[PVE-User] Using Veam Backups to transfer VM's ?

Lindsay Mathieson lindsay.mathieson at gmail.com
Fri Aug 7 03:14:52 CEST 2015

Just a followup - I experimented with veam and found it very awkward to
backup disks and then extract to a external medium for conversion.

In the end I just exported all the VM's to OVF (Dir format) using the
vSphere client. It was able to batch them so not to painful. That gave me a
single vmdk for conversion.

We actually had no physical Windows PC's to do this with, so I passed a USB
disk trhough to a Windows VM on the vSphere box and ran the client from
inside that :)

On 19 June 2015 at 08:20, Lindsay Mathieson <lindsay.mathieson at gmail.com>

> Thanks Eneko, thats pretty much my plan, its the initial transfer of the
> disks to other media that is the problem. In the past this vSphere server
> has been amazingly slow at migrating disks to NFS storage, as in 8-12 hours
> for a 20GB drive. I gather this is a common problem with vSphere storage
> migrations.
> Fortunately there is no great urgency on this, so I have time to
> experiment.
> On 18 June 2015 at 17:29, Eneko Lacunza <elacunza at binovo.es> wrote:
>> Hi Lindsay,
>> El 18/06/15 a las 02:24, Lindsay Mathieson escribió:
>> We have vSphere server which we are looking to repurpose as a Proxmox
>>> Server, but we have to transfer and convert the VM's on it first.
>>> The Admin for it wants to just backup all the VM's using Veam (much
>>> easier) and then convert the backups to KVM/qcow2.
>>> Now I realise that obviously that can't be done directly as Veam doesn't
>>> support KVM :) There's only about 15 VM's so I'm happy to run the qemu-umg
>>> convert myself.
>>> What I don't know is whether Veam can just restore the vSphere disk
>>> image to a directory that I can access, or does it only restore to a
>>> vSphere Store?
>>> Anyone have experience with this?
>> What I did in such a situation was the following:
>> - Stop al VMWare VMs
>> - Download VM disks to another media (optionally check that you can run
>> successfully them on another proxmox server)
>> - Format vSphere server to Proxmox
>> - copy and qemu-img the disk images
>> I suggest you uninstall vmware tools before stopping the VMs.
>> Cheers
>> Eneko
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