4077: Acronis Backup & Recovery 10: Converting Backup Archive of a Windows System to a Virtual Machine

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Last update: 14-04-2011

Step-by-step instructions on how to convert a backup archive (.tib) to a virtual machine

This article applies to:

  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Server
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Server for Windows (Standalone)
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Server - Small Business Server Edition
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Workstation
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Workstation (Standalone)
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Server - Virtual Edition


You can convert a backup archive (.tib) of Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 to a virtual machine.

(!) This functionality is only available in Windows. It is not available under Acronis Bootable Media.

Conversion to virtual machine is supported for backups of the following operating systems:

  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP Professional SP3 x32 and x64, Windows XP Home
  • Windows 2003 Server
  • Windows Vista (all editions)
  • Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 (all editions)
  • Windows 7


  1. Connect Acronis Management console to a machine where Acronis Agent for Windows, Acronis Agent for Hyper-V or Acronis Agent for ESX/ESXi is installed by clicking Manage this machine or Manage a remote machine:

  2. Do any of the following:
    • Click Recover to open the Recover data page:

    • Use the Navigation pane to navigate to the vault where the archive is stored. Select the archive and then select the disk or volume backup you want to convert. Click Convert to VM:

      (!) If you are connected to Acronis Management Server, option Convert to VM will not be available. Select Recover instead.

  3. In Data type, select Disks or Volumes depending on what you need to convert;
  4. In Content, select the disks to convert or the volumes with the Master Boot Records (MBR) of the corresponding disks:

  5. In Recover to, select New virtual machine:

  6. In VM server, select the type of the new virtual machine to be created or on which virtualization server to create the machine:

    See also Acronis Backup & Recovery 10: Limitations on Converting TIB to Citrix XenServer VHD;

  7. In VM name, enter the name for the new virtual machine;
  8. [Optionally] Review the Virtual machine settings and make changes if necessary. Here you can change the path to the new virtual machine;
  9. The same type of machines with the same name cannot be created in the same folder. Change either the VM name, or the path if you get an error message caused by identical names.
  10. Select the destination disk for each of the source disks or source volumes and MBRs;

    On a Microsoft Virtual PC, be sure to recover the disk or volume where the operating system's loader resides to the Hard disk 1. Otherwise the operating system will not boot. This cannot be fixed by changing the boot device order in BIOS, because a Virtual PC ignores these settings.

  11. In When to recover, specify when to start the recovery task;
  12. [Optionally] Review Recovery options and change the settings from the default ones, if need be. You can specify in Recovery options -> VM power management whether to start the new virtual machine automatically, after the recovery is completed. This option is available only when the new machine is created on a virtualization server;
  13. Click OK. If the recovery task is scheduled for the future, specify the credentials under which the task will run;
  14. You will be taken to the Backup plans and tasks view where you can examine the state and progress of the recovery task.

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