original locations, and restarts the services it stop earlier.

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