How to convert a disk backup to a virtual machine
Rather than converting a TIB file to a virtual disk file, which requires additional operations to bring the virtual disk into use, Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 performs the conversion by recovery of a disk backup to a fully configured and operational new virtual machine. You have the ability to adapt the virtual machine configuration to your needs when configuring the recovery operation.
With Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Agent for Windows, you can recover a disk (volume) backup to a new virtual machine of any of the following types: VMware Workstation, Microsoft Virtual PC, Parallels Workstation or Citrix XenServer Open Virtual Appliance (OVA).
Files of the new virtual machine will be placed in the folder you select. You can start the machine using the respective virtualization software or prepare the machine files for further usage. The Citrix XenServer Open Virtual Appliance (OVA) can be imported to a XenServer using Citrix XenCenter. The VMware Workstation machine can be converted to the open virtualization format (OVF) using the VMware OVF tool.
With Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Agent for Hyper-V or Agent for ESX/ESXi, you can recover a disk (volume) backup to a new virtual machine on the respective virtualization server.
Tip. Microsoft Virtual PC does not support disks that are larger than 127 GB. Acronis enables you to create a Virtual PC machine with larger disks so that you can attach the disks to a Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machine.
To convert a disk backup to a virtual machine:
You will be taken to the Backup plans and tasks view where you can examine the state and progress of the recovery task.
The resulting machine always has SCSI disk interface and basic MBR volumes. If the machine uses a custom boot loader, you might need to configure the loader to point to the new devices and reactivate it. Configuring GRUB is described in “How to reactivate GRUB and change its configuration“.
Tip. If you want to preserve logical (LVM) volumes on a Linux machine, consider the alternative method of conversion. Create a new virtual machine, boot it using bootable media and perform recovery just like you do on a physical machine. The LVM structure can be automatically recreated during recovery if it has been saved in the backup.