Product Version: 10.5
Last Modified: 17 February 2022
After running a VMware VM recovery job, the resulting virtual machine cannot be booted.
This issue may be a result of changing the respective VM's boot settings. These settings are housed in the VM's .nvram file, which is not backed up by NAKIVO Backup & Replication. As a result, the VM cannot be booted if it does not have the default boot settings.
To fix this and successfully boot the VM, you will need to reconfigure the VM's BIOS settings; you will need to have root access to do so. Proceed as follows:
- Turn on the virtual machine. As soon as you see the BIOS splash screen, press F2 to access the EFI Boot Manager. Alternatively, you can go to VM → Power → Power on to Firmware from the VMware Workstation toolbar.
- In the Boot Manager window, go to Enter Setup → Configure boot options.
- To configure the boot options to the same as when the VM was backed up, first add or delete boot options as needed via the Add boot option and Delete boot option settings.
- Click Change boot order once all the necessary boot options are configured.
- In the resulting screen, all boot options are selected by default. Press Enter and select the boot option that needs to be re-ordered. Using the (-) and (+) keys, move the chosen boot option down or up respectively.
- Once the VM's boot settings are configured to match those of the VM backup, click Commit changes and exit followed by Exit the Boot Maintenance Manager.
- Try booting the recovered VM again.