Quick Start - Virtual Server iDataAgent (VMware)

Quick Start - Virtual Server iDataAgent (VMware)
Quick Start Guide - Virtual Server iDataAgent (VMware)
Quick Start - Virtual Server iDataAgent (VMware)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
OVERVIEW
Introduction
Key Features
Complete Virtual Machine Protection
Granular Recovery of Virtual Machine Data
Minimal Load on Host Resources
Automatic Protection of Virtual Machines
SnapProtect Backup
Block Level Deduplication
Terminology
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS - VIRTUAL SERVER IDATAAGENT (VMWARE)
GETTING STARTED - VMWARE DEPLOYMENT
Installation
Method 1: Install Software from the CommCell Console
Method 2: Interactive Install
GETTING STARTED - VMWARE CONFIGURATION
GETTING STARTED - VMWARE BACKUP
Perform a Backup
What Gets Backed Up
What Does Not Get Backed Up
GETTING STARTED - VMWARE RESTORE
Perform a Restore
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System Requirements - Virtual Server iDataAgent (VMware)
System Requirements
Supported Features
The following requirements are for the Virtual Server iDataAgent:
VIRTUAL SERVER APPLICATION SOFTWARE
VMWARE ESX SERVER
VMware ESX/ ESXi 4.x, 5.0, 5.1
vSphere 4.x, 5.0, or 5.1
Before configuring Virtual Server iDataAgent for ESXi servers, consider the following:
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VADP is not available in the free version of ESXi and requires the Essentials licensing level or higher.
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Proxy computers must be running Windows Server 2008 or higher for ESX Server version 5.0 or 5.1.
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VDDK 5.0 is required for this version of ESX server. VDDK 5.0 update 1 is installed automatically with Service pack 6A or higher.
vSphere 5.5 or 6.0 and VDDK 5.5 or 6.0 are supported only in Simpana® Version 10. If you need this support,
CommVault recommends upgrading to Version 10. You can begin by upgrading the CommServe system, Virtual
Server Agent, and MediaAgent, and upgrade the rest of the CommCell environment later.
VMWARE VCENTER SERVER APPLIANCE
VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.0.0, 5.1
VIRTUAL MACHINE HARDWARE
Version 4.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0
VIRTUAL MACHINE OPERATING SYSTEMS
All Guest Operating Systems supported by VADP and VCB
PROXY COMPUTER OPERATING SYSTEMS
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 is not supported for Simpana® Version 9.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition with a minimum of Service Pack 1
Microsoft Windows 7 x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
VM LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT
The following conditions must be considered when utilizing VM Lifecycle Management:
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VMware vCenter 4.1 is required
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VMware Tools (version 8288) must be installed on templates
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Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Linux (RedHat5) are supported
HARD DRIVE
100 GB recommended.
If performing backups with the granular recovery option enabled, the location of the Job Results folder should contain additional space to accommodate at
least 2 percent of the total amount of data being backed up.
MEMORY
1 GB RAM minimum required; 4 GB RAM recommended.
PROCESSOR
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All Windows-compatible processors supported
PERIPHERALS
DVD-ROM drive
Network Interface Card
MISCELLANEOUS
ALLOCATION UNIT SIZE OF THE NTFS VOLUMES
The cluster size or the allocation unit size of an NTFS volume in a virtual machine must be multiple of 1024 bytes. You can set the cluster size before
formatting a volume. The default cluster size is 4096 bytes.
.NET FRAMEWORK
.NET Framework 2.0 is automatically installed. Note that .NET Framework 2.0 can co-exist with other versions of this software.
MICROSOFT VISUAL C++
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package is automatically installed. Note that Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package can co-exist with other
versions of this software.
NETWORK
TCP/IP Services configured on the computer.
NOTES ON VIRTUAL SERVER IDATAAGENT INSTALLATIONS FOR VMWARE
For VMware, the Virtual Server iDataAgent is installed on a proxy computer that can communicate with the host computer.
Ensure that the VDDK 5.1 is not installed on any host.
SUPPORT FOR VCB ENVIRONMENT
The following utilities must be installed prior to performing any backup operations in the VCB Environment using the Virtual Server iDataAgent (these packages
can be obtained from the VMware web site):
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VMware Consolidated Backup (refer to the VMware customer support web site for support information for the VMware Consolidated Backup utility.)
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The Virtual Server iDataAgent supports all modes supported by the VMware Consolidated Backup utility.
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Refer to the VMware customer support web site for support information for the VMware Consolidated Backup utility.
VMware Converter 4.0.1(refer to the VMware customer support web site for support information for the VMware Converter utility.)
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Ensure that the guest operating systems are using the supported version of the VMware Converter.
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The vCenter Converter Standalone 4.0.1 package must be installed for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 environments.
Ensure that the latest version of VMware Consolidated Backup and that VMware Converter 4.0.1 are installed.
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Restores of entire virtual machines from ESX Server 4.0 to a prior version of ESX Server are not supported.
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Virtual machines from ESX Server 3.5 can be backed up through vcbmounter, but they are restored through vStorage.
DISCLAIMER
Minor revisions and/or service packs that are released by application and operating system vendors are supported by our software but may not be individually listed in our System
Requirements. We will provide information on any known caveat for the revisions and/or service packs. In some cases, these revisions and/or service packs affect the working of our software.
Changes to the behavior of our software resulting from an application or operating system revision/service pack may be beyond our control. The older releases of our software may not support
the platforms supported in the current release. However, we will make every effort to correct the behavior in the current or future releases when necessary. Please contact your Software
Provider for any problem with a specific application or operating system.
Additional considerations regarding minimum requirements and End of Life policies from application and operating system vendors are also applicable
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Getting Started - VMware Deployment
The Virtual Server iDataAgent is used to protect VMware virtual machine data. Follow the steps given below to install the Virtual Server iDataAgent.
INSTALLATION
The software can be installed using one of the following methods:
METHOD 1: INTERACTIVE INSTALL
Use this procedure to install directly on proxy computer that can communicate with
ESX Server.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Download Software Packages
Download the latest software package to perform the install.
System Requirements
Verify that the computer in which you wish to install the
software satisfies the System Requirements.
METHOD 2: INSTALL SOFTWARE FROM COMMCELL CONSOLE
Use this procedure to install remotely on a proxy computer that can communicate
with the ESX Server.
METHOD 1: INTERACTIVE INSTALL
1.
Run Setup.exe from the Software Installation Disc on a proxy computer that can
communicate with the ESX Server.
2.
Select the required language.
Click Next.
3.
Select the option to install software on this computer.
The options that appear on this screen depend on the computer in which
the software is being installed.
4.
Select I accept the terms in the license agreement.
Click Next.
5.
Expand Client Modules | Backup & Recovery | File System and select Virtual
Server Agent.
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Click Next.
6.
7.
Click YES to install Microsoft .NET Framework package.
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This prompt is displayed only when Microsoft .NET Framework is not
installed.
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Once the Microsoft .NET Framework is installed, the software
automatically installs the Microsoft Visual J# 2.0 and Visual C++
redistributable packages.
If this computer and the CommServe is separated by a firewall, select the Configure
firewall services option and then click Next.
For firewall options and configuration instructions, see Firewall Configuration and
continue with the installation.
If firewall configuration is not required, click Next.
8.
Enter the fully qualified domain name of the CommServe Host Name.
Click Next.
Do not use space and the following characters when specifying a new
name for the CommServe Host Name:
\|`~!@#$%^&*()+=<>/?,[]{}:;'"
9.
Click Next.
10.
Select Add programs to the Windows Firewall Exclusion List, to add CommCell
programs and services to the Windows Firewall Exclusion List.
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Click Next.
This option enables CommCell operations across Windows firewall by
adding CommCell programs and services to Windows firewall exclusion
list.
It is recommended to select this option even if Windows firewall is
disabled. This will allow the CommCell programs and services to function
if the Windows firewall is enabled at a later time.
11.
Verify the default location for software installation.
Click Browse to change the default location.
Click Next.
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Do not install the software to a mapped network drive.
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Do not use the following characters when specifying the destination
path:
/:*?"<>|#
It is recommended that you use alphanumeric characters only.
12.
Select a Client Group from the list.
Click Next.
This screen will be displayed if Client Groups are configured in the
CommCell Console.
13.
Click Next.
14.
Click Next.
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15.
Select a Storage Policy.
Click Next.
If you do not have Storage Policy created, this message will be displayed.
Click Next.
You can create the Storage Policy later in step 19.
16.
Click Next.
17.
Click Next.
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18.
Click Finish.
If you already have a storage policy selected in step 15, click the Next button
available on the bottom of the page to proceed to the Configuration section.
If you do not have Storage Policy created, continue with the following step.
19.
To create a storage policy, you must have configured a library in the CommCell.
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If you do not already have a library configured, go to Disk Library Creation.
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If you have a library configured, go to Storage Policy Creation.
DISK LIBRARY CREATION:
1.
From the CommCell Console, click the Backup Target button on EZ Operations
Wizard.
2.
Click Disc Library (For backup to disc) and click Next.
3.
Click Use Local Disk.
Type the name of the folder in which the disc library must be located in the
Enter backup destination folder box or click the Browse button to select the
folder.
Click Next.
If you click the Use Network Share option you will be prompted for the
credentials (user name and password) to access the share.
4.
Click Next.
5.
Click Finish.
This will create a library and Storage Policy. Click the
bottom of the page to continue.
button available at the
STORAGE POLICY CREATION:
1.
From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Policies.
2.
Right-click the Storage Policies and then click New Storage Policy.
3.
Follow the prompts displayed in the Storage Policy Wizard. The required options
are mentioned below:
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Select the Storage Policy type as Data Protection and Archiving and click
Next.
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Enter the name in the Storage Policy Name box and click Next.
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From the Library list, click the name of a disk library to which the primary
copy should be associated and then click Next.
Ensure that you select a library attached to a MediaAgent operating in the
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current release.
{
From the MediaAgent list, click the name of a MediaAgent that will be used
to create the primary copy and then click Next.
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For the device streams and the retention criteria information, click Next to
accept default values.
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Select Yes to enable deduplication for the primary copy.
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From the MediaAgent list, click the name of the MediaAgent that will be used
to store the Deduplication store.
Type the name of the folder in which the deduplication database must be
located in the Deduplication Store Location or click the Browse button to
select the folder and then click Next.
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Review the details and click Finish to create the Storage Policy.
This will create a storage policy. Click the
the page to continue.
button available at the bottom of
METHOD 2: INSTALL SOFTWARE FROM COMMCELL CONSOLE
1.
From the CommCell Browser, select Tools | Add/Remove Software | Install
Software.
2.
Click Next.
3.
Select Windows.
Click Next.
4.
Select Manually Select Computers.
Click Next.
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5.
Enter the fully qualified domain name of the proxy computer that can communicate
with the ESX Server.
For example: apple.domain.company.com
The Virtual Server iDataAgent will be installed on this proxy computer.
Click Next.
6.
Click Next.
7.
Specify UserName and Password of the proxy computer.
Click Next.
8.
Select Virtual Server Agent.
Click Next.
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9.
10.
Click Next.
Select Immediate.
Click Next.
11.
Click Finish.
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12.
You can track the progress of the job from the Job Controller or Event Viewer
window.
13.
Once the job is complete, right-click the CommServe computer, click View and then
click Admin Job History.
14.
Select Install/Upgrade/Remove Software.
Click OK.
15.
You can view the following details about the job by right-clicking the job:
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Items that succeeded during the job
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Items that failed during the job
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Details of the job
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Events of the job
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Log files of the job
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Getting Started - VMware Configuration
CONFIGURATION
Once the Virtual Server iDataAgent has been installed, configure an Instance, a Backup Set and a Subclient to facilitate backups. The following sections provide
the necessary steps required to create and configure these components for a first backup of a Virtual Center.
1.
2.
3.
4.
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From the CommCell Browser, navigate to <Client> | Virtual Server.
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Right-click the Virtual Server | All Tasks and click Create New Instance.
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Enter the Instance Name.
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Select VMware from Vendor Type menu.
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Click Virtual Center.
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Click Configure Password.
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Enter the username and password associated with the Virtual Center.
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Ensure that the Host name is a fully qualified domain name.
Click OK to save the instance.
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5.
6.
7.
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From the CommCell Browser, right-click the Default Backup Set.
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Click Properties.
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Ensure the Automatically add new VMs that do not qualify for membership
in any of the subclients is selected.
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Click OK.
Click Discover on the Guest Hosts Configuration tab.
The discovery process might take several minutes to complete.
8.
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Select a virtual machine to back up from the Virtual Machine column.
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Select the Default Subclient from the Subclient column for the virtual machine
you want to back up.
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9.
10.
11.
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Click Apply.
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Click OK.
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From the CommCell Browser, navigate to the Default Subclient.
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Click Properties.
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Select Disk-Level from the Backup Type space.
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Select a proxy computer from the Use Proxy menu.
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Click the Storage Device tab. Ensure that a Storage Policy is selected.
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Click OK.
If you do not have Storage Policy created, continue with
Step 12.
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12.
To create a storage policy, you must have configured a library in the CommCell.
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If you do not already have a library configured, go to Disk Library Creation.
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If you have a library configured, go to Storage Policy Creation.
DISK LIBRARY CREATION:
1.
From the CommCell Console, click the Backup Target button on EZ Operations
Wizard.
2.
Click Disc Library (For backup to disc) and click Next.
3.
Click Use Local Disk.
Type the name of the folder in which the disc library must be located in the
Enter backup destination folder box or click the Browse button to select the
folder.
Click Next.
If you click the Use Network Share option you will be prompted for the
credentials (user name and password) to access the share.
4.
Click Next.
5.
Click Finish.
This will create a library and Storage Policy. Click the
bottom of the page to continue.
button available at the
STORAGE POLICY CREATION:
1.
From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Policies.
2.
Right-click the Storage Policies and then click New Storage Policy.
3.
Follow the prompts displayed in the Storage Policy Wizard. The required options
are mentioned below:
{
Select the Storage Policy type as Data Protection and Archiving and click
Next.
{
Enter the name in the Storage Policy Name box and click Next.
{
From the Library list, click the name of a disk library to which the primary
copy should be associated and then click Next.
Ensure that you select a library attached to a MediaAgent operating in the
current release.
{
From the MediaAgent list, click the name of a MediaAgent that will be used
to create the primary copy and then click Next.
{
For the device streams and the retention criteria information, click Next to
accept default values.
{
Select Yes to enable deduplication for the primary copy.
{
From the MediaAgent list, click the name of the MediaAgent that will be used
to store the Deduplication store.
Type the name of the folder in which the deduplication database must be
located in the Deduplication Store Location or click the Browse button to
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select the folder and then click Next.
{
Review the details and click Finish to create the Storage Policy.
This will create a storage policy. Click the
the page to continue.
button available at the bottom of
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Getting Started - VMware Backup
PERFORM A BACKUP
After configuring your Instance, Backup Set and Subclient, you are ready to perform your first backup.
WHAT GETS BACKED UP
The Virtual Server iDataAgent backs up the following:
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Windows Virtual Machines
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Linux Virtual Machines
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Stand-alone ESXI with standard license level
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Volumes
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Files/folders
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Virtual RDMs
WHAT DOES NOT GET BACKED UP
The Virtual Server iDataAgent does not back up the following:
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Virtual machines containing:
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SCSI bus sharing set to virtual
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Fault Tolerance
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GPT or dynamic disk volumes (only disk and file level backups are supported, volume level backups are not supported).
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Hard links
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VMDKs in the same location with same names, where only case is different.
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Physical RDMs
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Independent Disks
The following section provides step-by-step instructions for running your first full backup of a single virtual machine immediately.
1.
2.
3.
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From the CommCell Console, navigate to Client Computers | Virtual Server.
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Right-click the Subclient and click Backup.
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Select Full as backup type and Immediate to run the job immediately.
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Click OK.
You can track the progress of the job from the Job Controller window of the
CommCell console.
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4.
Once job is complete, view the details of job from the Backup History.
Right-click the Subclient and select Backup History.
5.
Click OK.
6.
You can view the following details about the job by right-clicking the job:
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Items that failed during the job
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Items that succeeded during the job
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Details of the job
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Events of the job
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Log files of the job
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Media associated with the job
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Getting Started - VMware Restore
PERFORM A RESTORE
It is recommended that you perform a restore operation immediately after your first full backup to understand the process.
The following sections describe the steps involved in restoring a virtual machine to a different Virtual Center/ESX Server.
1.
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From the CommCell Console, navigate to the <Client> | Virtual Server.
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Right-click the subclient that contains the data you want to restore, point to
Browse Backup Data.
2.
Click OK.
3.
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Select the virtual machine under the backup set. Its entire contents will be
automatically selected in the right pane.
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Click Recover All Selected.
4.
Select the Destination ESX Server to which the virtual machine will be restored.
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5.
Select the Datastore to which the disk will be restored.
If the selected datastore does not meet the minimum requirements needed to restore
the virtual machine, you can repeat this step until an acceptable datastore is found.
6.
Enter the VM Name for the virtual machine.
Ensure that you provide a fully qualified name for the virtual machine. Entering an IP
address will cause the restore operation to fail.
7.
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Click the Job Initiation tab.
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Select Immediate to run the job immediately.
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Click OK.
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8.
You can monitor the progress of the restore job in the Job Controller or Event
Viewer window of the CommCell Console.
9.
Once the restore job has completed, right-click the entity (e.g. agent, instance) and
click View | Restore History.
If the entity chosen is the client computer, click View | Job History.
10.
Click OK.
11.
You can view the following details about the job by right-clicking the job:
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View Restore Items
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You can view them as Successful, Failed, Skipped or All.
12.
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View Job Details
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View Events of the restore job.
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View Log files of the restore job.
Once the virtual machine is restored, it is automatically mounted to the virtual
center/ESX Server you selected.
CONGRATULATIONS - YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED YOUR FIRST BACKUP AND RESTORE.
If you want to further explore this Agent's features read the Advanced sections of this documentation.
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