Backup

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To configure a backup scheduler for a virtual machine, follow the steps listed below:

  • Navigate to Virtual EnvironmentVMwareBackup.
  • Enter a name with which to identify the backup in the Backup Name field.
  • In the Select VMs field, click the icon. This will open a pop-up that will display all the configured servers and the virtual machines configured in those servers.
    • If you have multiple servers configured, click on the drop-down box at the top-right corner to select a particular server.
    • To search for a virtual machine by its name, enter the name in the text-box adjacent to the icon.
    • Select the virtual machines which you wish to be backed up and click Add.
  • In the Repository field, click the drop-down box to select from the list of all available repositories. If no repositories are available, click the icon to add a new storage repository.
    • In the Name field, enter a name for the repository.
    • In the Repository Path, enter the path to the file server or the shared path where you wish to save the backups.
    • Enter the credentials of a user that can read/write the content in the specified storage location.
  • Enter the number of full backups that you wish to retain in the Retention Count field.
  • Select the frequency at which the incremental backups must be taken from the list of options available: Daily, weekly, or monthly.
  • By default, RecoveryManager Plus creates one full backup of the virtual machines for five incremental backups. If you wish to add a different scheduler for full backups, you can do so by selecting the check box Create Periodic Full Backup.
  • Select the frequency at which the full backup of virtual machines must be taken from the list of options available: Daily, weekly, or monthly.
  • Select Create Synthetic Full Backup field if you wish to create a synthetic full backup after a series of incremental backups. Synthetic full backups are full backups created without contacting your VM hosts and consolidated directly from the existing backup information. Creating a synthetic full backup does not use network resources and hence does not impact the performance of your VMs.
  • Select Create Periodic Full Backup field if you wish to schedule a full backup to be run at regular intervals. Unlike a synthetic full backup, the periodic full backup scheduler will contact your VM host and create a backup. Select the frequency at which the full backup of virtual machines must be taken.
  • Select Encryption field if you wish to encrypt your VMware backups. Enter and confirm a password for your encryption.
  • Click Create to complete the configuration of the backup scheduler.
  • When the backup is running, view the progress of the backup operation by clicking the link Running in the Last Run Status column.

Once you have configured a backup, you can view the following details of the backup scheduler that you have configured:

  • Backup name
  • Repository path
  • Number of virtual machines configured in the backup
  • Configured backup frequency
  • Name of the repository where the backups will be stored
  • Last time the backup was run and the duration of the backup operation
  • Status of the last run backup operation.

You can also perform the following operation:

Edit a configured backup

  • Click the icon under the actions column of the backup that you wish to edit.
  • Modify the settings that you wish to alter and click Save.

Enable/disable a configured backup schedule

  • Click the / icon under the action column of the backup that you wish to enable/ disable.

Initiate a backup

  • Click the icon under the action column of the backup for which you wish to initiate a backup process.

Delete an existing backup schedule

  • Click the icon under the action column of the backup that you wish to delete.

Peforming an easy backup of a VMware virtual machine

Easy backup allows you to quickly trigger a full backup for a VM without having to tinker with many configuration settings.

  • Navigate to Virtual EnvironmentVMwareBackup.
  • Enter a name with which to identify the backup in the Backup Name field.
  • In the Selected VM field, click the icon. This will open a pop-up that will display all the configured servers and the virtual machines configured in those servers.
    • If you have multiple servers configured, click on the drop-down box at the top-right corner to select a particular server.
    • To search for a virtual machine by its name, enter the name in the text-box adjacent to the icon.
    • Select the virtual machines which you wish to back up and click Next.
  • In the Repository field, click the drop-down box to select from the list of all available repositories.
  • Click Start to create a full backup of the VM.
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