I have a number of VM's that I backup with a VSA backup. Now each of these VM's have 2 windows volumes/drives containing data that is configured in a DFSR mesh replication group. I understand that a restore of DFSR data using a VSA based restore is not supported nor recommended by Microsoft, so I am using a file level agent to back up the DFSR data volumes. As such I filter out the VMDK disk files in the VSA subclient that hold the DFSR data so the VSA backup will not back then up.
I recently performed a restore test of one of the server’s OS drives which I completed by the using the VSA backup and the "attach disk to existing VM" method restoring the OS VMDK and attaching it to the guest VM (which was powered off at the time of restore).
Now when the system is powered back on windows is complaining that the DFSR database no longer valid/exists and has issue recreating a new one, essentially the DFSR DB residing in the disks system volume information folder needs to have the ownership permission changed and then the actual DFSR DB completely deleted.
I have been asked to perform another test in a weeks’ time but asking if anyone has a similar setup to mine and how they are able to perform restores on VM guest’s OS drives without impacting the DFSR DB, possibly look to disable the DFSR replication group before the restores?
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.