If you have an old virtual image, you won't need to restore the database, as you can log into that to see the config.
But, however you get the old data, you'll have to use the old version of JIRA and recreate the behaviour, effectively by copy and paste. (In theory, you could do it with SQL, but if you get one thing wrong, which is very very easy to do, you could damage your JIRA quite badly)
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