File-level restore is an experimental feature with vSphere 4.0. We currently have an experimental file-level restore client for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 (32-bit only) and is command-line based. At VMworld 2009, we demoed a newer version that has a graphical user interface (GUI) and supports 64-bit instances of Windows.
With the release of vSphere 4.0 update 1 we will fully support the file level restore. The screen shots shown what the GUI will look like. Obviously, the UI for the file-level restore is quite different from the command-line tool that is available now, but the underlying fundamental technology to perform the file-level restore is identical. Through the GUI you will be able to mount the back as an extra disk and do the manual file restore.
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Gabrie van Zanten (VCP) has been in the IT industry for 12 years. Currently he is a virtualization architect for a worldwide consultancy company and has designed and maintained virtual infrastructures for a number of customers. He has written articles for magazines and frequently publishes in-depth articles at his weblog, GabesVirtualWorld.
This was first published in November 2009