You can reinstate an archived CVD to assign it to an endpoint device, for example, when an employee returns to the company from leave.

About this task

The device can be the original endpoint device or a new device that is a replacement for the original device.

The procedure is the same as for reassigning a CVD to a different device. See Reassign a CVD to a Different Device.

Prerequisites

Install the Mirage client on the client machine. See the VMware Mirage Installation Guide.

Verify that the drive letters of the new endpoint and the CVD in the data center are compatible. If the drive letters are different, the system does not allow the restore operation to proceed.

Perform Sync Now on the endpoint before migrating it to a new client machine. This ensures that all data is saved to the data center before the migration takes place. See Suspend and Reactivate Synchronization.

Select a domain for this endpoint to join after the restore operation . If you want to use the same credentials each time, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Mirage Management console tree, right-click System Configuration and select Settings.

  2. On the General tab, type the credentials you want to use for domain joining.

    The join domain account must meet the appropriate security privilege requirements. See General System Settings.

Procedure

  1. In the Mirage Management console tree, expand the Inventory node and select Archive.
  2. Right-click the archived CVD and select Assign to a Device.
  3. Select the device where you want to migrate the CVD and click Next.

    Only devices compatible with the selected CVD are listed.

  4. Select a restore option.
    1. Select a restore option for the selected CVD and device.

      Restore Option

      Description

      Full System Restore

      This option includes restoring the OS, applications, user data, and user settings.

      Use this option for systems with Windows volume licenses or Windows OEM SLP licenses.

      The entire CVD is restored to the replacement device, including OS, applications, and user files. Any existing files on the replacement device are lost or overwritten.

      If you select this option, you must select a base layer during the migration procedure.

      Restore Applications, User Data and Settings

      Use this option only when replacing a device that has a different Windows OEM license.

      The OS of the replacement device must be the same as that of the CVD.

      Only applications and user data are restored to the replacement device. The existing OS and applications installed on the replacement device are retained.

      Note:

      This option is not available for Windows 8 and Windows 10 endpoints.

      Only Restore User Data and Settings

      Use this option to migrate users from Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 machines to new Windows 7 machines, or Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 machines, and from Windows 7 or Windows 10 machines to new Windows 10 machines.

      The OS of the replacement device must be the same as or newer than that of the CVD.

      Only user data and settings are restored to the replacement device. The existing OS and applications installed on the replacement device are retained.

      You can maintain the current layer, if one applies, select a new base layer from the list, or proceed without a base layer.

    2. Click Next.
  5. (Optional) : Type a name for the CVD and specify the domain options.
    1. Change or define the host name for a device being restored.
    2. Select a domain for this endpoint to join after the restore operation.

      The current domain is shown by default.

    3. Type the OU and Domain or select them from the drop-down menus.

      The drop-down menus are populated with all known domains in the system. Each text box shows the required syntax pattern.

      Option

      Description

      OU

      Verify that the OU is in standard open LDAP format. For example, OU=Notebooks, OU=Hardware, DC=VMware, DC=com.

      Join Domain account

      The join domain account must meet the appropriate security privilege requirements as defined in the system general settings.

      The account must have access to join the domain. This is not validated.

    4. Click Next.
  6. Use the validation summary to compare the target device with the CVD.

    This summary alerts you to any potential problems that require additional attention. You can proceed only after all blocking problems are resolved.

  7. Click Next and click Finish.

    The CVD is moved from the CVD Archive to the All CVDs view.

Results

The migration process proceeds and takes place in two phases. See End User Experience with Restore Processes.