The ability to restore files directly to the source virtual machine within the Enterprise Manager Web UI is one of the key new Veeam Backup & Replication v6 features. Best done with Active Directory security groups, 1-Click File Restore allows selected files to be restored directly to a VM’s guest operating system, without the user requiring access to:
■ The virtual machine guest-operating system
■ The Veeam Backup & Replication console
■ The backup repository
■ The virtualization infrastructure (Hyper-V and vSphere)
Let’s walk through an example of creating a very basic security group and provisioning the permission to perform the 1-Click File Restore. The requirement for an (Active Directory or Built-in) account using the feature is provisioning it for use in the Enterprise Manager Web UI roles section. Figure A shows an Active Directory group being added to the File Restore Operator Role.
The SSA-Users-Helpdesk group has no membership to any other security groups and is in the Users organizational unit, which in this domain has no user permissions assigned to the location. The configuration of the group is very straightforward and is shown in Figure B.
This group has one user, SSAHelpdesk, which has no rights in the domain except “Domain Users.” When this user logs into the Enterprise Manager Web UI, the interface is restricted to show only the file-restore operation. The role, if enabled, permits restores using 1-Click-File Restore functionality to limit by file type. The default-file types include:
- Text documents
- Adobe Acrobat (PDF)
- All common Microsoft Word documents
File types can be added or removed to this list with the Enterprise Manager Web UI “Site Settings” option. In addition, the option to download the file as part of the restore process is removed. This is shown in Figure C.
The restore capability uses the Application-aware processing credentials during the backup job; this is for both vSphere and Hyper-V virtual machines.
Have you experienced the new 1-Click File Restore capabilities of Veeam Backup & Replication v6? Does this configuration appeal to you? Share your comments below.