Veeam Extract Utility

In specific situations, you may need a possibility to access and restore VMs contained in backup files fast and easily. The Veeam Extract Utility enables you to manage this task even without any Veeam installation.

The only disadvantage of this tool is, that you can only recover VMs from a full backup file (.VBK). A restore from incremental backup files (.VIB/.VBR) is not possible.

How current the data in your available .vbk backup files is, depends on the used backup method. If you use for example Reverse Incremental, the latest available version is always a full one.

Quite different, when you use Forever Forward Incremental for your backups. With this backup method, the available .vbk file may contain really old data.

At the end of this post, you can find a brief overview of the different backup methods. It helps you to identify how the actuality of the available .vbk files can differ.

How to use the Extract Utility tool:

You can find the Extract Utility in the installation folder of Veeam Backup & Replication, by default: %PROGRAMFILES%\Veeam\Backup and Replication\Backup

If you have no access to the VBR installation anymore in case of a disaster, you can extract the files from the Veeam installation media .ISO file:

Extract the following files out of the VBR_SRV.CAB:

  • extract
  • extract.exe
  • veeam.backup.extractor.exe1 -> rename this file to veeam.backup.extractor.exe (without the “1”)

Step-by-step guide:

  • double-click “veeam.backup.extractor.exe” to start the tool
  • specify the path to the .VBK file of the VM you want to extract

Veeam Disaster Recovery Extract Utility

  • specify a folder to which the files must be extracted (Extract folder)
  • in the “virtual machines” section select the VMs you want to extract

Extract Utility Veeam

  • click “Extract” to start

When finished you can find the extracted virtual machine files in the path specified (Extract folder).

Copy the files to your storage/local disks and add the virtual machine to your inventory. After that, you can power-on the virtual machines as usual.

Backup methods vs. actuality of full backup file (.vbk)

This brief overview of the different backup methods should help you to identify the actuality of full backup (.vbk) files.

forever forward incrementalForever Forward Incremental:

  • full recovery files (.VBK)
  • incremental backup files (.VIB)

forward incremental backup


Forward Incremental Backup:

  • full recovery files (.VBK)
  • incremental backup files (.VIB)


reverse incremental backupReverse Incremental Backup:

  • full recovery files (.VBK)
  • reverse incremental change files (.VBR)


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